As I sit here waiting for the balance of the admissions decisions to arrive for the third of my four children I gave some thought to our family’s numerous college application travels, info sessions, tours, application fees since our journey started more than 5 years ago. I thought it would be fun to list every college. In no particular order - or actually in geographic order, since that’s how I remember it.
After reviewing this list I decided that maybe my second career would be a college tour travel agent.
For fun I have added some comments for some of them.
Dartmouth - second best campus hotel (Hanover Inn)
Univ. New Hampshire - most underrated campus, beautiful
BC - I’m still a Doug Flutie fan, school sprit peaked November 23, 1984
BU - don’t visit between November and March
Harvard - has turned into a tourist attraction
Tufts - Same comment as BU, skip April - October as well.
Providence - church then pizza on Sunday night, loved that.
Yale - witnessed a real life high speed police chase while there, no BS. Best pizza and Foxon Park soda is a diabetic’s dream
Marist - beautiful and friendly, not sure I’d like it in January
Fordham - best campus in NYC
Columbia - nothing came to mind, not sure what that means
Rutgers - Big 10 in NJ?? They need to bring back crew and swimming teams
TCNJ - NJ taxpayers (which includes me) building it all new.
Villanova - school spirit seemed lacking (my son’s gauge is based on how many kids on campus he sees wearing school logo’d clothing - we saw more Vineyard Vines than 'Nova outfits)
Penn State - the most school spirit we’ve seen. We Are and Berkey ice cream!
U Penn - Great city campus, probably the best so far
Indiana - one of the most beautiful campuses “I could see myself here” was the comment I heard the most
Notre Dame - I’m not buying into the aura of ND, Gipper, Rudy - if you have ND grades then go to the Ivies.
Northwestern - same comment as BU, but BU has the better mascot
Miami Ohio - loved it and their merit offers are off the charts! My son said the prettiest girls of all the campuses.
Wash U. St. Louis - great, but it in St. Louis. Will get hate emails from midwesterners.
Santa Clara - the city of Santa Clara is like Limbo - you can see all the good stuff, you just have to get there (paraphrasing a Nathan Lane quote about NJ)
UC Berkeley - crazies
UCLA - can’t go wrong
Univ. of San Diego - son would never move back from San Diego after 4 years here
Arizona - Son liked it because Rob Gronkowski went there.
UT Austin - Can’t go wrong, probably the best food and music scene (sorry Tulane)
Tulane - $75k / year, really??
Georgia - Athens can make anyone a Bulldog fan. I hoped to run into the B-52s and Michael Stipe
Clemson - too orange
UNC Chapel Hill - Best campus hotel - Carolina Inn. Franklin St. is one of the best “college streets” I’ve seen.
Duke - trying too hard to be Princeton
High Point - country club, free laundry service. Preparing our kids for the real world??
UVA - what’s not to like?
Georgetown - go to Georgetown Cupcakes and ask for the super secret daily special. Also check out the Exorcist Steps.
Univ. of Maryland - no comment, my wife did that trip.
Princeton - does anyone have fun here? Skipped out of the tour early (not kidding).