KAMALAGRAD Posted April 14, 2010 Share Posted April 14, 2010 So I was all set to go to Syracuse when today I just found out I got into USC. I had thought my craptastic GRE scores would keep me out of the running, but I guess the USC adcomm saw past them. The bad part is that at least with USC, they have flat out told me that I will not be considered for any merit-based scholarships or assistantships. So thought, I'd get some fellow posters advice. Also, the specific programs I got into were print journalism for USC and magazine, newspaper and online journalism for Syracuse. Here are also some categories I have thought out and who I think wins. Cost: Syracuse is only $36,000 a year and is a one year program, while USC cost $54,000 a year and is a two year program. I have not gotten the info back about Syracuse scholarships/financial aid(should be in, within the next few days), but just given this info, I think the winner is clear. Winner: Syracuse. Location: Yes, most people would probably go with USC, but I am an East Coaster originally, who has been living in southern California for what feels like far too long. Winner: Syracuse. Prestige: This is where USC really seems to have an advantage. While Syracuse's Newhouse college has a great reputation, USC in general is a big deal and there journalism school is no exception. Winner: USC. Ability to Advance in Academics for a PhD: Both USC and Syracuse have PhD programs that I may be interested in based on how well I enjoy my master's program. However, there are other PhD programs I am interested in, at least somewhat in communication in other schools. I would have to say that in getting into these programs, having two years to build up a more impressive academic record in a school that generally has a better reputation would work to my advantage. Winner: USC. For what it is worth in the roughly two weeks I have to decide I have really been leaning toward Syracuse. I even went so far as to think that I would only consider USC if they offered me a really good financial aid package, which is obviously not the case. However, actually receiving that nice, fat acceptance letter gives a feeling that really can't be prepared for. So any advice? Comments? Suggestions? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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