Swarthmore: Where Fun Goes to Die
DD's school has all Upper School students attend a weekly group advising session. In a recent meeting, someone in DD's group brought up Swarthmore College as a college with a similar profile to Elite Private School: small, private, full of driven, smart students but for all that not overly competitive. DD is definitely smart and driven, and enjoys being in an environment with other students who care about learning and have other passions to which they are dedicated. She also has a very active social life, and manages (though sometimes with difficulty) to balance the academic and the social.
"Don't be fooled," Advisor warned them. "Swarthmore is known as the Night of the Living Dead. It's where Fun Goes to Die."
Okay, then. Scratch that one off the list.