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Most intellectual, hipster-like, diverse vibes? Denison, Wooster, Allegheny, Earlham, Kalamazoo.


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  • morningside95morningside95 Registered User Posts: 277 Junior Member
    @lisabees - My S17 is pretty much an atheist and feels totally comfortable with going to St. Olaf. They definitely are looking to attract a wide variety of kids to this school "on the hill," as they call it. He knows about the religion requirement, but he's happy to study any religion from a more sociological perspective. I took History of Christianity as one of my requirements at Loyola Marymount, and really enjoyed the look at my faith from a real life, historical perspective. From the professors we met during accepted students visit, I would say that they have a very creative and engaging group of people there. Study abroad is really big there.

    A CC friend from our journey with our S16, @TytoAlba, has a D16 at St. Olaf, and can probably speak to her experience, if she notices that I mentioned her on this thread. Her D was definitely looking for a cool nerdy vibe for her daughter, and she seems to have found a happy home at St. Olaf.

    You are getting a lot of recommendations, and will have a lot to review. My S17 was initially more scattered about where he wanted to apply, but, in the end, chose the upper Midwest (good schools, nice kids, cheaper COA and better aid) and the Pacific NW, where we visited last summer. (good schools, more $, but we both loves OR & WA and thought it was worth taking a stab at getting in and finding aid). For us, it made it easier for visits, etc. to narrow the choices down the 2 or 3 geographic areas, so we could easily visit or re-visit, if necessary.

    From what you described about your D, maybe an all women's school would be the way to go. @janjmom pointed out some other good ones. There is St. Catherine's here in St. Paul, MN, and they may still allow a student to take a few classes at schools in their cooperative: St Thomas, Augsburg, Hamline and sometimes, Macalester, which is very close by. A shuttle travels between all 5 campuses. Has your D spent some time on an all women's college campus? I have no idea what it's like. :)
  • lisabeeslisabees Registered User Posts: 434 Member
    @morningside95 Thanks for sharing that your son is an atheist and happy at St Olaf. D is definitely an atheist; she would be totally fine with taking a religion course, but would be happy to challenge a religion rather than be silent about it.

    Other than our tours of Mt Holyoke and Bryn Mawr, she has not spent time on a women's college campus. When I homeschooled her in 10th grade, so she could study ballet full-time, she asked me to design a women's study course for her. It was an amazing year and she loved the idea of going to the same school as Gloria Steinem and Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker etc. If you knew my sweet girl, you would actually say it could be a perfect fit!
  • kt1969kt1969 Registered User Posts: 264 Junior Member
    My D looked at both Smith and Mt Holyoke, and ended up applying only to Smith, where she did not get in. She would have had a better shot at MHC but didn't like it enough for some reason. MHC might admit your D but I would guess she would be unlikely to get the merit that you need, based on my research for my D. We had had Mills on a prelim list but it didn't stay on...I know a woman who went there who is a big booster of the place and have heard good things. NOT a party school at all, if that matters. Oh, and if study abroad is a big deal, Goucher requires it of all students. :)
  • lisabeeslisabees Registered User Posts: 434 Member
    It totally matters that it's not a party school. D is sooo naive. She is shocked when she hears about partying at all schools! She has already said that she would ask to live in a substance-free dorm. She needs real relationships with real conversations.

    kt - Please share why your D picked Goucher!

    Correction: When I mentioned the famous women in my previous post, I didn't mean to suggest that they all went to Mt Holyoke or Bryn Mawr. Just that they all went to one of the Seven Sisters.
  • rosered55rosered55 Registered User Posts: 2,095 Senior Member
    One of my nieces went to St. Olaf. Her mom was raised Lutheran but our side of the family is quietly but firmly atheist. My niece did fine at St. Olaf (including coming out while there).
  • morningside95morningside95 Registered User Posts: 277 Junior Member
    I get the impression that the St Olaf kids who are non-religious, are still very thoughtful, spiritual people, in their own way. My S will be attending there, but not until this fall. He's visited 2x and has a few friends there already, of all type of faith backgrounds. To him, it seemed like everyone is welcome there. S told me that there are kids how "party" there, but it is not prevalent. I'm pretty sure St. Olaf does not have a "substance free" dorm, because they are all treated that way. Students 21 and older do go to some of the bars in Northfield, on the weekend. But it's a small town, so they are more like taverns vs. bars.
  • eandesmomeandesmom Registered User Posts: 2,842 Senior Member
    Not sure where you'd be flying from but Willamette, L&C and UPS are all very easy to get to from major airports (Portland and Seattle).

    All different and lovely, L&C likely the most intellectuall, hipster factor probably equal. Willamette maybe the most chill. Reed would win in both categories and if visiting Portland for the others may be worth a peek. S considered all and applied to and was accepted at UPS, including a theater tech scholarship. Loved the school and a lovely arts program (accepted to the music school though that wasn't the intended major) but in the end found a much better program for his major elsewhere.

    It was less holistic and more pure stats based than some for merit.
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