If you're in the college application mode, you may be cross eyed by now from reading the hundreds of college admissions blogs analyzing everything from yield ratios to rankings to Estimated Family Contribution to how-to-write-the-winning essay. For a lighthearted chuckle, I've been reading reasons students are or are not applying to various colleges from the blog at College Confidential (http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/college-search-selection/474179-whats-dumbest-reason-you-applied-didnt-apply-school-16.html
Here are some of the zanier posts:
Colgate: I’m not applying to a university with the same name as a toothpaste
Emerson: I applied b/c they have a Quidditch club
Wake Forest: I didn't apply b/c I was stung by a bee on the campus tour
Yale: I applied b/c Gossip Girl wanted to go there. I got in Early Action but felt bad b/c Gossip Girl didn't.
Wesleyan: I applied b/c Yale is in the same state
Amherst: I’m not applying b/c I got lost trying to find it
Bryn Mawr: I did apply b/c I absolutely must go to a school with Gothic revival architecture
Stanford: I didn't apply b/c the buildings look like Taco Bell
Wheaton: I applied b/c I'm not a christian and I wanted to see my friends faces when I tell them I applied.
Harvard: I didn't apply b/c my dad went there; I did apply b/c my dad went there
Samford: I applied b/c if you say it fast, it sounds like Stanford
Vanderbilt: I didn't b/c when you say it with an English accent, it sounds dumb
Florida: I didn't b/c all that Spanish Moss hanging from the trees is creepy
Maine: I didn't b/c all the colleges in Maine remind me of a Stephen King novel
UMich: no way b/c have you seen the size of the squirrel population?
Purdue: I didn't b/c it reminds me of chicken
BYU: I didn't apply b/c youtube is blocked on campus
Quinnipiac: I didn't b/c the word 'Nipple' is in there somewhere
USC: I didn't b/c I could just never bring myself to yell "Go Trojans!"
Princeton: I did apply just to try and ace out our obnoxious class salutatorian
Fordham University: nope, b/c of the initials
And, finally, with the largest number of negative references on this blog of 836 comments, a sampling of why students didn't apply to Tufts University: b/c it is reminiscent of something Dr. Seuss would write; b/c of Tufts syndrome; b/c it sounds like a circus; b/c the name sounds like hair or fur; b/c it just...sounds... gross.