One of the unexpected pleasures of marriage for The Curmudgeon has been an absolutely delightful sixteen-year-old stepson he shall refer to as “J” because, well, use your imagination, folks.  J is a sophomore in high school and a good student who probably works harder at his schoolwork than his stepfather did – and The Curmudgeon was a serious grind at that age.

Earlier in the school year J took his PSATs – can you think back on your PSATs without hyperventilating? – and ever since then the house has been inundated with letters and brochures from colleges.  All have invited him to visit and a few have even created dedicated web sites with his name (first and last) in the URL as part of their sales pitch.  At this point J’s not focused on which schools interest him – his attention leans more toward next week’s chemistry test and some new game coming out on PlayStation – and doesn’t even look at the materials, but that doesn’t stop his mother from looking at them (and scheduling a couple of visits) and The Curmudgeon from collecting them.

So far – and while the deluge has slowed, sales pitches are still trickling in – J has heard from the following schools (since The Curmudgeon got the bright idea to collect the materials):

  • Adelphia University
  • Arcadia University
  • Bard College
  • Brandeis University (twice)
  • Brown University
  • Bucknell University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Champlain College
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Flagler College
  • Fordham University
  • Furman University
  • Hofstra University
  • Kenyon College (twice)
  • Lafayette College
  • Marymount University
  • Miami University
  • Monmouth University
  • Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Roanoke College
  • Robert Morris University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Salisbury University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Olaf College
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stevenson University (twice)
  • Stony Brook University
  • The College of Saint Rose
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Denver
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Richmond
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Vermont
  • Ursinus College
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Widener University

The Curmudgeon definitely remembers hearing from a lot of schools but nothing on this scale.

No wonder college tuition is so outrageous these days:  they’re blowing tons of money on marketing!

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