One thing I might add as you consider your school of choice, since you indicate that you want to get a four year degree while you get your ratings. Try to remember, wherever you go, you are going to be there FOUR years. In addition to the education, college can truly be a GREAT experience. I peronally would not care to go to some out of the way 4 year school unless they had a fantastic program at a phenominal price. As I said, I went to Purdue and the experience at a Big 10 school (or any other major conference) is beyond words. Some people prefer the smaller schools but, I believe that at least subconciously, if you have a major university on you diploma, you do sometimes have an advantage in the job market. Not to mention the campus life. For example, Purdue has been to a football bowl game the last 4 years and on Jan 1st will play in the Rosebowl (Go Boilers!). Indiana is a big basketball state and the college basketball is great. Additionally, you can find nearly any organization or club on a major campus... not so at your smaller schools. If you are into playing sports yourself, the student gym at Purdue is amazing not to mention the intermural sports programs. There is everything from flag football leagues to fencing clubs.
In summary, if you truly are interested in a four year degree, why not check out the large university programs. You are already commiting to a 4 year "hitch". Why not pack as much into it as you can. As they say "Youth is wasted on the young!" Don't waste yours! I didn't (and still am not!)
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