Harvey Mudd College: STEM + liberal arts

"Innovative," my daughter described Harvey Mudd and then immediately mentioned "those wheels outside the dining hall." Walk on the Mudd campus and you will see what she means. A math, science and engineering school, Mudd also calls itself a liberal arts college. Signs of quirkiness, fun, and the school's fascinating history abound on a campus … Continue reading Harvey Mudd College: STEM + liberal arts

USC: A campus that offers fascinating opportunities to specialize

Everything at USC looks shiny and new as you walk the campus. This feeling extends to some of the university's most interesting academic offerings. For students who know what they want to study enough to commit in senior year of high school to a specialized program or major, USC offers some fascinating opportunities. Every year, … Continue reading USC: A campus that offers fascinating opportunities to specialize

Pitzer College: Academics infused with social activism

I have had a soft spot for Pitzer College ever since I interviewed former Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid Arnaldo Rodriguez for my book, The Thinking Parent's Guide to College Admissions. My visit with my youngest daughter in 2020 felt long overdue! Part of a consortium of seven colleges known collectively as The Claremont … Continue reading Pitzer College: Academics infused with social activism

Pomona College: Learning for the sake of learning

Among the five Claremont Colleges ("5C's"), Pomona sticks steadfastly to its identity as the "thinking" campus.  On our tour, the guide even poked fun at neighboring Claremont McKenna, where students focus on "doing rather than thinking."  Walking around campus and talking to students, you get the feeling that they derive joy from learning.  One of my … Continue reading Pomona College: Learning for the sake of learning

At Oxy, community, opportunity, and the chance to chart your own path

Last year, I wrote about Oxy and some of the features that set it apart from other liberal arts colleges.  This week, I had the chance to visit for the school's annual "Discover Occidental - Spring Preview Day for Juniors."  I found a welcoming community, abounding possibilities for students to personalize their college experience, and … Continue reading At Oxy, community, opportunity, and the chance to chart your own path