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My experience at SAU was a mixed bag,Quite BrightMath
My experience at SAU was a mixed bag, but is probably more negative than positive. I got my first degree at University of Arkansas Community College at Hope and transferred for my bachelor's in math with a minor in Computer Science. I wish I had just gotten a two year degree to get started so I would not have had to have gone to this school.

The Mathematics program was pretty bad without any set of proper pre-reqs and co-reqs to make sure that the student is prepared for the courses and the Computer Science program was worse. The professors were mostly foreign with English problems and seemed apathetic to whether or not the student understood or got the subject. They were more preoccupied with getting the students out of the classes, one way or another, without making sure they had a firm understanding of the subjects. They seemed unqualified and only concerned for their paychecks.

The advising faculty was terrible. I was not assigned a true advisor until a certain number of credit hours were taken. I was assigned a student advisor first at the tutoring center and they had no understanding of the classes they were enrolling the students in!

The tuition was overpriced for the quality of the curriculum and the college used many facilities that look outdated while other brand new buildings were being built.Overall, I would say save your money or just pay a little extra to go to a better school with a much better curriculum that will give you the skills and training that you need to find a good job. The community college that I went to was far better and gave a better bang for my buck than this school in education, training, cost, and satisfaction. Here you are just a number.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2014
University Resource Use/ spending: A-, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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I could've gone to other, larger, more "prestigious"Quite BrightOther
I could've gone to other, larger, more "prestigious" universities for free, but I chose SAU. (If you're doubting that, I'm a National Merit Scholarship Winner and scored in the 99.99 percentile on both the ACT and SAT.) I don't regret that because I've had plenty of opportunities that I know I wouldn't have had at other places. Since it's a small school, it's easier to be involved in pretty much everything. Plus, the professors are helpful, and I'm confident that I could ask any of the ones I've had for a letter of recommendation for medical school. That's priceless, because I've heard horror stories of kids who went to other universities only to end up far away from their initial goals. This isn't because they weren't capable, but because a committee had decided that they didn't want them to make it. I really didn't want that. I worked way too hard to get great test scores and a good GPA to waste it all. So I guess you could say that I haven't mentioned much specific to SAU only, and you're right. What I'm truly recommending is that you look past the name when you choose a university and think about yourself and how you would fit in. I knew that I would be miserable if I had gone far away to the East Coast or wherever just so I could flaunt a "designer" degree. The point is, no, SAU isn't exactly the coolest place to go to school, and Magnolia isn't exactly the best place to live, but it's only 4+ years of your life.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2017
Friendliness: A, Scholastic Success: C-
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It is not anQuite BrightPsychology
It is not an absolutely horrible school; however, this school is not for me. This maybe a good college to attend with your friends but if you have trouble making many friends, this is not the place for you. The campus promotes diversity only by our race and not by our interests.
1st Year Female -- Class 2015
Education Quality: B-, Useful Schoolwork: F
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