How did you pick a college? Do you think you made a good choice? How have your children picked their colleges (if they are old enough)? How did you advise them?
#1: I knew I wanted to go to a SLAC, and I read the Fiske Guide to Colleges and picked some good midwestern SLACs. Then I took my list to the guidance counselor at our fancy school and he suggested a few more higher ranked SLACs not in the midwest. I was waitlisted at my first choice and got into the second. I think it was a great choice– I could go into detail about why but that would make it clear what my undergrad was! Suffice to say that I’m a fan of highly-ranked SLACs generally.
#2: Went to the state flagship R1 along with most everybody else, which happened to be a top school for her major and also where her now husband was going. It was an excellent choice.
Our oldest hasn’t picked a college yet, but we will be giving hir a copy of the Fiske Guide* to colleges when it comes out in July. I’ve already vetoed a few schools as we’ve been getting mail every since DC1 took the sophomore PSAT. (No, you are not going to this over-priced meh-ranked local religious private school!) I have no idea where zie is going to end up, but we’ve saved for an expensive private school.
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Grumpy Nation, what are your answers to CG’s question?