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My biggest regret so far is attending UK.BrightArt & Design Department
My biggest regret so far is attending UK. Athletics are prioritised over academics. Overall, the school thinks of its non-athlete students as mere numbers and sources for athlete paychecks. The staff is quite unhelpful, and impossible to contact outside of classes. Parking is horrible, passes are expensive and lots are closed off several weeks before a game. Unless you're into drinking and going out to bars over the weekend, UK isn't a great place to socialise and make friends. Campus security is improving to control crime and sexual assaults (which have been frequent in my two years at this school). I plan to transfer out to a school that values academics and the learning experience.
2nd Year Female -- Class 1920
Innovation: B, Education Quality: F
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I'll admit that I spent my first yearQuite BrightEngineering Department
I'll admit that I spent my first year and a half rather unhappy. I didn't enjoy the dorms, personally, and didn't know many people. (Since then there have been many renovations and the dorm life is improving.) However, I finally switched into the right department which was rather small and provided an intimate atmosphere. The professors are extremely helpful, and the students friendly. I do think the people on this campus tend to form social groups that stay pretty separate, but that's just my opinion. For me, the most important thing was learning how to enjoy the city, and take advantage of some of the extracurriculars offered here. Now that I'm in my final year, it looks like opportunities are everywhere. However my start was hard enough that I just didn't see them. If you're motivated to make the best of your time here, I think there's a good variety of options to allow for progress. It would be nice to see even more extracurriculars and student involvement however.
5th Year Male -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B+
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I started my first two years really hatingBrightBusiness - Management and Administration
I started my first two years really hating this school. However, the fact that I was unsure of my major and didn't go Greek played a big part of this. Junior year I joined clubs, figured out what I wanted to do and now, as a senior, I am much much much happier at this school. Being from northern Ohio this was a great place to get away and experience somewhere new. However, I am still very upset about tuition which just goes into new dorms and athletics, and don't think that the school really caters to any of the students like they do to the freshman. Also, parking is a huge issue. I got two tickets in the same day. Teachers are a problem also. Now that I am in "upper division" classes they are great. However, because this is a research focused university, the university cares more about the professors research then how well the professor is teaching (that came straight from a professor who just moved to UK and has been teaching here for two years, previously at FSU). Altogether, my mood about this university has greatly changed over the years. I would not have rushed Greek no matter where I went, but I have noticed this last year has been much more diverse with students and you dont see cookie cutter Sorority girls everywhere. Now, I know many people (BIG ADVOCATE FOR DORM LIFE FRESHMAN YEAR). If I had to do it again, and if I knew I would change my major from pre-pharmacy to Business, I would have chose a better in state school, because I dont think that out of state tuition is worth this university. For instate students, I would definitely say consider it!
4th Year Female -- Class 2016
Friendliness: A+, Individual Value: C-
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