Why, hello there!
It's just me, meep.
Awake at 2 am, wired and nervous, the norm around here. ?
I've been doing the community college thing here in the USA and this semester was my time to apply for transfer to a 4-year university. I got accepted to 6 schools (wooo!) but I'm having a hard time deciding where to go. To be honest, I thought 1 or maybe 2 schools would accept me, and I'd be forced into a program/school by sheer limited choice. So while I'm proud that I have these choices, I'm also back to square one with my indecisiveness! Although I've already thrown one school out of consideration as it was my true "backup in case I literally have nowhere else to go" school.
Each school has their pros and cons. I know it’s ultimately up to me (and my fam) to choose what is right, but I’d love some objective points of view. Will you help me FJ?
? School 1 ? is a public (in-)state university with full tuition covered for this year. It’s one of the cheapest options anyways, so if next year I don’t have costs covered, I wouldn’t have a mountain of debt from loans. It’s all online, so I wouldn’t have transportation costs either. However, its online nature means I’ll have limited course options. It is not my top choice major but it’s a very interesting, interdisciplinary program where I will be required & encouraged to take classes from my favorite major (which wasn’t available as an online option and is too far away to attend in-person). Nearly all my credits will transfer, but I might have some issues with completing the foreign language requirement (ie might need to pay out of pocket for community college classes and the credits won’t count towards required residency credits for graduation).
? School 2 ? is also a public (in-)state university with full tuition covered for this year. It is also one of the cheapest. This program is in-person, so I will have more support but also transportation costs. I’ll also be able to engage in research or at least a work-study if I wanted to. I applied to a program I’m regretting and I plan to switch my intended major if I accept. They do not have my top-choice major and I’d at most only be able to take 1 or 2 classes in my favorite subject. I don’t have access to my transfer evaluation report yet.
? School 3 ? is a public (out-of-)state university with an online program. It’s my top choice major! No transportation costs! My FAFSA status for this school is currently in progress. It is not as cheap as schools 1 & 2, but it is still a lot cheaper than the private universities. Nearly all of my credits will successfully transfer. I might have some issues with the foreign language requirement (again with the issue of paying out of pocket and the credits not applying for graduation) and course selection will be limited because it’s all online. With it being so far away, there’s really no way I could ever set foot on campus - even for graduation (I know that doesn’t matter for some people, but walking is something I always wanted to do since I didn't get to do it for homeschool).
? School 4 ? is a private non-profit university with an in-person program that is slightly closer to home. Though this means it’ll still have associated transportation costs. It is expensive and this year’s FAFSA & scholarships will cover about 80% of the costs. It will reject about 10 of my credits for transfer, putting me at sophomore level. The program is my top-choice major with some interesting classes I’d be excited to take.
? School 5 ? is a private non-profit university that will be in-person. It won’t be my top major, it is not offered there, or any classes even related to it. My transfer evaluation is unknown at this time. The portal and websites are almost non-existent, and even applying was a giant, complicated hassle. FAFSA & scholarships will cover only about 65% of my tuition this year, it is expensive. Okay...this one doesn’t have much going for it so far. But here’s the trap! It is literally 5 minutes away from me (I could even walk to class!). You know how much of positive that is being an older student! It’s so tempting! This also makes opportunities for research and/or work study a ton easier.
So what do you think?! Any schools I should instantly take off my list? Any clear winners in your eyes? Something I haven’t thought about? Let me know!