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September & October 2007 Visits (& News)

on September 3, 2007 in College Visits

rpiA Sampling of Upcoming Open Houses in the Northwest

Many colleges and universities will be hosting Open Houses for juniors and seniors over the next few months. These events provide a great opportunity to meet faculty, coaches, and admissions representatives and learn more about the colleges you are considering. Even if the college is not on your list, a visit can help teach you what you may want or not want in the schools on your final list.

Recent College Visits

The fall counselor tour of upstate New York provided a bit of an unrealistic weather perspective as we launched out in 75-degree, clear weather. Our first stop was Skidmore College (photo below), located in the beautiful town of Saratoga Springs, about three hours from either New York City or Boston. Skidmore is home to the mountain biking national championships and has trails throughout its 850 wooded acres. Known for its strong arts program, Skidmore has a liberal arts core with some pre-professional programs, including business and exercise science. Skidmore is hoping to double its number of students majoring in science in the next few years. Students there describe themselves as adventurous, creative, eclectic, and cosmopolitan.

Our next stop, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (top photo of Jonsson Engineering Center) has added a new Early Decision II option to their application process this year, an excellent option for students in the sciences and engineering. The streamlined Candidate’s Choice application option is offered to students who have shown an interest in RPI by completing the interest form online or by sending test scores. Programs include architecture, engineering, management technology, sciences and liberal arts. The business program is math-intensive, with students often heading to Wall Street for internships or post-graduate jobs. RPI has a popular Greek system and strong Division I ice hockey; all other sports are at the Division III level. Architecture students study in Rome and RPI has set a goal to have 80% of the entire student body study abroad, including international co-op and engineering programs.

Colgate University, a liberal arts college that is larger than most with close to 3000 undergraduates, is located in rural upstate New York and boasts a strong Division I athletic program and a liberal arts core curriculum. Students study within the core and often discover programs of study they never would have considered. We toured the newly constructed Ho Science Center and previewed the advanced facilities soon to open to students. Colgate has a strong sense of community, with almost all students living on campus all four years, and plenty of school spirit.

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