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| Attending this school was sone of the worst experiences I have been through. The campus appears to be nice, and well maintained, but that only on the surface. Once you arrive at campus in the fall, you will understand that is only propaganda for visitors. The PR department tells prospective students there are far more clubs then there really are. I was told Queens had a very competitive Mock Trial Team, which was a big deal for me, as I was President of my high school team, however when I arrived, I was told no such team existed. PR department also tells students it is easy to start new clubs, however nothing can be further from the truth. At a school of this size the amount of red tape that has to be cleared to get anything done. In regards to classes, Queens professes the benefits of their "unique" CORE program. From my prospective, it was much like my humanities classes I had in high school. This program requires you to spend three credit hours first semester freshmen year and three second semester. In the sophomore year you have to take another three credits, and senior year another three credit hours. This comes to a grand total of thirteen hours you could spend doing other things. I think this is just a punitive strategy for students who wish to transfer out, as most of those credits will not be accepted by another university. With regards to transfer students, many students transfer and even more students talk about it. It is a marvel to me that people even go here. With regards to the faculty, this is probably the strongest asset that Queens has. However, a few of them are a bit difficult to work with if you get sick. I am in this boat now. I currently have the flu, and yet I am being penalized heavily for not going to my CORE class. Other professors seem to be more understanding. Due to the small size of this campus there is a strict attendance policy. It varies from professor to professor, but generally if you get 2-3 absences from class per semester after that professors can take any amount of points off your grade they see fit. This generally ranges from one point to a full TEN points off your letter grade, with no excuses including severe medical issues. WARNING: If you come here prepare to have a very limited social life. There are lots of things to do in Charlotte but few students at Queens want to do anything, I will try to get people to go out and most will say they either don't want to spend money or they would prefer to sit in their rooms. There are very few parties here, the definition of a big weekend here is watching netflix in ones room. I strongly advise living off campus, living on campus is one of the worst things you can do. The dorms are falling apart, students are constantly being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning and consequently campus police treats the students like criminals. Yet the administration claims that campus is safe. I feel like my high school was much more of a college experience then Queens, granted I went to a boarding school prior to attending Queens. I frequently reminisce of high school because the environment was much more conducive success and happiness. Queens tries to use discussion based classes, however I cannot tell you how many times I have been told by the professor that I have to give others a chance to speak, yet no one wants to speak. It feels like that in some of my classes I am the only person talking to the professor and everyone sits and listens. This is the single most depressing thing about this school, it makes my very sad. It seems that most students are so poorly informed on world affairs or they are completely apathetic. A warning if you are a well informed student, freshmen CORE; which is intended to "broaden your horizons" will just frustrate you to no end. |
|Apr 04 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| Honestly,I love Queens and I am positive this is where I am suppose to be. However, just like any other school, there are pros and cons to this university. I am a minority student here and there are a lot of things that I recognize that I feel some of the "privileged" majority do not see. I'll start with the positives:|
PROS- Professor are wonderful. They are approachable and most times professors bend their backs to help the students out. Every professor I've had, has had an open door policy. There were plenty of times, I did not have an appointment and professors still let me walk in their office with questions. To travel abroad or go oversees is included in our tuition which I think is cool because I've always wanted to travel. Campus is BEAUTIFUL and very safe. Also we're in a major city, Charlotte, so there is always something to do. Queens has a lot of connections which is great for networking!
CONS- The professors are great, but some of the other staff is kind of terrible. Whereas most of the professors care for ALL of the students, the staff only cares about certain ones. It is not equal opportunity here. Its all about who you know and not what you know, which I understand is the world, but for a school to preach about fairness and equality, they certainly don't practice it. The minority students or diverse students do not get the same amount of respect towards the majority students. I asked a faculty member if they have heard of a certain minority club and their response was: "I didn't know that was a club. I didn't even know we had that many on campus". So that goes to show the support that minority clubs receive here on campus. The school is EXPENSIVE! Although I love the school, it is definitely not worth the amount we pay as students. Not even close. The school is small and sometimes feels like high school. Sometimes I do wonder if I went to a different school, would I be happy, but overall, I get a great education, a lot of contacts up my sleeve, and there are kind people on this campus. I choose to make my experience positive, which is what you have to do at Queens. :)
|Feb 24 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| I want to transfer.|
The school PR machine paints a picture of this place that is total unreality. I am in a new dorm. Yes it is clean, but it is cheap and a lot is broken, and they don't care.
The neighborhood is pretty, but they hate us. The last straw that caused me to write this was one of the neighbors who doesn't know me pausing on the sidewalk to call me a "slut" and talk about my clothes.
The neighbors vandalize our cars and go out of their way if we are doing a door to door canned food drive for charity to tell us they hate Queens. It got really bad in the last year when we started building the sports center -- which is the subject of huge PR to prospective new students. The neighbors say that Queens misled them or screwed them somehow by building this big building and blocking out the sun to their houses and creating a lot of traffic.
The school will probably charge everybody extra to use the new fitness center after its built. They don't give anything away.
Superficial is the word for Queens University. We want to look good and sound good, and we don't care once we have got you. Everything on the outside looks beautiful, with art and creativity. Appearance is all there is. I think the transfer rate is high, a lot higher than they say. I will be one of them.
There are some good things. Social life is not tempting. There is none. There is no place to go hang out, and most of the students are not going to do anything that might get them in trouble or get them a reputation. The guys are either gay (and there a lot of them!) or they are stunted in their maturity. They will put their hands on you in a "social" setting, but don't expect any sort of interesting conversation or openness.
The academics are not hard. Most of the professors are nice, but they are not interested or interesting. They will tell you that Queens pays really bad for faculty. Its pretty easy though to make a good grade. I was not especially smart at my high school, but I am here.Maybe other people will like this school, but I made a mistake.
|Feb 15 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2015 |