Twins are deciding between St. Olaf and Whitman. We have visited both schools in the past 2 weeks. Both are very academic kids, undecided in major but have interests in Environment, writing/journalism, psychology, education.
Whitman is a couple hours from home and I think this is pushing it to the top of their list. Girls really liked the community they met at Whitman, very friendly, laid back, and campus is small but very accessible and pretty. They felt like they were part of the school at the tour. Whitman is more expensive and would carry more financial burden if for some reason their big scholarship discontinued. They like Whitman’s calendar better with longer breaks and no interim in January like St. Olaf.
St. Olaf has stunning campus. St. Olaf is closer to a urban area (still 45 minutes), Minneapolis, with shuttles going often. Of course is a plane ride away from home. Girls liked the bigger campus and more majors. St. Olaf is very affordable for the girls and they have been awarded a great financial package, and if big outside scholarship discontinued it still would be affordable. Little financial risk. St. Olaf has January interim term which allows kids to do travel abroad during that, and take different classes, but makes breaks shorter.