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Old 03-26-2014, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Most college towns are going to have a walkable commercial core near campus and decent bus system because a fairly high percentage of students can't afford to keep a car while they're at school. The key is to find out where grad students cluster for housing instead of the age 18-24 undergrad party scene. I really do think you've got three good options there from a quality of life standpoint, provided your spouse is okay with rough Buffalo winters.

Go with the research options that sounds coolest.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Florida
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The most important factor in choosing a school, is choosing a school. I would make my decision based primarily on which school is best for what I intend to study. Your academic career is temporary, once you graduate you can move wherever you like but the school with the best reputation is going to give you the most flexibility and job prospects. Generally speaking, I would place Texas A & M and UF above Buffalo in reputation.
And by a fair margin. UF also is a bit above TAMU in national reputation. That said the much vaunted "Gator Nation" has nothing on the "Aggie Cult". A neutral observer might give a slight bump to UF, but a TAMU alum will pull a lot more strings for a fellow Ag than a UF alum will for another UF alum.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Balneario Camboriu, Brazil
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Guys, thank you for all the information you have given me. Unfortunately I had to decline UB's offer of admission.

The two biggest reason why are: the University itself, and Buffalo's last 50 declining years. Although each time I revise my decision it gets harder to accept, I needed to move on, as the deadline from UB was to early.

For now, I still have Texas A&M, University of Florida, and just got an offer from Virginia Tech as well, at the Alexandria Campus.

I would appreciate any inputs on this new scenario!

Thnaks!
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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TAMU is a nationally recognized university with a international graduate base. Now, you can pick up a car for $3K in College Station that will suffice for your time there. You will find much more freedom with a car than trying to rely on public transportation. Tote-note dealers will work with you, low monthly payments.

Houston is an easy drive south for weekends.
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:34 AM
 
Location: Balneario Camboriu, Brazil
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Thank you Restrain. Yes, buying a car is on my list now.

And what one can tell about the weather year round at College Station?
Also, are Tornados/Twister something frequent, and worry worthy?
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Balneario Camboriu, Brazil
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Guys, I want to thank all the help and informations you gave me.

I am back to let you know that I choose University of Florida at Gainesville after much, much deliberation. It was a really hard call.

I will be arriving at FL this fall. Hope I can give some good feedback after some time there.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:49 AM
 
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Guys, I want to thank all the help and informations you gave me.

I am back to let you know that I choose University of Florida at Gainesville after much, much deliberation. It was a really hard call.

I will be arriving at FL this fall. Hope I can give some good feedback after some time there.
Good choice, congratulations!
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Balneario Camboriu, Brazil
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Thanks Kyle!
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Old 06-21-2014, 01:28 PM
 
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I've never been to the other places, but I loved UF/Gainesville.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:19 PM
 
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Congrats and welcome to the Gator Nation!! I just posted on your "where to live in Gainesville" thread. As you'll see, my vote is for Haile Plantation. Enjoy your time in Hog Town.
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