East Coast College Visits

Boston College

Most notable is the business school. The school is recently updated and it is a real gem.

Freshman are housed off campus. There is a seven to ten minute bus ride to campus in the morning.

Housing is not guaranteed all four years. When you are admitted you either get three years or four years of housing based on a lottery.

BC is also noted for diversity in the student body. My tour group was actually comprised of students from 8 different countries!

BC is located in a suburb of Boston, but the traffic is still as bad as in the city.

Boston College

College of the Holy Cross

Holy Cross honestly reminded me of Father Ryan.

The chapel is absolutely gorgeous!

Most of the campus is covered in ivy, which is beautiful.

Located in the town of Worcester, MA.

The library is small, but the college belongs to a consortium, so they can borrow books from all the other colleges in the area.

The study abroad program is probably the biggest attraction. They have many types of programs, so students can find a way to study abroad, or even intern abroad, in the way that is best for them.

The dorms are classic hall style. The rooms are medium sized, not too big and not too small. I really liked that there is a large window in each of the rooms! Co-Ed by floor.

Also, first-year housing is different than upper class men housing. Freshman are housed in the same dorm as the other freshman who are taking their seminar. So, every freshman will be living with someone that they share a class with. The living space in the basement is also themed for that seminar.

Holistic Admissions process.

There are tons of sports, including club, intramural, and varsity level.

College of the Holy Cross

Brown University

The most interesting thing about Brown is the open curriculum. This mean that no student is required to complete any certain classes at Brown, but to graduate a student must complete a concentration (the same thing as a major). 

Brown also has notable resources like rare book libraries.

The center of student life revolves around the green. Even in the summer, I spotted students throwing a frisbee!

Brown has larger class sizes than some other schools, but those are mostly for freshman seminars. 

Students engage in research very early.

Brown is located in Providence, RI. It sits in the middle of the city, but the campus is a traditional college campus.

Brown University

(Sorry there aren’t many pictures. It started raining pretty hard during the tour!)

Yale University

Academics:

  • The core curriculum is not so structured that you must take certain classes, but you must take classes in all disciplines.
  • Shopping Period: Two weeks before school in which students can “shop”, or go to classes to see what they may want to take. There are over 2,000 classes in the course catalog, so students have many choices to make to narrow it down to just 5.
  • 4-5 classes a semester, typically 9 classes a year

Residential Life:

  • Residential Colleges: Dormitory system in which incoming students are randomly assigned. Students stay in one residential college all four years, and underneath the college all the facilities needed for students are available. There are gyms, dining halls, cafes, basketball courts, and other facilities. 
  • Dorms are suite style where two rooms share a common room. The suites may be Co-Ed.
  • There is a counselor that lives with he students that is an alumni. There counselors help academically.
  • There is also a faculty member that lives in a house within the residential college called a “master” who holds social events and is responsible for the “life” of the residential college. Sometimes Masters will hold socials, study breaks, and speakers (not all at the same time).

Student Life:

  • Sports at the Varsity, Club, and Intramural level
  • Tons of clubs
  • Internships and study abroad are very accessible and financial aid travels with you.

Admissions:

  • Holistic Review
  • Early Decision is not binding, but you may not apply early to any other schools.
  • Need-Blind Admission review
  • 55% of students receive financial aid

Yale University

Vassar College

Academics:

  • Beautiful library with millions of books, including some diaries of Vassar girls before the school integrated
  • Small, discussion based classrooms. Most classrooms arranged in circles

Student Life:

  • Tons of theater and film opportunities
  • Over 200 Clubs
  • Intramural Sports
  • Division III Athletics
  • Yoga, Zumba, and other fitness classes are offered daily

Residential Life:

  • Students live in houses that they stay in for four years.
  • Houses are similar to dorms, but the rooms are HUGE.

Vassar College