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What's the dumbest reason you applied/didn't apply to a school?

LizziePooLizziePoo Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
Personally, I didn't apply to Colgate because I didn't want to go to a school with the name of a toothpaste. Rediculous, I know, but that was my thought process. I never did any research on it, because I figured I could find an equal and/or better school with a different name.

& the only reason I applied to WUSTL is because I figured they would stop sending me stuff everyday if I just applied (and they did). Turns out, I got accepted, and I realllllly like that school now. I guess the marketing paid off, b/c without them irritating me so much, I would have never applied.

What about you all? any rediculous reasons for applying/not applying anywhere?
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Replies to: What's the dumbest reason you applied/didn't apply to a school?

  • broetchenbroetchen Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    Know someone who refused to apply to Tufts, even though they are very interested in IR, because they are called the "Jumbos" ...
  • boho_girlboho_girl Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    I also asked WUSTL to send me viewbook and application so they would stop sending me stuff! I ended up being waitlisted

    Tufts - its reputation of being the school for the bitter ivy-rejected students turned me off

    schools in California - back then, all the people I've met that were from CA or at least lived there were so flashy, superficial or/and had some weird points of views (mostly discriminatory) so it somehow got me a notion that almost all CA ppl are like that and didn't even want to think about applying to CA.

    Yes, very stupid prejudices and stereotypes.
  • dank08dank08 Registered User Posts: 1,768 Senior Member

    Good basketball team.
  • destined2bmedestined2bme Registered User Posts: 117 Junior Member
    My worst enemy was going to go to this Ivy, and I thought this other girl I disliked alot was going to get into a top 25 southern school. I still think I made the right decision about not applying to that Ivy, but the other girl did not even get into that top 25 school.
  • KristinaKristina Registered User Posts: 1,017 Senior Member
    I didn't apply to WUSTL because my mom said, "You don't want to go to college in Missouri!" :D
  • A PersonaA Persona Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    I have a good one. For some reason, most schools on my list began with the letter "B" so when I saw Boston University or consider giving Brown a shot.. I changed my mind because I didn't want my whole list to start with B. O_O I still have like.. four B-schools, though.
  • joe047joe047 Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    Trust me. I lived in Missouri for 14 years. That is an EXCELLENT reason for not applying to WUSTL
  • CEH89CEH89 Registered User Posts: 142 Junior Member
    I applied to Simmons because the application was free.
  • crixxcrixx Registered User Posts: 158 Junior Member
    In AP US History we were forced to memorize many important supreme court cases, one of which was Dartmouth vs Woodward. I was completely fed up with the class at the time and determined Dartmouth as obnoxious because of my dislike of history. Whoops
  • munchkin3590munchkin3590 Registered User Posts: 265 Junior Member
    I applied to Wesleyan because I knew I can get in without an issue.
    I suppose that's a common reason to apply, it is called a SAFETY after all, but there are absolutely no circumstances under which I would actually attend, so I don't know why I spent the money.
  • concretejungleconcretejungle Registered User Posts: 633 Member
    Same for me--didn't apply WUSTL 'cause it's in Missouri. Lol.

    EDIT: Also didn't apply BYU as a safety because Youtube is blocked on campus.
  • KristinaKristina Registered User Posts: 1,017 Senior Member
    Haha. Thanks guys :)
  • citymomcitymom Registered User Posts: 343 Member
    So funny - the most odd reason was also for applying to WUSTL. DD submitted their online pre-app just to stop the flood of their correspondence. By Jan 1 it was clear that she had exactly zero interest in that school, we all understood that the school was over-rated due to playing cheap admission tricks. But the fee was already paid, and recs were sent, and they had no supplement , so it took only to press the button on Common App. Somehow she felt obliged to apply .
    We had a moment of truth yesterday, when we celebrated DD's early acceptance to her match-safety (which she loves and clearly prefers to WUSTL) and laughed how WUSTL made us to contribute to their blown-up selectivity (as expected, without any "demonstrated interest" DD was waitlisted).
  • LizziePooLizziePoo Registered User Posts: 144 Junior Member
    munchkin, i totally understand....i applied to Howard (an HBCU) because my scores & GPA fit in the range for an automatic full scholarship from them...i got in, and got the scholarship, but I would never go there. & what's worse, now I have everyone telling me I should, because I got a full ride. I should have kept my $45 and saved myself the trouble.
  • AsaAsa Registered User Posts: 135 Junior Member
    Wow, I guess I'm not the only one who noticed that a LOT of schools start with a B! Isn't that weird?! Brown, Berkeley, Babson, Bowdoin, Brandeis, Boston University, Boston College, Baylor, BYU, Bates, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Barnard, Bard, Becea, Beloit, and Berry. I'm sure there are others - very strange.

    And munchkin3590, are you referring to Wesleyan University in CT? How can that be your safety?
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