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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?

  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 4,571 Senior Member
    Hah. Pearls. 1950s Miss porter school style.

    Moved up the list. Georgetown after getting cupcakes and walking around. And we liked the campus too. We did like the area better than the campus. Which was the opposite almost everywhere else. Tried to scare her with the exorcist staircase for fun. She said what’s the exorcist. Told her about the movie. She said that’s cool. Not the intended effect. Lol.
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 1,575 Senior Member
    D20 is also looking at IR but I’m hoping she’ll consider economics as well. She’s the exact opposite of @privatebanker and wants a campus with no campus. She was not a fan of W&M, Bucknell, and Villanova. She was “afraid” of Villanova in the sense that she said it was like a campus where you placed the most popular person from every high school. She was also saying this in relation to S19 who was accepted there and that it was not a good fit for him. She is a fan of GWU and BU, and we are visiting UChicago in a couple of weeks.
  • collegemomjamcollegemomjam Registered User Posts: 1,873 Senior Member
    For anyone that is planning a trip to BU, make sure you get to walk along the grassy area between the Comm Ave buildings and the Charles River. My son doesn't want urban, but when we visited BU I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful that area is. If he wanted urban, it would be one of the ones on top of his list. I went to college in Boston and never really toured BU, but was honestly blown away this past visit. Lots of new beautiful buildings as well. Nice students and tour guides. I liked it better than Northeastern, also a great school, but didn't love the area as much.
  • homerdoghomerdog Registered User Posts: 4,474 Senior Member
    @MAandMEmom U Chicago will not feel like GW. Chicago is a real campus separate from the city. It’s gorgeous and I wouldn’t really even call it urban. It’s settled into a neighborhood with no skyscrapers. I would do a virtual tour on their website to get a feel of it.
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 1,575 Senior Member
    Thanks @homerdog I noticed it’s definitely not like BU or GWU. When I asked her about her impression of JHU, she said she was good with a campus with very close access. I’m thinking Chicago might be similar to JHU right? I didn’t go with her to Baltimore, but will go to Chicago. We know BU extensively from going there for sporting events and I went there for grad school. Much different than in the 90’s like @collegemomjam mentioned. She’s also very keen on a college that is well represented with all cultures making BU an excellent fit. An additional benefit to Boston is that S19 will be there as well!
  • homerdoghomerdog Registered User Posts: 4,474 Senior Member
    @MAandMEmom Hm. It's not super easy to get from U Chicago to downtown. I think one takes a bus. I would just look at a map of Chicago. You will see that the campus is not downtown - it's seven miles south of downtown. It's close to the Museum of Science and Industry and maybe a mile or two from the beaches of Lake Michigan. Our S19 wanted more green space so it's was crossed off of our list. Campus really is beautiful but kids stay on campus. We drove in from the west and S19 knew immediately that he wouldn't go running in the parks in the neighborhood and even running out to the lake didn't seem super safe (although I'm sure it is in the day time if one stays on main streets). We are in the Chicago suburbs and have been to Hyde Park numerous times to visit the Museum of Science and Industry, the U of C museums, and Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Hyde Park is great but it's not urban. It's a neighborhood south of the city.
  • rjm2018rjm2018 Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    edited May 10
    Tried to scare her with the exorcist staircase for fun. She said what’s the exorcist. Told her about the movie. She said that’s cool. Not the intended effect. Lol.

    Ha ha, @privatebanker, my D loves scary movies (The Conjuring series of movies, Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen; the old one with Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, etc.). She so would’ve appreciated seeing those stairs since she’s seen the original Exorcist movie.
  • EganAgEganAg Registered User Posts: 88 Junior Member
    edited May 10
    We took a two day trip to Minneapolis area. S19 loved Mac, hated Carlton and was liked St Olaf. D19 loved St Olaf, hated Carleton and so so on Mac (I think the music dept wasn't upto her standard). At Carleton, I think it was the tour guide that gave the "you should be lucky to get admitted here and we study all the time" vibe. S19 applied to Mac and is going there. D19 applied to St Olaf and was one of her top 3 until the very end.

    S19 visited Kalamazoo, Occidental, Reed and Lewis and Clark as he wanted a small schools in a city. But, after visits, all fell out for various reasons. We visited Bard with him and we were totally mistaken as we thought it had easy access to NYC (which is what it sounded like from the web site, it doesn't). I almost turned around without taking the tour. But, he loved it and ended up applying.

    D19 dropped Weslyan off the list because Wes had grad students in the sciences and we felt that if she wanted to be in a place where she worked with Grad students, she might as well apply to a national university, not a LAC.
  • birkyggbirkygg Registered User Posts: 19 Junior Member
    Tufts was a huge plus for me! So pretty and friendly student body
  • joecollege44joecollege44 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    We dragged our daughter to Vermont on a beautiful fall weekend. She did not like Middlebury- too quiet. I think it is just such a big campus for the size of the student body. I loved it- great emphasis on cultural immersion and one of the most beautiful place I have ever been. But she took it off her list.

    University of Vermont, on the other hand, was a pleasant surprise. I think our daughter wanted to hate it because it's not that hard to get into and she has her sights set higher, but she admitted she liked it and could see herself there. It will definitely stay on her list although not as a top choice. Has a typically Vermont focus on outdoor pursuits and social justice. I think it can be academically rigorous and stimulating, or not, depending on a student's drive and effort. There are definitely many intelligent, passionate people there.
  • yellahammayellahamma Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    Rutgers crossed off list after visit to Mason Gross. MG seemed separate and D didn’t like the feel. Plus, our info session was disorganized.
  • AlwaysLearnAlwaysLearn Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    Wesleyan moved down the list. D liked the school and the people, but she wasn't feeling Middletown.
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