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| I respect the UofMN in terms of languages offered. There are many languages that people cannot find larking in randomly disclosed universities. Having a diverse choice in a university is a positive point to consider. If you want to explore diverse cultures definitely apply. |
|May 08 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| When I pictured college in Minnesota as a senior in high school, nice people in a tight network, pristine lakes, evergreen forests, and a quality education came to mind. Maybe I was a little naive. I don't think having to look over your shoulder every time you walk through neighborhoods bordering campus is very nice. Every week I receive crime alerts about students who have been severely beaten and robbed in neighborhoods not even a block from campus, sometimes well before dark. Yesterday, I received an alert that two black men broke into the dorms over the weekend and robbed unlocked rooms. I, myself, was approached by a nutter with a knife who asked for drugs (like I would have any) as I walked home from mass not even three blocks from campus. Many of my friends have complained about being threatened by homeless people surrounding campus. This is simply not an acceptable environment, especially before a light rail straight through campus will be finished next year, probably bringing even more trouble to campus. |
Besides the crime, the school likes to tout its Minneapolis location as a draw. The school is obviously in one of the city's grittiest parts, and even the rest of the Twin Cities are, in my opinion, very overrated and mediocre at best. The only place I liked in the cities were the Linden Hills/ Uptown Lakes area of SW Minneapolis - far away from campus. The city thinks that because it has (although fewer than imagines) right-minded folks that shun cars and bike to work, a lot of (crappy) theatres, and a foul, dirty river that also winds its way through campus, it's somehow special. I think not.
The business school raves about it's connections with businesses in the Twin Cities and boasts about the region's "quality of life." I find it hard to enjoy a very nice "quality of life" when it's bone-chilling cold and dark and depressing for over half the year. There are so many tunnels on campus and downtown to avoid going outside - how depressing is that?
The campus itself, I'd give a C. The kids are overall pretty bright (or they'll probably flunk out) and "Minnesota nice" polite, which is a real upside. The planning of campus is really boring. The area by University Avenue, the oldest part of campus, is nice and looks mature. The rest of campus is quite ugly and look like it was built in a rush to expand, with haphazardly placed concrete structures and ugly fascades.
The huge mass of the student population, 50,000 kids, is a real downside unless you're in a smaller "subschool" like Carlson, which performs well. It becomes really impersonal at times. The school as a whole functions like a robot trying to be as politically correct as possible, but I don't blame them. There's no other way to function when you have people of every stripe and polka dot bitching about something. And the school's culture is overwhelmingly liberal, as if traditional values don't even apply to this "educated elite." You can pretty much forget you're in America, because of course those foreign kids are so much smarter and pay more tuition money....
|Nov 14 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| At such a large university, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. Make sure to get involved in an extracurricular activity of some sort as soon as you can so that you can find your corner of campus. It makes college a lot more enjoyable! |
|Feb 04 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |