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What school was unexpectedly your least favorite when you visited?

Old_parentOld_parent 131 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
My big surprise was that my daughter and I had identical reactions to MIT. Even though she wanted to be an engineer we both instantly loathed the place. The presenter began by saying that they were not looking for well balanced applicants. The tour guide's script was filled with the sophomoric pranks the student body had pulled. The campus was one of the least appealing we visited. I just felt extremely anxious the entire time I was on campus and couldn't wait to leave.
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  • CaBeachMomCaBeachMom 70 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Completely agree re Berkeley!
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  • Old_parentOld_parent 131 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My daughter loved the Berkeley campus but her tour guide was a top student from my daughter's​ school (class of 2016) She was extremely negative about the cutthroat nature of her fellow students. She thought they were intentionally sabotaging her. Ironically my daughter still applied, just to see if she'd get in? Teenagers!

    None of the Claremont schools were a good fit for her either but they didn't make me want to run for the hills.
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  • MassmommMassmomm 3896 replies81 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited March 2017
    Wesleyan. I had few expectations, but didn't like the campus or the tour guide.

    Oh, and our Cal tour was horrific. The guide flat out lied about the effects of state budget cuts. The day we were there (way back in 2012) all of the libraries were closed or on limited hours because of the state budget crisis.
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  • IgloooIglooo 8134 replies208 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited March 2017
    ^Berkeley must have clean up. I was on Berkeley campus in an unrelated matter recently, didn't see a single piece of trash. Even their frat houses looked stately. I could have been in the wrong section of the campus. I was blown away by their campus.

    For my D, it was Middlebury, there was a bit too preppy feel to it.
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  • Old_parentOld_parent 131 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @toomanykiddos. Funny Brandeis was one of my wife's and my favorite schools but our daughter hated it. We had just visited Wellesley which certainly is in the top five for most beautiful campus. Brandeis did not compare favorably. She ended up not applying to either one because she decided on engineering.
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  • droppeditdroppedit 1031 replies18 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Pitzer was the pits ... ahem ... of the tours we've done so far. It was really hot the day we were there and that didn't help.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22642 replies15 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Duke. We weren't looking at it as a possibility, but were in the area and just wanted to see it. A lot of points taken off because of all the construction near the medical buildings, it was really really hot that day, there was no parking, and we got to see a lot of the surrounding area as we desperately searched for a gas station.
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  • HoggirlHoggirl 1679 replies196 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Pomona! So snotty/uppity! On the other hand, @thumper1 - we loved Claremont McKenna! Did not look at Pitzer.
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  • ChembiodadChembiodad 2414 replies21 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Tufts for my twin DD's; five minutes into the tour they said it wasn't for them - who knows it may have been the painted cannon...
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  • rosered55rosered55 4164 replies124 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I didn't do many of the college visits. But I think the school that D2 visited that unexpectedly was her least favorite was Amherst. (There were others that she and D1 didn't like, but their expectations going to see those were lower to begin with.)
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  • ChembiodadChembiodad 2414 replies21 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @rosered55, yes, Amherst too. My twin DD's toured it twice and didn't have any feeling - that said we all agreed that the little Mexican restaurant is town is great!
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