Dartmouth College Visit Report by Nat1201
Information Session: Yes - The session was boring, and was really only a less informative version of the pamphlet given to me when I walked through the door.
Campus Tour: Yes - We didn't see academic buildings, dorm rooms, or anything actually important to my experience. It was a generic tour that just repeated the same statistics. Answers to questions were scripted.
Campus Visit Notes for Dartmouth College
I live very close to the college, so I had an impression before going into my tour. I know that it's a party school, that avoids taking responsibility for the actions of its frat houses. I know they did not take action when it came to the most recent sexual assault allegation. And I know that they dumped experimental waste into a large empty property they own, poisoning the drinking water of a nearby family.
But when I arrived to campus, for some reason I was still considering applying. Maybe it was for the reputation, who knows. Dartmouth is a school with a wide variety of resources for students in all majors, but I'm sure now that I won't be applying. The admissions team was careless, and the tour guide had to repeat the same "spiel" every time someone asked her about the social scene.
In the beginning of the information session, I was given a pamphlet that had information about the college, student life, admissions, and career outcomes. It took me a half an hour to read it cover to cover and take notes, yet I learned more from that than my two and a half hours on campus and three hours following that spent in the town of Hanover.
The tour guides were very emotionally removed from the tour. They are not allowed to tell many personal stories, and those that do all have a strangely similar story of a professor that really helped them or a club that made them feel welcome. Those are the only approved responses to questions asked.
I felt as though I was supposed to be falling for some trick, to make me fall in love with this place that I actually couldn't wait to get away from. The people there are fake, because that is what they're hired to be when they work in admissions there.