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aviona's avatar

Does anyone love their college?

Asked by aviona (3240 points ) March 12th, 2009

I’m looking for a liberal arts college (preferably on the east or west coast of the US). Does anyone have any recommendations?

Yes, I have done the College Board search at exhaustion. I have even done general Google searches. I have looked at Students Review. But now that I am here, I am asking you all if you love your school (or loved, if you already graduated).

Any extra details (including cost!) you can provide would be wonderful. Thanks so much!

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adreamofautumn's avatar

I love mine. www.Clarku.edu. East coast, small private liberal arts school, about an hour outside of Boston.

What are you looking to study?!

fireinthepriory's avatar

Seconded! :) Haha. Clark is awesome.

It does depend on what you want to study though. If you want something obscure you might want to do some googling. For example, Clark has an amazing Holocaust and Genocide Studies program. Random, yes! But awesome for people who’re really into Rwanda.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

I loved (still love?) my old College (now University) Regis University in Denver,Colorado. I grew up there. Wonderful place in a wonderful city in a wonderful state.

aviona's avatar

I’m not exactly sure what I’m looking to study. Probably sociology or social justice issues.

sarahsugs's avatar

Try Unigo.com. It was started by a Wesleyan grad and looks pretty awesome – it has reviews of colleges all over the country “by students, for students.” There are reviews, videos, articles, etc, all posted by current college students to give you a sense of what life is really like at their schools.

adreamofautumn's avatar

Look into Clark, you might like it.

wundayatta's avatar

For social justice, I might recommend Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, Oberlin, Evergreen, New College, Hampshire College…

For sociology, in my area, Penn and Temple both have excellent programs. I’m not familiar with any other sociology programs.

aviona's avatar

:) I applied to Wesleyan early admission in high school and didn’t get in.

Hampshire was my dream school for a loooong time and I got in about a year and and ended up not going in part because I couldn’t afford it and in part because I had just met said boyfriend in the other post! Can you believe it?

And I’m not sure if you got the names mixed up or not but New College in San Francisco no longer exists but The New School in New York City does and I’ve already gotten in and am considering it!

I’ll look at the others and Unigo. Thanks. Still open to anymore suggestions!

casheroo's avatar

I went to Temple University for a bit. I actually really loved it there. Other than the terrible neighborhood, there’s a lot of fantastic parts to Philadelphia.

alive's avatar

Whittier College. It is a small liberal arts school (about 1300 students). West Coast. California, near Anaheim.

Basically the reason I came is because they gave me a lot of money, and they tend to give a lot of money to a lot of people (who need it of course).

I like it here, but not everyone does (which is true for any school). Our best best attribute is the professors! They are so amazing. Easy to get to know, and a lot of fun once you know them.

we have some really good professors in the sociology department. they tend to focus on questions about race, class and gender.

If you have any more questions about it, i’d be happy to answer. anything more specific that you were wondering about?

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Firstly, what is your GPA and test scores, if you don’t mind sharing? It’s a good indicator of what schools to be looking into. Also, no offense to the Clark students, but I found that the students I spent time with when I visited weren’t studious at all.

I think the “New College” @daloon was referring to was my school (well, one of them anyway) is the liberal arts college, Eugene Lang College, within the New School University. You said you already got in, which is a good start. If you haven’t visited, we’re in the East Village-Lower East Side part of NYC (the main Lang building is on 12th street (there is an entrance on 11th as well) between 5th and 6th Avenues. The class style is fishbowl discussion style, there is a lot of focus on writing and self-directed learning, and there are no majors, but there are “concentrations.” The student makeup is pretty diverse, and a lot of the student body could be categorized as either hipSTERS or hipPIES. It is a bit ‘spensive, but the aid is pretty good (my best friend here ended up paying the school only 4,000.00 for both semesters, including her housing costs). Be aware that NYC is a hugely expensive in terms of living expenses. Food is a major part of that (if you live anywhere except the 13th St Residence, you only have 150.00 per semester at the cafeteria, which is essentially a glorified deli), and you’ll probably be doing most of your own cooking. Books, transportation, entertainment, etc. will also put a good dent in your wallet. Also be aware that your classic college ‘activities’ and clubs are pretty limited here and that sports are essentially nonexistent. We are much more into protesting and weed smoking. Social justice is a great thing to study here, though; everyone is very active and interested in that and related topics.

