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It's expensive to go to college in Maine!

  1. Oct 21, 2009 #1

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    Maine is a rural state with only a little over a million people. We've got some really expensive private schools, but I was quite surprised to see that 3 of our private schools (Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby) were among the top 25 most expensive schools in the US. Dartmouth is a bit further down the list, but my cousin's daughter was able to attend there on an almost full-boat scholarship (including foreign study) because of her academic excellence and an affirmative-action effort based on the fact that she is about 1/2 Oglala Sioux.

    http://www.campusgrotto.com/colleges-with-the-highest-total-cost.html
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2009 #2
    HOLY <insert multiple swear words here>!

    50 grand a YEAR!!

    Makes me so bloody glad I live in the UK. 5 years at Uni cost me £24K + living expenses.


    Edit: Actually that isnt as bad as I first thought.
     
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  4. Oct 21, 2009 #3

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    Dartmouth isn't in Maine. Isn't it in NH? (As opposed to the Dartmouth Campus of University of MA, which is yet another of those universities that tries to co-opt a bigger university's name, which annoys me to no end.) Maine doesn't have a state university, does it? Are there any other states that don't have a state university?
     
  5. Oct 21, 2009 #4

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    Dartmouth is in northern NH. Maine has a very nice land-grant university (the University of Maine) that is a leader in structural materials involving wood.
     
  6. Oct 21, 2009 #5

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    Keep in mind, that's for private colleges. Public universities are *much, much* cheaper.

    Annual tuition at my alma matter (University of Washington) for a resident undergrad: http://www.washington.edu/admin/pb/home/pdf/tuition/2009-10-tf-annual.pdf".
     
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  7. Oct 21, 2009 #6

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    "..about 1/2..."

    You're gonna have to explain that one.
     
  8. Oct 21, 2009 #7
    With such a massive price difference, are public Universities considered inferior to private? Or are public universities the norm and private extra special?
     
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  9. Oct 21, 2009 #8

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    I knew her father and her mother well. John was about as full Sioux as you could get.
     
  10. Oct 21, 2009 #9

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    In my opinion, no, not at all. You can find the full spectrum of excellent-to-poor education quality in both private and public universities.
     
  11. Oct 21, 2009 #10

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    Private just means you spend a lot more money for nothing much special. For a weaker student who needs a lot of coddling and spoon-feeding, a private university might be beneficial, but mostly it's like the difference between designer jeans and no-name jeans...the designer ones might come with a fancy label and expensive price tag, but the no-name ones do just as good of a job of keeping your bottom covered.
     
  12. Oct 22, 2009 #11

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    Yup, gotta remember conversion rate :)
     
  13. Oct 22, 2009 #12

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    The best private universities are better than the best public universities. But overall, there's not that much difference. I went to a top-notch public university, myself.
     
  14. Oct 22, 2009 #13
    Yeah but it cost me 24000GBP for 5 years, which even after conversion means half a decade cost less than 1 year at a private University in the US.

    It seems that it's about comparable to public Uni though, I was lucky that I only paid £1250 in tuition fees as I started before the introduction of top up fees. People going now would pay £3200 a year, and they are thinking of putting it up to £6k per year. Which is an utter joke.
     
  15. Oct 22, 2009 #14

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    Keep in mind MIT will probably accept only so many coming from families who make less that $75k.
     
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