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Tech among nerdiest colleges, book says
By RYAN OLSON
The Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton
July 2, 2002
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Tech University is
among the "nerdiest" schools in the country, a guidebook
According to "The Unofficial, Unbiased Insider's Guide to the
320 Most Interesting Colleges," Michigan Tech ranks 10th nerdiest
- right up there with such geek elites as the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, Harvard and Princeton.
The rankings were based on a survey of high school
guidance counselors. Among the questions: Where might a re-make
of the movie "Revenge of the Nerds" be filmed?
For Deb Watt, a fifth-year clinical lab sciences senior from Midland,
her school's distinction was good for a laugh.
"Nerdiness is usually associated more with the sciences and
engineering, and that's what we do," Watt told The Daily Mining
Gazette for a story Tuesday.
But she said only a few Tech students conform to the stereotype
of seldom leaving their dorm rooms except to go to class.
Dan Hoffman, a fourth-year mechanical engineering major from Lansing,
said he would define nerds as students who are paranoid about their
futures and "take their grades very seriously."
"I guess that any successful school would be on that list,"
About 60 percent of Tech's students study engineering, and a large
majority of the rest prefer the sciences and mathematics.
"It's good that we're recognized by a number of high school
guidance counselors," university spokesman Dean Woodbeck said.
He said Michigan Tech would like to get beyond the "nerd"
reputation as it tries to diversify programming and draw more students,
but he added, "I think think a lot of people kind of revel
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