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Old 12-07-2009, 07:01 PM    (permalink
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Default I'm A College Boy!

I'm active military and just got selected for a program that allows me to go to college full time while still active duty.
I'm enlisted now and after I get my degree I will be commissioned.

My question is... I've been accepted to Oregon State, Penn State, U of Arizona and U of New Mexico.

WHAT'S THE BEST SCHOOL TO GO TO?!
I'm going for Mechanical Engineering.
Married with a little boy... so something family friendly would be nice.
Cost of living? Quality of school?
Anyone go to any of these universities? Or live in the area close by?


Help me out!!!
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I don't think you can go wrong with Oregon State, Penn State, or Arizona. I don't know much about either of the aforementioned schools mechanical engineering programs, though.

Congratulations regardless.
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If I remember correctly from my time at RPI a lot of the mechanical engineers I knew applied to both RPI and Penn State because both RPI's and Penn State's engineering departments always ranks fairly well in national publications. I've also visited Penn State while looking at Ph.D. programs and have had two different professors who earned Ph.D.s there and it always seems like it is viewed as a pretty nice college town.
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All very good academically in general aside from the U of New Mexico which I don't know much about.

Do some research on the programs. Visit if you can. Depending on your family, decide on where you'd like to raise your child/ the proximity of your extended family.

You can't make a wrong decision here it seems. Congrats man and best of luck.

By the way, thanks for serving!
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Hey congrats man, that is great news and a terrific opportunity. I don't know too much about those schools but I have plenty of family in New Mexico and they all love it.
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go 2 U of A out of all those schools
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I'm active military and just got selected for a program that allows me to go to college full time while still active duty.
I'm enlisted now and after I get my degree I will be commissioned.
1. I never knew you were in the military, what branch and MOS?

2. Is this like a "Green to Gold" program? If it is I have some advice for you.
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Go to Cal Poly Pomona :P

U of A is the only one I've been to and it's really nice and relatively inexpensive. The only bad thing is you'll be spending the summers there.
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Thanks to everyone. I'm still active duty and don't have the ability to visit.
I actually have to give my career counselor my selection by Monday so all I have to go by is Google and what friends (yes, that includes you guys!) have told me.

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1. I never knew you were in the military, what branch and MOS?

2. Is this like a "Green to Gold" program? If it is I have some advice for you.
1- I'm in the Navy. MOS? That's not a navy term so I'll guess. What's my job? Rank? I'm an E-6 and I'm a Nuclear Machinist Mate. Basically, I'm a mechanic that works on Nuclear reactors and its auxiliary systems. I'm stationed in upstate NY as an intructor at the nuke schools.

2- Again- not sure but I'm guessing yes. I'm going from Blue to Gold so it makes sense.... advice? I could always use some. Let me know.
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2- Again- not sure but I'm guessing yes. I'm going from Blue to Gold so it makes sense.... advice? I could always use some. Let me know.
I know when I was in the Army, Green to Gold programs only sent you to HBU's and you had to already have 30 - 60 college hours.

Make sure you look into what field you will get your commission in, I know a ton of Green to Gold people who had no choice but to branch "Needs of the Army", which meant most of them ended going MP or Chemical Corps. I'm sure having a family already will influence what you want.

Will you go from E-6 to O-1(E)? In any case, I've always felt that the best officers were former NCO's anyway. Good Luck.
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I know when I was in the Army, Green to Gold programs only sent you to HBU's and you had to already have 30 - 60 college hours.

Make sure you look into what field you will get your commission in, I know a ton of Green to Gold people who had no choice but to branch "Needs of the Army", which meant most of them ended going MP or Chemical Corps. I'm sure having a family already will influence what you want.

Will you go from E-6 to O-1(E)? In any case, I've always felt that the best officers were former NCO's anyway. Good Luck.

Nah, this program (Seaman To Admiral-21) doesn't require you to have any credits. I actually have zero bc I joined right after high school.
I also got picked up for the Nuclear field so that's what I'll be doing after commissioning.
You're also right. I'll go from E-6 to O-1E.
I feel you. I also thought the best officers were prior enlisted.
i'm hoping to continue that trend...
The best part of this program is that for the next 3 yrs I'll be active duty
but the only thing I'll have to do is go to college full time.
I'll continue to get E-6 pay and money for school. Then 3 yrs from now i'll return to the fleet.
I've been in 7 yrs. After commissioning I'll be half way to retirement. Sweetness. I'll retire at 37 with 0-4 pay (hopefully)
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Sweet deal. Will they use up you GI Bill money, or will you still get that after you retire?

Navy does have GI Bill, right?
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Actually No. It's weird when it comes to finances.
They give me 10K/year for college. I can apply for FAFSA/scholarships and grants
I can not use my GI Bill, Tuition Assistance or any other military college financial help.

