Just packed 6 boxes of college brochures

<p>Before returning to school, I thought it would be wise to comply with the marching orders I had received: remove the two stacks of college brochures that towered well over 5 feet in height. Of course, one ought to wonder why the chosen destination for the colorful brochures HAD to be MY room must be a clear example of the logic in a house dominated by the weak gender. I guess that is the proce one pays for having become a quasi transient in his own home! Or could have they assumed that my mere participation on CC HAD to mean I'd find great pleasure in reading the same texts year after year? Oh well, I admit that skimming through the brochures still provides a great lesson in geography, especially yielding a new knowledge of airports locations. </p>

<p>Anyhow, I did end up packing the entire loot in six strong storage boxes, and delivering them to my former high school. I wonder if they ever will see the light of the day, but at least I feel a bit better. After all one has to reward the schools that send their 28 cents to The College Board and are keeping an army of photographers and ad agencies alive. </p>

<p>When it comes to the college "recruiting" it is amazing how ambivalent we might become. Let's admit that we hate receiving unwanted publicity, but we would even hate more to be forgotten altogether. Don't the brochures and emails flatter even the strongest of egos? Me think so! </p>

<p>Anyhow, all of this to bring me to a point--if there was one! </p>

<p>Which school was the most agressive in sending out material this year?</p>

<p>I don't know about this year, but, in 2001-2002, it was Bob Jones University. They kept mailing all the way into Fall 2002, and each new piece promised more and more than the one before. Were they hoping the new college student would change her mind?</p>

<p>I also recall that Tulane mailed heavily - but good, happy, fun stuff. Music CDs, hats, shirts, etc. </p>

<p>Oh, also, the military mailed aggressively.</p>

<p>Xiggi--my son and I joke that the ego-gratification element is reduced when the college brochures or scholarship offers are addressed to "John Doe or current occupant"! A good way to identify the less-selective institutions, though.</p>


<p>would you believe that my S got the most mail from UT-Dallas? Other than that, the brochures would take up only half a box. Must be from not checking box on PSAT and also taking it in soph. year. We have enough recyclables as it is!</p>

Which school was the most agressive in sending out material this year?


<p>WUSTL in our house.</p>

<p>WUSTL, CalTech, and MIT, by far. But at least the CalTech and MIT's are really witty and fun.</p>

<p>xiggi -
6 boxes of stuff is impressive! My son's leftovers were distributed to specific younger students - we don't trust guidance at all!</p>

<p>WUSTL, without question.</p>

<p>"xiggi - 6 boxes of stuff is impressive!"</p>

<p>I should have mentioned that my younger sister believed that she was supposed to answer every email with a polite "Thank You" reply, and return the little card religiously. This might explain why one box was seemingly from Grinnell only--the largest mailer at our house. The most aggressive senders were mostly LAC's (Carleton, Wellesley, Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin.) FWIW, the quality of the brochures and viewbooks was universally impressive. </p>

<p>One final note: it is obvious that schools have a difficult time managing the addresses. Harvard sent no fewer than 6 identical applications packages. I hope my sister does not think she as to return all of them with the same religious zeal. :)</p>

<p>Washington University in St. Louis was one of the first places to start mailing me a lot of stuff, but they've evened out to match most other places now. The University of South Carolina and Warren Wilson College have been sending me a lot lately.</p>

<p>My DS is STILL getting mailings (and e-mails) from Mercy College - they got his name from some list or another. He has contacted them, asking to be taken off their lists, but still the stuff keeps coming.</p>

<p>We jokingly say that the school got its name from the prospective students saying, "No more mailings! Have mercy, college!"</p>


<p>I'm really surprised that, with all your knowledge about college admissions, you did not suggest to your sis that she NOT check the box: "participate in the college search process?".</p>

<p>WU St. Louis, absolutly for my 04 grad, this time around I think that Ursinus is winning with an avalance of mail, and emails. Rhodes, although we are interesed in this school, is sending alot of mail, DVD's, emails, etc.
Socal Mom</p>

<p>Xiggi, I did not even have one box of college materials in my day, since the mailings were not as prolific then, but my brother and his best friend picked through my leavings when they were looking at college choices 4 years later. For some kids, it could be a good start. Not everyone is as knowlegeable about college as those on this site. Good for you to share your wealth!</p>

<p>WUSTL, UT-Dallas, and those great postcards from the U of Chicago.</p>

<p>My younger son, a rising senior, is not in the same achievement category as his older brother, who was assaulted two years ago with materials from WUSTL and U Arizona Honors program. I'd say younger is getting the most mail these days from Case, Northeastern, and WPI.</p>

<p>My older son wasn't in that category either (with 20/20 hindsight), but it didn't prevent WUSTL from showering him with brochures, postcards, reminders, etc., so he could boost their selectivity numbers, because he did apply, and he didn't get in.</p>

<p>fordham keeps emailing me at least once a week i just didnt tell the colleges my new adress perposly and the list w/ my adress never got my new adress so they dont know colleges have slowed down but once i take my psat in october god! I Dont know i got all these email/letters b4hand w/o taking my psat(in my school u only take the psat in junior yr)</p>

<p>NYU was pretty agressive. And their mailings were beautiful. We figured that $1000 of the tuition we would pay would have gone to pay for the marketing / recruiting they did.</p>

<p>WUSTL - hands down.</p>

<p>Ironically, a family friend is beginning freshman year there this week - and all summer long got "incoming freshman" mail from them - just about every day!</p>