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November & December 2006 Visits

on November 8, 2006 in College Visits

ccsailingWe recently met with representatives from several colleges who were in town for the national college fair. Here are a few of the highlights:

Connecticut College (top two photos) is a small liberal arts college located in New London, Connecticut overlooking Long Island Sound and the Thames River, equidistant between New York City and Boston. The scenic 750-acre campus is managed as an arboretum and many Seattle area students feel at home with both water activities and an urban center nearby.

The College is unique in that it is less isolated than many small liberal arts colleges, with opportunities for internships at Pfizer and New London Hospital, and activities in Mystic Seaport. Strong programs include the arts, international relations, environmental studies, languages, and film studies.

Connecticut College also funds internships for students as part of their strong career counseling support. The Honor Code has created a strong sense of community on campus, and freshmen are incorporated into four-class dorms to further strengthen this sense of belonging. The SAT is optional for admissions.

Students who are risk-takers and experiential learners are drawn to Oberlin College, a small liberal arts school located in Oberlin, Ohio, where challenging the status quo is the norm. Explorers, adventurers and diverse learners thrive in a culture that promotes community service and intellectual intensity.

While a highlight of Oberlin is the Music Conservatory, many students who are in other programs on campus benefit from the unprecedented opportunities for music in over 150 practice rooms without being enrolled in the Conservatory. The Music Conservatory is one of the oldest in the country with continuous world-class events. The arts are strong (the photo below is of the Allen Art Museum), as are creative writing, neuroscience, environmental studies, East Asian Studies, biology and chemistry.

The essay and interviews are an important part of the application process at Oberlin. Summer programs for high school students offer a preview of some of the challenging programs there.

We highlighted St. Mary’s of California, located in suburban Moraga, 20 miles east of San Francisco, in a past issue of this newsletter following a visit to campus. Recent updates from our meeting with the representative for our area last month included details of the many merit scholarships that are available at St. Mary’s based on high school grades and standardized test scores.

The St. Mary’s student body is 55% Catholic, and over 60% of the students are athletes at this Division I school of just 2500 undergraduates. There is no Greek system. Two unique programs include the January Term and the Collegiate Seminar Program for all freshmen.

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