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The students here are great, I've found lifelongBrightEducation
The students here are great, I've found lifelong friends here at Olaf that I don't believe I would've found anywhere else.

However, almost all professors I've had classes with on campus (usually within the Education and English departments) have been extremely arrogant & self absorbed. I receive disability & accommodations for both physical and mental ailments and found it rare to have a professor that actively worked with me. I was very open to communication with faculty, including deans, multiple advisors, etc. and wasn't receiving the help I needed. It got to the point where even my psychologists and docotrs from Northfield (very familiar with the school) were recommending me to drop out, especially with the school's reputation of being less than accommodating.For such a small school, I was sincerely hoping there would be more of a connection between the staff and students. Very disappointed & do not recommend any student attend this school.

2nd Year Female -- Class 1921
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Individual Value: F
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I came out as transgender and I doBrightMusic Education
I came out as transgender and I do not feel I was accommodated well enough. Olaf used to only have gendered floors in every dorm--you also have to apply to live off campus--but now they have a couple mixed gender floors that were taken right away by upperclassmen in room draw. I was offered a single on a male floor, but that still made me sort of uncomfortable to live on a floor with only cis males, who I might have never met before. You also have to pay an extra $1000 for a single. When I emailed the dean of students back saying that I was considering transferring, instead of trying to help me find a better solution or talk me into staying, she seemed pretty happy to just let me go. Also there are only a few gender neutral bathrooms on all of campus.
1st Year Male -- Class 2019
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Surrounding City: C
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This school sucks.Quite BrightUndecided
This school sucks. Honestly it sucks. It is beautiful and the other students are amazing, but it still sucks. The administration and professors are honestly so terrible its unreal. Registration doesn't allow students to get into any of the classes that they need to for their majors. Administration is far more worried about alcohol on campus than they are making sure students can actually take the classes that they came here to take. Professors are very arrogant despite actually not being very good. In one class a 20+% grade on a test ensured a B.... how does that help anyone. Save yourself $30,000 and go to a better school.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F
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