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Old 04-01-2013, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, Im getting to that point where i'm starting to look at colleges and was wondering if you guys had any suggestions. I really want to snowboard in college, hopefully 2+ days a week. I've been looking all around and have found some good schools with relatively low Out-of-state tuition.

Major: Engineering (mechanical, electrical, or computer, not sure yet)
GPA: 3.8
ACT: 28

I've looked at:
Boise State
Montana State
U of Colorado @ Colorado Springs
U of Minnesota


Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the exact line of thinking that brought me to University of Montana, Missoula...Snowbowl is only 20 mins away...not sure how they rate for engineering though
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Colorado Springs fucking sucks. That's all I have to say about that.
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College passes are cheap usually. At least they are on the east coast. You can schedule all your classes on two days a week...or take only early classes that no one else rushes to sign up for. I used a combo of both strategies over my 4 years.

I cant speak to west coast schools but RPI (Rensselaer Polytech) is equidistant to Stratton, Mt Snow, Gore and Whiteface (2 hrs) so you could be on the mountain by noon to 12:30 everyday. For weekends Its maybe 6 hours to Sunday River and Killington. Slightly longer to Jay Peak. And RPI has decent Div 1 hockey to boot.

Maybe its something you want to do for a career. Doesnt Colorado St have a ski/snowboard industry program? Not sure if resort mgmt is a good career path with global climate change and all...but it should get you to 65.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey all, Im getting to that point where i'm starting to look at colleges and was wondering if you guys had any suggestions. I really want to snowboard in college, hopefully 2+ days a week. I've been looking all around and have found some good schools with relatively low Out-of-state tuition.

Major: Engineering (mechanical, electrical, or computer, not sure yet)
GPA: 3.8
ACT: 28

I've looked at:
Boise State
Montana State
U of Colorado @ Colorado Springs
U of Minnesota


Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Take Minnesota off the list. We don't even have mountains My wife is from Montana and I love it out there.

Seriously though, go to the school that is the best choice for your education, future employment and post school earning potential. Snowboarding will take care of itself if you think about those things first. Good luck.
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What about the University of Utah?

Its a pretty good school all around and the access to multiple mountains cannot be beat.

I currently attend a dental school in SLC and the main reason I applied here was to snowboard.....

SLC is an interesting place, probably not the best place for night life, but if you love to board, I cant see a better place.
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I have looked at utah. Id KILL to go there, but their outofstate tuition is so dam high. 37000 total cost a year i think. :/.
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Add U of Nevada, Reno to your list.The engineering program here is ranked pretty high among public institutions and Tahoe is only 40 minutes away.

I'm a mech engineer student and have gotten around 40 days this season. Tahoe was the final reason for why I decided on UNR
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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.

From the schools you listed, Im not familiar with how they are academically.

Best of luck in your search!
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Oregon State --> Bend, OR --> Mt. Bachelor
Lewis and Clark --> Portland, OR --> Mt. Hood
Western Washington University --> Bellingham, WA --> Mt. Baker
University of Puget Sound (I went here, expensive though) --> Tacoma, WA --> Crystal and Stephens Pass
University of Washington --> Seattle, WA --> Same as above

East coast: University of Vermont --> Burlington, VT --> Jay peak and some others
University of Maine at Farmington, ME --> Farmington, ME (kinda nowhere) --> Sugarloaf

Choosing a place based on where you can ride is not a bad idea, as long as the school has a good program that you are interested in. I chose the University of Puget Sound, because it has an amazing science program and it 1:45 from Crystal and 2ish to Stephens Pass. And for a long weekend, Baker or Hood are only 3 to 4 hours away. You have a great GPA, so getting scholarships is totally possible. Keep that in mind. I had deans list and one for science, so for a few years I had 10 grand off my $40,000/year education. Then I realized how much better the ganja was on the west coast and lost my Dean's list scholarship... but hey, I was having a GREAT time!

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