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Ignore the hype

Aug 29 2014Biology
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

Parking is horrible

Jul 16 2014Other
Parking is horrible. Alumni and events are more priority than the students. The way people have to pay for parking and then be removed for football season is unacceptable and caused me great trouble while pregnant with back problems.A majority of teachers condescend students looking at them as if they feed off of their families parents money and assume all students are that way.. They don't consider while assigning deadlines and coursework that people have jobs with different hours and some people are parents that are the students. The attendance policy is too strict for paying members..we pay so our work should reflect out grades.. Not attendance.. Sometimes people get sick or have emergencies longer than 3 days. Teachers assign work for students to do over the breaks which voids the purpose of school breaks. The environment is beautiful and there are a few weeks exceptions to the rules for excellent teachers but it is very obvious Auburn is scrounging to make an extra buck at every opportunity. The advisors are not very qualified and a lot of them are across campus and have limited hours so you have to go during class. I often hear instructors complaining in the hallway about a lot of administrative change that is confusing and not stable where they question if they are going to stay. My $2000 semester professional fees pay for teachers and our printing equipment that we depend on for our graded is always broken.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2014
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Individual Value: D-

You must be upper class, Greek, and not

Sep 11 2014Accounting
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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