Profile: Dartmouth College

Profile: Dartmouth College

When I was in high school, there were many days where I daydreamed about going to Dartmouth. As I sat in the middle of suburbia, I couldn’t picture anything more perfect than living in the woods of New Hampshire, swimming in the Connecticut River, taking a bus between classes to ski on Dartmouth’s private mountain, and carving out worldwide adventures during on Dartmouth’s flexible schedule while my friends were still in school. Set right on the border of New Hampshire and Vermont, surrounded by rolling hills and mountains, the Connecticut River, and the quaint little town of Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College is located in an idyllic setting. But besides being picturesque, Dartmouth is a top notch university with a selective student body, renown faculty, and diverse academic offerings across the board. One thing that initially attracted me to Dartmouth was the flexibility of the curriculum. The Dartmouth Plan, or The D-Plan, allows students to carve out a calendar year that leaves room for internships and study abroad opportunities. It also helps foster a tight sense of community. For a nature lover, Dartmouth is also an ideal school. Dartmouth owns its own skiing area, The Dartmouth Skiway, manages its 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and offers just about every outdoor activity available. It is no surprise that the Outing Club is the most popular activity on campus. Despite Dartmouth’s name, it is actually a university with 4,200 undergraduates and 1,900 graduate students.  Dartmouth students have access to the graduate schools on campus. The Tuck School of Business, Thayer School of Engineering, and Dartmouth Medical School are all well...
Profile: Tufts University

Profile: Tufts University

I couldn’t have had a better afternoon at Tufts, and I will admit it came as a bit of a surprise. For years, Tufts had a reputation for being the “Little Ivy” or less favorably was sometimes was referred to as the “Backup Ivy.” It was known as the school people would just tag onto an Ivy-heavy college list because it was sort of like Brown or Cornell, just slightly less competitive. Perhaps because of this reputation, Tufts always struck me as a good all around kind of school, but I was never really sure how it stood out. Visiting the campus again today, however, I realized that the campus really does fulfill a unique niche, and for a certain type of student, I can see why it would be the ideal place. Tufts stands out for its excellent faculty, its strengths in engineering, international relations, foreign language, entrepreneurship, and its relationships with neighboring universities and conservatories, its breadth of offerings, and its proximity to the resources that Boston offers. Furthermore, Tufts is ranked Tier 1 research university meaning that it is a home to cutting-edge research across many disciplines. That said, of the 108 universities in the country with this designation, Tufts is one of the smallest schools on the list.  Tufts has 5,000 undergraduates and about the same number of graduate students (although not all of the graduate students are located on the main campus), and walking around the main campus, it feels like you are in a small, intimate liberal arts college, just one with a top notch student body and the resources of a full-fledged...
Profile: MIT

Profile: MIT

It was a beautiful day today, and I decided to take advantage of the weather by heading over to MIT. I live in Cambridge, MA, the same town where MIT is located, but in all honesty, to me MIT feels like a different planet. And I mean that in a good way. MIT is definitely a one of a kind sort of place. Walking through the campus today, I saw more handmade bicycle contraptions than I’ve ever seen in my life, at least a half dozen students with pink stripes through their hair, a student with a handmade backpack hat (basically a hat on which a backpack was attached), a random trampoline, poprock cannoli (which were delicious), and all other sorts of other quirky things.   And although I appreciate all of these quirky things in and of themselves, I think behind all of them is a message this campus is sending– we want to invent and discover new things and change the world. You can feel an entrepreneurial energy on this campus, and for a practical-minded student with a passion for changing the world through science and technology, I couldn’t imagine a better place than MIT. Overview: MIT is a private university located about five minutes from Downtown Boston in Cambridge, MA. William Rogers founded MIT in 1861 during the heart of the industrial revolution. Inspired by the incredible innovations in technology around him, Rogers wanted to create a forward-thinking university drastically different than the prominent universities of his day which he felt focused more on glorifying the past. MIT’s motto, mens et manus, meaning “mind in hand”...
Profile: Yale University

Profile: Yale University

Despite the fact that Yale is my alma mater’s rival school, I have to admit it is a pretty incredible place. My brother will be freshman there next year, and as he gets excited about the four years ahead, I am reminded why it is such an incredible place. Let’s start off with a picture: Incredible, right? This is the closest you get to Cambridge/Oxford in the US. Admittedly it is not as old as it looks (Yale was founded in 1701 well after the age of gothic architecture). When many of these buildings were built, students poured acid down the side to make the buildings look older. But despite this story, I have to admit that I like it. It looks like a place where important things are happening, and they are. Overview Yale is a private university located in New Haven, Connecticut. It is the third oldest college in the country. Yale is the institution that educated five US Presidents, nineteen Supreme Court Justices, countless academics, CEOs, scientists, actors, writers, artists, architects, and prominent people and leaders in just about every field known throughout the country and the world. It is a diverse institution with an undergraduate population of 5,200. The class of 2016 had student representation from 48 US states and 90 countries. 12% of the students were first-generation college students, 50% received financial aid, and 60% came from public schools. Academics Academically Yale is absolutely top notch. Yale attracts prominent faculty members across disciplines so whether or not you plan on focusing on the arts, hard sciences, social sciences, humanities, or whatever, there will be...