getting the real deal about colleges
August 20, 2012 12:40 AM Subscribe
As an international student (equivalent 'rising senior') in high school, how can I discern what a college or university is really like, past all the glossy paper? More questions, and details, within.
posted by undue influence to education (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I want to apply to US colleges, but every single one of them seems to promise 'global experience, 'intellectual rigor' and fantastic opportunities. OTOH, 'college review' sites have some of that, along with a steaming heap of 'this is the dumps; I hate this place and you're screwed if you go here'.
So how do I find out what it's really like? Some suggestions I foresee are 'email students', but what's the etiquette for that? I don't want to come across as fawning or desperate, especially knowing that international admissions are a bit of a crapshoot.
I know that a US education is expensive, but let's not talk about that here - I would never spring for it if I didn't get adequate financial aid, or if it were a choice between College of Questionable Repute and a school in my home country.