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CSM is a sham.Quite BrightElectrical Engineering
CSM is a sham. If the administration of this institution even spent half of their bureaucratic efforts and budget on actually creating a cutting-edge educational experience then maybe this school could be worth your time. However, it seems that they have decided to instead invest that time and money into other things, like advertising the so-called prestige of this school and construction of a 'welcome building' to hustle more potential applicants into coming to this second rate engineering school. This school has an attrition rate of 89% and accepts 45% of applicants. I transferred here from a school that had an attrition rate of 30%, but silly me I transferred to CSM hoping to get more of a challenge out of my education with the extra perk of a recognizable school name. How wrong I was. My GPA jumped from a 3.5 to a 3.8 and I have not felt legitimately academically challenged since my previous school, the University of Denver (where I also majored in EE). I can confidently conjecture that CSM is no more difficult than ANY other ABET-accredited school. I have seen more curved exams and facile busy work at my time here in one semester than I saw in two years at DU. Furthermore, this school pumps their student body with so much school pride and stories of adversity that students here talk about attending CSM like it is pure hell. This further perpetuates the flat-out lie that CSM is a great institution when in actuality it is an academic embarrassment. Additionally, the bureaucracy of this school is legitimately worse than any class you could take here. They are impudently unhelpful and if you have the bad luck to be a transfer student then just do yourself a favor and throw all your credits away rather than fight the uphill battle that awaits you. Only a school that is as much of a joke as CSM would literally turn down a students' request to take a more challenging class in the same area as an alternative to repeating one they are attempted to transfer. Seriously?
4th Year Female -- Class 2015
Surrounding City: A-, Useful Schoolwork: F
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CSM has gone down the hill fast.Quite BrightGeography and Geosciences
CSM has gone down the hill fast. I have degrees from two other universities and CSM has some of the worst teachers of any of those universities. It is NOT the education they provide but the political/business connections this school has that allows for bragging rights. Several teachers do not speak english well enough to understand in class, while others are so stuck on themselves, that getting help is like verbal abuse. Students are generally socially inept and very "clicky"; felt like going back ten years to highschool. If a school brags about producing CEO's and millionaires but forces Pearson's Mastering online garbage on you, the farce becomes apparent: You are paying for a NAME not an EDUCATION.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2015
University Resource Use: A, Education Quality: F
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Mines was the best career decision I everQuite BrightGeography and Geosciences
Mines was the best career decision I ever made. It gave me a solid engineering foundation to solve any problem I encountered. It gave me a sense of accomplishment and pride in what I could do. It gave me professional credibility with every company that interviewed me. And it gave me lifelong friends and wonderful memories. And it was hard as hell for about 4.5 years of learning what it takes - in many ways - to be successful in life.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Senior Engineer; Preparedness: A Reputation: A
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