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Getting Sick of Snowtopia?

This past month here in New England can be described in one word: snowy. With record breaking snow falls drowning us in feet of snow every week, these snowy New England winters get old real fast. If you’re like me and are sick of living in cold New England, there’s hope! Take a look at these Top 4 colleges to transfer to after your time at NECC, all of which are located in warmer areas around the U.S.

#4 Coastal Carolina University
Located only 8 miles from beautiful Myrtle Beach, this university is a must for beach lovers. Located in South Carolina, CCU features degrees in business, science, liberal arts and much more. Founded in 1954 CCU, hosts close to 10,000 students each year. During South Carolina’s winter season, the temperature is around 65 degrees which may seem cold to the natives, but for New Englanders, that’s warm! If CCU seems like a match for you visit its website at

#3 University of California, Los Angeles
Located on the opposite side of the country, UCLA is located in Los Angeles, miles from Sunset Blvd. For Hollywood and celebrity fanatics, UCLA could be perfect. With famous Santa Monica and Venice beach just minutes away by bus or car, this University has a lot to offer. UCLA features degrees in anesthesiology, musicology, nursing and over 50 more to choose from UCLA has a lot to offer. Founded in 1919, UCLA host close to 30,000 students each year, so if you’re into big atmospheres consider UCLA your next stop in life. For more information visit their website at

#2 Oklahoma State University
Located in the middle of the U.S. in Stillwater, Oklahoma, OSU is a major University in Oklahoma. Home to the OK Sooners, this university is a way to get away from the city and enjoy what the south has to offer. With summer temps reaching close to 100 degrees, if you love the heat, Oklahoma is the place for you. Founded in 1890, OSU hosts more than 30,000 students each year. With degrees in education, arts, and human services, OSU shows just how much the south has to offer. For more info visit

#1 Full Sail University
My top pick is located in warm sunny Winterpark, Florida. There is nothing winter about this town. With winter temps in the high 70s and 80s, this is the top spot if you enjoy the warm laid back lifestyle that Florida has to offer. Founded in 1979, FSU hosts close to 15,000. Known as an entertainment school, FSU has degrees in sports broadcasting, computer animation, game art and so much more. FSU has so much to offer and lead you to great opportunities. Located only 25 minutes from Orlando and Disney World, and located near beaches and lakes to relax after your studies, FSU earns its number 1 spot. For more information visit

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