Hi! I am from the Bay Area in California, and I applied to 35 schools with an undecided major. I don’t know what I want to do after college, so a broad, liberal arts education appeals to me. (I’ll most likely end up majoring in a humanities-related subject and maybe go to graduate/law school?) I’ve visited all of the schools listed–and then some. I prefer a smaller school where most students live on campus all four years. I also prefer a campus where students are friendly and eager to collaborate, rather than compete.
I am multi-racial and have pretty liberal political ideologies. As for extracurriculars, I play softball and love to volunteer. I’m used to having easy access to organizations addressing unhoused populations, food insecurity, prisoners’ rights, etc., so that would be nice to have. I don’t mind some partying and wouldn’t choose a subfree dorm, but I don’t want a huge Greek system or to be in an environment where frequent partying is required to fit in socially.
I’m looking for any experiences with these schools, thoughts on these schools compared to one another, if the cost is worth it, etc. Or just any advice
KEEP (Kenyon Educational Enrichment Program) late Jun. – Aug. for students from underrepresented/disadvantaged backgrounds. Take courses, meet peers, service-oriented activities. Includes scholarship ($5,000) and first year book allowance ($500), and removes loans and work-study from aid package, but I think I could request to take out loans.
Estimated COA: $76,620
After aid: $56,849
- spot on softball team
- stunning campus
- nice outdoor areas to explore/exercise in
- middle of nowhere (windy roads, confederate flags…)
- Greek life (though not like at a UC…)
- less economic and racial diversity
Estimated COA: $78,598
After aid: $49,099
- spot on softball team
- family members in Cleveland
- off of freeway/main road
- kind of middle of nowhere?
- too politically active? (is that a thing?)
- I would probably like it more if I played an instrument or could be involved in the conservatory. I took band from 4th to 10th grade (trumpet, horn, tuba). I’m sure there are opportunities to learn (guitar, piano), which I would be interested in pursuing!
Franklin and Marshall
Expected COA: $75,712
After aid: $35,632
- LOVE the area & close to Philadelphia
- relatively close to family in NJ
- larger Greek system
- no spot on softball team