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Old 01-05-2011, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Both sides of the Red River
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Hello KCers! I have a very close cousin who, after a few years of "running wild" has decided to dust himself off and go to college. I didn't succeed in convincing him into going to my alma matter (go Sooners!!) but he has narrowed his choice down to KU, which is an equally good choice IMO. Since money will be a little tight, he will need to stay with family, of which we have some in Olathe and Lenexa. They have both graciously offered their extra rooms for him, but one says its not a good idea to live so far while another says it's long but doable a few times a week. I was just wondering what some locals thought about it as I'm a little curious myself. According to Google Earth its about 28 miles. Would this be a good or bad idea?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Part of the college experience is living on or near campus. Commuting to a major campus like KU would really change that experience, but maybe if your cousin is "running wild" it might keep him out of trouble.

I think it's totally doable. You will go against the traffic on K-10 and it's not any longer of a drive them most people's daily commutes.

Also, there is pretty good bus transportation between JoCo and Lawrence, so he could save even more money by taking the bus back and forth.

http://www.thejo.com/Routes/K10.shtml (broken link)

He could also take some classes that might be offered at the Edwards campus in JoCo.
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Old 01-05-2011, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Definitely commutable. Wouldn't want to do it, myself, but I'm very pro-living on or near campus.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I went to KU as a grad student and I know of many professors and students who commuted to the Lawrence campus from Johnson county every day. So, people do it all the time.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Both sides of the Red River
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I went to KU as a grad student and I know of many professors and students who commuted to the Lawrence campus from Johnson county every day. So, people do it all the time.
Good to hear. When I was at OU quite a few people and profs would drive in from OKC, which was about 25 miles, depending on what part of the city you lived in. So I would think it could be doable from the SW surburbs of KC.

And i would definitely agree that the true "college experience" should involve living on or near campus instead of commuting. I believe that long term that is the plan but now he just needs to save up some cash and get on his feet.

Thanks for the responses! I've only been to KC once but I really enjoyed it, so now this gives me an excuse to go up there
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Old 01-07-2011, 03:46 PM
 
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There is a bus that goes back and forth from Johnson County to Lawrence but I think it is for the the benefit of people in Lawrence who want to attend JCCC. But any way it is a fairly common commute. You might do the math on living in Lawrence and getting a cheap ride to JCCC for two years. The cost of the two years at JCCC might also be cheaper. Or staying with relatives in OP and going to JCCC. Its is popular for some kids to live in Lawrence for the social life and get their associates at JCCC on the cheap.
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:12 PM
 
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Yes. It is doable. Higher gas prices might negate the "living with relatives" trade-off for that commute if it is daily. He could likely schedule his classes/study time so that he would only have to go to Lawrence 3x/week.

Just a thought:, but if money is tight and he's going to be living in either Olathe or Lenexa anyway, why doesn't he get some of his KU Freshman/Sophomore prerequisites out of the way at Johnson County Community College? It might help settle him down a bit too before heading off to the large KU campus.

http://www.jccc.edu/home/depts.php/5...er/transfer/ku

http://web.jccc.net/academic/transfer/ku/17tiku.pdf
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Both sides of the Red River
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Yes. It is doable. Higher gas prices might negate the "living with relatives" trade-off for that commute if it is daily. He could likely schedule his classes/study time so that he would only have to go to Lawrence 3x/week.

Just a thought:, but if money is tight and he's going to be living in either Olathe or Lenexa anyway, why doesn't he get some of his KU Freshman/Sophomore prerequisites out of the way at Johnson County Community College? It might help settle him down a bit too before heading off to the large KU campus.

JCCC::University of Kansas

http://web.jccc.net/academic/transfer/ku/17tiku.pdf

Thanks. Will definitely pass along the infor about JCCC. I'm pretty sure his heart is set on KU but at the very least, I think it would be a wise decision to maybe take summer classes at a local community college. It is probably one of my larger regrets that I didn't utilize the local CC. Classes are usually a lot easier and WAY cheaper, which I'm reminded of every time I get my student loan bill

How easy is it to transfer credits between the 2 schools?
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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How easy is it to transfer credits between the 2 schools?
He should speak with an advisor at KU, but I'm inclined to say very. Given how many students do it and how well respected a community college JCCC is.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Everything you want to know about what classes will transfer to KU can be found here: Transferring credits to KU - KU Office of Admissions
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