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


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

  • taliecharleytaliecharley Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    @1518mom we didn't have lunch either, thought we were the only ones! I made him walk around the food court (I mean, we were THERE) and he just didn't want to. haha.
  • 1518mom1518mom Registered User Posts: 384 Member
    @taliecharley As we live about 35 miles from USC, we ended up eating at home...at about 2:30 pm. That was how much he didn't want to be there!
  • TempeMomTempeMom Registered User Posts: 2,736 Senior Member
    My daughter did not like USC for similar reasons "Ugh, mom, it's all gold and look at us we're the best!!"
  • contdescontdes Registered User Posts: 77 Junior Member
    S18 goes to a preppy private school but is politically active (and liberal) and really into the fine arts. Maybe this gives some context? Anyway...On our southern tour, S18 visited Davidson, W&L, Emory, Vanderbilt, Rhodes.

    Vandy: Liked Vandy the best, but it was a perfect fall day and the campus was hopping. Nashville is all right there. It's a real reach for him, so he may not ultimately apply.

    Emory: Liked the fact that Emory was in ATL and the campus is pretty but big, if a little inconsistent. It was drizzly and the students were on a break, so he didn't really get to feel the vibe much. Hard to judge this one.

    Rhodes: beautiful and very Hogwarts-ish. Like really really beautiful. It's small, but Memphis is reasonably big and has a lot of good food and music. Nothing turned him off but I'm not sure he'll apply for other reasons.

    Davidson: he did not like. Said it was too much grass-fed beef bs (I need that roll my eyes emoji here). I thought he'd love Davidson, so that was a surprise.

    W&L: absolutely loved it. I found this odd b/c he is very conscious of diversity and likes city life. But for some inexplicable reason, he seemed to bond with the campus. And the students/people seemed earnest and openminded, he said.
  • youceeyoucee Registered User Posts: 1,018 Senior Member
    I've found the recent spate of comments about USC interesting. I had to practically drag our son there, I grew up disliking the school, and we had initial concerns about the neighborhood, but we all really liked it there when we visited. But I do understand where you're coming from in your opinions.
  • raclutraclut Registered User Posts: 3,183 Senior Member
    edited September 14
    My brother was an economics and finance student at Georgetown. He had an amazing experience there and I highly recommend their business school. He was involved in many business clubs in fact he was able to contribute a good amount towards his tuition costs with the money he earned over the summer with the internships he had. His friends represented a very diverse group and he never felt discriminated against. Because of his positive experience two of our neighbors sent both their children there to study business too. (four other students) I also have a sister that graduated from their law school and she has had a successful career.
    DC has a very diverse culture and students embrace it here.

    Another school good for business for MD residents is UMCP. Know many graduates that had job offers at the start of their senior year.

  • londondadlondondad Registered User Posts: 2,065 Senior Member
    "Said it was too much grass-fed beef bs"

    Can you explain what that means? Thanks.
  • citymama9citymama9 Registered User Posts: 1,665 Senior Member
    @londondad It might be because they have their own farm and try to have lots of farm fresh food in dining halls?
  • londondadlondondad Registered User Posts: 2,065 Senior Member
    ^ Thanks, could be. I don't remember anything about the farm when I was there last year, but they did mention the lakeside campus a lot. I will check with DD on this one - she inherited the perfect memory that I used to have!
  • BooajoBooajo Registered User Posts: 818 Member
    @contdes my D also did not like Davidson and her comment was it was "too green"(!) I thought it was perfectly beautiful, but she wound up choosing a true urban campus (Pitt).
  • frizzle68frizzle68 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Crossed off:
    Brandeis. We had the worst tour and information session there. Our tour guide couldn't answer our questions.
    UofR: Just got a weird vibe from it. Our tour guides were not very welcoming. Also, the information session was bizarre. The admissions officer spent 30 minutes explaining how we could rearrange our courses to double major or minor. It was so self explanatory and very drawn out.
    MIT: Our tour guide was kind of confusing to listen to and didn't have the answers to some questions. We also visited on a cold day, so the atmosphere was a little bit stiff and unwelcoming.

    Moved up:
    Swarthmore: didn't know much about it, but ended up absolutely loving it. Our tour guide was warm, friendly, and receptive. She could answer our questions and showed us why Swarthmore is so great.

    Haverford; similarly to Swarthmore, we went in a bit blind. The town was great, our tour guide was sweet, and the information session was informative. Really good vibes
  • londondadlondondad Registered User Posts: 2,065 Senior Member
    @citymama9 Thanks. My DD did remember the talk of the Davidson farm. We saw 4 NC schools in 2 days and those tours are just a blur now!
  • daffodilpetuniadaffodilpetunia Registered User Posts: 153 Junior Member
    @taliecharley Oxy has a preppy reputation? I"m really surprised at that. In what sphere?
  • kaupilimakoakaupilimakoa Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I did not get a preppy vibe at Oxy. My D17 there now. Finding her groove.
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