I'm looking into starting my planning degree this coming January 2012 and I'm wondering where I should go.
I already applied to schools that I can afford (starting mid-year screws me out of assistantships, etc.), are local-ish (good friends/serious girlfriend), and are taking admissions for the Spring semester.
I applied to (in order of my preference to attend)
U of Southern Maine
I've gotten into the middle 3 schools so far. Maine was my last choice and I got accepted into Albany before sending Maine my recommendations so they don't matter. I'm waiting on Rutgers, which is my real preference. I'm a Rutgers alum (undergrad).
The only thing is most people tell me admission to Rutgers will be a hard road for me. I had a bit over a 3.0 in my undergrad ( I want to say a 3.071, but who cares), and that was in Political Science. So GPA-wise I'm just above minimum and well below median (a bit over a 3.4). GRE-wise I got a 1230 V-580 (above median for Rutgers) and Q-650 (at median for Rutgers). Hopefully, my recommendations and statements will get me in. Likelihood of admission?
Either way, my 2nd choice was Temple, but today I found out it is not accredited. I have the ACSP 2010 Guide to planning programs and I that ACSP membership was the accreditation, not PAB. Still I have a slight personal leaning towards Temple over Buffalo/Albany (PAB schools). However, am I going to screw myself over notably by going to Temple instead? How much is PAV accreditation mean besides the extra year of wait time to take the AICP? Also do internships count towards professional experience? I'll hopefully be interning with a local planning department until I start school in January.
So thought? I know it's a lot to take in, and maybe I ranted a bit, but it's a big decision for me career-wise and financially so I want to make as close to a right choice as I can. Also if anyone can weigh in on what they think my Rutgers chances are based on the info provided that would be nice too? Does applying mid-year help or hurt my chances?
Thank you for reading.