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July 2004 Visits

on July 2, 2004 in College Visits

We recently returned from a counselor tour of colleges and universities in the southeast. The schools we visited included Vanderbilt University, University of the South, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Davidson College, Wake Forest University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, College of William and Mary, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, George Washington University and American University.

Northwest students are of great interest to these schools which are looking for geographic diversity, so do not overlook all that they have to offer. Many of these colleges have a unique combination of historic and modern facilities surrounded by magnificent natural beauty. A perfect example of this is the University of Virginia, founded and designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. Apart from its historic campus, UVA is recognized as on of the top public universities in the country. Another example of campuses that combine historic and modern facilities is Davidson, a selective liberal arts college in North Carolina (see above photo) with small class sizes and a high level of faculty involvement. We hesitate to mention that the students get their laundry done for them at Davidson.

George Washington University has added a second location on the Mt. Vernon campus. Shuttles are provided between the urban Washington DC campus which is a few blocks from both the White House and the State Department, and the suburban Mt. Vernon. Campus complete with athletic fields, residence halls and classrooms. The photo below illustrates the historic CWPost Hall at the Mt. Vernon campus, which is also home to the Elizabeth Somers WomenÕs Leadership Program.

Both GW and American University have a unique advantage in being located in Washington DC: programs such as political science and public affairs often draw on active and retired federal officials as lecturers or instructors. This helps schools in the DC area rank among the best in the country in programs like public affairs. The AU campus is located in northwest Washington near the Naval Observatory and embassy row—a beautiful urban campus in the most beautiful part of the city.

Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina provides a strong sense of community on this magnificent campus of rolling hills (see photo to right), complete with Division I sports, a strong theater program, a winning debate team, sports management, and a broad liberal arts program with over 50% of the students studying abroad.

The University of North Carolina (library pictured below) and College of William and Mary in historic Williamsburg, Virginia are two public universities which provide wonderful opportunities for students from the Northwest. Another public university is Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia with a ratio of 7 men to 3 women. Georgia Tech has wonderful opportunities for engineers to study abroad in such locations as Lorraine, France where co-op and internships are available.

Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia combines a top research university and a liberal arts college allowing for great opportunities for undergraduates to work in research in a number of fields. Students and faculty meet weekly at “Coffee Talks” to connect and discuss topics both academic and wide-ranging. The Student Union (pictured below) is an excellent example of the modern facilities throughout the campus.

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee allows students to “shop for classes” among their strong programs in music, engineering and liberal arts. They are a progressive university with a relaxed pace of life.

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