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  • The Perfect Eventing College Search Begins

    I will be applying to colleges this fall and I don't want to sacrifice my riding to go to a great school! I am looking for a college that offers an animal science degree and has eventing barns/trainers nearby. I am looking for schools outside of this list that would be good choices.

    So far these are the schools I will be applying to
    1.University of Wisconsin
    2.University of Kentucky
    3.University of Florida
    4.Colorado State University
    5.University of Kentucky

  • #2
    Virginia Tech
    University of Delaware
    A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.


    • #3
      University of Maryland


      • #4
        U.C. Davis


        • #5
          I don't want to sacrifice my riding to go to a great school
          Why? What do you mean by "sacrifice your riding"? What do you mean by a "great school" and why are these mutually exclusive? Do you have career goals, aspirations, a job-focused major planned, academic strengths? What do you hope to accomplish in college? Why are you going to college?

          (not asking this as anything other than a semi-rhetorical exercise in focusing the question properly)
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          • #6
            University of Maryland, College Park. If you live at the University View apartments, you will be very close to the Animal Science building. You can park In the secured apartment garage and easily drive off to the barn at the end of the day. There are lots of events in Maryland.

            If you want to go to vet school, UMD has high acceptance rates.


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by deltawave View Post
              Why? What do you mean by "sacrifice your riding"? What do you mean by a "great school" and why are these mutually exclusive? Do you have career goals, aspirations, a job-focused major planned, academic strengths? What do you hope to accomplish in college? Why are you going to college?

              (not asking this as anything other than a semi-rhetorical exercise in focusing the question properly)
              I mean that I don't want to go to school somewhere that doesn't have any trainers around that I can work with. I want to still be able to compete and train my 5 year old. I do have plans to do animal science and then I would like to go to vet school.


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by AKB View Post
                University of Maryland, College Park. If you live at the University View apartments, you will be very close to the Animal Science building. You can park In the secured apartment garage and easily drive off to the barn at the end of the day. There are lots of events in Maryland.

                If you want to go to vet school, UMD has high acceptance rates.
                Thanks for the info! I appreciate it!


                • #9
                  Clemson University. They have an eventing team, and some very good trainers, as well as an animal science program.


                  • #10
                    Off the beaten path- but I rode 2 horses throughout college (helped start my school's eventing team!), competed as much as I could afford, was in a sorority and other extracurriculars, made good grades and LOVED my college experience... at a tiny liberal arts school in southwest VA. There was no animal science program, but that's not a pre-requisite for vet school (I got into vet school on my first application cycle and felt very prepared by my college education once I got there). Go somewhere where you will excel, where you will have new experiences and where you will learn what you need, and the rest will fall into place. For me that was at W&L (Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA), for you it might be Fordham or Franklin and Marshall or Centre or a dozen other small colleges around the country. I have nothing against state schools, but I had such an incredible experience at a small school I can't help offering it up there when these types of threads come up. Good luck!
                    Balanced Care Equine


                    • #11
                      I don't know what their program looks like nowadays but UNH (University of New Hampshire).


                      • #12
                        Although an Animal Science major is certainly not a prerequisite for vet school, I think it helps. A good state school with an animal science program often offers a lot of research opportunities for students. My daughter helped with poultry reproduction behavior research. Her research experience looked good on her vet school applications. By the time my daughter went to vet school, she had a lot of animal experience from her animal science classes. It is good to feel comfortable with dairy cattle, beef, sheep, pigs, and other species, even if you plan to work in an equine practice.

                        If you are brilliant, with near perfect grades and test scores, you can be admitted with any major. If your grades are good but not perfect, it helps to have a lot of hours of experience with different species and with a variety of research projects.


                        • #13
                          University of Georgia or Auburn University. Both have strong animal science programs and excellent vet schools. In addition they both have good proximity to competitions and good trainers.

                          I may lose my UGA alum cred by saying this, but Auburn has a much nicer large animal facility and I would expect less expensive boarding.
                          Last edited by Debbie; Jul. 16, 2012, 11:07 PM. Reason: A J-school grad should use proper grammar.
                          If you believe everything you read, better not read. -- Japanese Proverb


                          • #14
                            Otterbein and/or Ohio State, then Ohio State vet school. We have friends who coach/teach at Otterbein and several of our vets are Ohio State grads.

                            Georgetown (KY) is an excellent small school (great academics) just a few miles north of Lexington, with obviously the same trainer/venue access.

                            As a UK grad, I'm glad to see you list us twice. It's only appropriate for the horse capital of the world.


                            • #15
                              Also look at CSU and U Penn, which doesn't have an animal science department but a great vet school...and you can't do any better than being within commuting distance of Unionville.


                              • #16
                                What do the five (four?) you've chosen have in common that draws you to them? There is an endless list of schools that fit the criteria in your posts, which might be good or might just feel overwhelming (it did for me!).

                                I would suggest that you ask other questions first (of course, you may have already), because you can make eventing work at many, many different colleges. What schools fit your big criteria? What can you reasonably afford to pay in tuition and living expenses? Do you feel just as comfortable going to a school of 25,000+ as you do a school of fewer than 5,000? Are you the kind of person who needs to get into a city every so often and wouldn't be happy in a very rural area? How do the schools rank in terms of other factors that are important to you, such as student involvement, excellence in a certain academic area, etc? From there, you can find a great fit where you can also pursue your eventing goals.

                                Besides good access to eventing and an animal science program, what else are you looking for that would make it easier to suggest good fits?


                                • #17
                                  West Chester University - smaller school in Pennsylvania probably closer to more eventing trainers than any other school. Why is it never mentioned?



                                  • #18
                                    In order to figure out what sort of college (large? small? state? private? rural? urban? etc?) might be a good fit, go to a few campuses that you can get to easily that fit into the various slots. Not necessarily to see if you want to attend that particular college, but a college like it. Might help to narrow the search.

                                    Sort of like trying to decide if you might want to buy a green horse by riding someone else's green horse that isn't for sale and may not even be trained in your desired discipline.
                                    The Evil Chem Prof


                                    • #19
                                      I don't have any college advise, but I would make sure you do/try to "test ride" with the trainer(s) at the college before you attend because it would SUCK MAJORLY (learned that the hard way) if you got to your dream school, had big hopes to ride with XXX trainer and then you and XXX trainer don't mesh.....

                                      good luck!!!! if you end up at Univ of MD can you keep me posted as to how you like it? I am looking there but wouldn't be headed there for another couple years -- currently at community college..


                                      • #20
                                        University of Minnesota

                                        is in Minneapolis, has a great equine program in vet school, am assuming they have animal science. Several event trainers in the area, especially west of the Twin Cities. Come to Area IV