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The University of Michigan vs. St. Olaf College

Hello all,
I'm a high school senior, and will soon make a college decision.  I will be majoring in music education, with a choral focus.  The two schoolse I am most heavily considering are U of M, and St. Olaf.  The two schools are extremely different, clearly.  I have yet to visit St. Olaf but will be doing so shortly (after word, it is my hope that the decision will be easier.)  Really, I'm just looking to see if anyone has an opinion about one over the other.  Any help you can grant me, I'll appreciate.  Thank you all,
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on March 31, 2012 1:25pm
I too  went to St. Olaf and then went on to a larger university for my advanced degrees.  (University of Southeran California, Los Angeles).  I value and treasure both experiences.  Having taught at a state university, I know that there is no one size that fits all.  The advice above that you go visit the St Olaf campus is a good one.  The music department there is outstanding, and will prepare you for any graduate institution in the country or beyond.  But it has to be what you want, and whether you resonate with the environment of the campus (which is gorgeous, by the way!).  There really is no "wrong" choice for you - only what  meets your needs .  Good luck in your upcoming choices.  Stephen Fuller
p.s.  Northfield, where St. Olaf is, is close to the Twin Cities, which has one of the most vibrant arts communities in the country.  You are by no means in complete isolation there. 
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