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Where do the casual, non-hipster, jock/outdoorsy kids go to college?


Replies to: Where do the casual, non-hipster, jock/outdoorsy kids go to college?

  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 3,438 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    Would like to play club lacrosse in college ... He is into snowboarding.
    Denver has both club lacrosse and a freeride club for "advanced" snowboarders.

  • ShrimpBurritoShrimpBurrito Registered User Posts: 1,429 Senior Member
    You'll find small-time ski resorts like this one throughout the Midwest, but no legit downhill skiing like in the Rockies.

  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 4,912 Senior Member
    ^^I was going to say Western Washington.
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 9,266 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    In terms of an aspect of your son's preferences, Newsweek looked for colleges that attract/enroll athletically inclined students:


    You might find one or two from this group that meet his additional criteria as well. The University of Oregon might be a school of interest to him. I'll list the colleges in case anyone else might see an overall match:

    1. Nebraska
    2. Tulsa
    3. Alabama
    4. Bates
    5. Bowdoin
    6. Ohio State
    7. Auburn
    8. Williams
    9. Yale
    10. Virginia
    11. Cornell
    12. Arkansas
    13. Dartmouth
    14. Princeton
    15. MIT
    16. Middlebury
    17. Claremont McKenna
    18. Hamilton
    19. Oklahoma
    20. Clemson
    21. Notre Dame
    22. Oregon
    23. Boston College
    24. Georgia
    25. Harvard
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 40,064 Senior Member
    Seconding WWU, UDenver, UVermont.
    However small classes and personal attention aren't likely.
    What is necessary?
    What is preferred?

  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 5,898 Senior Member
    Fun fact to know & tell for the FL phobic: ASL (American Sign Language) counts as a FL...
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 12,548 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    University of Denver tends to be on the preppy/greek side. It's not a casual hipster crowd, though it is outdoorsy.

    And although it skews female that's because of its renown music school that attracts many young Asian women. Most of the men seem to be business majors.
  • CorbettCorbett Registered User Posts: 3,438 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    Seconding WWU, UDenver, UVermont.
    However small classes and personal attention aren't likely.
    WWU and UVM are state schools, with undergraduate enrollments in the 10,000 - 15,000 range, and reported student:faculty ratios of 19:1 and 17:1 respectively (as per Common Data Sets).

    However, Denver is a small private university with only about 5,800 undergraduates (total enrollment of 11,800 with grad students), The reported student:faculty ratio is significantly lower, at 11:1. USNews reports 56% of classes under 20, and 7% of 50 or more. These are actually pretty good numbers for the "national university" category.
  • mamaedefamiliamamaedefamilia Registered User Posts: 3,186 Senior Member
    Another Western Washington vote:

    He might be eligible for this merit scholarship, and a 3.8/28 ACT gets a bump up to 8K per year:

    The Western Achievement Award is a competitive four-year merit scholarship for incoming freshmen who are not residents of Washington State. This competitive $20,000-$24,000 merit scholarship provides a $5,000-$6,000 per year tuition waiver for four years of study. Transfer students are not eligible and WAA scholarships are awarded for fall quarter admission only.

    Selection for these scholarships is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, ACT or SAT test scores and rigorous coursework. Recipients have a 3.6 GPA and a 24 ACT or 1180 SAT (ERW + Math) on average and have taken rigorous coursework throughout high school.

    Bellingham is a lovely small city and there is easy access to hiking adjacent to campus and skiing not far away. It's right on the coast and has a lake inholding about a half-hour's drive where WWU students can rent small boats for a token sum. After visiting campus, I wanted to retire there! About 15K undergrads and has lots of majors to choose from. About midway between Seattle and Vancouver.

    If he's open to something smaller, Puget Sound would be another good bet and he might have a shot at some merit there.
  • ZinheadZinhead Registered User Posts: 2,610 Senior Member
    Currently 75% of the undergraduates at U of Denver come from Colorado or other western/southwestern states. Also, their applicant pool and enrollment skew female. They might be very interested in a male applicant from the northeast that likes lacrosse and winter sports, has a potential interest in international security, and can meet/beat their average ACT of 28.

    Denver is a good choice for people who like skiing and Lacrosse. Several other state schools in the Rockies offer merit aid for a student with a 30ish ACT.

    Colorado State


    Utah State


    New Mexico

    The Utah schools are forced to offer good merit because the best Mormon students go to BYU. A friend has a son in Utah engineering and his total OOS tuition was in the $5,000 range.

    Finally, your lacrosse playing son would be strong candidate for merit at a female majority LAC with a lacrosse team.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 40,064 Senior Member
    edited July 2017
    I think his best bet for a combination of midsize University and smaller class size could be th honors college in the next tier down from the flagship (or a flagship where he's competitive for honors college).

    UDenver is good overall, except lower level business or economics pre-req classes will be larger than most. Look into the details - see on the class registration tool if freshman classes he'd likely take would be small enough (30 and under).

    What about Southern Oregon as a safety and UO for a match (look into the new honors college)? Montana state and its honors program may be worth checking out. Not sure about skiing but they'd definitely work for outdoorsy.
    Appalachian State with honors college is likely. Definitely outdoorsy, lots on offer, but definitely visit.

    Does he like Nordic skiing? That'd open St Thomas in the twin Cities, for instance.
  • RightCoasterRightCoaster Registered User Posts: 2,742 Senior Member
    Clarkson,UVM RPI in the northeast.

    Hockey is the biggest sport at all 3. There are club teams and intramural sports. No hipsters, access to outdoors, he stands a good chance at admission. Clarkson is the smallest but most remote, but awesome access to the outdoors.
    UVM is the biggest, but nicest area and lots of outdoor things going on. I said RPI because they have a lot of majors, not really hipsters, good sports, outdoors clubs, and a good education. There are some "nerdy" types, I don't like that term, but a decent amount of the kids there are into tech/stem stuff. But there are plenty of athletes and non-nerds to offset.

    Good luck figuring it all out.

  • oneofthosemomsoneofthosemoms Registered User Posts: 338 Member
    My S took two years of ASL in HS for his FL; barely scraped through ASL 1 in college; withdrew from ASL 2 with a failing grade. Subsequently received a substitution for the final two required semesters of FL in the form of cultural diversity courses. This was done through the Disability Services office but did not require any testing. Maybe something for the OP to consider.
  • MrSamford2014MrSamford2014 Registered User Posts: 365 Member
    How about Appalachian State as a southern alternative?

    It's located in an area that is increasingly "hip" (think mountain crafts meets old-time music meets artisanal beer/moonshine meets backpackers meets laid-back dudes), but the overall NC location provides a moderating influence that prevents the hip/liberal scene from becoming too overbearing.

    The area boast access to four-season outdoors activities that is the equal of anywhere else in the country.
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