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Best PNW school for serious, no-party introvert?


Replies to: Best PNW school for serious, no-party introvert?

  • TekSanTekSan Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    edited February 2018
    At some of these schools, the social scene for certain students might be playing board games, video games, or shooting nerf guns. It helps to be specific about what your child likes to do for fun/relaxation. Since it sounds like you're down south, I'd recommend Pitzer*, Redlands, and Oxy*. In NorCal, UC Santa Cruz. In the Northwest, Willamette*, Reed*, and L&C. We visited the * (starred). We eliminated schools that were too heavy into Greek life, but partying can take on all forms so it's best to visit/ask students how much of an impact it is.
  • JeanJeanieJeanJeanie Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    thanks @TekSan we have visited all the Calif. schools you listed except Oxy (too urban for him). UCSC was always a strong possibility, but the quarter system there is a bit intimidating due to LDs. Agreed on your social scene comment. Thanks.
  • TekSanTekSan Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    Cool. I might mention that we really liked some of the midwest LACs, if your son doesn't mind the cold. Grinnell, Knox and Beloit come to mind. Good financial aid too.
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 3,396 Senior Member
    Orego State U is larger and so will have many social groups to choose from. Amazing quality of science education.

    Outside of tne PNW --
    Marlboro in VT -- small, set in the most gorgeous setting imaginable, has the parts of Evergreen that you might want (the flexibility of interdisciplinary studies) while possibly (probably) excluding parts of that scene that you don't want (professors stoned while teaching). It has a Renaissance scholarship -- full scholarship -- for one student per state. Also it has one of the highest percentages yield, meaning that students who go there WANT to be there, as in really want to be there. https://www.marlboro.edu/

    College of the Atlantic -- another small school in one of the most gorgeous locations you can imagine. It's on an old estate in the idyllic town of Bar Harbor, Maine, but also it's walking distance to (and into) the national park there. The academics have a unique angle. You might be surprised! https://www.coa.edu/

    Unity College of Maine -- know as "the environmental" college. It's graduates seem happy and uniquely focused. https://www.unity.edu/

    Green Mountain College in VT -- known also for its environmentalism specialization. It has a full scholarship as well. (check their scholarships page for updates on this but in the past they had a full scholarship in addition to merit for many applicants) http://www.greenmtn.edu/
  • tad322tad322 Registered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    Wonder where OPs son ended up??? We made the PNW tour last year. DD applied & was accepted to Willamette & L&C. We visited Puget Sound - but she hated it for some reason (nothing personal - she just didn't "feel" that one!) Now, we're deciding between Willamette, L&C as well as University of Wisconsin-Madison. She's an East Asian studies major (Japanese, though we're not Asian.) She selected those schools for the Pacific Rim opportunities. She's quiet, studious & most of her friends happen to be Asian students.
  • JeanJeanieJeanJeanie Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    @tad322 thanks for your comments. My son is still looking (not transferring from his CC for another year). I was hoping he'd get up to see some PNW schools last week during his break but we ended up visiting a couple UCs instead. Did you post review of Willamette & L&C? Would love to hear her/your impressions!
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