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Posted on 02/03/2012 7:07:30 PM PST by bauerpauer
Hi Freepers, I'm currently at a community college looking into 4-year colleges/universities outside California and wanted your opinions/suggestions. Here are my criteria: -Conservative (or relatively right-leaning) school. -A state and/or school that allows some sort of open carry or concealed carry permit (on campus if possible). -A good computer science or computer forensics program. -Interested in profiling but not sure which departments teach it. -Core curriculum not overrun by communists/Marxists.
I love Texas.
Questions in criteria are welcome.
Considering these criteria, llow me to heartily urge you to stay away from Umass.
Go to your local jr college. Duh...
Hillsdale College. Hillsdale MI. My son is attending his second year and loves it. So do we.
I live in the San Jaoquin valley and it is conservative. But the universities are all Marxist. Go to Texas. But the schools like UT Austn are crazy liberal too.
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas hands down. But you must be a good and well-prepared student,
There are 5,000 colleges in this country and besides Hillsdale, I doubt I could fit any in that category
Colorado School of Mines
Or, just take SAP and PeopleSoft classes, Agile and PMP training and go for certification. SAP and PeopleSoft programmers can earn $175/hour.
Whatever you do, do NOT go to state universities. They are completely Marxist.
You might also check out the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which is concerned with issues such as free speech and academic freedom. The home page includes a search box in which you can type in the name of a school or search for schools by state. When its page comes up, the school is given a rating (red light for being bad on academic freedom/free speech issues, green for good, yellow for in between), as well as a collection of hypertext links to articles about the school. My own alma mater, Occidental College, didn't fare so well.
Texas Christian University
Not University of Texas
My daughter went to George Mason U. in Fairfax, VA. This school is striving to be a more conservative influence. Rush substitute Walter Williams was the former head of their economics dept and now they have the Mercatus Institute there, which is doing a lot of good eco research from a definitely more conservative/libertarian point of view.
Yes, it IS in the DC area, but that has a lot of good points to it, which I will not belabor here.
Her former bf got a degree in IT from there and he’s got a good job now. So does my kid also, not in IT though.
It is a huge school, with a lot of communter/adult students, it has sororities and frats, but if you are looking for that old school feeling this might not be the place for you.
It might be worth checking out.
Grove City has an excellent computer department. That or Hillsdale. Bring money for both....
I'm not from what you would call a "college family". I am the first in my family to obtain a college degree, and I was able to get that degree only because I joined the U.S. Army right out of high school, got training that landed me a good job, and used my employer's tuition assistance benefit to go to school.
I have a son that just turned 22 years old today. We didn't prepare, during his childhood, for him to go to college. He never had a desire to go to college. As I said, I'm not from a "college family". Though preparation from the start and an expectation of college is natural for many families, it never has been in mine.
Now, my son wants to go to college and get a mechanical engineering degree.
Where do I start?
I'm by no means rich. I'd like him to take care of as much of the financial responsibility as he can (as a 22 year old with little to no credit history)?
What loan/grant/tuition programs have any of you used in a similar situation to send a kid to college/technical school?
College of the Ozarks, Grove City and St. Vincent's also deserve good looks.
My daughter works at a correctional facility associated with St. Vincent's. About 70% of the kids who go through their program do not go back to crime, compared with 30% in the standard prison system. Nice campus and nice kids. We're always impressed when we attend an event there.
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