College Visits

September 23, 2015

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – San Diego’s 3 Universities

*The last time I visited the University of San Diego, I toured a beautiful mission-style campus overlooking Mission Bay, and that has not changed. The emphasis is on the three Cs: collaboration, creativity and critical thinking in its […]
May 21, 2015

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – The University of Cambridge

Ah, Cambridge. It’s the quintessential charming English town, with rambling streets filled with quaint stores, restaurants, tea shops, taverns, even a canal, with most colleges clustered in and around central Cambridge. And of course, tourists. Like Oxford, Cambridge […]
May 19, 2015

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – The University of Oxford

My first view of the City of Oxford, after leaving the high speed train from London, was of the place where I would be staying during my visit, a former prison located in a medieval castle that had […]
March 18, 2015

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – The University of Chicago

One of my most interesting academic classes occurred on the subject of writing at the University of Chicago on a visit in early March. It was a sample of the education at a college where students unabashedly proclaim […]
February 17, 2015

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – College of Charleston

The student/faculty ratio is 16 to one; there are no teaching assistants; and the largest class is probably no more than 120 students (Introduction to Biology and Introduction to Psychology, for example). With only 1500 graduate students, the […]
February 16, 2015

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – Lewis & Clark College

The address is Portland, Oregon, but the Lewis & Clark campus is a beautiful, rural enclave only 6 miles from downtown. Students do use the city (there is a school shuttle). The site of a former estate, the […]
February 15, 2015

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – Reed College

Reed is a distinctive place where the intellectual life thrives in a suburban Portland campus just 15 minutes from downtown. The campus school with a canyon in its midsection is intense academically but not competitive. Classes are capped […]
December 14, 2014

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – Worcester Polytechnic University (WPI)

A return visit to WPI found a campus and students just as impressive as in the past with women now constituting almost a third of the population and 13% of students hailing from outside the United States. Sixty […]
December 13, 2014

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – Clark University

Applications are increasing at Clark University, whose admission rate has gone from 77% not too long ago to 52% overall last year. Popular majors on campus include psychology (Freud lectured on campus and his statue figures prominently near […]
June 10, 2014

On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – Savannah College of Art and Design

With its admissions building located on perhaps the prettiest street in Savannah, Bull Street, just steps away from bucolic Forsyth Park, the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) is an urban school that is all about the […]