Is a college on your list is a “suitcase” school? And, if so, is that a bad thing?
For those unfamiliar with the term, a suitcase school is a college at which most students live on or near campus but head home each Friday when they finish their classes for the week.
Such a school usually draws most of its students from the areas around it, which makes this weekly “exodus and return” possible.
As for whether a suitcase school would be a good or a bad "fit" for you, that depends on the kind of college experience you hope to have. If you’re looking for new best friends and a “student life” that almost always involves other students, you should probably avoid schools with the “suitcase” label. If, on the other hand, you want to more or less maintain your current life and would like to minimize the non-academic aspects of your college experience, a suitcase school might suit you well.
For what it’s worth, colleges generally try to avoid being suitcase schools. According to the New York Times, colleges believe that students who frequently interact with new people undergo more social and emotional development. Additionally, a student who leaves campus on a regular basis is more likely to leave his or her school for good—i.e., transfer or drop out.
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