lateralis wrote:Would you be willing to share your impression with those of us who couldn't attend either session?
First things first...I'll be withdrawing tomorrow morning and putting a decent amount of money back into the pot. I was surprised with some of the schools I got into, and with my VA benefits most scholly money is wasted on me. Hopefully this helps someone out with either an admit or some $$$.
As for my impression? I really really enjoyed the visit. This was my first time in Oregon (other than stopover at airport), and the guy staring at me when I stopped at the gas station threw me off for a second. Didn't know I had to concede the pumping duties!
Anyway, I thought the city was awesome. The school really seemed to feed into the city, although there were some 2/3Ls lined up out of state as well. Alaska jobs, in fact, seemed to have a small contingent there. Still, you can get a very distinct "Portland" vibe as far as jobs. You could definitely tell the environmental focus there as well.
I know they've made a decision to cut class sizes, which I'm sure is mainly market driven. Still, they mentioned this was a distinct effort on their part.
Overall, if I knew I wanted to stay in Oregon/Washington/Alaska (I guess)/maybe Idaho and I got some good $$$ to attend, it wouldn't be a bad option. Just realize that the LST numbers aren't dazzling, but there are certainly comparably-ranked schools that do much worse.
Any other questions, feel free to PM.