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| Okay, so I'm going to write the brutal truth about this school. I felt a little harsh to post this under "negative", so I just decided to put this as advice for you from my experience.|
So let me tell you about myself: A Social bubbly girl who loves to get involved. I am a pretty smart student especially getting into top private school such as Emory and a bunch in NYC. The only reason I went here? Financial aid. I was kind of bummed, but I made the best out of the decision. At this school, I was apart of greek life. However, I as well talked to some of the "weirdos". As well I was always optimistic about my view. So I have a good sense of the school.
Let us begin with the academics. Honestly.... It's like a joke. I truly feel like I'm just eating shitty food and partying at the same damn frat houses while paying thousands of dollars for it - Depending on the type of person you are, this can be a good or bad thing. But let's be honest, you are paying for a great education. I was expecting to have engaging conversations about the books we are reading, where the professor was interested in your opinion. That was no where NEAR to what I actually recieved. Core was honestly a fucking waste of time. The professor does not do shit... Just talks about the book. We literally waste all this damn money for books we skim through the pages for and never touch it again. It's kinda sad how to most engaging class was my theater class. I learned more life lessons there than any of my other classes. As well, if you EVER want to transfer out ... LEAVE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Or even better, don't waste your time here. CORE WILL TRAP YOU! It does not transfer out. If you do decide to transfer out sophomore year, you will start over as if you are a freshman your junior year at another school. I am transferring my second semester of freshman year. The academics are not challenging whatsoever.
Now let's transfer over to the faculty. Though I haven't had too much experience with them, but I can tell you they are highly disorganized. They tend to lose a lot of people's information. For an example, they lost a lot of people's Immunization forms, leading the students to go pay for another shot they already got IN THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. They are not very informative. When I went to ask a question at the registrar, they just laughed and looked at me as if I had three heads. I wouldn't mind having an unhelpful faculty at a school with 25,000+ people. But it's kinda sad a state school I'm transferring to were more helpful than Oglethorpe.As well, there is only ONE person who advises people's major if you have concerns beyond your advisor's help. How is one man supposed to know about every major and every class which will help a student pursue what they want from their education? Man, I didn't realize how bad majority here are until I wrote this review.
Now now now... for the best part: Social Life. Let's begin with majorities concern: Guys and Gals. Seriously, if you are a monogamous person... I hate to tell you this, but it is slim to none here. There are only about a few couples here (From which I have seen). As well, you get the "OU Goggles". You know that guy you thought was okay looking at the beginning of the year... Well guess what? He becomes hot at the end of the semester thanks to your OU goggles. There are not many good looking guys here to begin with, none the less many straight guys. So if you are looking for a wholesome guy, I am sure they are out there! But it's certainly hard... it's like the hunger games! As well, this school barely has anything to do beyond the greek houses. Even that gets old. You see the same guys and people. And as I think about it... You really don't have any fun social things that don't involve alcohol. There aren't many events on campus, and where there are... It's okay. As well... You have three people: The weirdos, the normal people, and the people who think they're shit but they're really not. Unfortunately, that's all there really is.
This school is just not worth its money. The dorm I live in a dump, yet I'm paying 10,000 a year. The food sucks. Not too many options, none the less healthy options. If you are looking for a TRUE college experience that include a lot of diverse people, many things to do, and better social/academic setting... Then this isn't the place for you. I'm just glad to leave.
|Dec 09 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2017 |
Oglethorpe University is a bad, bad place to be. Aside from maybe two or three of my professors, I haven't enjoyed any classroom experience here at OU. Most professors here believe that they teach at Harvard or something. Let me tell you, that is not the case. They are unapproachable, arrogant and in some cases not very knowledgeable in the classes they teach.|
I realize this is harsh, but I have more to say about this place...
Oglethorpe University runs a pretty high tuition. Their technique to get you into this school is by giving you a solid first year scholarship and dropping it or reducing it as soon as possible. If you combine this with the hidden or mysterious additional fees they charge you throughout the year will leave you with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt for your future. Worse than most schools in the area and worse than most other schools I've researched.
I live in an absolute dump. I've had mold build up in my room for close to two months now due to AC and pipe leakage. What else should I expect though, I live practically in a dorm that is older than the college itself. Along with the mold problem in my dorm, there have been complaints of rats, pests, caving ceilings, etc...
Oh yeah, by the way, I LIVE HERE! For eight months a year or so! Not exactly a great set up I have.
Oglethorpe University will do anything for a dime. Constantly they rent out facilities to organizations which prohibits students from using the resources they have given to us. They do it all just to make a quick buck. Also, the amount of EF students here is incredibly annoying. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for diversity... but when Oglethorpe hosts 300 EF kids every semester who stay up partying into the depths of the night (every night), keeping you awake and ruining your night... it sucks. At least some of the girls are good looking. That is about the only benefit of hosting them (coming from a full-time students perspective). Keep in mind, the University makes money hosting these people.
I'm part of the athletics program. On a team, but I won't mention which team because if the University reads this they'd probably do something crazy like double my tuition or try to lynch me... (they'd find a way to make it legal). But anyways, the men's golf and soccer teams are both pretty successful. School spirit is fairly low, unfortunately. The sports program here is poor at best as a whole. I do though, really admire the Athletic Director here. She does a really good job and is fair about everything. Most of the facilities need work, though.
Back to professors, which almost slipped my mind... I find it incredibly amazing how Oglethorpe professors make you feel like a number. Part of the reason I came here was because I was drawn to the small class sizes and hands on learning. Most of my professors have no clue who I am, what class of theirs I belong to and if I even show up to their class. What else do you need to take care of other than your students while at work? This school is tiny! You really don't have that many students! Get to know me! I swear I'm not a bad person! Super frustrating when professors have no idea who you are in a class of 15 people.
Oglethorpe has a really nice appearance. The baseball field is always groomed well, the beautiful buildings on the front side of campus are always lit up at night. Aesthetically, this is a fairly nice campus and is pretty well taken care of (aside from a few of the dated dorm halls).
One last thing before I finish. I have never seen so many freaks of nature on one campus. If you're not an athlete or part of an organization, odds are you were that kid in preschool eating glue in the corner of the room. So many kids here who just don't get it socially.
Greek life is Greek life. I hate it, I'll leave it at that.
Anyways, unless you're reading this and chewing on a glue stick, I do not recommend Oglethorpe. I have had a really rough two years here and am trying like heck to get out.But hey, it's just advice. Go out there and do whatever you want to do!
|Oct 29 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| It is beautiful, the professors are generally good. Class sizes and quality are great. But, and I will just be candid, the administration is terrible. The worst I have ever seen. My high school had better management than this. Look at the retention rate. It is awful, and there is a reason. You will be treated well as a student by professors, but by financial aid, business office, housing, or everyone else you will be treated worse than dirt. Oh, and speaking of transferring, good luck after your freshman year. It is nearly impossible. |
|Jul 31 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2015 |