Connecticut College Visit Report by morvoren
Visit to Connecticut College in September 2008 by morvoren(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since November 19 2008 with 64 posts)
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Campus Visit Notes for Connecticut College
A very beautiful campus. Most of the buildings feel very New England.The campus has lots of land, and is on the water so you can even take scuba diving. All the buildings are sort of like New England grey capes, although not of the same material, and there is lots of green everywhere.
The kids looked very normal, maybe a bit less keen and driven than the kids at Vassar or Wesleyan, but a range of different types of kids. The students on the tour and those being interviewed by the admissions people seemed preppy as all get out. Three of them were right out of a J Crew catalog. But that was not true of the campus.
The tour guide was a blonde young student who gushed and laughed much too much, saying all the time, “Oh I love it here, isn’t this amazing, etc.” She was a psych major who had a lot to say about psychology, and didn't know much about comp sci, but there is something called CAT, center for Art and Technology, and it looked like you could earn a certificate there, and join all kinds of things in interesting ways,You could for example join Japanese language and culture with comp. sci. and animation. Some 88 % graduate with an interdisciplinary program certificate in addition to their degree. There are 32 interdisciplinary programs.
The dorms looked so so. You could be in a quadruple your freshman year, although most freshmen are in doubles and our son noticed that the room we saw was not air conditioned. Of course you might need this for only two weeks at the beginning and two weeks at the end of the year.
The GIS was given by an African American woman from the Bronx, who was pretty good. She said there was an emphasis on exploration, and “choosing your adventure,” so the freshman seminars were on all kinds of odd things. One was called "glow” and it was given by a scientist who was experimenting with making fish, pigs, everything become phosphorescent. There was also a seminar on the Kaballah.
One of the oddest things they said is that they take peer reccommendations, for example from a friend with whom you did community service. They like interviews, some are done by alums, but clearly many were going on while we visited.
Food is supposedly very good. Our tour guide, who came from Texas, said that she visited schools up and down from Texas to Connecticut, and said this was number two as far as food. A lot of the sports are on the green and you can watch them from the windows of your dorm. Our tourguide emphasized that it is only two hours to New York, and two and half hours to Boston. Cars allowed on campus for freshman, but also there are "camel vans" that will take you to the mall, take you various other places, take you to NYC for art and so forth. They emphasized a lot of study abroad options, one of which seemed questionable. One is called sata, and you go with a group and a professor or two; sounded much too American to me. Would you really have immersion in a country?
There are quite a few requirements, math, foreign language, etc., but there are apparently ways to fudge the one's you are horrible at. Our guide said she took something called math and money which seemed to be about how to get a mortgage, a credit card report and so forth. Pretty micky mouse. On the other hand if you are math phobic perhaps not a bad idea.
My husband liked their observatory and 20 inch telescope. But he felt the kids were much less interesting than those at Wesleyan, Vassar, Grinnell and Bard - although so much of that impression came from the somewhat gushy, typically backwards walking tour guide.