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Old 04-03-2013, 11:34 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Thats a bummer.

I only suggested the Univeristy of Utah because its actually a good school academically and its close proximity to multiple mountains.
For engineering it's Utah State or bust, and it's not even close. Logan is a pretty cheap place to live, but if you think SLC nightlife is bad Logan will depress you. Beaver Mountain is about 30 minutes from campus, and as fun a little resort as it is they just don't get that much snow. Snow Basin is probably an hour, BCC/LCC stuff is probably more like 2 hours.

So, if they're looking for engineering they need to go to USU. The problem is USU is not in Salt Lake. Another Colorado option would be Colorado School of Mines. Pretty well respected and in Denver.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:55 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Colorado Springs fucking sucks. That's all I have to say about that.
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It really is a truly awful place, don't do it.
I thought this needed confirmed, again.

I think Montana or Utah wins for you.

South Dakota School of Mining and Technology (SDSMT) in Rapid City, S.D is also a great engineering school.
40 min drive to Terry Peak, small mtn but 1000vert with 3 high speed quads, the Park will hopefully get better, fun rails and boxes but the jumps suck. Black Hills are a good time in the summer as well.

I grew up in that area, so I guess I'll advertise. haha.

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Old 04-04-2013, 05:40 AM   #23 (permalink)
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It really is a truly awful place, don't do it.
I thought this needed confirmed, again.
OK, I'll bite. What makes C-Springs truly awful? I've got no dog in this fight, but I've been there (long ago). Mostly just curious as to what evoked 2 such strong opinions. Seems like a decent sized town, near Denver. College options might be a bit limited.

As for OP, I just came back from the US Collegiate Snowsports National Championships in Sun Valley, and 3 schools stood out, Rocky Mountain College, Sierra Nevada College, and Colorado Western States (in Gunnison, not sure of the exact name).

Not engineering schools, probably, but seemed like they had well developed snowsports programs in general, and were well located for that. Just a thought, not an endorsement.

I got my Mech Eng degree from the Naval Academy 20 years ago, and looking back I'd say that book learned eng is mostly the same at any school that offers a program. What would break a program out for me (when my boys start looking) is the lab/practical application facilities, it's proximity to internship opportunities, and relationships the school may have with the fields you're interested in (aviation, nuclear, naval architecture, civil, etc).

Good luck, exciting times, for sure!
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:36 PM   #24 (permalink)
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So, if they're looking for engineering they need to go to USU. The problem is USU is not in Salt Lake. Another Colorado option would be Colorado School of Mines. Pretty well respected and in Denver.
I've looked at utah state. It's like 80-90% mormon or something. Not sure how I would fit in. (Don't have anything against mormons). I've also looked at (and toured) school of mines. Sweet school but WAYYY to expensive, just like every school in CO :P.
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South Dakota School of Mining and Technology (SDSMT) in Rapid City, S.D is also a great engineering school.
40 min drive to Terry Peak, small mtn but 1000vert with 3 high speed quads, the Park will hopefully get better, fun rails and boxes but the jumps suck. Black Hills are a good time in the summer as well.

I grew up in that area, so I guess I'll advertise. haha.
Ill look into it! South Dakota seems like and odd place to go but heck right now Ill go anywhere to get out of the southern midwest.
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As for OP, I just came back from the US Collegiate Snowsports National Championships in Sun Valley, and 3 schools stood out, Rocky Mountain College, Sierra Nevada College, and Colorado Western States (in Gunnison, not sure of the exact name).

Not engineering schools, probably, but seemed like they had well developed snowsports programs in general, and were well located for that. Just a thought, not an endorsement.

Good luck, exciting times, for sure!
Checked all those, no engineering:/ I definitely want to go into engineering, no doubt.


Does anybody know anything about Montana State in Bozeman?? I can get a fairly good garunteed scholorship there ($7,500 a year) if I raise my ACT 1 pt. With that the total cost a year is right around $20k. Also, Bridger bowl is 30 min away and Big Sky is only an hour away! I can't even imagine having such a huge ski place that close. Seems like a cool little town with some amazing scenery.

If anyone has more advice I'd love to hear it, thanks!
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Haha my brother is going to a community college up in Mammoth pretty much just for skiing.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:57 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Bozeman is great..frikkn beautiful, cool people, outdoor activities 24/7/365...they got a 40"+ dump in 2 days this year, I was tempted to go over, but we had 24, so...

I go a couple times a year in summer to bring work to a gallery we have there...great food, great microbreweries, never too hot...there's a super music/art fest there in summer, Sweet Pea, big fun

I have a lot of friends who went to school there who loved it...back in the day you would start gathering proof of living there so you could qualify for in-state tuition by your second year, don't know if it still works like that...

It's about 6 hours from here, probably 5 from Glacier Natl Park, which IMO is the most beautiful place in the US, maybe the world

I can go on and on but...it's rad

Ask away if there's something specific....
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Colorado Springs is not the worst place in the world. I have several friends who live there. It is 2 + hours from the ski areas though. Look at Denver (still 90 minutes) or better yet Durango or Gunnison. Fort Lewis and Western State university. If they have your program. Washington suggestions are excellent. Utah and Montana are great ideas too. Colorado can be good but honestly you need to get out of the front range schools and head west in this state.
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If you're going into ME, you're not going to keep above a 3.0 very easily taking too much time away from studying. At least that's my experience so far. I have a 31 ACT. 28 in math & 30 in science. My study habits aren't the best and my grades reflect that. Granted it's easier at some schools than others. But you're going to be taking approx 16 hrs a semester for a 4 year plan. The way I've been going it'll take me 4 1/2 years.
Or any engineering program (not sure about industrial though).

Undergrad engineering is a ton of work and studying. It is a lot harder than high school.

the very first semester is where they start weeding out people, the ones that can't survive then go onto an easier major with much less homework....

I don't miss those days buried in homework.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:30 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Thought I'd check back in with you guys. I recently visited Montana State at Bozeman and I'm speechless. The college is awesome, not to big, not to small. The engineering building is awesome too, the workshops and labs compare to Missouri Institute of Science & Tech, which is a very impressive engineering school. While we were there we visited Bridger Bowl, Big Sky, and Yellowstone. Its insane thinking that only 15 min away is a resort that has tons of trails and a 2000' vertical. Big difference coming from 300' vert and 12 trails lol. My parents are sold, big time, they are even thinking about moving there for retirement! I just hope finances work out and I get the scholorships I need. Also, If I pass my AP tests next year, Ill have around 23 credits at Montana, which is almost a semester and a half. I then could try to take more classes fall semester and less spring semester to really get some good boarding time in.

I am still looking at Boise, but by the looks of Montana, Im not sure if I'll visit the college or not.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:39 PM   #30 (permalink)
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good on ya man..you'll love it

(ps...boise can't touch Boz for the ppl, the town, the scene,the mountain, the proximity....anything)(no idea about the college tho, i'm talking about the important stuff, lol)
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