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So, I was just thinking of making a thread to ask a simple question about a college I'm looking at, but then I realized that UG must be full of people who are either in college or will be soon. So here's a thread made specifically for questions and discussions having to do with college.


Anyway, here's my question:

Is SUNY New Paltz hard to get into if you're from out-of-state? I have a little over a 3.3 GPA and a combined math and critical reading SAT score of 1380, if that helps any. What can I do to get in?
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why do people in the US go to college instead of going from school to the university directly?


in the US college and university are synonymous terms.
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in the US college and university are synonymous terms.

well i thought the same thing before, unti i heard something that in university you do your career and in college some people help you choose your career and make you loose 2 years of your life
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as far as i know, you should have no problem getting into new paltz
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well i thought the same thing before, unti i heard something that in university you do your career and in college some people help you choose your career and make you loose 2 years of your life


Actually, it's kind of the opposite. For instance, you go to the University of Georgia, but then once you get the requirements for all students done, you go to, for example, Grady College. In this case, University is just a collection of colleges and a place for the basics, whereas colleges are where you specialize.
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well i thought the same thing before, unti i heard something that in university you do your career and in college some people help you choose your career and make you loose 2 years of your life

That's kind of what happens in England:

6 or 7 years of primary education
5 years of secondary education (culminating in GCSEs)
2 or more years of further education (Our college years - Culminating in a wide range of qualifications, traditionally A levels)
3 or more years of Higher Education (Uni, degrees and whatever)


A lot of kids get jobs straight after secondary education, but schools try and push you into further education to apprenticeships and whatever


I'm hopefully going to Glasgow uni (as an Englishman, sacrilege!) in september on grades, but either way, I just want to get out of my dead end town - yes, growing up here has been safe, but it's got to a boring stage, and I don't want to fall into the trap of many of the people here and just stay here for another generation, with a dead end job.... Yes, at the end of uni, I may have a dead end job, but at least I will have got out of this shit hole for a while!!
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Ok I'm not going to college for a few years BUT, I want to ask something. Does anyone work in the game design/programming field? If so, can you tell me what I need to know/learn before I go to college for it?
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well i thought the same thing before, unti i heard something that in university you do your career and in college some people help you choose your career and make you loose 2 years of your life


There's a difference between community college and college
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Is SUNY New Paltz hard to get into if you're from out-of-state? I have a little over a 3.3 GPA and a combined math and critical reading SAT score of 1380, if that helps any. What can I do to get in?


My only question is why New Paltz? The town sucks.
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Ok I'm not going to college for a few years BUT, I want to ask something. Does anyone work in the game design/programming field? If so, can you tell me what I need to know/learn before I go to college for it?


how much do you program already? My friend is studying computer science, but he's been programming for about a decade before coming to uni.

I think for games industry they want people that know their shit, and have their name out there through modding or whatever.

If you don't know anything about programming and expect to learn it all at uni then get a game-making job.... need to have a reality check. Cuz you know the people that get those jobs are the ones that have been programming/modding every free moment they can.

You need a portfolio! And programming skills in a variety of languages. Get some books out of the library, go online and look up resources, and start learning today!


erm, anyways,

I'm in the University of Auckland, New Zealand. 2nd year of a LLB/BA (law, arts) majoring in politics and history for my BA.
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Any tips for someone starting their first year of college at a public four-year?
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well i thought the same thing before, unti i heard something that in university you do your career and in college some people help you choose your career and make you loose 2 years of your life


That's Quebec. It's called a Cegep. We finish high school at 17, amd we need to earn a 2 years diploma before being allowed to apply to University.
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how much do you program already? My friend is studying computer science, but he's been programming for about a decade before coming to uni.

I think for games industry they want people that know their shit, and have their name out there through modding or whatever.

If you don't know anything about programming and expect to learn it all at uni then get a game-making job.... need to have a reality check. Cuz you know the people that get those jobs are the ones that have been programming/modding every free moment they can.

You need a portfolio! And programming skills in a variety of languages. Get some books out of the library, go online and look up resources, and start learning today!


erm, anyways,

I'm in the University of Auckland, New Zealand. 2nd year of a LLB/BA (law, arts) majoring in politics and history for my BA.



Thanks for the advice, much appreciated. I'm starting to learn C++ right now, through online lessons and hopefully I'll be able to get a book or two on it.
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Ok I'm not going to college for a few years BUT, I want to ask something. Does anyone work in the game design/programming field? If so, can you tell me what I need to know/learn before I go to college for it?


Maths.

Lot's of Uni's have game design courses now, I used to want to do animation.

