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Colleges your child crossed off the list after visiting, schools that moved up on the list. Why?

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Replies to: Colleges your child crossed off the list after visiting, schools that moved up on the list. Why?

  • Rivet2000Rivet2000 Registered User Posts: 242 Junior Member
    edited July 17
    Maybe. HMU started off has his #1 then fell off his list entirely (with a thud). I guess the good news was that he was accepted at the university that moved up to the #1 position. And he is very, very, happy there.
  • DavidPuddyDavidPuddy Registered User Posts: 448 Member
    @4MyKidz wrote:
    My D21 crossed off University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, the moment she heard our tour guide announce how students don't have time for fun stuff because of studying

    When I read these anecdotes, I have to ask, "really?!" I mean, did the tour guide really say "student's don't have time for fun"as quoted, or was there an interpretation of something else? It is mind blowing on multiple levels.
  • DavidPuddyDavidPuddy Registered User Posts: 448 Member
    @simba9 wrote:
    ^^ Wow, really. I've never been on campus, but the people I know who went there seem like they'd rather be hacking away on a computer than partying.

    For many HMC students, those activities are not mutually exclusive.
  • 4MyKidz4MyKidz Registered User Posts: 326 Member
    Yep, the tour guide really blurted that out. It was unfortunate. We went to another college in Colorado and my husband struck up a conversation with the barista at the campus cafe about how he liked the school, etc. And the barista said it's great until finals when you have to walk around stressed out bawling nursing students. Uhm, big alarm bells as our daughter was interested in studying nursing! Seriously, can't make this stuff up. So my advice is to talk with random folks you happen to see on campus visits. You can learn some insightful info.
  • exlibris97exlibris97 Registered User Posts: 755 Member
    Pomona fell off for my D for the simple reason that she got tired of the constant refrain by the tour guide that admission to Pomona was more competitive than it was to many of the Ivy League colleges. She felt this smacked of a lack of self confidence. Her comment was, "if they are as good as the Ivies they wouldn't need to constantly broadcast this fact".

    UCSD fell off too because there was too much concrete. Potentially amazing location but whomever designed the campus seemed to like roads and concrete.

    I really liked Swats. My D didn't. She was really bothered by the fact that they had one main dining hall. Guess she wanted more choice.



  • pkgny2022pkgny2022 Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    want to get this thread going again as it has been a great resource:
    Up
    Va Tech - beautiful campus/buildings. Great lauout with classes on one side of quad and living spaces on other.
    Lafayette - Small school with surprisingly big campus for amount of students. Spread out, nice open areas.

    Down
    Scranton - Way too small for us. Was basically abunch of buildings around the main square...
  • LindagafLindagaf Registered User Posts: 6,911 Senior Member
    edited July 28
    @exlibris97 and yet, there are small colleges where kids votes to maintain one dining hall, because they like the sense of community. I actually thinks it's pretty uncommon for a school of uner 2000 to have more than one dining hall. Many smaller schools will have an additional small cafe though.
  • wisteria100wisteria100 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    @Lindagaf makes an excellent point about dining halls. I have been on several LAC tours where they speak to the one dining hall as a positive, a way to build community among the classes and student groups. It's all part of the LAC experience. But at the same time, there are usually other options in smaller cafes and on-the go options, (sometimes int he student union) to accommodate students more pressed for time.
    @exlibris97 - While we didn't like Swat either, we thought he dining hall was very nice - good layout, pretty windows, very pleasant overall.
  • wisteria100wisteria100 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    ^^ That's surprising about Amherst, because they are one of the LACs that have done the most to promote economic diversity amongst the student body - so who are all these kids ordering dinner in every night?!
  • NEPatsGirlNEPatsGirl Registered User Posts: 2,188 Senior Member
    edited July 28
    Well, it was 2014, maybe things have changed? If not, then the tour guide misled us.
  • zoosermomzoosermom Registered User Posts: 25,960 Senior Member
    I loved Lafayette and my daughter liked a lot about it, but was so turned off by the other students on the tour that she crossed it off her list. Maybe it was because it was an early morning tour, but the other tour participants were surly and unpleasant, dressed like they rolled out of bed, and a couple were wearing shorts that were embarrassingly short. One girl had her but hanging out. We went from there to Muhlenberg, which we all thought was fantastic.
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