I'm currently studying landscape architecture at West Virginia University. I like the program here, the professors are great and I can see why WVU has a top 10 program in LA. The problem is I'm an out of state student taking out loans and having my parents help a lot with expenses. Even with my financial aid, without a bigger scholarship there's a decent chance i might not being able to stay at WVU next year. So I've thinking about transferring to Maryland for Fall 2012. This way I'll save more than $15,000. The thing is that I don't know how good UMD's LA program is. Do they have a good program that competes with WVU's? I know the economy is bad which is why I want to go to a school that will give me the best chance of getting hired. Another thing is that I really like WVU. I've made so many friends and I'm having a great first semester and i'm worried about losing my social life being a transfer student. So i just need some opinions or tips, any information about Maryland's program. Thanks!
Great tips, thank you.
I saw you went to UMD for grad school. How is the LARC program there?
if the program is accredited then you should get a very good education wherever you go.....
the main thing that will get you hired is the quality of your work, not where you went to school...
and that is up to you and how hard you apply yourself....the education is there, it's what you make of it.
there are no guarantees anywhere.
Whatever you do really think it out and get a handle on the transfer situation. Is it really going to save money? If you only have one year left it likely would not save you much, but if you are just starting it may help.
I also would say do not worry about the name of the school on the degree as much, granted that they are both accredited. Some programs have a better reputation with hiring managers, but I don't live in your area so who knows. You could try doing some informational interviews where you want to ultimately work and ask their opinion on that. That contact alone might be enough to overcome a schools lesser reputation.