Big School Honors Program or Selective LAC?

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By Lki (Lki) on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 02:57 pm: Edit

I would like to get some more information - and a discussion - on the relative merits of honors programs at state schools as opposed to just going to a top LAC.
As I see it, the benefits of an honors program are as follow:
low tuition :)
special access to faculty (have heard stories about how students in UMD honors program have taught classes to single students)
Great research opportunities (Univ. of Maryland has special program where 12 person multidisciplinary research team actually publishes book @ end of snr year)
Special citations (good for grad school)

If you havent guessed - I'm from Maryland - and if anyone has info on UMD College Park Honors Program(s) (especially gemstone)- i would love it

What are the vaeious tradeoffs
Which would be better - Especially for grad school where school prestige is less of an issue

By Lki (Lki) on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 03:41 pm: Edit


By Lki (Lki) on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 - 10:21 pm: Edit


By Baltodad (Baltodad) on Thursday, May 08, 2003 - 10:59 pm: Edit

UMCP has several different honors programs with a residential component. Gemstone is at the top of the heap and hard to get into (average weighted GPA of 4.31 and average SAT of 1463).

There are also non-residential honors programs in various departments. My son is interested in mechanical engineering at UMCP:

By Lki (Lki) on Saturday, May 10, 2003 - 05:50 pm: Edit


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