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D has visited Wellesley, BM, Smith & MH (not interested in Barnard / NYC location).
D is a pretty (dare I say it?) mainstream white suburban girl with mainstream tastes, dress, etc. Her interests are in math and sciences and she has a couple of unique EC's. Varsity athlete but plans to play only intramurals in college. She's reasonably competitive for all four schools (with Wellesley being more of a reach) and the academics of all four schools are excellent, so there is really no distinguishing between them on that basis.
At both Wellesley and Bryn Mawr, there seemed to be a mix of all types, from girly-girls to emo to gender-neutral, etc. But she felt that there were enough of her type that she could "find her tribe," so to speak.
However, at both Smith & MH, there seemed to be a preponderance of what I'll term alternative girls. NOT THAT THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT. I want to make it clear that D (and we as parents) has no problems with alternate expressions of clothing, sexuality, etc. whatsoever But, by the same token -- she wants to be able to know that there's enough of a "tribe" like her that she'd find her place as well. She wants to find people who might also like more mainstream tastes in music and clothing, etc. Not everything has to push the envelope for her.
Ironically, her MH tourguide was preppier than prep - but everyone else there came across as distinctly not mainstream.
Anyway. Would it be accurate to suggest that Wellesley & BM might be a bit more mainstream than S & MH? Would it be accurate to suggest that there are enough "mainstream" women at S & MH that she could indeed find her tribe?
Again, I want to be very clear she is not making value judgments, just seeing where she thinks she might have sufficient fit for her personal tastes.