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Well, I'll be graduating from high school next year [unless I plan to go back and earn more vital credits for whatever program I plan to go], so I thought that I must start looking into universities. I... didn't really choose what field I'm going into yet but it would most likely be a science field. My next on the list are languages, politics and tech. Not really planning to go beyond those at the moment. So, if you know any good universities (preferably in Canada or at least North America) that specialize in any of these fields, please tell me. I'm thinking of Waterloo or UofT right now.
Or post anything about universities, really. What university you go to/went to/planning to go, what it specializes at, what programs it offers, your major, admission requirements, SAT scores, campus life, cost, living conditions, advice in university preparation, etc.
I went to various university sites, but I'd like to hear students' opinions.
Just to get a sense on what it's like and for those of us still in h.s. here to be able to prepare themselves more.


P.S. You don't need them in Canada, but if I go to an American university I may need SATs. How much are SAT classes and tests? How long does it take?
I'm also debating if I should take AP or go to a school with an IB program. Does it really matter? If you're in the gifted program or have an IEP, do you have more chances of entry?
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come to York!
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I was considering it, but I heard that it has a reputation for taking in UofT dropouts.
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could be true, but i'm just promoting my school to impressionable teenagers
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29 / F / BC, Canada
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I think you should go with your choice of Waterloo or U of T. Some of my friends went there. Personally, I went to UBC for nursing but my university is not as well known as the ones that you've listed
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i think AP and IB are about the same... i'm not sure about how the IB system goes though because i took AP courses. as long as it's advanced (which both are), it looks good when you apply. as for SATs i forgot how much they cost because i took them so long ago (well more like 2 years or so) but i think they were around $40? and they take about 4 hours long
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I go to Purdue University in northern Indiana (an hour or so south of chicago) and it is very much a science/technology school.

We're best known for our Engineering program, but we have excellent technology (seperate from engineering), computer science, chemistry, business, pharmacy, and vet schools. We also have a thriving liberal arts program, but I normally avoid that area like the plague. Oh aviation too.

I'm in the Electrical Computer Engineering Technology program (basically a more hands on practical application version of engineering, where as regular engineering has much more theory). I'm not in love with it, but I can tolerate it and the market looks good. It keeps me busy that's for sure.

I actually applied about 7 years ago, was accepted, dropped and joined the military for four years, and have recently came and started going to school again. I had slightly above average grades and SAT, though nothing at all to brag about (I'm pretty much a B student). I'm not sure if SATs are recquired to get in or not, but I suspect so. I haven't taken an SAT in a looooong time so hopefully someone else here can update you on that. I don't think AP classes make much of a difference, but I never took them in high school (I was in an unusual co-op type program). They're pretty lenient with who they allow in, but the trick is staying in once you get here. Many of the science/technology classes are rather challenging. Getting in is easy, getting out is much harder. The school has a good reputation as well. I've been all over the country and many people think highly of the school, and some have even mistaken it for Ivy league. There is a high name recoginition within industry. My freshamn class in my major started with about 130 people and we're down to about 75 now. Some transfered, some dropped out, alot failed out.

I'm not very social since I'm older than most of my classmates, but since this is a rather large university there are many clubs and activites (including a pretty good anime club, though I can't ever seem to fit in my schedule). If you're interested in partying this probably isn't the school for you. There are bars and frats like any university, but this much more an acadmic minded school. I like to think we have a more serious, mature, mindset due to the focus on science and technology, but there is plenty of the usual nonesense one encounters at university (though not as pronounced as a genuine party school).

I live off campus, so I don't know much about the dorm scene at this moment in time. I've had my share of dorm life over the years and suspect it's similar. A reccomendation I would make is never room with a friend in a dorm. Everytime I've had input into a roommate it's turned into a disaster, if it's been a random assignment, it's worked out marvelously. Best roommate I ever had was an odd little indian kid. Smart as a tack, friendly, quiet, and clean.

My major complaints would be the weather - hot in the summer and freezing in the winter. It's also very large - it's really easy to get lost in the crowd here.

