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MISS SCHOOL MANNERS & College Admissions

By asoglin
Friday, October 26th, 2007 at 9:23 am in College Apps & Angst, Miss School Manners, Teens.

teacherEarlier this week, we asked parents to weigh in on college admissions anxiety and this culture’s hyper-focus on “top tier” schools, and talk about the smaller colleges they’ve come across that were great fits for their kids. Here’s a sampling of their responses, a couple of new resources and an invitation for you to join the party – post your thoughts by clicking “comments.”

“Our learning-disabled son has attended CSU East Bay for 1 1/2 quarters and we are very pleased so far… Classes are small and the counselors and professors are very approachable. Our son gets much more help than he ever got in high school. His major advisor spent 45 min going over a schedule modified to suit his learning disabilities. By way of contrast, I think my older son (at Cal) knows the name of his advisor (maybe).” – CL, Walnut Creek

“Love the University of the Pacific in Stockton – fantastic private college, small class sizes, caring faculty, gorgeous campus with an East Coast vibe (must be all those ivy-draped, brick buildings!). With one kid in a UC and another here, the differences could not be more startling.” – jb

“I think it’s tough, in today’s climate, but it would be great if kids (and their parents) could take a deep breath and realize there’s more to life than where you went to college. Education is only as good as what you do with it…” – Anonymous

“I just don’t think people in other states have NEARLY the problems we here in CA face getting our kids into colleges. And the expense? Ridiculous. We could literally send our child out of state for what we are going to be paying for instate (except he doesn’t want to go out of state) and frankly we would like to have him here as well.) It’s all crazy insane.” – Julie

Roland from the NAICU (National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities) suggests trying the “Colleges That Change Lives” website for “some of the stellar but lesser known colleges out there.” The site was inspired by Loren Pope’s book of the same name and includes profiles of Reed, Whitman, St. Johns and 37 other small, liberal arts colleges). Roland also suggests checking out his NAICU web site, which offers profiles on private colleges describing “what’s special about the individual institution, key stats, and a wealth of links to the college’s Web pages, so that prospects and their parents can ‘drill down’ easily for more information on topics of particular interest.” (NOTE: We found this site much easier to navigate than CollegeBoard.com, but it does not include public universities. Use both.)

Please, weigh in with your thoughts and recommendations! Click “comments” and have at it. Or send them (or any school- or parenting-related question) direct to MissSchoolManners@bayareanewsgroup.com

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  1. Rick Grisel Says:

    There are quite a few excellent colleges that can truly compete with the best known institutions out there in terms of the quality of education. Chances of admission will of course vary depending on the particular applicant’s profile, but here’s a small sampling:
    Whitman College
    U. of Rochester
    Case Western Reserve
    Clark University
    Ithaca College
    U. of Puget Sound
    Vanderbilt
    Rice
    Kalamazoo College

    Happy searching everyone,
    Rick Grisel
    Veritas College Admissions Counseling
    http://www.veritascounseling.org

  2. Ruby Says:

    Lewis & Clark College in Portland is a wonderful, small liberal arts college. They look at the whole student, not just grades and SAT scores. The school is 6 miles south of Portland so students take advantage of the cultural aspects of a city.

  3. Jackie Says:

    Fantastic suggestions – keep ‘em coming!

  4. Mills fan Says:

    How about the treasure on your very doorstep?! Mills College is an oasis in every sense, 153 green, tree-covered acres, sprinkled with the old (Julia Morgan’s exquisite buildings) and the new (a state-of-the-art science building inaugurated this month, and a graduate school of business still being built). Phenomenal faculty (art professors who hang their work in the De Young, English professors like Yiyun Li — just Google her! — stars in every field) who actually spend real time on their teaching, focusing on their students in small classes, and in myriad opportunities for one-on-one contact. No student is anonymous at Mills, and every student is pressed to take what is individual about her, and develop it into excellence. Mills’ says its mission is to prepare women for positions of leadership and it succeeds spectacularly. Most high school seniors won’t consider a women’s college, but that just paves the way to opportunity for the bold minority who do: there’s plenty of scholarship money and faculty time for the young women willing to try the alternative route that Mills offers.

  5. Mills fan Says:

    How about the treasure on your very doorstep?! Mills College is an oasis in every sense, 153 green, tree-covered acres, sprinkled with the old (Julia Morgan’s exquisite buildings) and the new (a state-of-the-art science building inaugurated this month, and a graduate school of business still being built). Phenomenal faculty (art professors who hang their work in the De Young, English professors like Yiyun Li — just Google her! — stars in every field) who actually spend real time on their teaching, focusing on their students in small classes, and in myriad opportunities for one-on-one contact. No student is anonymous at Mills, and every student is pressed to take what is individual about her, and develop it into excellence. Mills’ says its mission is to prepare women for positions of leadership and it succeeds spectacularly. Most high school seniors won’t consider a women’s college, but that just paves the way to opportunity for the bold minority who do: there’s plenty of scholarship money and faculty time for the young women willing to try the alternative route that Mills offers.

  6. Susan Says:

    My son is a second year student at UC Santa Barbara and while it is not Cal or UCLA, he is very happy there. The party scene can be intense but for focused students they can just as easily avoid it. The academics are top notch and who can beat looking out onto the pacific ocean from your dorm room. I will say however, he applied to 10 schools and was rejected at 3 of them at a cost of over $500 just to apply. My daughter a high school senior is freaking out because she may not get into her top 2 schools Cal Poly and Claremont and the pressure is intense.

  7. aPARENTly Speaking Says:

    MISS SCHOOL MANNERS & Helicopter Parents

    Dear Miss School Manners: The college application paper chase has only just begun and already, I’m losing my mind. I want to make absolutely sure that my kid gets it all done … but if he can’t get it together…

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