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| Ole Miss has to be one of the most beautiful campuses in America. I've heard it's even lovelier today than when i graduated. Oxford is nice, good music and food, somewhat boring, but there's always Memphis. I don't mind the rural South as much as some. |
The academic side was wonderful. Great buildings, wonderful approachable professors. Other than the 101 classes they all knew you by name and encouraged me to achieve. I still keep in contact with two of my professors 5 years after graduating. class size is quite small...once you reach your 300 level classes for your major it's about 15 - 1 student to teacher. The course work was fine, but it was not hard to ace the classes. I am from Virginia and attended private school, to be brutally honest competing with Mississippi public school kids was easy. There is an apathy amongst many about doing well in school. Many of the "society sort" had jobs lined up after graduation no matter their marks. This attitude all but vanished once I reached the serious junior/senior level classes.
The Greek System is annoying. Many of them are nice once you get them away from group thought. I'd say the upperclassmen had dispensed with the bulls*** and it was the "newly" initiated that acted like jerks. It was not so bad once you made your friends and lived off campus.
The dorm life is terrible. Once you become a sophomore you will defnately want to live off campus. The cost of living in Oxford is low in my opinion.
Freshman year was awful but after surviving it I learned to love it.
It's an SEC school, the games are fun, but the athletes get away with near murder, be aware females. 1% is reported of what really goes on.
Lot's of drugs and date rape...shame too...but you only risk that if you follow that crowd. If you play it smart the campus is real safe.
Too much group thought. I'm a conservative but would agree that my liberal friends would have a hard time with their viewpoints. This is changing though. Anti-outsider mentality is vanishing. Race relations have improved although blacks and whites self segregate more than in Virginia. I found racism from both groups but more subtle not overt as was the case 40 years ago.
The Confederate thing is an issue, but I support it's historic display. Funny is going there changed my mind, learned much about the Civil Rights movement (great school for that subject you might be surprised) and learned that those symbols should ONLY be used appropriately and not waved in someone's face. I think it's changed greatly though. Black enrollment increased from 3% - 12% in my four years there. This is a positive sign of the change.
I'd say if more folks put down the beer occassionaly and picked up a book the place would be all right. In 10 years I think many of my issues will be resolved.
If you have good principles and can think for yourself...freshman year real hard for this..you'll do fine. If you fit the model of the Greek system you for one won't get what I'm saying and love it blindly...for others, knowing what to expect ahead of time will help you greatly.Mark
|Jun 22 2005|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2000 |
| I came to Ole Miss because of a generous scholarship, and with the hope that I would find compatible, interesting friends and faculty. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. The Greek system here really is as ostentatious as any rumors you might have heard, and rush activities dominate the campus. Outside the Greek system, however, I still have found the student body to be, frankly, uninspiring. The student agenda is to party hard while here (weeknights too), prominently display wealth and social standing, and prepare boys for governmental or business jobs, and girls to marry the boys. I am not adapting well because I don't think the confederate flag should still fly over Mississippi, dislike country music, and would enjoy a more open attitude towards diversity. More importantly, however; I want intellectual stimulation. If that is what you too are looking for (fancy that! In college?!), well - look elsewhere. |
|Oct 15 2004|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| While attending and shortly after leaving I would have given Ole Miss an A+. However, after spending 15+ years working and experiencing students and schools along the eastern seaboard I think Ole Miss is a huge disappointment. I have been successful in life but where I have failed it is due to the complete lack of training in the basics Ole Miss should have taught me. Examples include more stringent academic requirements in writing and creative thought, Group/Public speaking, true in-depth understanding of your major, etc. |
My tremendous social growth while there and the beautiful campus and traditions are some of the only positives of Ole Miss. I was a partying frat boy like most others and got away with mediocrity as a student due to lax academic standards and lax instructors who would give me a "by" because it seemed they were just as enamored with the culture and campus as we were. When I re-read English and Economics papers I wrote there in which I received B or better, I'm quite embarrassed. Today I would not hire someone with the lack of scholarship I myself received there UNLESS they were quite exceptional in other ways. Which, by the way, Oxford does excel; creating A+ characters by the shear existence of the powerful social scene.
Ole Miss is good enough that an outstanding student can make a lot out of it, but the average to lesser student will not by pushed or disciplined into the outstanding scholarship they are deluding themselves into thinking they are getting. It is too easy to just "skate" by... While drunk.p.s. possibly it is much less distracting to not be in a frat (like I was) yet most independents I knew were not nearly as happy there. Especially non-greek girls. I did LOVE it there, but as a father now I would have to think very hard about sending any of my children there and wasting my money.
|Oct 24 2007|| 5th Year Male --
Class 1991 |