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| I am a transfer student. I have over sixty credits at UofL, with a 3.9 GPA (I got one B+). I am married and work almost full time.|
UofL is a school with a major inferiority complex. They funnel all of their money into the health science campus - which is used only by graduate students - athletics, and speed school. Everyone else is screwed. The math building is pretty much falling apart. It is ugly on the inside, and it is either freezing or sweltering hot. Something that really irritates me is speed school (school of engineering). I was wanting to do some course work over there for my application area, but speed school does everything in its power to keep people out (and when you do get there, they do everything in their power to fail you). Anyway, they won't accept math courses from the math department, I would like to note that every other university in the country has their engineering major take math courses in the math department.
This may be the reason why the math department is so weak. If we had the engineers taking math courses with us, we would need more faculty. The math department has too few faculty for the amount of students it has. They offer only one section of differential equations a year, other schools over multiple sections a semester. This has put me behind a year. The faculty they do have (that I have dealt with) are generally helpful and friendly. The physics department is a joke. I'm pretty sure that UofL forgot they have it.
As for the university administration: they are terrible. There is a lot of corruption withing the administration. We almost lost our accreditation because admin was embezzling grant money. Jim Ramsey (the president) is a self-absorbed douche bag for many reasons. UofL likes to raise tuition due to "budget cuts" then start expensive projects. For example they are essentially doubling (I said double) the tuition of students who live on campus to upgrade the meal selection (which is terrible). There is nothing we can do about it. They really love throwing in these hidden fees. They are worse than the phone company.
I do not feel safe on campus. It is built in the middle of the ghetto. You should not walk outside alone after dark. you WILL get mugged. Last week someone was stabbed repeatedly. Usually we get emails every week about muggings. There are always stinky homeless people sleeping in the library.
Oh, I wanted to talk about the genEd requirements. You have 34 credits of UofL genEd which is more than a year, then if you belong to the school of arts and sciences you'll have 24-30 extra of genEd for your major. So basically half of your education is pointless. This is a disproportionately large amount compared to other universities. I would much rather use those 24 credits taking math courses, not humanities/language/writing/communication courses.
In summation I have a year and a half left in my degree, but I am seriously considering transferring to UofK, even though it is an hour drive from my house, and I will have to quit my job and pay for school with loans.I hate this school with all of my heart. UofL is a business, not a place of learning. You are a walking dollar sign to these people. Do yourself a favor and go to UofK. It is higher ranked anyway.
|Apr 20 2009|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| When I graduated from high school I tried to tell myself that this would be a good step forward in life: go to college, make some friends, have some fun, get a degree and move on in life. I think I can agree with the first part, but as for the rest I don't.|
This school is a joke. I never thought of myself as a "gifted" learner until I came here. The general education courses are easier than what I had in high school. And as for meeting new people, forget about it: everyone has their own social cliques from outside or is tied-in with the Greek system, and if you're not affiliated on at least one of those areas no one could care less about you.
As for accessibility, this place is a commuter school, unless you want a cheap apartment nearby where you can hear gunshots in the night or unless you live on-campus and want to put up with the typical frat games and nuisances. If you're disabled you can forget about coming here, because there is no place to park unless you can afford $10+ a day just to take a chance on finding a place in a garage. Otherwise you had better learn to brave the elements and hope for the public transit system in Louisville to run on-time.
Also, this place is way too concerned about their athletics program. Education buildings and dorm buildings (except the dorms for the star athletes) are uncomfortable since they tend to lack air conditioning and/or rely on a boiler room to make them a stifling 85 degrees during the winter, and until that boiler room gets shut off it gets even hotter when it's not winter. The athletics facilities are an exception, if you ever go to them.I know I've wasted a year of my life at this place. I also will not come back here ever again. When considering a school, look for a place that values your education and you as a mainline student. U of L only cares about money and an image.
|Apr 19 2009|| Male --
Class 2000 |
| For all you people that think U of L is in the ghetto, please shut up. Just because you have never seen a shotgun house doesn't mean its ghetto. I'm sorry that all houses can't be like your cookie-cutter, suburban America house. As for Old Louisville, what can I say? It's old! It looks old, but inside those old building are nice apartments. I am actually moving into one of those soon. This area is not ghetto. I've spent my entire life living within a 10 minute walk of U of L. I am not ghetto, my neighbors are not ghetto. I'm sorry my house isn't worth more than $100,000. I guess I'm just not as fortunate to be secluded in my little subdivision living the American dream. I like where I am. I'm near a music hall, Bardstown Road, and downtown. Everyday you can find something new to do or check out. Now I'm sure there's a bunch of people who do drugs, but thats everywhere. It even happens in your pleasant little subdivision.Some people in Louisville are a little redneck, some maybe a little racist. But on the whole everyone from this city is very tolerant and friendly. It wasn't voted one of the most livable cities for nothing. So for all you people who think U of L is ghetto, please go take your daddy's BMW and drive it into the Ohio River. |
|Apr 08 2009|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |