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Landscaping counts when students pick their schools
September 2, 2005

You can’t judge a book by its cover, or a university by its appearance. But we often do.Phillip S. Waite, assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, thinks it is human nature to put importance on aesthetics. And college campuses across the country, in hopes of attracting prospective students, should take notice.For two years, Waite has been studying the appearances of North American college and university campuses and how they correlate to student enrollment and retention. He has found that most prospective students choose a college not based on education, but on the campus appearance.Most students decide if the college they are … » More …