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Faculty is great but administration is what screws

Feb 20 2013Undecided
Faculty is great but administration is what screws this school up. Blatant disregard for law, underage consumption of alcohol is encouraged by university (even by president himself). Administration annihilates any sense of order in class selection by adding copious numbers of transfers to the system (core classes nearly impossible to get into). Administration routinely adding more students than it has the capacity for leading to students being housed in converted lobbies.

Extreme amount of alcohol consumption has lead to deaths in recent years, yet administration continues to turn a blind eye. Commuting students are treated unequally (only one offense to be expelled as compared to a residents count of 3). President of the university spent majority of his time in 3rd world country (had incoming freshmen watch recorded speech of himself, what the heck! )Overall the faculty of the university are great, but the administration is the epitome of incompetence.

1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Faculty Accessibility: B, Useful Schoolwork: F

The last comment is pretty spot on

Jan 27 2013Business - Management and Administration
The last comment is pretty spot on. I did transfer after Sophomore year to a university in a more urban area and really got screwed over from the credits. Only the econ transferred from the business school and all the core classes could only be used as electives. The school is in the middle of nowhere, so you really need to be involved in a sport or club team to have a good time. The other main problem kids seem to have is the strictness with drinking, parking fines, etc. In reality, its the same way at most other schools. Its just really bad at the Mount because its so small and there's nothing else really to do. You need to be 21 to go the bar, no fakes and you need to show your school id, and house parties always have cops show up. The locals really do hate the college kids.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2014
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Social Life: D

The president seems very cool

Sep 02 2014Undecided
The president seems very cool. We'll all be sad to see him step down.
Overall I would say most professors here are intelligent and approachable. The core program is definitely unique, but not useful to any subject in particular. Some professors have even expressed disinterest in core material.

Mount Saint Mary's has probably one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever seen, and I think most could agree with that.

Dorms are as nice as you'd expect, and ResLife is fairly accommodating. Some of the RAs take their jobs entirely too seriously, but you can't really get angry at them for enforcing the rules.

The rules are the problem. For a college that is incredibly lenient about on campus partying and drinking, there are some ridiculous rules regarding curfews. MSM is one of the only colleges I've ever heard of that takes gender separation so seriously. After midnight on weekdays and two AM on weekends boys aren't allowed on girls floors and vice versa. This is a bit of an absurd rule to impose on adults. I say adults because no matter how immature most of us are, we are old enough to sign our life away in student loans just to go here. If I'm taking out a $30,000 loan each year, I expect to be able to have a guy friend stay the night in my dorm. The rules regarding this gender curfew wouldn't infringe so much on my opinion of MSM were they not so actively enforced. Two minutes prior to curfew on a weekend you'll see RAs monitoring the halls, making sure no one of the opposite sex is lingering on the wrong floor. It's absolutely ridiculous. On top of that, you may be immediately reported to public safety for doing so. This is just absurd to me. I'm not sure if the administration thinks sex only happens after midnight and/or 2 AM, or if they have this idea that general rowdiness only occurs when genders are mixing. Regardless of the reason, the rule is just stupid. We pay too much money to be treated like children.

1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Surrounding City: F
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