I'll be applying for every scholarship. Better believe it.
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Actually No. It's weird when it comes to finances.
They give me 10K/year for college. I can apply for FAFSA/scholarships and grants
I can not use my GI Bill, Tuition Assistance or any other military college financial help.

I'll be applying for every scholarship. Better believe it.
You should also look into residency rules for tuition. Some schools you could pay in-state rates if you live there for even a small amount of time.
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^^^True. I do have to look into all that mumbo jumbo.
I've heard that some states (none come to mind at the moment) that allow active military to pay in state tuition. Anything to save money.
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Not an option. It's home page looked nice!
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Sucks. If I was engineering, that'd be my choice
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https://www.sta-21.navy.mil/education.asp

•University of Arizona

•Auburn University
•The Citadel

•University of Idaho

•University of Illinois

•University of Kansas

•University of New Mexico

•North Carolina State University

•Oregon State University

•Pennsylvania State University

•Purdue University

•Southern University and A&M College

•SUNY Maritime College

•University of South Carolina

•University of Texas

•University of Utah

•University of Washington

•University of Wisconsin



Those are the only schools I'm allowed to go to.
RPI would be a good school to go to as well. It's nearby where I live now.
I'll go wherever the Navy'll send me though.

Penn State is looking real good right now due to Wally's post
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Academically Wisconsin, Texas, and Penn State are probably the best on the list. I dunno which has the best mechanical engineering program tho.
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•University of Arizona

•Auburn University
•The Citadel

•University of Idaho

•University of Illinois

•University of Kansas

•University of New Mexico

•North Carolina State University

•Oregon State University

•Pennsylvania State University

•Purdue University

•Southern University and A&M College

•SUNY Maritime College

•University of South Carolina

•University of Texas

•University of Utah

•University of Washington

•University of Wisconsin



Those are the only schools I'm allowed to go to.
RPI would be a good school to go to as well. It's nearby where I live now.
I'll go wherever the Navy'll send me though.

Penn State is looking real good right now due to Wally's post
In terms of Engineering the best schools on that list (really the best schools overall on that list) are these:

U of Illinois (I assume you mean the Champaign/Urbana campus)
U of Wisconsin (I assume you mean the Madison campus)
Purdue University
University of Texas (I assume you mean the Austin campus)




U of Washington

Those four schools above are generally in the Top 40 nationally ranked undergraduate programs. U of Illinois and Wisconsin are ranked I believe T-32nd overall (7th among public universities) and the other two are not far behind. Illinois is a better engineering school but I know Wisconsin is also up there, especially for nuclear engineering. Wisconsin has its own nuclear reactor on campus for research, etc and apparently that's pretty rare. Wisconsin also has the highest federal research grant program in the entire nation meaning more money pumped into research programs.
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Damn man, congratulations, those are some excellent choices and you should be set with whatever you take.


Out of your original choices I think you would love University of Arizona. All the beautiful females aside since your married and that's not your driving force(but I had to mention it since I think they have one of the best rated campuses for beautiful women and it's so true) but the campus is beautiful, so is the outside area. Then again, most of those schools probably are but I have heard nothing but good things about that school, and I've visited there and know how great of a place it is.


I do know that Univ. of Texas has some superb academics, in the entire country. Obviously they aren't the only school on that list, but it's definately up there with one of the best you can go to.


I think any of those schools would look great with a degree though so I'd take an education from pretty much anywhere you listed and be proud.
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My deadline is Monday and I've been accepted to PSU and UNM. (Notified by email)
I gave up on Arizona bc the LT there is a dick and I'm not trying to deal with that while I'm in ROTC.
Oregon State said they'll have a decision for me today.

With my deadline so close- PSU is the only acceptance letter I have in hand.
UNM is still in the mail and OSU will probably be sent out today or tomorrow.
I love PSU as a school and I like what I've seen of their ROTC unit.
I like UNM's location and is far more affordable. The ROTC seems cool too.
I'm leaning to UNM if I get the acceptance letter in time...
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I gave up on Arizona bc the LT there is a dick and I'm not trying to deal with that while I'm in ROTC.
Get used to that. Every O-1 to O-2 assigned to an ROTC battalion:
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What they don't realize is they are there because no one else wants them, but the military has decided that they can't throw them away due to all the money they have invested in their training.

When I got to ROTC, I made sure I wore my NCOPLD ribbon so they knew I had been prior service and wouldn't play their BS.
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NC State is awesome... no bias here... patriots fans are always welcome.

(I'm a mathematics and computer science undergraduate about to finish his degree; will be done in Spring 2011).
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