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The little things that moved a school from the bottom to the top of your's or your child's list.

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Replies to: The little things that moved a school from the bottom to the top of your's or your child's list.

  • redpoodlesredpoodles Registered User Posts: 2,110 Senior Member
    It's like finding a prom dress for us. The best fit, financially, location wise, culture, and programming. I hope the school that fits her the best in location, culture, and programming will be affordable. Right now she has tried on a lot of dresses that need altering, lol.
  • RussianMomRussianMom Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    Campus visits impacted my son's list. CMU went up, Cornell went down. I guess it is a little early to decide for him - financial aid and scholarships will be a huge part of making decision. And he needs to be accepted first too...
  • N's MomN's Mom Registered User Posts: 2,212 Senior Member
    Grinnell leaped to the top of S's list after visiting. I don't know where it was on his list beforehand, but I hadn't even wanted to visit - too isolated, I thought, and we'd already visited 9 other small liberal arts colleges. How different could it be? But he was wowed by the facilities first and then by how incredibly nice everyone was (and yes, it's noteworthy, especially when coming from major metro area on the east coast). He loved the idea of walk-on sports teams, the merit aid, the small class size…it just kept getting more impressive. He called his dad as we drove away and said, "I've found it."
  • BeeDAreBeeDAre Registered User Posts: 1,165 Senior Member
    - ability to get merit aid
    - being in an urban area, while also having a proper campus and student housing.
  • bookwormbookworm Registered User Posts: 8,821 Senior Member
    I know someone else who had the special feeling at Grinnell, and enrolled there. She is now in last year of residency at a top medical school. I'd be happy your son found a place he really likes.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    Cat dorm.
  • PackMomPackMom Registered User Posts: 7,667 Senior Member
    Great tour guide
    H.S. friends planning to attend
    Big university but campus not huge/ intimidating
    Campus was 5 hours from home (not too close or too far away)
    Could take his truck to college.
    Was blown away by the football stadium
  • TheGFGTheGFG Registered User Posts: 6,219 Senior Member
    emeraldkitty, we do not have pets, so D's eyes lit up to hear of a dorm that had puppies the students were training to be service dogs!
  • Macmo1Macmo1 Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    I made my daughter revisit some of the schools once she was accepted. This formed her choice more clearly and she ended up at the college that wasn't her top choice because she had an amazing visit that left her with no doubt.
  • MiamiDAPMiamiDAP Registered User Posts: 16,184 Senior Member
    No drastic movement, but a pretty campus, preferrably in a middle of nowhere was close to the top of D's criteria....and 4 years later, she still does not like big cities at all, the best cities in the nation, she does not care....makes her feel like fish out of water, stressed out.
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 32,074 Senior Member
    Who knows what really made the difference, but the fact that CMU had whole clusters of computers for Linux fanciers certainly made mathson's eyes light up. It was also a plus that his major/school offered two separate tours (computer science and robotics) in addition to the general campus tour.

    Younger son went to a presentation by the person who runs the Global Institute at Tufts. He came back having found out about the course he teaches and said it sounds like kind of a cult, but amazing. (The course is amazing, though in retrospect ds says he shouldn't have tackled it freshman year.)
  • SomeOldGuySomeOldGuy Registered User Posts: 1,986 Senior Member
    Boris and Natasha would NEVER buy a Wossamatta U tee-shirt in Russian. They hate that moose.
  • MomOf2TeenGirlsMomOf2TeenGirls Registered User Posts: 319 Member
    The school my D ended up at was near the bottom of her list because she initially thought it felt too big. We made her do everything associated with visits, questions, applications and follow-up. She is dual degree and what completely changed her mind was how responsive and helpful the administration, department offices and professors were. She came to the realization that with dual degree those relationships would be key. She is in middle of freshman year and so far thrilled with her choice.
  • LakemomLakemom Registered User Posts: 3,005 Senior Member
    edited December 2014
    My son thought he was interested in a STEM school because Tech-wise, they were clearly ahead in 'toys'. However when he went back to student acceptance day, he found the students to be a bit too geeky and decided to go to a more rounded school.
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