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Minot State University

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Do go here if you can help it. terrible experience
5th Year Male -- Class 2011
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I had the opportunity to be a partQuite BrightEnglish
I had the opportunity to be a part of the marketing department, English department, Education department and Theater department as I was a double major with a minor and concentration. Here are my thoughts on this school:

1) One of the positives of this university is that the professors all were fairly approachable and helpful. Yes, there were one or two that you could tell didn't give a care about the students, but all the rest were great to work with. Most of them genuinely care about their students and their subjects. If you need help from the faculty they will be happy to provide it but you have to be proactive about seeking it out, they will not just approach you and offer.

2)If you are looking at going into English Education, don't expect the professors to give a crap about you. The rest of the departments were wonderful, but the English department is not built to create quality educators, nor do they wish to. If you look at the program, all they did was add on education classes to the regular English major and remove the secondary language requirement. Only one of the professors cares if you are planning on going into teaching and works to help you understand how to be a good teacher, unfortunately, that professor is not the English Education adviser. Also, on the English department, none of the teachers like each other and they make to attempt to hide that fact or to really get along. The rest of the departments were great. The theater department was most excellent, the professors get personally involved with the students and there are tons of opportunities to act, direct, do tech, and everything involved with theater. The education department really cares to create great educators and it shows and the marketing department was just as great.

3) Advisers at this college don't really seem to know what they are talking about so make friends with the department secretaries. They know everything and will steer you in the right direction. It took me a few years to learn this and I ended up taking almost an entire years worth of classes my adviser said I needed that I did not.

4) As with many places, there is as much to do here as you are willing to do. If you are over 21, there are more than enough bars to go hang out at. There are lots of opportunities to see theater shows, opera's, concerts, and the student activity committee has events planned all throughout the year. Most of these events are free to students as are most of the sporting events. If you are under 21 there's the Pangea House which is a hang out for the under bar age crowd that features new bands and acts every weekend. If you are not willing to look for something to do, then you are going to often find yourself bored here, however, with a bit of searching you will always find something to do.

5) The graduation rate of this college looks low, however, the numbers are fairly misleading. As many of the students at MSU are older-than-average students it is not uncommon for students to attend for five to seven years to get their degrees. Any student that attends for more than four consecutive years is considered as not graduating and so goes on the record book as such. Even though they do eventually graduate, the numbers do not get updated. Also, the drop out rate is not nearly as high as previously commented on. Again, as many students are working parents, many times they have to drop out of a semester to take care of their family situations. They may go back and finish their degree, however, these numbers do not update to reflect this. So...these numbers are all misleading.

6) I believe that this university suffers from all of the downfalls and excels from all of the greatness that other universities face. Underclassman housing is not that super. The rooms are all right, but nothing to shout about. Upperclassman housing is great. If you live off campus parking is a real problem. The majority of the parking on campus is located on top of a hill behind the MSU dome which is all the way in the back of campus, away from every building. Because of this, walking to class from the car can be a real challenge in the winters which can be very, very harsh.All in all, I really enjoyed my experience here at MSU and would encourage others to attend school here. If you decide to come here, talk to other students and do some research. Make sure that MSU has the real program that you are really interested in.

5th Year Male -- Class 2010
Faculty Accessibility: A, Useful Schoolwork: C
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On this, and any college -- do yourQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
On this, and any college -- do your research and not just online on the college website. Stay away from colleges with very low graduation rates. More importantly, if a college has gone over 10 years with one of the lowest graduation rates, you know something is wrong. Some colleges, such as South Dakota School of Mines, similar to Minot State had very low graduation rates, however, they went to the source of the problem to correct it. When you ask South Dakota School of Mines, they now proudly tell you the steps they took to raise their graduation rates. Conversely, Minot State has not. In reading the meeting minutes pertaining to graduation rates on the Minot State website, their explanation is that the students don't apply themselves and Minot State staff "are so disappointed in their students". In fact, I know most of my classmates did; nevertheless, every semester close to 70% dropped out. Realistically, you know if "students not applying themselves" were the root of the problem, ALL state universities in US would have an approximate 30% graduation rate for the past 10 years, which is not the case. Best advice: Find a college with high graduation rates that you can afford, and that has the program you love.
1st Year Female -- Class 2012
Campus Aesthetics: A, Education Quality: F
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