College Tour '10: Muhlenberg College
From a parent
Good school, we hear, and we know people who love it, but my kid and I were really put off. First, we had a tour guide who had little that was interesting to say (and who, when asked which was her most intellectually exciting class, struggled to come up with one).
We didn’t take the tour guide’s blandness too much to heart, because we knew that no school can guarantee all their tour guides are stellar performers. But the pleasant woman who conducted the interview only turned both of us off even more. She talked extensively about how exclusive the school is, and how the admissions staff was proud because not every kid can get into the Ivy League, “and we get a lot of the kids who almost make it into Harvard.” It felt less like a talk about a college than about how cool it would be to gain admission to a really exclusive nightclub.
She was very friendly, but seemed unable to hear what my kid was saying about strengths and weaknesses. When we asked what a rising high school senior who loved Muhlenberg, but didn’t have great grades or scores, should do to impress the school, the admissions officer smiled and said, “Get great grades and scores!” It would have been better if she had just said, honestly, “You’re not going to get in without the grades and scores,” but I think she wasn’t even aware of the irony of her comment; she just didn’t hear us.
So, we all know not to base all one's impressions on one person (or even two), but we left the campus thinking, “Why bother applying?”
This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at email@example.com. You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.
Go to http://timespace.washingtonpost.com/project/college-2010/ to see more college posts in the series.
| March 29, 2010; 11:31 PM ET
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