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Which college would be better to go to?

I'm currently deciding between two colleges right now, Binghamton University and University of Colorado Boulder. I'm leaning towards Boulder however I don't know if leaving New York would grant me the same opportunities as Colorado would. My hope is to go into the film industry but I'm going to get a degree in Physics/Computer Science as well as a fall back.

Thank you comment icon Actually I would really leave it up to you to decide which way to go. You want to be the captain of your own ship and not have a reason to follow what someone else says to do because you ultimately have to live with the decision. Just try real hard at whatever you plan to do with your life because NO ONE can stop the SUN from rising in the morning. One day you will understand what I mean! Godspeed Si'van Renea Gott

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Bob’s Answer

Both are superb schools. SUNY Binghamton will not offer you the full panoply of activities the you can find at a major state school, i.e. many team sports, etc. Accordingly your focus at the SUNY school will more likely be on academics, whereas Colorado will offer you many other activities to compete for your time.

To me, your choice should hinge on which school offers the strongest curriculum and faculty in the major(s) you wish to pursue. If that's Colorado, then I'd opt for it even with the distractions. If that's SUNY B, then that should be your choice.

Good luck, and let us know if you have follow on questions.
Thank you comment icon I totally agree! Also look at how big the schools are/class sizes and what you're looking to get out of college. Jill McKay
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Mary’s Answer

I remember being in high school and excited about looking at my options. I wanted to be a filmmaker, was already working in the industry for several years in my local city, was a straight A student with all the extras and had the world before me. I ended up choosing the most prestigious film school in the country which happened to be the most expensive. I ended up with student loan debt that required me to work for pay immediately and limited my career options on where I wanted to go in life.

Unfortunately, the best advice for getting into film from all of the top directors, screenwriters, camerapeople, etc who visited the school to give us students advice was to "work for free on film and tv projects for a year or more to make connections" or to get an (unpaid) internship at a studio. Nearly every professional that was making it in the film and tv industry never went to film school at all or, if they did, already had connections in film through nepotism, internships, or couch surfing for a few years while they got their feet into the industry through unpaid or low wage gigs.

If I could go back and give myself advice, which I'm giving you now, is to go the cheapest route for college and don't go to film school at all. I know you're looking for physics/computer science but this still applies. I was in one of the top schools in America and it really didn't matter in my career whatsoever. What matters is, "Do you have a college degree?" If yes, then you can apply to any job in your field. No one cares which school you've gone to land a job interview. They care if you're qualified and if your personality is a good fit. The one exception to this is if you want to go the PhD academia route it MAY impact your connections and resources.

So, what school can you choose to give you the least amount of debt? Prestigious doesn't always mean best. Community colleges can be great, too, where you then transfer to a four year university later. Great teachers can be found at state schools and community colleges. Being debt free (or as close to it) will give you the most options in life.

I ended up in IT after college and don't regret my career path in the least. But I do wish I'd made more prudent decisions about college without getting caught up in the shiny aspects of it all.
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Gabriela’s Answer

Hi Hunter! Personally, I would choose SUNY Binghamton. I currently attend a CUNY and have had the same opportunities as those who have gone off to private universities. I am interning, participating in clubs, and meeting new people. Binghamton offers a fun campus environment, affordable tuition that will most likely leave you debt free, and a great Physics program. They have research opportunities and programs.

I'd ultimately look at the financial aspect of selecting a college and what college is best for your major.
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Nathaniel’s Answer

Unless you have a carer in mind then to begin at a junior college will save you a chunk or change. The first 2 years are usually just required for any career so that you are not only exposed to different challenges but you also get to use your schooling as a "gym" for your brain. You need to make your brain very flexible and learning stuff you have never been exposed to before can give you the confidence to do anything. As you grow you will find that you might be gifted at something you had never expected to excel at. Then you can find a school that has a good track record in teaching that subject and then you aren't wasting your or your family's savings.
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Clint’s Answer

There are a few things/themes I am hearing which lend itself to a level of confidence & decisiveness in your final decision, BUT I am also recognizing a conflicting key factors.

I was a Guidance Counselor for 8 years, and am NOT a 'spreadsheet/worksheet' decision-maker. That being said, I would def. meet with your counselor, see what resources they may possess, & outline the most important factors for your decision to which I do not have an understanding of the financial component & possible assistance.

Binghampton & Boulder; the two B's. Both cold weather but different climates. New York appears to be what you know, but how much time have you spent at Boulder and/or where do their notable graduates typically/trend towards landing? Networking and connections do go a long way, getting away from your comforts can force you to develop in ways perhaps you did not know, yet family/friends and being able to quickly get back home can be a comfort many enjoy.

