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i'm trying to figure out how much that really matters if you're not officially a state resident. for me, i'm currently an oregon resident (yes, totally officially with no way around it), but i'm a native oklahoman. i lived there until i went to college, and my parents still live there. the oklahoma schools ask for information about your ties to the state, but i'm still wondering what my chances are since i'm not a state resident.

anybody else dealing with the strong ties to a state issue?
 

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I don't know about OK but for University of Puerto Rico they say you have strong ties to PR if you were born there, have parents that still live there, went to high school there, etc. I also know that for other states going to high school in the state where you want residence is a big deal.

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MUSC definitely considers strong ties to the state (SC). I sent them an explanation of my ties (grew up there, entire family lives there). I think it definitely increases your odds. It makes sense if you think about it, too, because if your parents live in the state and you grew up there, not only do your parents contribute taxes to the state but there's a better chance (compared to actual out-of-state applicants) that you'll actually stay there after graduating.
 
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jon stewart said:
haha whats with all the oregonians about residency questions..

lol, i know! this process is making me a bitter oregonian? oregon's beautiful, portland's a wonderful city, etc, but it's not the best place to live if you want to go to med school or really any other graduate school. the state just doesn't fund higher education properly.
 

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PineappleGirl said:
I don't know about OK but for University of Puerto Rico they say you have strong ties to PR if you were born there, have parents that still live there, went to high school there, etc. I also know that for other states going to high school in the state where you want residence is a big deal.

Hope this helps.

yep, it does help because that's totally me. i wasn't born in oklahoma, but my family moved there when i was one. i've lived there longer than i've lived anywhere else, and i think i'm actually more likely to stay in state than someone who's never left because i've gotten that out of my system. ouhsc has a whole essay about your ties to the state, so i'll just expound on all these things.
 

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exlawgrrl said:
yep, it does help because that's totally me. i wasn't born in oklahoma, but my family moved there when i was one. i've lived there longer than i've lived anywhere else, and i think i'm actually more likely to stay in state than someone who's never left because i've gotten that out of my system. ouhsc has a whole essay about your ties to the state, so i'll just expound on all these things.


:thumbup: Yeah, make sure they know all about this and I definitely think they will take it into consideration.
 

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I definitely think that your situation is considered a strong tie to the state. I know OU definitely considers it, so I would throw every "tie" you could into it.
 

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Well, I wish I had known previously about Marshall's strong-tie policy, because I received the letter today saying they only accept around 8 students out of state with strong-ties.

I live in NY. How come my State schools have no strong-tie policy? :mad:
 

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Ok, i've got a stupid question. what are you all writing for questions that ask for your ties to a particular state if that is your state of residency. for example, i am a resident but attended my undergrad out of state. should i just write, "I am a state resident and was born and raised here." or do they want more details because they provide a decent third of a page for a response?
 

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snowgirl said:
Ok, i've got a stupid question. what are you all writing for questions that ask for your ties to a particular state if that is your state of residency. for example, i am a resident but attended my undergrad out of state. should i just write, "I am a state resident and was born and raised here." or do they want more details because they provide a decent third of a page for a response?

I would say that if it's a school you really want to go to, in a state you really like, then play it up more than born & raised. I would talk about how my experiences at an OOS undergrad institution made you realize how much the ties to your homestate mean.....yadda yadda. Things like that. I had the same experience. I have lived in a lot of places, all over the country, but my state of residence is where I really think that I would like to end up. It took me a long time (and a LOT of moving around) to figure that out, but that's always better than...."well I think I kinda like it here....well I might stay...." that sorta thing! hope that helps.
 
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