Auburn University - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||24|
|Avg years at University||2.4|
|Research Quality||B (6.7)|
|Research Availability||B (6.6)|
|Research Funding||B- (6.3)|
|Graduate Politics||B- (5.9)|
|Not Errand Runners||B+ (7.3)|
|Degree Completion||B+ (7.8)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B- (6.2)|
|Sufficient Pay||B- (6.2)|
|Education Quality||B+ (7.6)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B+ (7.5)|
|Useful Research||B+ (7.7)|
|"Individual" treatment||B+ (7.3)|
|Campus Beauty||A- (8.5)|
|Campus Maintenance||A- (8.5)|
|University Spending||B+ (7.8)|
|Scholastic Success||B+ (7.8)|
|Surrounding City||B- (6.5)|
|Social Life/ Environment||B (7.3)|
The campus is not overwhelming in size, but it is pristinely manicured. Auburn is very much a sports college and most obviously a football school. Jordan-Hare Stadium has a massive presence on the campus. The college just oozes tradition and it you love that atmosphere, Auburn is definitely for you. The town of Auburn is a typical small, southern town, but it is quaint with a lot of character. There are plenty of food options and places to have a good time in the evenings.
My classmates were all down-to-earth, real people with diverse backgrounds and educations. I did not think anyone was there to compete with anyone. I think we really had a team-oriented class. Everyone was there to help each other get through the program. I felt that the school is very military/veteran friends which I liked too. There is a bit more conservatism here than in other schools, which I think its a bit refreshing, and can be expected in the South. Overall, however, I felt like there was much less "politics in the classroom" than I have seen at other universities. Most of my student-body was from the South, but there was representation from all over the United States. We even had a few foreign students.
As for quality of education, I would give it a solid "B" grade. I definitely did not feel overwhelmed, but I did feel like I earned my degree. I think they do an excellent job accommodating the needs of the adult student with work and family committments. There is definitely a time investment outside of class though. I would say at least 10 hours per week minimum and 15 hours being more realistic. I thought the quality of the professors were good, obviously some better than others. Overall, I felt they were intelligent and cared about providing a quality accademic experience. Some of the courses did seemed a bit rushed though. I also would have liked more concentration options. But, there is definitely an international business "theme" throughout the program.
As for the format, I loved it!! You get the on-campus experience with 5 residencies (1 week each), with the remainder of the program being distance-based (CD-ROM and Online). We also had a 10-day international trip to China/Hong Kong. Total program is 21 months. Time really flew by.
Tuition was expensive, but reasonably priced when you compare the costs of other programs with AACSB Accreditation. The best part about the tuition is that it truly is all-inclusive. The only things I had to pay for were most dinners during residencies, and transportation to the residencies. The international Trip was fully covered with the exception of most dinners. The program does cover some group dinners though. Books, lodging (great hotel, single occupancy rooms), supplies, cap and gown, iPad, all included. You also will get various "goodies" throughout the program - t-shirts, backpacks, etc...
Great place! Great education! War Eagle!
My graduate program is very challenging academically. A great deal of research is involved, and high standards are maintained by the department. There isn't much extra time for any activities unrelated to study. (This is why I said that there seems to be a significant difference between the coursework obsessed graduate students and the football/Greek system obsessed undergraduates. It is almost like two different worlds in one.
The city of Auburn is a small town in a largely rural state, so coming here expecting to find a SoHo glam nightlife and worldly, imposing Gothic architecture would only be so bright. Such architecture exists in the U.S. in very few cities in probably five states at the absolute most. Auburn can be a little boring if one isn't studying, though I always am studying when school is in session. It is a charming town with a quaint village feel, though very small and quiet. It is growing very quickly, however. Homes are surprisingly expensive in many of the new subdivisions ($300,000 for a not at all large house is common). It is more expensive and more upscale than most small towns throughout the region by far.
I can count the times I have been the victim of racism, ugliness or harrassment as a foreign student. That would be never. Not even once (and I have been here for over a year now).The students are very friendly for the most part. Some of the undergrads are quite materialistic, many undergrads are interested primarily in parties. Most of the graduate students are busy with very challenging academic careers. Most of my fellow international graduate students are happy here. They have come for serious study of their disciplines of choice, and didn't expect Manhattan architecture and Amsterdam club scenes in east central Alabama. A very small minority of international students seem to believe they should have some sort of celebrity status, and when they don't find it, criticize the university, its students and the town.
One of the first things you will notice at Auburn is that you become a member of the "Auburn Family". Everyone greets you with a hearty "War Eagle" and southern charm abounds. You will not find a more inclusive school regardless of race, creed, religion, gender or sexual orientation. From Toomers Corner to Jordan Hare Stadium you will encounter smiling faces. Another amazing aspect of Auburn is safety. It is in a small college town that is immaculate and well policed. Once you are a member of the Auburn family, you will have an instant network of people that you can count on World Wide.
The faculty is simply amazing. Auburn is in Yahoos top 10 "most wired universities" so you can walk in any building and go to a computer terminal and use your student password to access your e-mail, grades, account, financial aid, faculty, research, etc. Everybody you meet from Professors to the people who register you are helpful and friendly. The faculty is academically outstanding, I had professors with Ph.D.'s from Harvard, Duke, Stanford, Columbia, etc who really cared about my understanding for the material. You will not believe how accessible they are.
My education at Auburn has thoroughly prepared me for doctoral studies in marketing research which I will be doing starting the Fall of 2002. I have been accepted to all 5 of the schools to which I applied (including Duke, North Carolina and Florida). I hope to return to AU one day as a professor.War Eagle!