We narrowed down DD’s college choice to La Salle and Arcadia (and may be Rowan, we are in-state) and have visited the colleges more than once. All three are affordable. I have read niche but love to get input from those who have attended any of the three or parents who are familiar with any of the three colleges. She has been accepted to CTCL colleges such as Goucher and McDaniel, and other colleges.
DD does not know what she will major in. She has an IEP for many years, has always been in regular ed classes. She takes time to process and is a concrete thinker. She has a 3.0-3.2 GPA . (I have been following the 3.0-3.4 thread). In the beginning of our search, she liked Rowan, but then realized that she needs smaller class size, hence we look into smaller colleges. My concerns are (a) she may drop out because the school work is too hard (b) she gets bullied because she learns differently (c ) it may be difficult for her to get a job after she graduates. Hence, I hope to know about the academic and support environment say peer tutoring (I will check with the disability office) , whether the classes are difficult and internship etc. I also love to hear input on the study abroad program with Arcadia.
La Salle –has more majors which translates to more options for DD. My perception is that it has a larger alumni network . I do not see the neighborhood as a problem. I do not see easy access to the city as a benefit over Arcadia.
Arcadia – The smaller campus is a plus. Class size is no more than 16. There is no greek life which I and DD prefer. However, the limited number of major concerns me, I don’t see DD majoring in business or education, I am not sure how good the pre-nursing and pre-physician assistant programs are. I think the college prides itself in its study abroad program, the freshman has an option to take a preview program in the spring of the first year to spend one week abroad, it is interesting, but I am not sure how much DD benefits from it as she is well traveled. I also do not know how study abroad program will help DD. With the turnover of the presidents in the last 5 years and the budget issue, I feel that the future financial aid and direction of the U is an uncertainty. Have I been overthinking? We do not get a chance to talk to the current students, but the admission officer told me getting internship is not difficult, is it true?
Rowan- it is larger, we were told the class size is no more than 35. I suspect the facility is better, but it is not my primary concern.