Truett McConnell College
Truett McConnell College - Comments and Student Experiences|
Moving on to academics, I was told coming in that I would graduate in two years (I am a transfer student). Since that time (two years ago) two extra semesters, a whole year, has been added on, due to my advisor not knowing what the heck she was talking about. I am a psychology major, and the program here is terrible. There are two professors in this major, and one of them is a busy work woman and the other doesn't teach at all. And she graduated from Harvard? Sorry but name means nothing when you can't do your job.
Residence life is terrible. The cliques are the ones who get to do all the activities and have all the fun. If you aren't in a clique you get left out. It is a very lonely life here. The RAs are jerks. They are all part of the clique, and if you aren't in it, they're just fake to your face because they have to be. No one really cares here. There is no mercy if you make a mistake or break a rule. The people in power (student services) act like they're your parents and take every opportunity to exercise control. These people aren't Christians , they're power hungry. My experience has Been terrible here. I would not recommend this school to anyone even if I was being paid to do it. Think long and hard before attending. You may regret it.
The tuition prices are good, especially when compared to other private 4-year colleges. However, with the price comes sacrifice as, 1., the computer labs on campus are lacking in the quantity of usable, advanced machines and the operational hours of the labs; 2., the maintainance of the buildings and the upkeep are almost always behind schedule (when trustees tour campus the buildings and grounds are temporarily maintained for the visit). 3., Adequate facilites for studying (quiet areas and computer labs) are almost non-existent.
With all of that being said, the campus is a beautiful contrast from most city colleges as the campus is located on acres upon acres of woodlands. The centerpiece academic building of the college overlooks a field of green, respectably called the "Front Lawn," and the campus is peppered with Japanese Cherry trees, large oaks, and some amount of horticultural planning. A cross monument rests on the top of the largest hill on campus. The hill itself provides a good spot for quietness and watching the sunset/sunrise.
Academics at the school have developed greatly since the culmination of the 4-yeard degree programs in the mid-2000s. To be a Christian Studies major does not seem to be as much of a focus as it used to be; a degree in "Missions" now is the hardest pushed program. Every degree offered must have a minor in the "Great Commission" program included, which means that all students in all degree programs must have the classes involved with that minor. The popularity of this newly introduced minor seems to be rather negative amoung the students whom I interact with. It seems that TMC is doing it so as to be more in line with the Southern Baptist Convention, an organization that is a big backer of the school.
I am a Christian Studies student with a focus in Theology, and I enjoy my professors a lot. Of my 3 years at TMC, I have developed a good relationship with several of them and they have challenged my views of academics, spirituality, and theology in completely positive ways. I wish that more of the student body had a passion for academics; most of the sports players make it pretty clear that they are only at TMC for the sport/scholarship. Since this is a small college, athletes are close to a majority. The athletic programs are a mystery to me as most of the people given scholarships by the college are morally complacent and do not study, which doesn't seem to align with the college's values. Lots of athletes must have to lie as well, since the admittance sheet for the college asks that a student give a testimony of faith. TMC needs to stop focusing so much on sports and more so on bringing in good students.Overall, if you want to have a degree with a Christian Perspective, then TMC is a sound choice. Missions has become the main focus of the school, so if you don't like that then better find a different place. The smallness, dedicated teachers, and price of tuition make this a good Christian school.