I was wondering what Cyburbians thought about a few programs as I am trying to transfer from a California community college and am going to start applying soon. I've got a 3.0 and have completed the normal urban planning GEs (I think). I won't be able to get financial aid due to my family's tax bracket, but cost is an issue.
I'm pretty much set on SF State; I love the city and grew up an hour and a half south, so I wouldn't really be leaving my home grounds to go here. That and as an in-state resident the costs are low. But I want to check out other programs as well. Here's a list of schools I'm considering, some of which I know a lot about, some of which I don't.
McGill in Montreal - has a 'geography of urban spaces' degree or something that seems really interesting. Pricey for sure, though, and not sure I could transfer in. Oh and I love Montreal.
Portland State has always been an option and is a close backup. Not sure I want to be part of the Portland cult though (although I might have the wrong impression).
University of Washington Seattle seems interesting and I've been told is pretty 'radical' in the old sense
Ryerson and York, Toronto Never been to the golden horseshoe but I've heard good things. Any Canadians have opinions on these places?
I'm very open to suggestions but I've given up on the higher echelons of upper education bc my transcript isn't that hot and I'm not made of hundred dollar bills. I'm picky and don't like certain cities (LA, San Diego, Boston - personal taste) and can't live in smaller areas without suffocating (AND I believe urban planning colleges should ALWAYS be in cities). If there's any college that avoids those pitfalls and sticks out, feel free to plug it.
Thanks for reading and responding, if anyone does.