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Summer visits-where are you headed, any tips?


Replies to: Summer visits-where are you headed, any tips?

  • collegemomjamcollegemomjam Registered User Posts: 1,874 Senior Member
    @twoinanddone and @ASKMother I completely agree with your points that having good diversity numbers doesn't always mean that the students interact. I just saw Emory on a list of schools with a lot of Diversity and I don't think that the students there interact as much as that would imply, based on what I have heard.

    Does anyone know of any schools that have both strong diversity and strong interaction between the ethnic groups? Is this even something that could be measured? I'm trying to help a biracial (half African American, half White) student now who is looking for that very thing...he toured BU and Northeastern and felt they weren't diverse enough. Any suggestions anyone?

  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff Registered User Posts: 2,950 Senior Member
    We just dropped off my daughter, a junior transfer to Beloit College in Wisconsin yesterday. I was amazed at the diversity for such a small Lac. Yes, everyone interacted with each other. Nothing to measure, it was obvious by observation.

    Saying this her first Lac was Illinois Wesleyan University which had very little diversity. I remember on their tour of campus we asked the question about diversity and the guide actually said "we have diversity here, there are a lot of Catholics and Protestants" when we stopped laughing to ourselves we pushed him and said we mean racial diversity and he replied "I had lunch the other day with a student from China"

    Nice campus and school but no real diversity even if they work towards it.

    FYI, this freshman class at Beloit was stated as the most diverse internationally also. Nice campus and very good merit FYI.
  • collegemomjamcollegemomjam Registered User Posts: 1,874 Senior Member
    @Knowsstuff thanks for that. I have actually been thinking that he might be better off at an LAC because the smaller student population may make it easier to interact. He is visiting Swarthmore soon and if he likes it I might suggest he look at other smaller LAC's with the diversity numbers to see what he thinks (as Swarthmore is a big reach for anyone!).

  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff Registered User Posts: 2,950 Senior Member
    Np. In the Midwest Knox is interesting also. We have been there. Evidently you are out east. College that change lives book should have many in your area.
  • HMom16HMom16 Registered User Posts: 680 Member
    At many schools diversity and interactions are a function of which activities the student gets involved in.
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 5,217 Senior Member
    @collegemomjam , check out haverford as well. Earlham and Grinnell might fit the bill.

    Multi-racial probably matters less if the student identifies, or feels identified with, one more than the other. (Thinking of a friend of DS who said "if I get pulled over by the cops, I don't know how much it will matter if I tell them my mom is white.")
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 20,018 Senior Member
    Even if self-segregation occurs socially, diversity is still a huge plus as one learns from different perspectives in the classroom discussions.
  • cakeisgreatcakeisgreat Registered User Posts: 783 Member
    @collegemomjam Rutgers University has excellent diversity. I am on campus all day and evening classes finishing up my business degree and there is every ethnicity you can find. Love hearing all the languages being spoken. Everyone is very friendly and interacts with each other...they even talk to this old mom haha. It’s really cool to continually observe people who just want friends and look at how a person acts over anything else.

    But it is very big so might not be what your looking for there.
  • VeryapparentVeryapparent Registered User Posts: 840 Member
    It's pretty hard to find diversity at an LAC. A few standouts on our tours Macalester, Grinnell, Mt Holyoke.
  • collegemomjamcollegemomjam Registered User Posts: 1,874 Senior Member
    Rice is actually pretty diverse, at least based on the statistics they post. I've never visited though so I'm not sure.
  • ASKMotherASKMother Registered User Posts: 171 Junior Member
    @collegemomjam my D18 and I visited about a year ago and both loved the school and found it to be VERY diverse. She decided not to apply only because she wants to dual major in Chemistry and 2ndary Ed. While Rice has absolutely above average STEM departments (so many pre-med and biomedical engineering/research) there wasn't as clear of a path for Teaching added in, not as easy as other top schools she was looking at.
  • Akqj10Akqj10 Registered User Posts: 295 Junior Member
    Our first trip was to Western Mass to the Five College Consortium. We spent various degrees of time at each school but it is easy to see all five in a day. You could most likely see all five in an hour it you don't stop. We toured Mount Holyoke, drove through Hampshire, walked around Smith and Amherst and drove around U-Mass ( were my wife and I met ). If not interested in a few of the schools it's still good to see the proximity of the other towns and schools as they are interconnected with the PVTA, a free bus system connecting all 5 schools.
  • CaspiantopiaCaspiantopia Registered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
    We visited a couple of LACs this summer. We really like Amherst, Hamilton and Oberlin. We met some of the professors there and they are enthusiastic about students. This is what attracted us to LACs.
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