Dec 29, 2006, 8:28 PM
So my youngest sister is a junior in High School and is starting to get mail from colleges around the country. As I am done w/ college, she likes asking me my opinion about the various institutions I never attended, which usually results in me saying, "I don't know, but their mascot is the Fighting Guava." I know she's highly interested in NYU and Fordham, because she wants to live somewhere cold, and somewhere urban (like NYC). Denver also seems to fit this bill. However, until she received mail from them I don't think I had ever heard of them.
So my question is, how is the school? Is it in the 'burbs or in a more urban area? I think she's planning on being a pysch major (:maddown:), so if you know anything about their program for that, it would be most appreciated.
A preemptive thanks for your help.
Dec 29, 2006, 8:35 PM
My dad received his MBA from there and we have a few forumers that currently attend such as Bunt and 5280. It's a damn good school, but is more renowned for its graduate programs than bachleoretes.
As for urban experience, in the middle of one of the old Denver neighborhoods, has it's own LRT station, but does butt against I-25. Nothing like the urban experiences of NYU, but it's certainly is not the experience of being in a college town.
Dec 29, 2006, 8:41 PM
Yes, it's definitely a western urban campus, for what it's worth. Plenty to do, if that's her concern.
Psych, well, any undergrad psych program will be fine (and probably not make you employable), but for it's worth, DU is not bad.
DU is your classic private liberal arts school... being a big state school kind of guy, I tend to think they are all the same and full of rich white kids who like to ski (not that Boulder wasn't, but that'd beside the point). It's a perfectly good school though... and definitely growing and becoming more reputable by the year (due in large part, like sombody said, to the grad programs)... I can certainyl answer specific questions if you have any.
My ten cents' worth - if your choices are Fordham, NYU, and DU... you ill be fine. Pick based on the package, the atmosphere, and location... academically you have nothing to worry about. (although for getting into grad school, I'd have to think NYU would but you up a small notch - but not too much). I'm not as much a stickler about undergrad... go someplace you'll be happy, because for the most part your undergrad school does not matter. It'll get you into a good grad school, or it won't, and all of those will.
Hell, Condi went to DU :)
Dec 29, 2006, 8:56 PM
Hell, Condi may be teaching there in a couple years.
Dec 29, 2006, 9:58 PM
I think it's a great school. I believe it is at 10,000 students now? Many of the graduate programs are highly rated. The campus just gets nicer and more beautiful with tons of improvements and new buildings completed and still happening. Most of the facilities are now top-notch. Being next to light rail really helps, and it's in a nice and constantly transforming city neighborhood with many walkable shops and stores nearby. DU has played in all levels of Division I-A sports for a few years now, and has been pretty competitive in soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, and of course...hockey and skiing. It has recently won National Division I championships in both hockey and skiing. A friend of mine is one of the admissions counselors.
Dec 29, 2006, 11:05 PM
you can't spell dumb without DU
Dec 29, 2006, 11:59 PM
Cool, thanks for the tips, Ill be sure to show this thread to her.
Dec 30, 2006, 12:09 AM
DU also offers great study abroad options and experiences. I enjoyed two programs offered by the school as an undergrad, and the school actively encourages study abroad. As far as location, the school is not centrally located like NYU, but it does have lightrail and getting downtown is fairly easy. The Pysch department is pretty good and will definitely be a nice stepping stone to grad school in the field. My two-cents.:tup:
Dec 30, 2006, 2:05 AM
I start at DU on wednesday (orientation on tuesday) and have seen nothing but good things thus far!
Dec 30, 2006, 3:57 AM
I bumped some pics I took of DU back in October. I think the general consensus here is correct. The grad programs are very good, but the undergraduate programs are probably a mixed bag. I attend the DU law school and have found it to be a really really good decision. I've had some friends that attended the MBA program and they've done very well since. The best thing about DU is that it is constantly getting better. The campus has improved dramatically and the school has been on a huge construction binge. The athletic facilities are awesome for students. I use the pool on occasion for lap swimming and noticed Michelle Kwan swimming next to me one day last semester. Apparently, she has been taking classes at DU and recovering from injuries. The new LRT to DU is awesome. I ride it from Union Station to DU all the time now. My biggest complaint is the cost of attending DU. I think CU is like 1/3 the cost of attending DU. I suppose that is typical of private v. public schools. I can't imagine going to undergrad at a private school because of the high tuition.
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