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I am a second year theatre and politicalSuper BrilliantPerfomance Arts
I am a second year theatre and political science major and have found my teachers in all classes to be great: very friendly and helpful. Tuition is high but they give good financial aid packages even to those who are not athletes. I have been able to be very involved in extracurricular activities and in the theatre department where I had large roles in all the plays my first year. Class sizes are small and teachers are experts in their areas. The only bad thing is the food; it is definetely not mom's cooking!
1st Year Male -- Class 2014
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: B-
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As with anywhere else - this school isSuper BrilliantEconomics
As with anywhere else - this school is what you make of it. There does seem to be a large number of "stupid" people at IC, but let's be honest, its not Harvard. There are a fair number of really intelligent people on campus also - again, it is what you make of it. If you want intelligent, intellectual people, get involved in the active student government or any number of professional student groups on campus. If you want to get drunk out of your mind with Pi Pi Rho, don't complain you're surrounded by stupid people.I will be graduating IC in three years with two majors and I have been accepted at a number of elite grad schools. The instructors at IC have prepared me well - there are very few teachers who are poor and there are so many that are amazing. This school has changed the way I think. Again, I came here wanting to learn and I had a tremendous experience. People who showed up hungover (or not at all) and expected to learn by osmosis probably don't feel IC benefited them. My question to them - what did you expect?
3rd Year Male -- Class 2010
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: C-
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IC is two very different stories.Quite BrightPolitical Science
IC is two very different stories. The professors here are wonderful should you choose a good program. The best programs that I know of are History, Political Science, Religion and Economics. The administration, on the other hand, is absolutely horrible. They do not take into account the wants and needs of the students they have, but rather the students they want. The college is undergoing a transformation, trying to make itself into a well-reputed college. This is nice, but they are hurting present student relations in the process. The freshman class of 2005 had an incredible transfer rate (almost 50%) after one semester. A lot of this is because there really is nothing to do here on the weekends and this was a time when a lot of new policy was implemented (Partying on and around campus has all but been eliminated). People tend to leave and go home because everyone lives within 50 miles it seems. The sad truth is that there are a lot of very dumb kids at IC. It can be depressing at times knowing that finding a person that can put a proper sentence together can be quite hard to come by at IC. Nobody cares about politics or anything else for that matter. Most non-religious organizations on campus struggle to stay afloat. Also,the new policies seem to be bringing in kids that are less intelligent rather than more. Finally, some good points: because it is very easy to get good grades here, I was able to get into a very good graduate school, so I must thank IC for that. Also, they are VERY generous about giving out financial aid. If you are a really smart kid, I would not recommend coming to IC because there aren't many like you. If you are from a big city, don't come here. Jacksonville is a horrible town. If you don't mind boredom and the financial aid is enticing, coming here is a good idea. The students are nice (although dumb) and you can get into a good grad school, which we all know is most important for your future.
4th Year Male -- Class 2007
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: F
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