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Strongest Collegiate Cycling Scene

Old 10-18-09, 09:57 AM
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Strongest Collegiate Cycling Scene

Hi im in my senior year of High School and after thinking about it. I decided to go straight into college because it was hard just to go back to school from the break off in the summer. So if i had decided to take a year off, i would never go back into college. Now that it is that time of year that seniors in high school are deciding which college to apply to, i want to know which region in the US has the best collegiate cycling scene? I hear California and New England are amongst the best. Are there any other colleges out there? And if you can possibly tell me which colleges are best in the area for both education of course and cycling. Thanks you for you time.
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What do you want to major in? Every university has its stronger departments and weaker ones.
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What do you want to major in? Every university has its stronger departments and weaker ones.
primarily business and marketing. Maybe engineering of some sort, Structural probably.
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I believe UCLA and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have great engineering programs and strong cycling teams. UCLA has a good business program.
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University of Michigan has a pretty strong core group. Used to ride with the Varsity team on the weekend when My Ex went there. Nice guys. Sweet bike stores around the area too, ann arbor is great. Check them out. Oh yeah, THere are some sweet rides too.

Central Michigan has a pretty good Club team and there are bikes every where.

And then obviously California, Stanford(Im partial to this place, I used to help at thier swim camps) UCLA, UofC all pretty much surrounded by excellent cycling areas.
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I believe UCLA and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have great engineering programs and strong cycling teams. UCLA has a good business program.
Hows the cost of living in general in California compared to NYC. .
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Hows the cost of living in general in California compared to NYC. .
I'm not sure. I've lived in CA all my life. It's expensive, but I hear so is NY.
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Hows the cost of living in general in California compared to NYC. .
Id say its probably close to the same, but thats all going to depend on where in CA you move...
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I hear from a guy i know that raced for Stanford University when he went there, that the weather is unbelievably nice. Its beautiful all year round. Im seriously considering moving out there. But i have to make a serious commitment moving out there and leaving everything in NY behind. CRAP.
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Hi im in my senior year of High School and after thinking about it. I decided to go straight into college because it was hard just to go back to school from the break off in the summer. So if i had decided to take a year off, i would never go back into college. Now that it is that time of year that seniors in high school are deciding which college to apply to, i want to know which region in the US has the best collegiate cycling scene? I hear California and New England are amongst the best. Are there any other colleges out there? And if you can possibly tell me which colleges are best in the area for both education of course and cycling. Thanks you for you time.
Don't choose your college based on the cycling scene. As long as the school has a team, there will be people to ride with and there will be people stronger than you to push you. College is a lot bigger than cycling, find the schools that are right for you on an academic and social level and then narrow down your top choice based on cycling if you wish.
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With your interests check out San Luis Obispo.. I am told a great engineering school and cyclists are everywhere.. The countryside is amazing... Great terrain. . State tuition is high, but so it is everywhere. With the Calif budget cutbacks and enrollment reductions, maybe it's not possible.?..
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Indiana University Bloomington

Ever hear of a movie called "Breaking Away?" It's based on an event known as "Little 5" patterned after the Indy 500.

IU has a very strong and active cycling community. It also has the Kelly School of Business which is one of their more reknowned schools at the university.

Here are a few details....

http://www.iusf.indiana.edu/Events_P...ittle_500.html
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I believe UCLA and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have great engineering programs and strong cycling teams. UCLA has a good business program.

+1 for Cal poly san luis obispo. They have a great engineering program and a pretty solid cycling team.

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I went to Umass Amherst and we have a great cycling scene. We have a team that travels all over the east coast and does all types of cycling, not just road so if you want to get into some cyclecross or mountain biking, you have an in. We also have an on-campus bicycle co-op where you can hang out and get your bike fixed. We also all ride together every friday night and party together.

As far as academics, our business school (Isenberg School of Managament) is ranked among the top for public schools. Our engineering programs are really strong too.

If you have any other questions about umass let me know. I graduated last year so shoot me a PM and i'll answer as best I can.
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If you have the grades and test scores, you might consider the Claremont Colleges. They have a cycling team and offer the the best undergraduate education in Southern California (universities are notorious for providing undergraduate programs that are substantially less than their graduate programs).

At least two of the five colleges (Pomona and Claremont McKenna) have "blind admissions" policies. Meaning that if they accept you, you will be provided whatever financial support you need to attend. Money would not be an object at those schools. Be aware, however, their acceptance rates are less than 18% of all applicants.

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since most of you guys/gals know about college. What do the colleges usually look at? Your overall average from you highschool records? If that is the case why do they accept or not accept you by April? OR do they look at your junior your primarily? Thats what alot of people in my school say but what do we know? Thanks for everyones time.
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I hear that Davis, CA is very bike friendly.
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I'm also going to college next year. Im staying northeast and majoring in architecture (design). I looked at schools with cycling programs, than i looked what schools had really good architecture programs. than i visited them and checked out who went there. try to get your foot in the door as well with multiple teams. your junior year is most important because it should be the most difficult. After that schools will look at the amount of AP classes you take senior year to see if your class difficulty increases ( good schools dont want you taking it easy). schools wait because they dont want to acept a person that they dont want. they want to fill the class with the best they can, and they wait for people to apply. unless you do early action. where my school makes most people do, just to get your foor in the door for most schools.
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It depends how you like your climate.

Currently it's snowing over here in the ECCC territory. We're tough as nails though, so we'll be riding right through it.
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Originally Posted by bigtea View Post
If you have the grades and test scores, you might consider the Claremont Colleges. They have a cycling team and offer the the best undergraduate education in Southern California (universities are notorious for providing undergraduate programs that are substantially less than their graduate programs).

At least two of the five colleges (Pomona and Claremont McKenna) have "blind admissions" policies. Meaning that if they accept you, you will be provided whatever financial support you need to attend. Money would not be an object at those schools. Be aware, however, their acceptance rates are less than 18% of all applicants.
That and Mt Baldy isn't too far away
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Is there a difference between division 1 and 2?
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Originally Posted by ch3n207 View Post
Is there a difference between division 1 and 2?
D1 is for the larger schools. D2 is for the smaller schools. This does not necessarily mean that D1 is better or faster than D2 (it's usually the opposite), they just need to find a line to split up some of the categories, otherwise there would be over two hundred riders for some races.
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+1 to columbia
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UC Berkeley has a pretty good business school, and great cycling team.

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