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| I graduated from Augie in â€™07. Overall I had a good experience, and if I had to do undergrad all over again I wouldnâ€™t mind gong to Augie. If you live in the region and you want a good undergrad education and donâ€™t mind having $120,000 in student loan debt then Augie isnâ€™t a bad choice. Itâ€™s a small college in a small (boring) town, and unfortunately the campus is located in the ghetto so itâ€™s not the safest of areas. You won't get the full college experience that you would if you went to a state university in a college town, but you will also leave with something more than a McCollege degree. Honesty, the lack of entertainment can often be a good thing. Being free of distractions will leave you plenty of time to work hard and get the good grades you will need to get into grad school. But back to not getting the full college experience. For example: |
*No real parties. The so-called â€œfrat partiesâ€ are over by 11PM and the partygoers are mostly nervous freshman, because all the 21+ students are downtown at the bars. But that wonâ€™t stop the fraternities from designating one member to stay at the house serving cheap beer to a bunch of dumb kids who donâ€™t know any better. Itâ€™s all about making a $ in exchange for a false sense of belonging.
*No real fraternities / sororities. They arenâ€™t nationally recognized. Post-grad they will do NOTHING for you as far as networking in the professional world (making them in my mind completely pointless / useless), so pretty much you are just renting friends. The Greek life at Augie is kind of the joke you donâ€™t mention while you are there, because if you do you can say goodbye to having friends for the next four years (members take their status very seriously, making it even more comical). The social life *mirrors* that of high school (nothing but cliques). I would say that generally there is a â€œjoin a sorority / fraternity or be an outcastâ€ mentality among students. But if you are an outgoing person you will be able to make more than enough friends.
*Athletics. Lol, I couldnâ€™t even type the word without laughing a little. Letâ€™s just say that if you are into NCAA football and basketball then go to a Div-1 school. Augie isnâ€™t about sports (only someone forgot to tell the jocks).
Bottom line: Regionally, Augie is a well respected college. Iâ€™m from Illinois, and I have yet to run into a person in my profession that hasnâ€™t at least heard of Augie, and people have a positive perception of it. My B.A. helped gain me an entry-level position in IL State Government, as well as admittance into grad school. Outside of the region, having a degree from Augie will do nothing for you as far as name recognition goes. It will be just another undergraduate degree from an accredited university. If you have plans to work professionally or attend graduate school out of the region, save yourself a lot of $ and go to a state university. If you want to work in Chicago, or get into a good grad school like Northwestern, U of Chicago, Loyola, etc., having a degree from Augie can be a useful tool. The lack of distractions forces you to study (what else are you going to do with your time?), and the student â€“ teacher ratio assures you will be in class (or have your absence noticed). No 400 seat lecture halls to skip out on, sorry. My biggest complaint = the system they have in place for signing up for classes, which is so inadequate it is unforgiveable. I can only hope they have gone electronic by nowâ€¦
|May 16 2009|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2007 |
|Not so bright|
| First off I would like to say that college has helped me find out who "me" is in this last 6 years. But it wasn't Augustana who helped me that find special person within myself it was the spectacular people that I met there. But Augustana sucked. First off I was extremely disappointed in the lack of a marionette club, my puppets were the ones that helped me make it through high school, i never thought i would have to spend alone time with them and not in a group in college. I spent the last 6 years of my life always feeling dirty, the campus was never clean, and neither was my spirit. I constantly worried about getting shanked on the streets on a night out. On the bright size, Augustana constantly kept me busy with many useful and interesting projects that kept me away from my dark, cold dorm room for hours at a time. Also, potatoes were what helped me survive throughout college, i looked forward to baked potato day every week. All and all avoid Augustana as you would a bubonic plague ridden rat. |
|Apr 26 2008|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| A great school offering a wide range of opportunities within and outside of the classroom. Plug in to what Augustana has to offer, and you'll receive a solid undergraduate education and have a great college experience as well. |
|May 26 2004|| 4th Year Male --
Class 1994 |