« on: February 13, 2006, 06:44:43 AM »
I too was accepted to MSU and had planned on going to MUS or Penn St. I applied to Toledo very late in the year (maybe late March). The reason I applied here was because I found out that I would need a co-singer for my private loans at MSU or PSU, as you know they are both around 25K a year. Toledo is only 12K in state and I was in one of the five MI counties that were considered in state. I also visited MSU and I thought the new building was quite nice. I have known a few people (two) who went to MSU, but one went there suring the move, the other just graduated in 04. Both liked MSU, but one wished he'd gone to Wayne or Toledo to save money.
In both of these schools you will get a good education, MSU is on the rise and should continue to do so. Both degrees will carry well into MI, I think Toledo's is a little better in the metro-Detroit area, but not by much.
As for Toledo...the good and bad
-the profs are very open door and will help you as much as you want
-the administration is actually very good
-our classrooms are top-notch, wireless, plugs at every seat, comfortable chairs (better than MSU's plastic ones)
-we have lockers just like MSU does
-our law school building is on the edge of campus, so no fighting with undergrad traffic
-the overall atmosphere is welcoming and good
-the library is OLD and looks it, it works fine, we have all we need, its just not as nice as MSU
-there is no food place in the law school, you either pack a lunch or eat the free pizza that is around two or three times a week, or run somewhere quick
-we do have a nice speaker series with speakers every week at noon in the auditorium and free pizza is served for the one hour talks - check the website for some examples, but many of the speekers are not listed there
-I like that UT is smaller than MSU, it is a more personable setting, and there are quite a few planned student activities (the golf outing being the highlight)
-we also have a nice rec center on campus that's not too crowded
just a note: if you do get a scholorship at MSU, you may need to stay top 25% or some such thing to keep it. This sounds easy but you will be fighting for that spot against many smart indiviuals and its not hard to end up at 35% or the like. MSU is a great school, but in my eyes its not worth twice the price, and I actually think I am happier here at Toledo than I would've been at MSU.