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Old 05-03-2018, 08:46 AM
 
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A few of these is not like the other.

I find it absolutely comical that Georgia gets lumped in with CAL. Or UCLA. Georgia has better students because of HOPE. Yes. Better education from 20 yrs ago when all you needed was a pulse? Perhaps, but CAL caliber? No.

My dad went to CAL ..and UCLA ..and finally graduated from SF State. He takes exception to those comparisons and always produces stats that back it up.

Same vein as Virginia and UNC too? lulz x 1000.

Back to the OP's question. Why in the world would someone from ATL want to stay in downtown ATL for school? Go find a college town. College in downtown ATL sounds like a terrible way to spend your college years. No offense to any Panthers.

Don't got to ASU.

- Arizona Grad

So, a little more background. I graduated high school in 2007. Attended Georgia Southern for 2 years, didn't do great, joined the military in 2010. I've had the "college experience" in a college town, not for me. I'm looking at schools in cities I want to live in so I can live in or near those cities. So as far as location, State is perfect. I prefer an urban environment. Live in the suburbs my whole life, hate it, hate small towns too.

What's wrong with ASU?
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Old 05-03-2018, 10:34 AM
 
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Georgia State is fine for an undergraduate education. For something like "Global studies/international relations", I think the only way to get a job in that is to get a graduate education, then you are looking for good faculty, program rankings, etc.

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Old 05-03-2018, 11:10 AM
 
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OP- Ga State is OK. It checks the box.

Hopefully you won't mind this suggestion: Go find people who currently have the type of job you want after college. Check out where they went to school and their pathway to that job. Reach out to some of these people and ask them if they would mind answering a few questions. Respect their time and keep it brief. Linkedin is a great place to start.
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Old 05-03-2018, 11:35 AM
 
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Here's a question that might matter:

Do you plan to take classes while you continue working, or are you going back as a full-time student?

If it's the former, I think GSU works just fine. It's a fine commuter school where it is convenient to take classes when you are able and you'll find others doing the same.

If you're going to go full-time, I'd lean more toward the land-grant universities or other more traditional type of college. They provide more collegiate and cohesive environments. That may not seem so important to you as an older student who probably isn't interested in socializing and partying with a bunch of 18-22 year olds, but these schools also tend to have a much broader range of resources that you can take advantage of.

I say this as someone who went to both a land-grant university AND GSU. When people ask me where I went to college, when I remember the experiences that matter, and when schools want alumni donations....guess which one gets all of these from me and which one gets none?
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Old 05-03-2018, 12:12 PM
 
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Here's a question that might matter:

Do you plan to take classes while you continue working, or are you going back as a full-time student?

If it's the former, I think GSU works just fine. It's a fine commuter school where it is convenient to take classes when you are able and you'll find others doing the same.
Georgia State has been working hard to throw off its "commuter school" moniker.

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If you're going to go full-time, I'd lean more toward the land-grant universities or other more traditional type of college. They provide more collegiate and cohesive environments. That may not seem so important to you as an older student who probably isn't interested in socializing and partying with a bunch of 18-22 year olds, but these schools also tend to have a much broader range of resources that you can take advantage of.

I say this as someone who went to both a land-grant university AND GSU. When people ask me where I went to college, when I remember the experiences that matter, and when schools want alumni donations....guess which one gets all of these from me and which one gets none?
GSU is close to achieving its second successful fundraising campaign.
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Old 05-03-2018, 12:25 PM
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If you're going to work in Atlanta, then GSU is where you need to be. It's not an "elite" school, but you get a solid education there and its graduates are able to get any type of job they want with their degrees. It would be much easier to get a job in Atlanta from GSU than from the other schools listed.

But like someone else said, after your first job, the school you went to, GPA, etc. really aren't all that important unless you're trying to be a Supreme Court Justice or trying to go to med school or something.
I don't totally agree with this. Experience matters more, but a good school opens doors. It will help you get that interview in a field of equivalent candidates. And reality is, networking matters more than any of that for opening doors and even knowing which doors are open.
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:01 PM
 
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A ga state degree does nothing but confirm you have a pulse.
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:54 PM
 
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Here's a question that might matter:

Do you plan to take classes while you continue working, or are you going back as a full-time student?

If it's the former, I think GSU works just fine. It's a fine commuter school where it is convenient to take classes when you are able and you'll find others doing the same.

If you're going to go full-time, I'd lean more toward the land-grant universities or other more traditional type of college. They provide more collegiate and cohesive environments. That may not seem so important to you as an older student who probably isn't interested in socializing and partying with a bunch of 18-22 year olds, but these schools also tend to have a much broader range of resources that you can take advantage of.

I say this as someone who went to both a land-grant university AND GSU. When people ask me where I went to college, when I remember the experiences that matter, and when schools want alumni donations....guess which one gets all of these from me and which one gets none?
Whether I will be working on not depends on factors currently out of my control. However, the reason I was drawn to Georgia State is it's location in the city. I want to be able to walk or take public transportation to school and home. I also felt that living in a more urban environment will decrease the likelihood of being around a bunch of college "kids" and I just like city life.

I'm not familiar with the actual difference between land-grant schools and other colleges. But, the only other schools I would attend in Georgia at the this stage of my life would be Tech (too much math) and Emory (too much of a financial gamble). I would never go to UGA, out of high school I had no desire to even apply to UGA and there's just nothing that ever make me consider that school as an option. Of course you may not be referring to UGA at all, but just in case it's mentioned. lol
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Old 05-03-2018, 07:29 PM
 
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However, the reason I was drawn to Georgia State is it's location in the city. I want to be able to walk or take public transportation to school and home.
No offense, but this is a very poor reason to chose a school.

You're talking about an investment for the rest of your life. People chose schools that aren't in their favorite locations all the time for the quality of education.

This is college, man! It's time to put on your big boy brain and start making choices wisely.

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Old 05-03-2018, 07:34 PM
 
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Georgia State, nor ANY other college in Georgia, would be a "cake walk". Depending upon your major it (and most other state colleges) can be QUITE challenging.
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