Going to an Out of State College

If you thought freedom was something you got in college – you were right. But you were even more right (if that’s even a politically correct statement) if you thought you’d have more freedom going to an out of state college. Now, you can look at this as a good or bad thing – depending on you as an individual.

Spectacular people get invited to attend out of state colleges. (photo by Thom C)

Spectacular people get invited to attend out of state colleges. (photo by Thom C)

Although the tuition is cheaper going in state, that doesn’t mean that you should completely negate the opportunities presented when you’re going to an out of state college. Heck, you may have a full ride somewhere or so many scholarships and grants that you know what to do with! Of course, that’s not common for the average student to get – but I’m just trying to reach all sides of the spectrum here.

Among the various opportunities of new found freedom is of course academic reasoning; ie. you wouldn’t want to go to a school that doesn’t fit your needs. It doesn’t matter how elite or prestigious a school is – if they’re not fit for you, they’re not fit for you.

In many ways, not going to an out of state college is also limiting. In Fox Business’ article entitled, “Picking a College: In State vs Out of State,” the writer says:

College is a great time for students to expand their horizons and break away from the high-school habits and norms.

When students stay local, they tend to congregate with the same friends and limit their new experiences, experts say.

Altshuler says that even if sticking close to home seems appealing at first, many students change their tune.

“I very seldom speak to a [high school student] who wants to be far from home, [yet] I very seldom speak to a second semester college senior who doesn’t want to be at a university as far away from home as they can get,” he says.

You must understand first that although it’s not impossible to go to an out of state college, it is significantly harder to be accepted. This is because most of their money is put towards students in their area. Local, in state kids.

In the same article, Scott White says this: ”

“Unless you’re really spectacular, public colleges rarely invite out of state students. Almost all of their money is for in-state kids.”

It makes sense – I’ve had friends who have been accepted to universities in California for art programs who are “spectacular” at what they do. If they weren’t, it’s questionable that they would firstly, ever want to go to that school, and secondly, be accepted.

Going to an out of state college is the right choice for some kids. Don’t completely disregard the opportunity – but at the same time, don’t jump headfirst into it simply because you want to get away from home.

Remember, you’re just now starting out life. You’re going to need support – especially when you make mistakes. Whoever your support may be; chances are you’ve known them for quite some time. You’re not going to have a lot of help when you’re that far away.

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