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Old 01-16-2009, 04:33 PM
 
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My son is STILL trying to decide between SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Buffalo & SUNY Potsdam. Does anyone have any comparative insight? Thanks!
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:01 PM
 
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Buffalo gets alot of snow, blowing and drifting. Plattsburgh is very close to Canada; does he speak French - lots of French radio, etc. I say Potsdam, very good Criminal Justice program, good education for the cost.

I know not very scientific, but maybe that will help a little.
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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Buffalo gets alot of snow, blowing and drifting. Plattsburgh is very close to Canada; does he speak French - lots of French radio, etc. I say Potsdam, very good Criminal Justice program, good education for the cost.

I know not very scientific, but maybe that will help a little.
It does help, thanks! We are in the Rochester area, so Buffalo would be the closest. Potsdam has three other schools near it so is the quintessential college town. Plattsburgh almost has a New England/Canadian feel. I think he is leaning towards the latter, especially since he wants an accounting degree.
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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Any of those schools are really good. I think NY has great State schools; I should have gone, but I went private and still paying back my student loans. I was a Marketing/Management major for three years until I decided I didn't like math, weird huh? I changed to Sociology, no math; but kind of a fun subject.

Whatever school he decides upon, I wish him much luck!
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:17 AM
 
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Any of those schools are really good. I think NY has great State schools; I should have gone, but I went private and still paying back my student loans. I was a Marketing/Management major for three years until I decided I didn't like math, weird huh? I changed to Sociology, no math; but kind of a fun subject.

Whatever school he decides upon, I wish him much luck!

Thank you very much!
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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I'm from Rochester and went to Plattsburgh. I think its important to go to college in a place not close to home. In Buffalo, he would be too close to home. Plattsburgh is good for accounting. Potsdam is also a nice school.
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:22 PM
 
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Post Maybe I am biased, but........

I have a college-age daughter and she ended up going to a specialty school in a larger city away from here. Comments I heard from her friends' parents whose children attended other schools around NYS were that Potsdam, St. Lawrence are good schools, but the community there is very small, and the roads to and from are fairly smallish highways that get a lot of blowing snow and bad weather. To me, not optimal driving conditions for kids.......
Buffalo I heard is huge........huge campuses, class sizes, and there is a tendency for kids to get 'lost' as in any huge school. Think Pburgh has a good reputation, good mix of Long Island, Albany, NYC and rural/small town NY kids, plus some Canadian students as well and also has several community/college organizations for learning interaction and responsibility to your neighborhoods and communities.

And, no you don't have to learn French to come to Plattsburgh. I think that was a joke, right? It is fun to go to Montreal, though......and the Canadian studies program is one of the best. Good luck with your search!
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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I'm from Rochester and went to Plattsburgh. I think its important to go to college in a place not close to home. In Buffalo, he would be too close to home. Plattsburgh is good for accounting. Potsdam is also a nice school.

That is my thinking exactly. Being several hours away from home makes one a little more self-sufficient.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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I have a college-age daughter and she ended up going to a specialty school in a larger city away from here. Comments I heard from her friends' parents whose children attended other schools around NYS were that Potsdam, St. Lawrence are good schools, but the community there is very small, and the roads to and from are fairly smallish highways that get a lot of blowing snow and bad weather. To me, not optimal driving conditions for kids.......
Buffalo I heard is huge........huge campuses, class sizes, and there is a tendency for kids to get 'lost' as in any huge school. Think Pburgh has a good reputation, good mix of Long Island, Albany, NYC and rural/small town NY kids, plus some Canadian students as well and also has several community/college organizations for learning interaction and responsibility to your neighborhoods and communities.

And, no you don't have to learn French to come to Plattsburgh. I think that was a joke, right? It is fun to go to Montreal, though......and the Canadian studies program is one of the best. Good luck with your search!
We were very impressed with Plattsburgh when we visited there last summer. The campus had almost a New England feel with quite a few people from downstate. College should be about new experiences & Buffalo might be a little too "local." Potsdam might be a little too "rural," although my husband went to Clarkson and loved it. Thanks so much for your input.
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