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Old 03-06-2010, 07:49 AM
 
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I'm looking at attending the University of Oklahoma for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. At this point it is my top choice, and I think I will really like Oklahoma if I can get situated.

I have to take some prerequisites before I can apply so I am considering moving to Oklahoma and doing them at a Community College there so that when I enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UO I will already have in-state tuition.

The best way I'm going to find work is in afterschool programs. My degree is in preprofessional architecture, but I've worked as a teacher for the last 2 years.

I'm looking for advice on how easy it would be for someone to pack their things and move to Oklahoma, find an affordable place to live, a job, and attend a community college.

At this point I'm thinking Oklahoma City will have the most job opportunities and probably be the most enjoyable for me. But if you have another city in mind I am very open to ideas.

Looking into Oklahoma City Community College they have additional courses that would strengthen my application through Francis Tuttle Tech Center so thats looking pretty strong.

One last thing would be transportation. Obviously a car is ideal but can a small 150-250cc motorcycle suffice or will the weather and wind be impossible? What about a scooter if I do go Oklahoma City?

Please tell me a city to look into, a few reasons, what the name of the community college is there so I can make sure they have the courses I need, and if a car is absolutely necessary or if a more affordable mode of transportation will work.


Thanks,
Ender

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Old 03-06-2010, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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Quite a number of possibilities around Oklahoma City area:
Moore Norman Technology - Welcome to Moore Norman Technology Center | Moore Norman Technology Center
Oklahoma City Community College - Oklahoma City Community College
Rose State - http://www.rose.edu
Francis Tuttle - Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Several private colleges:
Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma Christian University - Oklahoma City, OK - Welcome to | MACU - Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College - Home - others

Don't rule out state schools either:
www.osuokc.edu - Welcome to Chicago State University - The University of Oklahoma - others
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:56 AM
 
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I am currently attending OCCC and really love it. I am living in Norman and it's about a 30 min drive. I dont think a scooter is a great idea. Around town here in Norman I see them during spring-early fall. As far as winter, it would be impossible. Also, the winds here get crazy on any given day, but are not often. I am a bit scared of motorcycles and such so keep that in mind. Drivers here are inconsiderate for the most part as I believe it is in most bigger cities. I have never lived in OKC, but I know there are good places and very bad places to live. Moore in south of OKC and 15 minutes away and Norman is south of Moore and like I said earlier 30 min. Both of those cities have lots to offer, although especially if you are going to end up at OU I would go with Norman. It really is a beautiful town with lots to do! Good luck!
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma City
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Sounds like Okc will be the best place for you. OCCC is in a location where you'd definitely need a car to get too and from school. A motorcycle would be fine in the summer and even fall but during spring, it gets crazy windy (30mph +) and rains/storms. You wouldn't want to be caught in a downpour on your way to or home from school. Riding one during winter is just out of the question...the windchill can be brutal here and it does snow, some winters just a few inches, some half a foot.
It'd be more reasonable to save up and buy an inexpensive used car.

As far as your location goes, South Oklahoma City (south of I-240) and Moore would be the best location. You'd be within 10-15 mins from Norman and 10mins or so away from OCCC. There are nice apartments along I-35 in Moore and some mingled inbetween I-35 and I-44, where OCCC is located. (Again search for apts SOUTH of I-240- anything along 240 and north is shady/run down IMO). If you need apt recommendations let me know.
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Old 04-01-2010, 05:59 PM
 
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Oklahoma is good for a lot of things, but a decent public transit system even in the cities (OKC and Tulsa) are not that good at all, so a car is a must.

I would look at smaller town community colleges; you don't have to be in OKC to experience some of what Oklahoma has to offer.
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