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While Auburn University is an academically strong researchBrightComputer Engineering
While Auburn University is an academically strong research university and probably the best in-state (Alabama) choice in universities, as an out-of-state student I could never recommend the school. The biggest, most glaring problem with Auburn is its campus life: the university is WHITE WASHED. Walking around campus feels like someone is in the midst of the Jim Crow era. The campus is 85% white. That's right, in today?s fully integrated society, the university is almost 90% white. Its not that there is a low level of diversity at the school, there is NONE. This is coming from a fellow white student from a large urban area in the southeast. It?s just surreal. As a result, the school is a microcosm for fundamentalist Christian ideology, tea-party politics, and out right racism. Once every other month you?re guaranteed to hear a preacher screaming at the top of his lungs on the Concourse about ?that Anti-Christ Obama? or ?a woman?s proper place in the home.? The N-word and the Confederate flag are a common place here, especially among the larger fraternities. This should come as no surprise, since the school is located in the state that celebrates Robert E. Lee Day the same day as MLK day.

Now lets talk about the Greek Life. They say its members make up less than half of the student body, but no study actually believes them. Everyone is Greek. Therefore, everyone looks, thinks, acts, and actively discriminates against non-Greeks the same way. Simply put, if you are a student looking for any sort of university-sponsored position like being a tour-guide, go Greek or your application will be tossed. Merit means nothing in the selection process, only the letters on your baggy t-shirt.

My only saving grace was the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. It is truly one of the best engineering educations in the southeast next to GT. But outside of COSAM, Engineering, and the Pharmacy school, this university is mediocre. There is an attitude of malaise about education to most students here. Many men here come to party for 4 years before they inherit their family?s business. Among women the phrase ?ring before spring? is a common more than common occurrence.

If you want to be challenged academically in an environment that?s culturally eye opening, run fast and far. You?ll find nothing at this school other than what you?d expect from pretty much anywhere in Alabama.

4th Year Male -- Class 2015
Education Quality: A, Individual Value: D-
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You must be upper class, Greek, and notSuper BrilliantAccounting
You must be upper class, Greek, and not above-average intelligence to fit in. If taking a difficult major while working part-time, only a few students will relate. It is a school for spoiled rich kids who spend their parent's money, take 12 hours (spend more of their parent's money to make up the lost hours each summer), and never open a book. Only a few decent companies hire from Auburn. Also, everyone looks and acts the same. Pay attention to this when you visit. People are friendly if you are exactly alike; otherwise, pick a different school. Auburn has a good football program, but the town is boring.

The tests are only multiple choice so understanding the material will not be better than memorizing it. I only had one class with realistic applied test questions and interestingly, many students failed it. This is why college is a scam unless you take a useful major and excel at it. Memorizing for tests is not valuable to a company. Understand how to use the coursework on the job. Get experience before you graduate and meet the right people.

English is a joke (even though you take at least 12 hours of it). The grading is extremely subjective and I was never required to write a paper longer than three pages. My high school English and AP classes were much more difficult than Auburn's courses. Even then, I had the occasional 10+ page term paper.

If you can get into a better school, go there. Auburn is not cheap anymore and will leave you unprepared for most careers. Without good connections, you will probably end up in Atlanta after graduation (if employed). It's reputation isn't even that good. I only live a few hundred miles away and most people have barely heard of it.

5th Year Male -- Class 2009
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Innovation: F
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Ignore the hype.Quite BrightBiology
Ignore the hype. This is not a "family" unless you're white, upper class, conservative, and enjoy frat life and football games. One of the most racist, homophobic, sexist places I've ever been. If you're expecting a diverse college full of challenging academics and people with life goals and ambition, AVOID AUBURN AT ALL COSTS. Frats, alcohol, sex, and football are the only things that matter to people here.
1st Year Male -- Class 2018
Campus Maintenance: A, Useful Schoolwork: F
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