It’s that time of year again. I’m currently applying for a Masters in Social Work, hoping for a program that emphasizes the management of nonprofits that serve the needs of immigrants. I am focusing on schools within a decent radius of my current home in New Brunswick, New Jersey, particularly schools located close to urban immigrant populations. I have almost completed my application to Columbia in New York City and Rutgers in New Brunswick… now I’m just widening the scope of my search.
Two schools in Pennsylvania have caught my eye-- Bryn Mawr College, and University of Pennsylvania. Bryn Mawr is about 10 miles from Philly and UPenn is actually in Philly. To be honest, I’m slightly leaning toward Bryn Mawr. I went to a ginormous undergraduate school (University of Michigan) and I find the idea of an intimate, academically rigorous educational environment extremely appealing. Bryn Mawr also has a deal set up with UPenn that allows their students to attend classes at UPenn in addition to Bryn Mawr. So this sounds like the best of both worlds to me.
However, since I’ve lived on the East Coast all of two months, I know nothing about Philadelphia. Wikipedia tells me that it is 8% Latino, which could be a good thing, particularly if the Latinos are recent immigrants and concentrated in a particular area of the city.
I also know very little about either of these schools except for the information provided on their website and wikipedia – both are highly selective and Bryn Mawr has the most actively political mission statement I think I’ve ever seen for a college, but since I agree very strongly with its liberal ideology, that actually works in its favor for me.
Thus I appeal to you, O Dopers – what’s the Latino scene like in Philadelphia? What is Philadelphia like as a whole? What do you know about these schools? What sort of reputation (bad or good) do they carry? Any other good schools in the area I’ve not considered?
Thanks very much.