I would outline the various factors & prioritize them before assessing. Your current academic standing might lend itself to striving to be successful at Boulder (?), the majors/degrees might align and be relatively similar at both schools (compare avg. GPAs, Alum, Diff. Fields, $$$, ACT/SAT, & the level of professor). If furthering your education becomes a goal, you can always return home or vice versa. The typical high school joke is obviously the legalization of marijuana, etc. in Colorado; I would consider and assess the standard/type of overall wellness and lifestyle students/graduates from each school trend towards attaining/maintaining.

Personally; I went away for undergrad. and made solid career contacts in the area but was indecisive about not returning home. BE SELFISH & I would advocate striving for success and NOT undervaluing who you are and what you can achieve.

I think I just threw quite a few ideas out, but I would create a list that is prioritize and comparative; and lastly, majors often can steer you to a path you never dreamed of. Success breeds success.
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Chris’s Answer

Depending on what you would like to major in or focus on - such as film - I would compare and contrast what each school has to offer in that specific area. One school might have a better business degree program while the other school may have better film degree opportunities. I would also definitely consider the overall cost for the degree. If one school is twice the price as the other to gain a degree, I would consider whether the potential career you have after graduating will pay enough to be worth the extra cost. Additionally, I would also research the city/area the school is in. If it is in a larger city or more vibrant area, there may be more internship and job opportunities whereas if it's in a more remote area, there may be less opportunities. You can also reach out to alumni of each school on LinkedIn to ask their experience at the school and where they are now in their career. After talking to a few people, you will quickly get a sense of "I'm so glad I went there, and I have a great career now" VS "I thought it was ok and had fun, but I'm not where I thought I would be." If possible, try to talk to alumni who went there and also majored in the same (or a similar) area that you would like to.
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James Constantine’s Answer

Hey there, Hunter!

Choosing the right college is a significant step in your academic journey, and it's essential to weigh different aspects like academic offerings, location, opportunities, and personal inclinations. When it comes to Binghamton University and the University of Colorado Boulder, each has its own distinct merits. The key is to remember that the "best" college for you is one that aligns with your personal goals and priorities.

Binghamton University, nestled in Binghamton, New York, is a renowned public research institution and part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It boasts a wide array of academic programs across diverse disciplines. The university is particularly acclaimed for its programs in sciences, engineering, business, and liberal arts. If you're keen on Physics or Computer Science, Binghamton University can offer you a robust foundation in these areas.

One of the perks of studying at Binghamton University is its close proximity to major cities like New York City and Boston. This opens up a world of opportunities for internships, networking events, and potential job avenues in fields like film or computer science. Plus, being in New York State, you'll have access to a lively arts and culture scene, which could be a boon if you're aiming for a career in the film industry.

On the flip side, the University of Colorado Boulder, located in Boulder, Colorado, is a public research university known for its strong programs in engineering, environmental sciences, business, and the arts. If you're eyeing a career in the film industry, studying at the University of Colorado Boulder could immerse you in a thriving arts community. Boulder itself boasts a dynamic film scene and hosts various film festivals throughout the year.

Moreover, Colorado offers unique opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and rock climbing. If you cherish an active lifestyle or love being close to nature, the University of Colorado Boulder could be an attractive choice for you.

In terms of academic programs, both Binghamton University and the University of Colorado Boulder have reputable Physics and Computer Science departments. It's crucial to delve into the specific courses, faculty, and research opportunities at each institution to see which aligns better with your academic interests.

When it comes to opportunities in the film industry, it's important to remember that while Colorado's film industry is on the rise, it may not be as well-established or wide-ranging as New York's. New York City, in particular, is a major hub for film and television production, offering a plethora of opportunities for internships, networking, and potential job prospects. However, with technological advancements and the rise of remote work, you can pursue a career in the film industry from various locations.

In the end, the choice between Binghamton University and the University of Colorado Boulder should hinge on your personal preferences, career aspirations, and the specific opportunities each institution can offer. It could be beneficial to visit both campuses (if feasible) or connect with current students or alumni to gain deeper insights into their experiences.

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State University of New York (SUNY) - www.suny.edu
Binghamton University - www.binghamton.edu
University of Colorado Boulder - www.colorado.edu

May your efforts be blessed abundantly!
James Constantine.
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Eileen’s Answer

what works best for you academically and financially. Colorado is great - and suny bing is very competitive. For math - Suny Bing is where actuaries are made!
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