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What school was unexpectedly your least favorite when you visited?


Replies to: What school was unexpectedly your least favorite when you visited?

  • EyeVeeeEyeVeee Registered User Posts: 240 Junior Member
    @WalknOnEggShells ....as I said earlier in the thread (#144)...Lehigh was a good fit for one child on paper, yet everyone else in the family felt as though it was the set of a horror movie (someone chasing you up or down the hill, zigzag paths). I didn't...but I wasn't looking to spend 4 years there.

    The town is definitely not helping, but the school seems to be slipping slightly in terms of reputation. 20-30 years ago, it was known in the Philly area as a really strong school. The smart kids in your class were the ones who looked at Lehigh. Lafayette was nearby, but didn't have the same reputation. I think that's flipped in the past 5-10 years, and now Lafayette gets as much or more love than Lehigh. Some of that could be the town (although Easton isn't going to win any "best places" awards either).
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 10,657 Senior Member
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  • exlibris97exlibris97 Registered User Posts: 572 Member
    @northwesty I suppose you can take some solace that given their insanely low acceptance rate, you probably wouldn't face the dilemma of accept Harvard's offer!
  • pauler80020pauler80020 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    @porcupine98 I did not do a tour at CU-Boulder with my D, but I work there, and I am LOL at how you nailed it. They are working hard to get off all the "top party school" lists but the campus is just too... pretty.

    For me, well, I just spent almost a week in Western Massachusetts because D wanted to attend a couple of accepted student days each at Mt. Holyoke and Smith. Much to our surprise, even after a nice walk around the campus the day before, she lasted 1/2 a day at the Mt. Holyoke event. It seems like a great school, the students look healthy and happy, and it's pretty and out in the woods -- maybe a little bit too out in the woods. When they explained that they have been over capacity and are putting first year students in quads, I saw the color draining from her face. And when they wouldn't let her take a dance class, after earlier saying they would (she's a potential dance major/minor), and the dance professor never answered an email, she was just sad. And then she committed to Smith the next day. End of story.
  • twobugstwobugs Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    On paper, Lehigh was a fit for D. In real life, after driving through a run-down area to get to the campus, one look at the dark, hilly, squashed-in feeling campus was enough. We never even parked the car.
  • jonrijonri Registered User Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    edited April 21
    @Lindagraf Seriously...did you miss the fact that Army WON the Army-Navy game in 2016. i.e., the most recent game?!!!!!
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 1,938 Senior Member
    Macalester College. Seemed like a good fit on paper but not for her. The poor students looked miserable and there seemed to be tension in the air.

    We had a bad Macalester experience at a college fair. Until then I was charmed by the whole idea of the LAc in a city and bagpipes and so on. The rep flipped me the other way when I asked about taking a gap year before applying. He said that it wold be okay if they did something worthwhile "not work at McDonalds" or anything like that. I felt smacked. What's wrong with working at McDonald's? If that's not a great place to learn skills and time management and abuot people, what is? Walked away and never looked back.
  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 Registered User Posts: 8,479 Senior Member
    I haven't been to Bethlehem for many years (family there) but I recall it being absolutely adorable with cute shops and the lavish Hotel Bethlehem really amazing my 12 year old self. We were there at Christmas most often, and the family either lived right in town in super cool old mansions, sometimes divided, or way out in the country with lots of land and barns and stuff. As a NYC kid, I thought both were great. Has it changed a lot since the 80's? I thought Bethlehem Steel was already basically gone then.

    OK, I just checked a map. Lehigh is not actually IN Bethlehem. It's across the river. Maybe it's funky over there.
  • porcupine98porcupine98 Registered User Posts: 1,289 Senior Member
    @pauler80020 Thanks for validating.... ;-)
  • FallGirlFallGirl Registered User Posts: 7,189 Senior Member
    LOL Lindagf. Re West Point. Neither of my kids would look at it, although they know it is a terrific school. H, his father and uncle are all grads .
  • crazymamaBcrazymamaB Registered User Posts: 228 Junior Member
    @OHMomof2 You visited the nice side of Bethlehem; it is exactly as you described it. If I recall, the side butting up against Lehigh--not so much.
  • maroon79maroon79 Registered User Posts: 96 Junior Member
    edited April 21
    ollie113 - sorry but a town full of 55k undergrads is never boring. Its only boring if you make it boring.
  • blprofblprof Registered User Posts: 710 Member
    edited April 21
    oHMomof2 - I grew up in Bethlehem and had family there until recently. The "south side" of Bethlehem, where Lehigh is, was known as the bad part of town when I grew up. It was much worse then. It has actually improved a lot with a real effort to develop the area. (To some this might seem like faint praise!). There are now some popular clubs and venues over there, there is a casino, and the last standing steel mill is now a sort of outdoor museum. That said, I wouldn't want to move back there, but I also wouldn't dismiss Lehigh because of the town.

    Oh, and Lehigh has earned its smart-kids-who-party-hard reputation over many decades. As a local whose college started later, I would go enjoy the significant number of parties in late August. We would start at the bottom of That Hill and drink our way to the top. Not sure how we got back down. Ahhh youth.
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