On the Road with Betsy Woolf: Williams College

The Berkshires are a cultural haven. If I hadn’t already known that on my recent return trip to Williams College in Williamstown, MA, then my experience would have reminded me. I saw three plays in two days, plus an afternoon spent at the Clark visiting its world-class collection and beautiful and serene grounds. I could…

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On the Road with Betsy Woolf: Four London Universities

An education in London is a bit different than an education in the States. First of all, “university” is only three years. And there is a degree of independence, as universities in the city itself do not necessarily feature lodgings in the immediate vicinity. Of the four schools I visited this trip (I’ve been to…

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On the Road with Betsy Woolf – University of Notre Dame

The temperature in South Bend, Indiana, on February 17th, 2017, was in the mid-60s, and Northern Indiana hadn’t experienced snow all winter. Needless to say, it was a great day for a return visit to the University of Notre Dame. I am happy to report that Touchdown Jesus is still graciously looking down on the…

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It’s a New Year! Now What Do I Do?

Happy New Year! If you are a junior, it’s time to get serious about thinking about college. What should you be doing? Here’s a handy checklist: ✔ Create a list of colleges that are of interest and do your research online. Then plan on visiting some of them. Many high schools are on break around…

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On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – University of Delaware

Summer is the time when many families take to the road to visit colleges, and I am no exception. On a very hot – around 93 degrees – day in June, I was on the road, revisiting the University of Delaware in Newark (which is pronounced New – Ark). Newark is a college town about…

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On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – University of Hartford

I keep copious notes of my college visits, and when I looked back at my last visit to the University of Hartford, I was shocked to read that it had been almost ten years! Of course, I’ve kept up with developments at the university since then, but it’s nice to return and eyeball a school…

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On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – Goucher College

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve visited Goucher College, but it’s always nice to return to this 300-acre residential campus that combines the proximity of the city with the bucolic life of the country. Goucher is located in Towson, Maryland, right next door to Baltimore. There is a shopping mall across the…

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On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – Occidental College

I spent Leap Day on a return trip to the bucolic campus of Occidental College in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles, where the atmosphere is intellectual and students are politically and socially aware and active. Students here are as comfortable in the urban environment of a suburban section of L.A. as they are…

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On the Road to College with Betsy Woolf – College of William & Mary

The second oldest school in the United States, the College of William & Mary is a “Public Ivy” located in Williamsburg, Virginia, a city known for the historic recreation of Colonial Williamsburg. This is a college of great American traditions, such as each class beginning and ending the collegiate experience by parading through the Wren…

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

I could never have forgotten the beauty of the University of Richmond, a bucolic campus I first visited ten years ago. Emphasizing a foundation in the liberal arts, its new president, Ronald Crutcher, says that UR is a school where students can become “agile” learners. UR is the first college in the country to establish…

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