Now this year I am transferring. I have researched two schools that I am interested in going to, SUNY Albany and SUNY Buffalo. If I chose to go to SUNY Albany, I would be staying at home. Of course, I will be living at SUNY Buffalo.
I will be a CS major, and SUNY Albany does not have the best CS department. The schools don’t really seem to have a lot of effort on that end. It’s rather small, the classes are more “Information Science,” rather than “Computer Science,” which are totally difference and something that I don’t want to do. I don’t wanna do IS, I wanna do CS. SUNY Albany is a great school (especially for business), but not so well for CS. Even kids that go there for CS, the ones that I have talked to, says nothing bad about it but nothing great about it either.
SUNY Buffalo, on the other hand, is probably the 2nd best with it’s CS department out of all the SUNY schools (Stony Brook is the best). There CS department has seen nothing but growth and improvement, a lot of job/internship opportunities. So they clearly beat SUNY Albany by a mile (to me). However, if I go to SUNY Buffalo, that means I would have to take out more loans than I would for Albany.
My parents are gun ho about me going to SUNY Albany, and I think the only reason is that it’s cheap and I am staying at home. While yes, that really is a big reason, I am on the other side of the fence. Obtaining a CS degree and having access to internships in a already great CS program, while Albany seems to lack this.
Is this being greedy? I am trying to not be greedy, if Albany was great for what I want I wouldn’t even be on here questioning this. I am not doing this because I wanna “go away from home,” or because of, “the name of the school,” (it’s SUNY Buffalo not Stanford). I am just looking at graduating out of college with a job more importantly, and I think my parents are just looking at the pricetag more than what the pricetag is going towards. Am I being greedy? Am I making a good choice? Should I just deal with SUNY Albany and the mediocre CS department?
If I went to SUNY Buffalo, I would have to borrow loans. I would have to take out at least $40k in loans for 2 years (I am a transfer), that will include the Federal Direct Sub. $3.5k I just got in my financial award package. I also have a strong feeling my grandfather will pay for the tuition, so take that away from the $40k loan (tuition is about $6.6k for a year).
Regardless where I go, I will be taking out loans. Just SUNY Buffalo means I will be borrowing a bit more than SUNY Albany. Really, if I go to SUNY Buffalo I would only have to take out a bit more for housing. So is going to a better school costing of a bit more.