You know this already, but searching for colleges will provide lots of results.
seem to have pretty good scores (not sure with the new SAT scores, I
was before they changed it) so here is the whole list of colleges I
would look at with at least a decent education:
University of Colorado (Boulder only, fuck the springs)
University of Utah
University of Nevada-Reno
University of Washington
Montana State University
Western Washington University
University of British Columbia
University of California-Davis
University of Denver (decent size)
Colorado College (again, fuck the spring, but a bit different on a small liberal arts campus)
Lewis & Clark
Seattle Pacific University
Pacific Lutheran University
University of Puget Sound
University of Portland
that covers everything about. Each school will be very different, so
you should really try and narrow down want you want. These are what I
School and Class Size
Location - Big City vs. Small City vs. Suburb vs. Small Town. Visiting helps.
Education - some of the schools above are top tier, others not.
Major - Again, some schools have better programs in specific majors. Find out
Skiing (key one eh?) - Park, Pipe, Pow, cheap pass, drive time, crowds, options, etc, etc. Lots of factors here.
Cost - this could matter, I do not know. Some schools have better financial aid that others.
There are a ton more. Just something to think about. Every school above is sweet in their own way, just need to figure out which is best for you. Each one is pretty close (if not extremely close like Utah) to pretty amazing skiing.
My little bit now: I was born in raised in Boulder, went to high school down the street from CU, and probably would have gone there except that I really wanted to get out of Boulder after 18 years there. Great town, lots of parties and hot girls, good education, skiing is cheap and pretty close.
My next two choices were Puget Sound and UW. I liked UW a lot, but it was just too big, so I chose UPS (2600 kids) which is great because small class sizes work best for me. I can't imagine being in a class of 400. My BIGGEST class this year is 17. Skiing here is great, I ski way more powder than CO and the terrain is better, but expensive (My senior year of HS, I had a Eldora, Copper/Winter Park, and the 5 mountain pass for the same amount of money as I pay for my single ski pass here), and the mountain I ski at has no park. So there are trade offs everywhere.
I would say figure out school size first, as it is the easiest way to direct you. Then go from there. Hopefully this wasn't just rambling and helped a bit.
Let me know if you have any questions about school in the PNW or CO.
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