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Colleges your child crossed off the list after visiting, schools that moved up on the list. Why?

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Replies to: Colleges your child crossed off the list after visiting, schools that moved up on the list. Why?

  • AtyrauloveAtyraulove Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    @Dustyfeathers I love your descriptions! Thanks for sharing! This is my favorite discussion thread given the variety of personal opinions.

    We had the exact opposite opinions of Smith and Mount Holyoke. We were flying in, and really wanted to see Mount Holyoke and called and emailed prior to our trip. There were no tours available, there would be no one to give us a tour, there was no way to let them know we were visiting (should they be tracking demonstrated interest) and they seemed somewhat confused that we really wanted to see the school. Now I will say that a student saw us walking around lost and gave us a tour, including her dorms, and was so friendly! I really wanted my D to love the school, but she didn't... at all.

    Smith on the other hand arranged a tour for us, everyone in admissions was very warm and friendly and inviting. I do see what your saying about the grounds being very well groomed and country-club like, and I must confess, that is part of the appeal for me.
  • citymama9citymama9 Registered User Posts: 1,318 Senior Member
    edited April 16
    @WalknOnEggShells Definitely take a look at Bucknell. I think it might be a good fit for your D
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 11,331 Senior Member
    @odannyboySF Has your daughter looked at Bryn Mawr? Tons of gothic, prettier than Wellesley IMO. Consortium with other strong colleges, stuff to walk to, and easier city access than Wellesley.

  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 2,017 Senior Member
    edited April 17
    @odannyboySF Or Mount Holyoke. We were surprised at how gorgeous the campus was, the wonderful woods and buildings, the charming people we met there, and how gracious everyone seemed. Loved it! Plus it's part of the consortium. It was much more relaxed and peaceful than Smith IMO and retained the gorgeous woodsie areas to relax in -- and had plenty of athletics. Running paths etc.
  • odannyboySFodannyboySF Registered User Posts: 274 Junior Member
    @doschicos We did look there, briefly. It doesn't have the programs my D is looking for, alas. I know tons of alumni, including family members.

    @Dustyfeathers We haven't given it its due, mostly because it also doesn't have the majors my D is looking for. Heard it's beautiful though!
  • binky17binky17 Registered User Posts: 287 Junior Member
    Hung, that is^^^
  • tpcrd66tpcrd66 Registered User Posts: 405 Member
    We had an enlightening visit to our our in-state flagship, Rutgers University! My DS14 never wanted to visit and honestly neither had I but DD18's professor really thought she should take a look being a leading national research university with lots of opportunities and an incredible,highly ranked business school (which she is looking for) and he was right! We were both VERY impressed!
    Yes, Rutgers is a huge place (2,600 acres) and that was our fear...however, the school is separated into four residential campuses each with it's own library, student center/gym and dining hall (in addition to 30+ food courts/cafes...we LOVE food!). The campus has lots of well maintained green space, D-1 sports with a 52K+ seat stadium, many housing options and a one hour direct train into NYC. Our outstanding, enthusiastic tour guide really sold her...and with a price tag of 30K all in...what's not to love?! Many may say the bus between campuses is a drag...I've commuted into NYC for 20+ years from NJ...a 10 minute bus ride is a preview for life in the tri-state post graduation and a great time to call mom ;)
  • citivascitivas Registered User Posts: 403 Member
    edited April 18
    ^^^ 10 minute bus ride is pretty optimistic. Try 30 minutes at the wrong times... (And I commute every day to NYC from NJ too -- 1 hr, 45 min each way on average.) To each their own. If your kids don't mind busing between classes and like the sports and STEM and business programs, it sounds like a good fit. As is often noted on this topic, it's amazing how important these tour guides are for student and parent impressions. Our Rutgers tour guide remains the worst of all 20 or so tours we have done and is still the occasional topic of conversation he was so bad. Of course if you had been into sports or frats (which no one on our bus was) he might have seemed great, so its both the luck of the draw and one's perspective.
  • Chutup17Chutup17 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    All schools visited great so far
    Baruch and adelphi both in new york are top. adelphi accepted (private) awesome open house very informational happy students great waiting on baruch (public) great students the vibe was awesome that day we went a school that acts more high top private
    accepted to york ( cuny ny) not liking it
  • themom12themom12 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    Skidmore -- Looked like the perfect school on paper-- found it depressing and the tour guide was not well informed

    University of Rochester -- Dull, tour guide got lost

    Union - worst tour ever, no zing

    Tufts -- very snooty admissions; were enjoying turning prospective students away for tours and info sessions who had flown in but for some reason were not signed up; bad vibes

    Good surprises: Brandeis - incredible, close-knit community; great tour guide; right level of quirkiness; Dickinson - cute campus; Colgate - beautiful and friendly
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