Originally Posted: Nov 4, 2019
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Deciding where to go to college is a huge decision, and you may find yourself having a difficult time making that final choice. To help you ease the burden of that decision or at least make you take your mind off your own situation for a little while, here are some stories from real students about why they chose to attend their colleges.
Sojas got into his dream school of Brown University. Here’s a look at some of the amazing statistics that helped him get accepted to the school and what all that means to him.
Fun facts about Brown University
- Brown has a non-existent benefactor: Professor Josiah S. Carberry. Carberry first appeared in 1929, presumably as a hoax, as a professor of psychoceramics (cracked pots…get it?). Though he may not be real, he created a fund that has led to the purchase of many books for the University. Thanks, Professor Carberry!
- Brown has the oldest Engineering program of all the Ivy League schools.
- Brown has one of the largest Hutchings-Votey organs that remain. On Halloween, students gather to hear creepy songs played on the instrument.
- Emma Watson—yes, Hermione Granger herself—graduated from Brown in 2014.
Rebecca made the decision to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Here’s a look at the reasons this school was the best choice for her.
Fun facts about Johns Hopkins University
- President Woodrow Wilson earned his PhD at Johns Hopkins.
- Johns Hopkins University press is the oldest university press in the country that has been continuously run—just one of many fun facts about Johns Hopkins.
- Famous Johns Hopkins alumni include Michael Bloomberg, Rachel Carson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Russell Baker.
- There’s a system of steam tunnels that run under the University. It’s rumored that they’re inhabited by mutant rabbits. (How cute!)
Janice chose to go to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey this fall. Here are her top reasons for choosing the University to further her education.
Fun facts about Rutgers University
- Rutgers and Princeton University went head-to-head in 1869 for the first intercollegiate football game.
- Rutgers is one of only nine colleges that was chartered before the American Revolution.
- Notable alumni from Rutgers include Mike Colter, James Gandolfini, Jane Krakowski, and Brandon Flynn.
- Fat sandwiches—subs filled with a combination of food items such as fries, mozzarella sticks, gyro meat, chicken tenders, etc.—were first created at Rutgers. (Yeah, seems like something a college student would throw together.)
Related: List: Weirdest College Traditions
These students had all kinds of reasons for finally deciding on their college, so never think a reason too small for wanting to attend. Whether you love their library or the fact that one school is on a lake, anything that adds to the value of the school and your happiness is worth weighing into your final decision. We wish you the best wherever you decide to go!
If you're still looking for advice on choosing a college, we've got you covered with our Top Advice for Making Your Final College Decision blog!