This is taken from the facebook group “You Know You Go to Lang When…”, as compiled by a few friends of mine, with some contributions by yours truly.

You know you go to Lang when…

1) No one knows what school you go to.
2) You need to use Project Runway as a reference to explain where you go to school. They still don’t get it.
3) Your class collectively spends more time on their hair than they do on their assignments.
4) You spend more in American Apparel than you do on tuition.
5) You make fun of Parsons kids on a regular basis.
6)You chased Bob Kerry down 5th Avenue.
7) You hate NYU but you love their library.
8) Your library is on five different floors of the jazz building.
9) You’ve watched kids smoke a joint in the corner of the courtyard during class.
10) You’ve smoked a joint in the corner of the courtyard during class.
11) You know that Paul Dano still hasn’t graduated.
12) You’re in the minority if you eat meat.
13) You have a close bond with 2 Brothers Pizza.
14) …Unless you’re vegan (which is highly probable), in which case you practically live at Mamoun’s Falafel.
15) You vehemently deny being a hipster, despite your undying love for flannel and your Ray-Bans.
16) Having a class discussion relevant to the material is a rare occurrence.
17) You’ve waited for fifteen minutes for an elevator at 16th Street or Arnold Hall.
18) Half of your school buildings don’t have accessible staircases.
19) You have no money, and you dress like it too.
20) You know how disgusting the coffee at 65 W 11th is but drink it religiously anyway.
21) You’ve been uncomfortably close with way too many people in the elevator.
22) You’ve laughed at Parsons kids up until 4 AM because you don’t actually have work.
23) You don’t have midterms. Or tests. Or real classes.
24) You’re a straight girl in dire need of straight boys. Good luck.
25) You will protest ANYTHING.
26) You’ve been solicited by SDS every day since you got to Lang.
27) You’re always drunk.
28) You don’t have science, but you can take a class called “Quantum Universe.”
29) You’re assigned to buy more novels than textbooks.
30) You chose Lang because you don’t have to do math.
31) You frequently use the term “post-modern” (or its commonly used variation “PoMo”) as an adjective, noun, and verb.
32) Your hair looks best unwashed and you position your head on your pillow at night in a way that will really maximize your cowlicks.
33) You drink PBR because you feel compelled to look like a cheap (but cool) asshole.
34) You live in Williamsburg.
35) If you don’t live in Williamsburg, you lurk there so everyone thinks you do.
36) You bought your dishes and a checkered tablecloth at a thrift shop to be kitschy, and often throw vegetarian dinner parties.
37) You have one Republican friend whom you always describe as being your “one Republican friend.”
38) You have refined taste and consider yourself exceptionally cultured, but have one pop vice (ElimiDATE, Quiet Riot, and “Entertainment Weekly are popular ones) that helps to define you as well-rounded.
39) You will do anything to avoid getting a job. Prostitution is not out of the question.
40) You drink cheap wine and consider yourself cultured.
41) You have no school-spirit, which is convenient because you don’t have sports!
42) Your only sports are chain-smoking and protesting.
43) You know that “avant-garde” is just French for bullshit, but you throw it around anyway.
44) There is at least one person in each of your classes that needs to shut the fuck up now, please.
45) Reading? What reading?
46) You won’t be in copious amounts of debt after graduation. Oh wait, no, that’s magical fairy unicorn land. My bad. (Thanks, Kim.)
47) You’re Facebook friends with Neil Gordon and the possibly fake Bob Kerry. They mean nothing to you, but you feel it’s important to befriend the dean and president (despite your lack of confidence).
48) Even if you don’t smoke cigarettes, you certainly smell like you do.
49) You would take the stairs, but you can’t breathe past the first flight.
50) Your parsons friends hate you because you don’t take foundations.
51) You’ve stood in an aforementioned crowded elevator in awkward silence unless you—or another Lang kid—are drunk (which would not be surprising in the least).
52) You’re far more concerned about poverty and malnourishment than you are with the freshman 15.
53) You can get credit for a boat-building class. In New York City. What the fuck?
54) Your school is considered the number one dodgeball target in the country by the Princeton Review.
55) You don’t have a major, you have a lengthy and awkwardly-worded “concentration”.

