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May 2006 Visits

on May 1, 2006 in College Visits

bucknellSpring was in full swing and students were wrapping up their academic year as we visited several central Pennsylvania schools on a recent counselor tour. Our first stop was Gettysburg College, which we highlighted last year in our April 2005 newsletter. Gettysburg is one of three colleges in a consortium which also includes Franklin & Marshall and Dickinson Colleges. Every fall, the entire student body walks to the site of the Gettysburg Address, which this year will be read either by Sandra Day O’Connor or Steven Spielberg. With 2600 students, Gettysburg is on the upper end for size of most liberal arts colleges, allowing them to offer more breadth of curriculum.

The next college in the consortium was Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “F & M,” as it is known, has just under 2000 students and prides itself on a tradition of pre-professional education in the liberal arts manner. There are several scholarships available. The Division III Centennial Conference swimming meet is held in the topnotch facilities at F & M.

Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania definitely has momentum. An energizing breakfast presentation by President William G. Durden laid out a clear mission for Dickinson, and reminded us of the founder’s focus on field study and useful learning. Dickinson has a long history of global immersion, with one of the strongest overseas study programs in the country. Housing options include the Italian House among others. Dickinson recently dedicated a new archaeology lab and archaeology students are participating in projects in Greece and other locations. We saw first-hand the strength of the sciences, as we attended a physics class and visited the plasma physics lab (photo right) and the planetarium. A new building is under construction and is indicative of the interdisciplinary focus of the college, housing biology, chemistry, psychology, and neurobiology.

After leaving the consortium colleges, we visited Bucknell University, a Division I university with over 3300 students. Engineering is the most popular major here, chosen by almost 20% of the student body, including 30% participation by women. The Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management is an example of one of the unique programs offered to students. A student on campus invited us to hear her choir practice (top photo) where we were able to experience one of the many activities available to students. Go to this link for some stories of current students and to learn about life on campus.

Other college visits included Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts college that boasts better theater and dance facilities than we have seen at many large universities. High school students may apply for internships in the theater program. Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania was next on our visit, and was highlighted in last month’s newsletter.

Our final stop was Lafayette College, a small liberal arts college near Bethlehem that also offers engineering (photo right). Students from the Northwest get together at the “Pacific NW Pizza Night” on campus, another way Lafayette goes all-out to make students feel connected when they are so far from home.

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