This is just a request for general discussion about women at these types of schools.
D is beginning her college search. She loves STEM, or at least math and science, is just beginning to explore the idea of applying that interest and ability to engineering, CS, pre-med, PA programs.
There are a lot of schools with strong STEM programs with, for lack of a better way of saying it, "tech" in the name that she might consider. MIT, WPI, RPI, RIT, NYU Poly. Maybe Carnegie Mellon.
I notice several have "women in engineering" or "women in STEM" outreach programs. Most of these schools have a lot more men than women. As a woman it appears these are the colleges where she might have an edge in acceptance and aid (as opposed to most LACs where men have that edge).
D is also an athlete, I wonder what the women's sports scenes are like at these schools?
She'll visit a couple and see how it feels firsthand of course but I'm hoping to find out if there are substantial differences between these schools she should consider, really any info at all.
She has never been one to take apart a toaster, play video games, write an app or join a robotics club. I think she's probably more interested in scientific research or health/pre-med. This summer she may try a STEM program to get a feel for the work and see if she likes it, but the ones she's looking at are not at these schools, they're at places like Smith or state schools in VA or MD. (We are in Ohio.)
What I'm asking for here is the experience of any women, or parents or friends of women at these schools regarding the feel of the campus, the experience of being among relatively few women, if the faculty ratio is also out of balance?