The Schools They Turned Down
There is a fascinating discussion going on the Class of 2011 facebook group. The question -- What schools did you decline offers to go to UR?
They turned down Cornell, Penn State, Brown, Bowdin, USC, George Washington, U Washington, Scripps, Bucknell, Carnegie Mellon, Gettysburg, Virginia Tech, Skidmore, Duke, UNC, NC State, Ohio State, UMichigan, Tufts, Emory, U Illinois, Colgate, Brandeis, Indiana, Wesleyan, Brown, Rice, Wash U, Amherst, U Minnesota, Northeastern, Northwestern, UCLA, Tulane, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Dartmouth, U Virginia, American, Georgetown, Oberlin, Lehigh, RIT, Syracuse, Purdue, Penn, Johns Hopkins, etc....
Reasons they chose UR
financial aid (lots mentioned this)
"so much better"
UR is a "new ivy"
it's about getting an education
brilliant professors who are actually good at teaching
loved my visit (several mentioned this)
got accepted to the 8 year medical program
Reasons they turned down other schools
too big (more than one mentioned this)
they did turn down some full rides. In fact one student wouldn't consider a school until there was a full tuition package
curriculum not as flexible as UR
knew friends who couldn't switch majors because their GPAs weren't high enough
high suicide rates
professors not actually doing the teaching
big names colleges have a lot of ego
ivy league schools don't allow graduates to do research
too close to home
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