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Choate AMA

bluenette23bluenette23 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
I'm a four-year senior at Choate. I know that decisions are either coming out/have already come out, and if accepted, it's tough to make a decision about where to attend. If you have any questions about the school, feel free to ask! I know I had plenty!

Replies to: Choate AMA

  • Nico.campbellNico.campbell Registered User Posts: 551 Member
    edited March 18
    Hey! I recently got accepted to Choate and I am so excited to visit! In all honesty, are the students at Choate competitive in an academic sense? I've heard that top schools can be really cutthroat. How is Wallingford? Are there fun things to do there? Thank you! B-)
  • bluenette23bluenette23 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    I came from a middle-class public school, and honestly I found Choate to be less academically competitive than my middle school. There was no "what did you get on the test?!" sort of interrogation. From my personal experience, I didn't experience anything cutthroat until senior year with colleges, which is a nasty experience but unavoidable wherever you go. I found Choate to be the least cutthroat out of all the schools I looked at.

    5-10 minute walking distance from campus includes an old-fashioned candy/ice-cream/cupcake store, two unique seat-yourself type places, a casual burger place, and two fancy restaurants. We also participate in a Meals on Call service, which will bring you food from all over Wallingford including Starbucks, Chik-fil-a, Panera, Chipotle, Domino's, real pizza, and others I'm sure. There's a big movie theatre with recliners and a trampoline park that are only a five-minute weekend shuttle away. If you're really stir crazy, they run free shuttles every other weekend to New Haven, which has the best pizza (Pepe's is better btw), shopping, and all sorts of unique food options. NYC is a two-hour train ride away, and Boston is about 3 hours away.

    Choate itself puts on tons of stuff. Every other weekend there's a club-style dance with techno-style dance music, skimpy clothes, etc. There are two or more student productions every term. If you're into sports games, our football team hasn't lost a game since my freshman year, and school's pep club (Boar Pen) sponsors a game every weekend so people show up and have a good time. We also have visiting performers from time to time. All of this is free, btw. We also have a Tuck shop that sells milkshakes and burgers (in a new student's building for next year, which looks fantastic) and a Starbucks-style cafe in the math building.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
  • CottenCandyTrillCottenCandyTrill Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Is the student body diverse?
  • bluenette23bluenette23 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    I would say the student body is very diverse. We have people from all over the country and world on this campus. We have people who do science research, expert musicians and artists, fantastic writers, recruitable athletes, etc. The only way in which we are not diverse, I would argue, is on the political spectrum. Just like colleges these days, almost everyone is some degree of liberal, with the majority being socialists. Unless you're a flaming conservative though, you'll fit in just fine. There are a lot of wealthy people here too, but almost 1/3 of the student body is on financial aid, so it's not everyone. You don't really notice socio-economic boundaries until people start talking about their plans for breaks or, to some degree, college.
  • CottenCandyTrillCottenCandyTrill Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Thanks now for a more specific question, is it racially diverse or if not,if your a urm do you stick out like a sore thumb?
  • CottenCandyTrillCottenCandyTrill Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Sorry if question offends.
  • Nico.campbellNico.campbell Registered User Posts: 551 Member
    @CottenCandyTrill when I visited it was definitely racially diverse, and nobody really stuck out. Everybody was talking together and I would safely say that everybody was really integrated, no matter their race.
  • preppedparentpreppedparent Registered User Posts: 1,161 Senior Member
    ^^^Not to contradict anyone, when my two students were there (class of 2014 and class of 2016), unfortunately, the students seem to migrate into 2 groups, white students and "all other." My own students came from a racially mixed household, so gravitated to the "all other," group. It always seemed like a missed opportunity to me for the white students, who appeared (not all, of course) to stay in all white social groups across the campus. You go to BS to learn in a diverse environment, but when you get there, you stay with what you know? Seems contra-intuitive to why you put yourself into a diverse learning environment, only to NOT make use of it. My kids came from a white, upper middle class town, where they were the only minorities, so wanted a diverse student body.
  • applejuice007applejuice007 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    I have a ton of questions about classes:

    1. You take 5 courses a term, right? Or just 5 courses a day?
    2. Do EN375&HI750HO count as one or two courses?
    3. For the science research program are you expected to have completed biology by your junior year?

    Thanks so much
  • applejuice007applejuice007 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    In addition, while looking at the four year schedule I found that there was little wiggle room for electives let alone all your subjects. I want to take english, math, and science at all times so will I have to choose between an art, history, or a language?
  • Nico.campbellNico.campbell Registered User Posts: 551 Member
    edited April 1
    @applejuice007 I'm not totally sure about how it will work, but there's a new schedule for next year. The classes will be longer and I believe that you can have a maximum of 4 a day: according to my student tour person, people would have mostly three or two a day...
  • applejuice007applejuice007 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    @nico.campbell, yeah I saw that too which kinda worries me b/c it would be hard to fit all your classes in I think.
  • Nico.campbellNico.campbell Registered User Posts: 551 Member
    @applejuice007 oh trust me it's good I have the same schedule at my school. We have three one and a half hour classes a day... the day goes by wayyyy faster than it did before we had the schedule change.
  • BantisseBantisse Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Hi. Choate has always been my first choice school and I have been waitlisted at Choate this year. Do you know if Choate is going to their waitlist this year for international students?
  • bluenette23bluenette23 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    @applejuice007 the schedule is changing for next year so whatever you've seen about the schedule is not what it'll be. The double course you are talking about, called American Studies or AmStuds, is taken as a double period class, kind of like a lab. The Science Research Program, or SRP, is taken junior year, junior summer, and senior fall, and no, you are not expected to have completed Bio. Typically, students put off either bio or APUSH until their senior year. You typically take 5 core classes at a time - English, language, history, math, and science. Anything else is taken as a sixth course. Some people take six courses all the time - I think those people are crazy, and I'm one of the top ten in the class, so clearly you don't have to do it to be at the top.
    @bantisse I'm not with admissions so I have no clue. Take what I say with a grain of salt, but what I've come to understand is that if you can pay full price they'll take you off the wait list. Don't hold me to that though.
    Also, I think that race-segregating happens to some extent - there is a "black-group" - but it's not like a fast rule. I think that there's much greater segregation between day students and boarders.
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