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| Simon's Rock is what you make of it. Chances are, if you're looking on this page, your high school experience has not been satisfactory. Neither was mine. Unlike many of the students here I had a good group of friends in high school, but I disliked the memorization and the factory learning that was taking place in my high school. So, I looked elsewhere, and came across Simon's Rock. |
Academically, Simon's Rock is excellent. Where to begin? The faculty are amazing. They almost all have PHDs and actively do research, but unlike at many large universities the faculty don't let their research get in the way of student interactions. The faculty are super accessible and if you want to meet with one of the professors outside of class you won't have any problems. All students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of freshman year whom you meet with once a week for the first semester, so you'll have at least one faculty member who you talk to on a regular basis. You are free to switch advisors if you don't like them.
As for classes themselves they are top notch. The class sizes are small; I've had a class with as little as 6 people, and my largest class has been 14. This allows for great class discussions. For the most part, at least in the social sciences (I can't speak for the hard sciences or math) courses are not lecture based, and instead the emphasis is on student discussion and exploration of the texts. It's a vastly different way of learning than in high school. Forms of assessment vary; there are exams, but also papers. Improvement of writing is stressed, and although I've been here only one year so far I've noticed that my writing has greatly improved. You'll be working harder than in high school but the work is almost all valuable to your learning; there is not any busy work.
The one down side academically is that the size of the school means there aren't many course selections in a particular field. I am planning on majoring in Sociology, but there is only one professor of sociology so I most likely will have to transfer after next year. Most people do transfer after two years. Students have gone on to Yale, Stanford, Columbia, and University of Chicago (obviously not everyone but the top universities have heard of Simon's Rock). I plan on transferring to the main Bard campus in New York because I prefer a small school with smaller classes, but going to Simon's Rock won't limit your options if you want to transfer elsewhere.
Socially, I'm not a fan of the school. Many students drink and smoke, and the isolation of the campus (3 hours from NY and Boston) means that it's difficult to go elsewhere. But, chances are you will find a group of friends to hang out with and while it's not great it is at least manageable for me.I highly recommend this school for anyone interested in furthering their education. You won't regret coming here.
|May 12 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| It's funny. A lot of people writing about Simon's Rock are VERY dramatic about it. But that's Simon's Rock! It's a very dramatic place with young people trying very hard to be old. I certainly was, but in hindsight it's not as evil as so many make it out to be. Would I go again? No, but that doesn't mean it was bad. Everyone on here who relly bags on it seems to be missing the fact that ALL experiences have positives and negatives. It is true, however, that not all experiences cost so much. Smart people, self important in many ways, but also many real ones. I was too young to really "get" it. I should have done a year abroad or foreign exchange to grow a bit. Some of my peers did great. |
|Mar 25 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2017 |
|Not so bright|
| Simon's Rock was great. If you work hard, you'll do well. The small size means that faculty will sing the Gospel of You very effectively if you apply to grad/transfer. Has some social peculiarities, but it can be a great stepping stone.|
After 2 years, transferred to Ivy. After graduating Ivy, offered many competitive graduate opportunities (at HYP-level institutions). Fellow classmates in my cohort received very competitive transfer opportunities, and recently, graduate opportunities. The Simon's Rock pedigree was well respected from my dealings with admissions circles, and often categorized with other exotic/experimental colleges (like Deep Springs).
It's a phenomenal place (with phenomenal placement) if you make the most of it. If you don't, then shame on you.
|Mar 11 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2011 |