Game design QUT

Btw does anyone here go to QUT? in brisbane, I'm thinking about going there.
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I don't have to worry about college for a few years since i'm only 13 (14 tommorow ) but can anyone tell me the requirements for musicians institute for going into audio engineering and how good of a career that is nowadays. And also if MI is worth the price. If not any recommendations for other colleges. Berklee is out of the question though.
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Any tips for someone starting their first year of college at a public four-year?

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i dunno about other countries, but a 3.3 gpa is usually enough to get into uni/college
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I don't have to worry about college for a few years since i'm only 13 (14 tommorow ) but can anyone tell me the requirements for musicians institute for going into audio engineering and how good of a career that is nowadays. And also if MI is worth the price. If not any recommendations for other colleges. Berklee is out of the question though.

That stuff is almost always not worth doing.
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My only question is why New Paltz? The town sucks.


Diverse student body, decently close to home, cheap, good academics...

And the list goes on. New Paltz is a great school, especially for a SUNY.
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Wow at the people in the thread discussing American post-secondary education.

In vernacular: college and university are synonyms
In definitions: a university is a body of colleges (which are a body of departments)
In exceptions: some schools are just 'college', such as Boston College. These schools are the exception to the rule because they were founded with the name college instead of university and they keep it due to tradition.

It isn't that hard to understand.

my case:
The Ohio State University
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Geography
Geographic Information Systems (Bachelor of Science)
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I'm hopefully going to Glasgow uni (as an Englishman, sacrilege!) in september on grades, but either way, I just want to get out of my dead end town - yes, growing up here has been safe, but it's got to a boring stage, and I don't want to fall into the trap of many of the people here and just stay here for another generation, with a dead end job.... Yes, at the end of uni, I may have a dead end job, but at least I will have got out of this shit hole for a while!!



Another one coming to Glasgow with me!
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I got some letters through today about my student registration access details for like the uni website and stuff. It was a strange moment, I'm finally coming to terms with the idea that in a few short months I will be going to University.

I just hope it isn't gonna be too hard. Plus I really wish I'd moved out now.
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anyone here studying any engineering?

Yes, don't do it, it's a trap.
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applied late to Glasgow Cally for Audio Engineering with Electronics. Didn't expect to get in so I accepted a place at Perth College for Sound Production. got an offer at Cally a few weeks ago despite not expecting to. Went through and saw the place yesterday, looks way better than college. I now need to do a whole load of phone calls and forms to get the SAAS funding changed and cancel at Perth as well as actually accepting Cally. Be worth it though.

Cally course:

http://www.gcu.ac.uk/study/internationalstudents/courses/audio-technology-with-electronics-8371.php?loc=uk

Perth course:

http://www.perth.ac.uk/courses/Pages/U039J_F1_PB.aspx
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applied late to Glasgow Cally for Audio Engineering with Electronics. Didn't expect to get in so I accepted a place at Perth College for Sound Production. got an offer at Cally a few weeks ago despite not expecting to. Went through and saw the place yesterday, looks way better than college. I now need to do a whole load of phone calls and forms to get the SAAS funding changed and cancel at Perth as well as actually accepting Cally. Be worth it though.

Yeah man definitely. Cally's a great uni, especially for what you're looking at.
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Fair enough. Which part of NY do you hail?


North Jersey. Close enough. Haha that's why I'm worried about getting in. I'm an out-of-stater.

EDIT: By the way, I plan on getting my BS in psychology with a minor in either marketing or business management (depending on what the school offers), so hopefully the minor will help me find a job to help pay for grad school so I can go on to get my PsyD. Does that sound like a good plan? Or am I about to do something stupid?
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I'm currently looking at colleges in boston wash. dc and nyc and was wondering which of the three has the best college music scene?
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I'm currently looking at colleges in boston wash. dc and nyc and was wondering which of the three has the best college music scene?


I don't know for the music scene but I'd go to Boston right away.


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I'm currently looking at colleges in boston wash. dc and nyc and was wondering which of the three has the best college music scene?


It depends on what kind of music you like. Personally, I'd go for a school in NYC because even if there isn't a great music scene on and around campus at the school you go to, there are great clubs, concerts, and buskers all over the city, and a great public transportation system to get to them. I don't think I've ever heard much about DC's music scene, but it can't necessarily be horrible since it's a big, diverse city. The same goes for Boston. Really any big city should have a pretty good music scene. If I were you I'd just go to the college you like the most, and scope out the music scene later.

EDIT: By the way, if you're looking for a great music scene on campus, you should definitely loko for a liberal arts school.
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*reported*

There's actually a massive thread for college/university discussions already, you would probably get more help there.
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I searched and didn't find anything. Sorry about the duplicate thread, but please don't report me. I seriously had no idea. Where is the other thread?
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