I'm looking for a degree focused in the security field. I love hands-on and tech also but I can see the market being much more demanding of security in the coming decades. Moreover, I'd like to have strong security knowledge in case the US police state gets any bigger. I love all things computer so I'm not really picky about the job necessarily. I wanted a well-rounded education (networks, servers, programming) but with a focus in security. I will also most likely be doing some independent teaching as well since I'll have so much time on my hands. As long as I don't have to interact too much with humans - j/k.
So I've been looking at the following colleges:
Western Governors: BSIS - Security
I really like the look of this college but wanted to get an idea of my chances of getting in before I fork out the $60 application fee. My HS GPA was around 2.9 but I have a diploma and even some prior college. Couldn't find numbers on admissions so I was wondering if anyone had tried WGU. Also, would it be better for me to go for the general BSIS or for the BSIS - Security.
University of Advancing Technology: BS Advancing Computer Science
I've always kind of had my eye on UAT because they have a wide range of opportunities in IT and a strong gaming wing (I have a vicious addiction to video games - I have no idea how my wife puts up with it). Their BSACS looks really cool but their tuition is like $10k per semester. We make roughly $40k annual so would I even qualify for financial aid?
ITT Tech: BS Information Systems Security
Can't find any tuition info and I really don't want to have 20 brochures in the mail. I've heard lots of good things about ITT; I know they produce a lot of workforce. Just wanted to get outside opinions on the quality rather than the quantity.
Kaplan University: BSIT/IT
Capella University: BSIT -- has cool specialist courses
Walden University: BSIT -- spendy at around $5k / qaurter
These are some of the overly advertized online schools. They look alright but some of the online student reviews for these schools are abysmal. Anybody had any experience with them? All of them are more expensive than WGU.
So that's what I have it narrowed down to. Sorry for the long post, I just really wanted to give a good overall picture of what I have so far so I don't waste anyone's time. Remember, I'm looking for Bachelor's in CS or IT (not sure what the difference is really) with a focus on security but still a well-rounded overall IT education. I will be doing some self education along with it.
As always I'd like to thank everybody in advance as I'm positive the outcome of this post will be refreshing, honest, and inspiring