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The University of Alaska - Fairbanks

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The curriculum at this institution is a JOKE.Not so brightArt & Design Department
The curriculum at this institution is a JOKE. For all the hubub about raising tuition, I think they weren't justified in doing so because the quality of the courses and degrees they offer are NOT up to even passible standards. Good luck with the degree you get from this school, because your diploma will probably be nothing more than a $60,000 piece of toilet paper to most employers. The professors are consistently unhelpful and rarely teach you anything worth knowing.

The other departments are just as unhelpful and actually conniving to an extent. The Financial Aid Department thrives on making students miserable, and lied to me and several of my classmates on several occasions. The most malignant mistruth being that they regularly tell students that the AKAdvantage loan program is a federal loan, when it's an inescapable private loan with ridiculously high interest (the school actually gets kick-backs whenever someone signs up for AKAdvantage, mind you).The Residence Life department is incredibly cut-throat. The current heads, Laura McCollough and Jamie Napolski, are nothing but a bunch of overpaid bullies. They look for every opportunity to fine residents, lie through their teeth about being understanding while filing the paperwork to have a student fined and evicted with the two hands they have behind their backs. They also treat their employees like crap, to the point where they actually treat residents slightly better than their employees. Student employees especially are constantly threatened and bullied into submission, told that they'll be fired if they voice ANY grievances about the work they're given, or have to take off from work for a family emergency, or are accused of "staging a coup" when they attempt to defend themselves. If you have to go to this school, avoid staying in the dorms or visiting them altogether, because McCollough and Napolski have gone out of their way to making a miserable experience for anyone living there and anyone working under them.

4th Year Male -- Class 2010
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The programs and professors the school possesses areBrightArt & Design Department
The programs and professors the school possesses are actually quite excellent. However, campus upkeep is not that great. Many of the departments outside of ones pertaining to your major are terrible at their jobs and tend to take it out on the students. The Financial Aid department messed up my FASFA paperwork several times, then turned around and accused me of not submitting it after I HAD 8 times in the previous week. Residence Life has pretty much no concern for the students, other than avoiding legal liabilities and earning revenue. The former head of Res. Life, was incredibly homophobic, and went out of his way to avoid doing anything for GBLT students other than providing them housing. He actually told the RAs to turn a blind eye to harassment and bullying in concern to GBLT students that asked for help.

The woman who replaced him, Laura McCollough, is no better a human being. She isn't a higher-up at the university that you can trust. She's very two faced and speaks out both sides of her mouth. Her underling Jamie Napolski, also has a history of verbally abusing and blackmailing her student employees, so beware if you're considering getting a job with Res. Life. The entire department is filled with people who honestly do not care about the students, and only see them as a source of revenue. They also have a history of hiring RAs and RDs who wouldn't know how to wipe their own rears, let alone run the residence halls.I'd say, if you're going to attend this school, pay in cash and live off-campus from the start. I certainly wish I had.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2010
Useful Schoolwork: A, University Resource Use/ spending: F
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I found that the most students had anBrightElectrical Engineering
I found that the most students had an indifferent attitude toward their studies and I can understand why. Most of the teachers did not explain concepts at an abstract level; they merely showed the class how to do problems or rehashed the book with few additions. I found myself dreading class and assignments- why go to class when I can read the book, and why do hours of mindless algebra to get an A on the next homework assignment?
3rd Year Male -- Class 2006
Individual Value: A, Useful Schoolwork: D+
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