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Oct 29 2014History/Histories (art history/etc.)
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If I could have transferred I would have. I would go back and tell my High School Senior year self not to attend Elon University. The Student Conduct office loves to dig into the business of students. If the University spent half as much money on paying professors and developing student resources as they do on the appearance of the campus and new buildings to draw in students, it would be a far better University. Finally, if you like attending parties where you are cramped into a small off campus house with limited room to maneuver, you will like Elon, however, these parties get too crowded and packed, but not in a good way. Want to meet girls at parties? Good luck when you can't move around the party without accidentally bumping a drink or stepping on toes. While the professors of this university treat each student fantastically, the Deans and leaders of the school only wish to advance the image of Elon University. They could care less about what students care about, unless that student's Daddy will donate to build a new building. Frankly its sad that such a University can maintain this facade. The faculty are great, but the people who run the school emphasize all the wrong aspects of the College Experience. Don't go to Elon if you want to have a good time in college or if you like privacy. The University loves to charge students with infractions even if they have very little evidence that the student violated the Honor Code. Frankly, they feel that a simple statement from another member of the "Elon Community," is enough to charge someone with an infraction of the honor code. Campus Police will antagonize students, but they let the real cops, Burlington Police, or The Town of Elon Police, handle the real criminals. I don't understand how people enjoy attending this school, because I certainly don't. A few good students here, but most are stuck up northerners who care about themselves more than making lifelong friendships. Wake Forest is an example of what this school could have been had the leaders of the school developed the students who attended the school. High Point is what this school is quickly becoming, because the school is in so much debt that they desperately need more students to attend the school every year. If you are a parent and have fond memories of attending college, don't send your student here, because they probably won't enjoy it like you did. UNC, UNCW, NCSU, USC. All are public schools that are better than Elon University. I have friends that attend all of these schools and the school puts much more effort into maintaining their student body than Elon University does. 5 of my 8 suitemates from freshman year transferred. The transfer rate of this school is so high, because people do not like attending this school. Everyday I see kids taking tours of the campus, but the tour guides are unrepresentative of the student body. If you think this is the school for you, I would recommend looking at other private schools where less students emphasize partying over work and the school puts more effort into pleasing students who attend the school rather than attempting to draw in new students. Parents will say "but they have strict policies against alcohol, clearly they protect our students." False. The school could really care less about drinking and partying, but they enjoy saying they crack down on these things to appease parents. Also, students, the parties on this campus aren't even fun. My degree from this University will likely be worth less than the paper it is printed on, so its good I will go on to graduate school, at least there I can get an education that means something. Parents, if you want to pay $35,000 a year because you think a small school is better for your reserved student, think again. At least at UNC your student has 20,000 other students that are all diverse. He or She will certainly find friends in that large student body. Unless you are from the North or happen to really enjoy partying in cramped environments, then this isn't the school for you.
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Elon is a very particular type of culture. As much as I would like to see more diversity in Elon students, anyone who decided to attend Elon must know that it is not as diverse as the administrators would like it to be. Most students come from very similar levels of privilege, and you can't walk around campus without seeing people dressed in the same preppy styles and sporting greek like gear. While the faculty have been highly supporting and knowledgeable, I would think twice before attending this school.
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