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I have recently been accepted to both programs and toured both schools. Both programs seems to be very good and have produced some exceptional work. I am just curious if anyone had any input on which program they thought to be better. I know that Syracuse is weighted higher than USC for rankings however, I am interested in more than just rankings. Overall as a school I am more attracted to USC, but I have also received scholarships to Syracuse. Looking for some facts and reasons for me to attend either school. Please let me know your opinion.
I was exactly in the same situation as you are now two weeks ago, hardly considering these two schools. The only difference is that I will be a graduate student.
All I can suggest is that you should look further into the location of the schools. Los Angeles is surely a much more vibrant case study city for your future projects than Syracuse. As an architectural student, you will learn not only in studios but also through your visits to buildings and your observation of urban contexts. How you see buildings will gradually evolve with your new-learned architectural perception and conception and does help you a lot when making your own designs, so I think it's best to live where you can "see" good buildings everyday.
Ya definitely an important thing to consider. But I don't know how much to take that into account.
I went to USC for graduate school. Both are good schools but I also would greatly consider location. Most of my friends who graduated in other cities are still looking for jobs (it's been almost 3 years). My friend and myself also struggled but a found a job within a year of graduation. There are more opportunities in Los Angeles