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http://www.purdue.edu/
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27 / F / california
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Well, If you want to go to a school in the US, then you should take the SATs and/or ACTs. If you want to go to a University of California school, then you need a SAT 1 and 2 SAT 2s (also known as Subject Tests). The Subject tests are tests for specific areas of education.

I only know things for schools in California since it's where I live, so if you are interested in going to a school in California,then feel free to give me a PM or two with any questions you have.

Oh, and about the SAT classes, you don't NEED to take them. You can study by yourself because the SAT classes can add up to 2000 dollars if you really want to take the classes. I just studied by myself. Taking the SATs cost differently for certain areas so you need to check with your counselor for the specific prices.

It's best if you talk to your counselor about this information since they are there to help you through high school.
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33 / M / Cali
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johns hopkins university.. specializes in biomedical engineering. i think their next best program is international relations. ppl complain theres no social life tho... and its also really expensive. wen i was there tuition was over 26k a year. not including room&board, etc.

UC schools are really good except i hear its hard for non-california residents to get in..

and heres to give u an idea of other US schools to look into. i think they also have rankings for specific programs around there somewhere too..
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/brief/t1natudoc_brief.php

and i think pretty much all the universities in US need SAT scores... maybe theres a few exceptions. i never took SAT classes, but i taught SAT classes last yr and all i did was go over practice test questions out of a barron's SAT book. if u dont wanna pay for classes and ur good at studying on ur own, u can prolly just buy a Barron's or Princeton Review SAT book. i think the key is just to take as many practice tests as u can.
Posted 2/6/07
Personally I think the IB is a great programme, especially if you want to know more about different cultures. Apparently its also really good for preparing for university since they have pretty high requirements for graduating and essays. I also hear that IB is really appreciated by Uni's in the UK and US.

But then again if you've already graduated from a high school, you could get into uni directly. I took the IB instead or as my high school education, but I have a friend who finished high school and then went to IB.
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26 / F / Tokyo, Japan
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uh..Harvard? hehe...well, my sis is planning to take a scholarship program there...my cousin is actually a scholar there and he told me that the test was easy...at least, that's what HE thinks...
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25 / M / JPN -> KR -> USA
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^ wow...harvard is lik only people with crazy brain or rich people go ther(in my opinion)..
i say universities in hawaii or florida...becuz that's the place im plannin to go
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30 / F / Canada !!
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Hi..well if you would like to keep your university choice in Canada, and even more specifically Ontario, I would recommend the University of Ottawa. Since your primary option is science, the University of Ottawa would be a great place for you to go since it is now in the top 5 research universities of all of Canada. Many of my friends are in science and they get lots of lab time to practice and improve their studies.

If you are thinking about going into either Languages or Politics, UOttawa is also well suited for you. We are the only Bilingual University in Canada thus the learning of languages takes on a special importance here. If you are interested in learning more exotic languages, there is a wonderful International Studies and Modern Languages program which you might find interesting.

And for Politics...well this is the Capital of Canada, and the University is within sight of the Parliament buildings, so if you decide to take on Politics as your major, this is definitely a perfect spot to do it in. Being at this university you get lots of first hand experience of daily political life, from walking around the city to come face to face with a national protest, or watching as important dignitaries enter into official buildings. Plus, it is just cool to know that you are right in the middle of the political decision making center of Canada.

Plus the University offers excellent admission scholarships, so you can't go wrong there.
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29 / M / Vienna
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well hi
University of Vienna is one of the oldest in Europe. And it offers pretty much everything
someone would like to study. I like it (Politics and Philosophy), there is a chilled atmosphere...but if you come here, beware of thousands of German medicine students,
which come to Vienna cause they failed their own tests (but Austrian education system is
way better than German, no offense)...
So if you like Coffee and Smoke at the café next to the University and discuss in a chilled atmosphere with other people....


here are some pics if you want

http://www.quantum.univie.ac.at/QUPON/Bilder/Uni.jpg

Posted 2/6/07
^ That sounds like a place I would love to go to! I wish I had the money to study abroad...
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