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    If your looking for a good time and not thinking about what education will lead you to a good job- ask sandytoes for a suggestion (not meaning to put down the actual school he goes to)- he knows all the good surf spots like Jamaica or Amsterdam....

    BUT If your looking for just minimal schooling (2 to 4 yrs) and to be sure that you will find a job out of school- check out a technical school. I went to devry university and had a job right out of school (they have lifetime job placement!) and also got an Electronic Engineering degree. PLUS- they have schools ALL OVER the US- alot of them are near surf! BUT- one thing you will miss out on is the "college life". http://www.devry.edu/locations/search_locations.jsp

    I have spent some time down in Wilmington (for work, not at the school) and I think the area is great! pretty warm year round for the most part- the waves do seem to break different then NJ- but are still really good. The center for Marine Science in UNCW is a really nice building and they keep updating the building/equipment.

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    instead of starting a new thread bringing this one back to life there is a lot of talk about east coast schools, I am looking to get out of here and move west any experiences or advice in any California colleges?? any input would help.

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    I'm a senior this year, I already got into ODU, I also applied to URI in Kingtons, Roger Williams in Bristol, RI, Salve Regina which overlooks Ruggles, UCSB, UCSD, and UCSC, and am thinking about college of charleston or UNCW. if money isnt an issue, have good grades, and dont care about not being close to home, definitely head to one of those 3 UC's. Santa barbara has their own surf break on campus, ucsc is 5 minutes from the ocean, and UCSD is right next to blacks beach. I'm trying to figure out what to do as well, and it all depends on where i get in.

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    better have a backup plan.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Bfsurfside4 View Post
    I'm a senior this year, I already got into ODU, I also applied to ... UCSB, UCSD, and UCSC.... if money isnt an issue, have good grades, and dont care about not being close to home, definitely head to one of those 3 UC's. Santa barbara has their own surf break on campus, ucsc is 5 minutes from the ocean, and UCSD is right next to blacks beach. I'm trying to figure out what to do as well, and it all depends on where i get in.

    you might want to check out the admission stats lately because in recent years UC and Cal State have turned away students who had already been accepted due to mid-year budget cuts. (private cal schools are not affected). good luck man

  5. I'm a junior in High school, and i need some college advice as well... anybody know anything about Salisbury? Or any recommendations for schools under 30 minutes from the beach, and that have a good business program?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spongedude View Post
    you might want to check out the admission stats lately because in recent years UC and Cal State have turned away students who had already been accepted due to mid-year budget cuts. (private cal schools are not affected). good luck man
    Yeah all the cal's are kind of a reach, cause their enrollment is about 94% in state. I also applied to american, roger williams, uri, salve regina, and C of C, and some of those have lower requirements than ODU. I don't really have a top, but I enjoyed just about every campus I visited. any advice would be helpful though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.E.Z. (Surf & Sponge) View Post
    I'm a junior in High school, and i need some college advice as well... anybody know anything about Salisbury? Or any recommendations for schools under 30 minutes from the beach, and that have a good business program?
    Check out stockton college in NJ. They have a 2 in 5 program where in 5 years you can graduate with a BA in business and an MBA. Also the school is 15 mins to AC, 25min to OCNJ and 40mins to Cape May for occasional epic sessions. Good surf scene too

  8. I graduated from flagler, great school. All that I can recommend is that you shouldn't make a decision based on surfing. No matter where you go, if its a short drive from the water, its gonna be surfable. If you staying on the east coast, you are going to suffer from flat spells just like everyone else no matter where you are. So go to a school that supports what you want to study and isn't going to break the bank when you get out. A college degree is a dime a dozen now a days, it all has to do with the networks you make and how involved you get during your stay there.

    I also don't recommend counting out the schools up here in the northeast. If you are like 95% of the people (including myself) I knew in school, you are going to want to stay close to where you went to school because of the networks you created. I found in my experience that down in florida (and much of the south), good paying jobs were hard to come by. If you dont mind piling on the rubber during the winter months there is plenty of great surf and tons of good programs to get involved with.
    Last edited by surfingwasteland; Jan 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfingwasteland View Post
    I also don't recommend counting out the schools up here in the northeast. If you are like 95% of the people (including myself) I knew in school, you are going to want to stay close to where you went to school because of the networks you created. I found in my experience that down in florida (and much of the south), good paying jobs were hard to come by. If you dont mind piling on the rubber during the winter months there is plenty of great surf and tons of good programs to get involved with.
    Great advice. For an example, you might lets say get a job as a marketing director in Wilmington, NC and make $40G a year, whilst the same job even with the same company in Philly you could be making $55G a year. Its true. I always wanted to move away from the Delaware valley but the older I get the more I realize it's the best option for jobs and raising a family. we shall see

  10. Quote Originally Posted by GnarActually View Post
    Great advice. For an example, you might lets say get a job as a marketing director in Wilmington, NC and make $40G a year, whilst the same job even with the same company in Philly you could be making $55G a year. Its true. I always wanted to move away from the Delaware valley but the older I get the more I realize it's the best option for jobs and raising a family. we shall see
    Indeed, however you also gotta take into account the cost of living. Alot of places further north will rape you on living, so that that extra 15gs might not be all it seems. I was making it by the skin of my teeth in florida working in restaurants. Now I make almost triple that and I still just get by in the winter months. I moved from Delaware Valley to Florida, then up to where I am in Rhode Island. Starting to realize it doesn't really matter where you live as long as you can pay your bills. If i could have made it work in Florida, I would have stayed. Good luck mang
    Last edited by surfingwasteland; Jan 9, 2012 at 02:47 PM.