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| I am an Economics Major at UMM. It is a great school with most classes being challenging, but fair (especially once you get out of intro-level coursework). Certain majors are less challenging than others, but overall I have a favorable opinion of the coursework here. |
There are a lot of quirky people here, as with any school, but the majority of students are down-to-earth, regular people.
There is a lot of activism about green technologies etc (UMM has a wind turbine and a biomass plant!). The campus is nice, save a couple of older buildings that could use renovation. Most dorms aren't beautiful, but they serve their purpose.
The town is small, but generically has everything you need to survive (including 2 grocery stores, a beloved greasy spoon cafe, several fast food restaurants, and a co-op). The only problem with the town is that there aren't a lot of 24-hour joints around, so if you're hungry at midnight, expect to feed yourself.
I've had a really good experience at UMM, but as with any other college experience, it really is what you make of it. If you know how to learn, and be creative, and make your own fun, you'll be fine. If you're dependent on everyone else to create fun for you and teach you everything you need to know, this isn't the school for you.And, yes. There is an ok party scene if you're into that. If you don't know where the parties are then you're not trying hard enough.
|Nov 24 2008|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| This school is a good place to go for music. It is great for someone who loves music of all types and wants to be involved in both classical and jazz programs. Dr. James Carlson (jazz), although nearing retirement age, is one of the best educators I have ever had the pleasure of working with. |
Class sizes are always small enough so you can have one on one contact with professors, even in the larger lectures. (music classes are generally always small)
However, the community does not provide much opportunity for gigs and other outside playing experience. One gripe that I have about the music department is that not all of the instrumental lesson teachers are full-time professors, and some of them are not so great. However, overall I believe one can receive a very high quality training in music at this institution.Also, a cautionary note: I have had three different band directors in the five years that I have been at this university. People don't seem to want to stick around in the band program. It is getting better though and hopefully this new candidate that we hired will be interested in sticking around for the long haul.
|May 03 2006|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2006 |
| UMM is like going to high school all over again, but without the cliques and popularity contests. Because of it's size you get to know many people from all faculties and quickly feel right at home. If you don't like to drink, you soon will, as that's pretty much the only thing people do in a town of this size so if you need a more exciting night life other than just house parties, this is not the place for you. |
|Jul 13 2004|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2006 |