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I’m trying to decide on a college.

I want to be writer for a comic book/ animated series one day, and I want to go to college for a creative writing major, but I’m not sure what colleges have the best programs for that sort of thing. I’m going to a early college program so I’ll be starting university with a associate’s and going for a bachelor’s. animation writing entertainment director college majors

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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi, Madison!

Your career goals sound fascinating --

I would recommend beginning your college search toward creative writing with the following schools: https://www.cappex.com/articles/match-and-fit/2020-best-colleges-creative-writing-undergrad-degrees. These are the best undergraduate creative writing programs in the country.

From this list, you can extrapolate what makes a top-tier program, but you should also consider their primary foci in their programs, i.e. genre, etc. You will also want to familiarize yourself with the transfer policies and residency requirements.

Additionally, I would encourage you to also consider the "fit" that each of the colleges would offer you in relation to social, financial, and career aspects, along with the academic.

Good luck to you!
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Shenel’s Answer

Hey Madison,

First, this is such an awesome career choice and a very wise decision to begin with an Associates given how expensive college is in today's world. In addition to what Jennifer suggested, after you narrow down your TOP 10 colleges to your TOP 6 applicant choices. The way you can divide them is:
1. Your top 2 should be your "reach" colleges - meaning it's difficult to get in/ afford, but you love their programs.
2. The next 2 should be the ones that are good "fit" schools or schools that you know you have a chance in getting accepted based upon their requirements and have great programs but there may be one or two things that you would have to negotiate or go without ie moving to another state or affordability.
3. The last 2 are schools with good programs, you are confident you will get accepted into the program but there are more than one things that you may have to change/negotiate.

After narrowing your choices, be sure to include asking about scholarship opportunities for TRANSFER students because the last thing you want to do is leave with a degree and student loan debt. Try to avoid leaving college with debt and no job opportunity. (Try to attain both - if you can!)

Last, it's always great to ask questions when you check out / tour your top 10 colleges: https://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/admission/articles/find-college/essential-college-assessment-questions/

Wherever you choose to go, you're going to do an amazing job!
Sending blessings your way!
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ingrid’s Answer

Further, it is useful to use the website "Niche" as it breaks down colleges by academics, location, majors, fit etc and was helpful for me. I would not base your decisions on US News and World Report. Good luck!
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Fernando’s Answer

Good luck with your associates degree. As for colleges that specialize in creative writing I recommend Full Sail University. I can tell you from first hand experience that the preparation is top notch. They have a solid online curriculum for those who can't be on campus. Be advice that the tuition cost is a bit high, so if you're looking to avoid taking up a student loan you might want to look for other options.
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