I spent much of my son's Spring Break doing college visitations. Spring Break is a popular time for high school juniors to do this and both of the colleges we visited were packed with prospective students. From a number of sources you can get all the facts and figures about specific colleges, but it takes some feet on the ground to form misguided opinions based on a quick walk-around with a student guide.
Since this trip was restricted to colleges on the eastern seaboard with “Institute of Technology” in their name, I felt it would be useful to make some comparisons that you won’t find anywhere else.
Big Logo On A Building:
Administrative Building Subject To Frequent Pranks
Overlit Neon Corporate Logo Visible From Campus:
|MIT: Boston's famous CITGO sign sits on just the other side of the Charles River.||Ga Tech: The Coca Cola World Headquarters, just off campus, reminds you to not even try to purchase a Pepsi product on campus.|
Building named after Ford:
|MIT: Building E18/19 houses various administrative functions.|
photo from web.mit.edu
|Ga Tech: Ford Environmental Science and Technology Building is a 287,000 square foot academic building that opened in 2003.|
Most Phallic Looking Building On Campus:
|MIT: The Green Building has the proportions if not the shape. Runner up: The turrets on Ashdown House.||Ga Tech: The campus centerpiece carillon inexplicably called the Kessler Campanile is only truly phallic if you are a bifurcated marsupial. Runner-up: The steam plant smoke stack fits the shape, but is rather mundane.|
Building Most Closely Resembling A Female Breast:
|MIT: The two domes on the Infinite Corridor make a grand if mismatched pair. Runner up: The Kresge Auditorium has that perfect 1/8 sphere roundness to it.||Ga Tech: The Alexander Memorial Coliseum is more commonly known as “The Tit” even if sportscasters insist on calling it the Thrillerdome.|
Cleverest Tee Shirt In the Bookstore:
|MIT: Why go with the school’s initials when you can allude to them with scientific formulas.||Ga Tech: Sadly deficient. Lame football slogans are the best they can come up with.|
Best Off-Tour Observation:
|MIT: There were over three hundred students crammed into Room 10-250 for Calculus 102. MIT likes to brag about their 7:1 student faculty ratio, just don't expect that your freshman year.||Ga Tech: The co-ed group headed up to view a “typical dorm room” in Glen Hall got a clear illustration of what is meant by “traditional community bathrooms” passing the guy brushing his teeth while wearing nothing but a towel.|
Best Self-Deprecating Slogan:
|MIT: None. I don’t think they know how to do humility at MIT.||Ga Tech: "The North Avenue Trade School." In defense of their egos, they also call MIT “The Georgia Tech of The North.”|
I hope none of this has been helpful. If you want to see more pictures, you can look at my Flickr sets of either Cambridge or Georgia Tech.
Blatant Comment Whoring™: Feel free to add your random observation about either of these schools or add an entry to any of these categories from a college you are familiar with.