Obviously, this is intended to be humorous. There are a lot of great things about Lang, especially if you want to live in the city. The number one problem I’ve heard is that some people aren’t ready for this kind of city living and are looking for more of a campus experience. Being a hipster, or at least embracing the fact that you will be constantly surrounded by them is a must, however, haha. Congrats on your acceptance!

aviona's avatar

That’s a great list. I did visit it and had an interview in fact. It was a good thing, too, because being California-grown, I was NOT used to the snow and freezing cold. I really don’t think I care much for the school-spiritedness or campus life. You’ve kind of re-sparked my interest in it.

As long as I can afford it, I will keep it in mind.

As for Whittier, I had a friend who was interested in it, but have not looked into it much myself. I will do some research on my own and get back to you alive. Thank you for the suggestion!

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@aviona: If you have any other specific questions, feel free to PM me anytime. I have a lot of CA friends here who have had to adjust to the cold, but it seems like they’re doing alright :)

alive's avatar

I just realized that California is your home state. In that case I would suggest trying out a new place to live! Getting out of your comfort zone and a lil culture shock can be good :)

I think you get the “full” college experience if you get away from home

alive's avatar

But if you want to come visit the Whittier campus I would totally show you around!

wundayatta's avatar

@aviona I meant New College of Florida. I actually don’t know too much about it; I’ve just heard it mentioned in the same sentence as other places that are interested in social justice. If you can’t deal with snow, it might be worth looking at.

aviona's avatar

@alive: Thanks! Maybe I’ll take you up on it!

@daloon: I’ve never heard of it, but I’ll check it out. Thanks ;)

adreamofautumn's avatar

@TitsMcGhee we have a list at Clark that looks an awful lot like yours. I think ridiculous, small liberal arts schools bring out the same types of people no matter where they are. Haha.

mirza's avatar

I love UMass. I love the people and classes are amazing. The social scenes great too. Also you can still take classes at Hampshire College while being a UMass student.

LouisianaGirl's avatar

I love LSU!!!

FrancisRude's avatar

SDSU San Diego State University!

If you want to learn, get drunk everyday, party with the greeks, get laid every night. Hail to my school LOL.

Just kidding, I like my school, its kinda not the best academically competing with USD, UCSD, but we have our strengths. I am Communication emhpasis in Advertising student, and its super tough getting in the major, its one of the impacted majors so you have to be really competetive GPA wise and need to pass the Grammar Spelling Punctuation test by third attempt.

If you are interested, let me know and I will answer your questions and maybe refer you to the Ambassadors for a campus tour. I am a going to be College of Journalism and Media Studies Peer Advisor for Fall 2009.

aviona's avatar

Thanks @FrancisRude

& wait @LouisianaGirl I thought you said in another post that you were 13?!

FrancisRude's avatar

Your very welcome, if you are also considering USD and UCSD let me know, I will hook you up with some peopel to contact.

aviona's avatar

Thanks. I actually know someone at USD.

LouisianaGirl's avatar

I am but I love LSU! I`m gonna go there one day thats why I work very hard to keep my straight A`s going!

waterskier2007's avatar

i love it at the University of Michigan, I’m in the School of Engineering though

lisaj89's avatar

I love my college!!! It’s a little out of your way though! University of South Alabama!! Yes there is higher education in AL, thank you very much.

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