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Old 12-18-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Mid-size school or big state school?

Hey guys, like the title says, right now I'm trying to determine whether or not ti would be worth the extra money to attend a state school or if a more local (closer to home) regional school will set me up just as well in the job market. The schools in question are 1. App state 2. N.C. State or 3. UNC Wilmington.

I will be done with my associates after the upcoming semester. I am 22 and I'm not really interested in the "college experience" like the high schoolers that will be attending. I'm more interested in whether the bigger school such as NC state will be worth attending when it comes to finding a job afterwards. My degree of study will be Economics.

I guess my question really is "Is the name NC state really worth the extra money over a school like App or UNCW? Any help would be appreciated as no one in my family has attended a University.
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NCSU or Wilmington. I never would have graduated at UNCW though, too many girls and too much fun, I Fvcking love that town.

Is the tuition difference that big? They're all public schools. For Econ you should be shooting for Chapel Hell, but UNCW and NCSU both have decent business schools.
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Your thoughts on UNCW are spot on man, I went down their for a weekend and it was a blast. I think I figured up that it would be something like 14000 more over the two years that it would take to earn the degree at NCSU over App or UNCW. Apps per year for a student is ~14,000 for everything NCSU is ~20,000 per year, UNCW is ~15,000. Btw Econ is my intended major.
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Your thoughts on UNCW are spot on man, I went down their for a weekend and it was a blast. I think I figured up that it would be something like 14000 more over the two years that it would take to earn the degree at NCSU over App or UNCW. Apps per year for a student is ~14,000 for everything NCSU is ~20,000 per year, UNCW is ~15,000. Btw Econ is my intended major.
Where are you getting those numbers? I just started my second degree at NCSU and tuition is $7k with $1400 of that going to insurance. Are you planning on spending $13k on housing and books? Rent in Wilmington isn't much different than Raleigh; I lived there for nearly 2 years. Is the tuition THAT much cheaper?
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http://www.collegeportraits.org/NC/Appalachian/costs
http://uncw.edu/finaid/costofattendance.htm
http://www7.acs.ncsu.edu/financial_aid/costug.html

sorry I was off a bit on app and uncw. It looks like they are all within 3-4k. I pulled those other numbers out of my head really, I've been doing ALOT of research on cost so sorry for the confused data on my part.

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I did a bit of searching but did not come across that. Ill check it out thanks.
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Well I guess it is a huge difference in job opportunities. I read through bimmerfan08's thread and NCSU is 19th nationally. Thats good enough for me. I really did not expect the name to be that big of a deal, but what do I know.... I've never attended a University.

One more thing guys, I'm already accepted to both UNCW and App state. My next semester will start before I hear back from NCSU, should I take classes that would satisfy the degree at NCSU or take the classes that I would need for the other two. I know this is confusing but the situation is as follows.... I have taken two foreign language classes (American Sign Language) here at comm. college, that is all I need for App and UNCW, NCSU requires that I take one more of ASL or the previous two will be elective hours and I will still have to take 3 other language classes to get credit at that school. This is because they do not offer ASL but do accept it as a Foreign language. NCSU does not require that I take accounting (I hate accounting) but the other two schools do, should I take it instead of ASL or take ASL and not be able to take Accounting. (My class schedule is already maxed out so I can't take both).

Cliff: So to wrap things up, do I put my eggs in the basket of NCSU before I know if I am accepted or do I play it safe (or somewhat dumb if I do get in at NCSU) and take Accounting for the schools that I am already accepted to???
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For Econ you should be shooting for Chapel Hell, but UNCW and NCSU both have decent business schools.
Transferring to UNC is VERY difficult, I work full time so my grades aren't spectacular. I currently have a 3.188 gpa on all college course work.....don't make fun, I know its not that good for a comm. college but its been tough finding the time to do it all. I don't think that gets me into Chapel Hill. In fact i've got my fingers crossed that ill get into NCSU cause I know thats not an easy school either.
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You can apply as a non-degree seeking student to NCSU and transfer in to your program the next semester. My grades weren't spectacular from my first degree and the program I'm in now is the hardest to get into as a freshman, so I met with the head of the dept a year in advance and he told me to apply as NDS. I did, was accepted back in about a day, and was accepted into my program a few weeks ago. Get in touch with the right people and you can make it happen.
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You can apply as a non-degree seeking student to NCSU and transfer in to your program the next semester. My grades weren't spectacular from my first degree and the program I'm in now is the hardest to get into as a freshman, so I met with the head of the dept a year in advance and he told me to apply as NDS. I did, was accepted back in about a day, and was accepted into my program a few weeks ago. Get in touch with the right people and you can make it happen.
^you sir are very helpful, I may do this pretty soon. I need to visit NCSU and hopefully get in touch with someone about this. This is honestly the only school that I was nervous about getting into and its turning into pure hell waiting to here back. Btw the few phone calls i made to NCSU, the people are WAY more willing to help than the other schools.
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Screw the admissions department, talk to the people directly responsible for your program, they're more in tune with what it takes to get into their college. If it means applying to the university as an animal sciences student and transferring, do it. I made the mistake of applying as undecided my first time around and it fvcked me hard. Now, both the head of my dept and the guy in charge of admissions for the dept knows my face and I haven't had any trouble.

Some colleges within the university are easier to get into than others and transferring to the one you want can be easier than applying directly to it. Given that State is an engineering school I don't know how competiti the business school is but keep transferring in mind.
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I think that is what I did. I contacted the curriculum director at the Poole school of Management yesterday. Like I said, most schools have transferred me around and acted like they did not know the answers to my questions but the people at NCSU just found the answer and got back to me the same day.... On states website, it says in house transfers are just as demanding or whatever as transferring from another school.... true? cause this has been a mess.
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Meh, it probably depends but both engineering and physics gave me the option of making a B in a class they choose and they let me matriculate in no questions asked. My grades were holding me back both times and they both offered me the same path. I don't see why the business school would be any different.
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If my admission does not go as I hope; I will definitely look into this route. Thanks for the help. Ill buy you a beer one day.
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