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North Dakota State University

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Overall NDSU is a good school - just too cold in the winter!
5th Year Female -- Class 2007
Individual Value: A, Campus Aesthetics: C
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First of all, NDSU tries really hard toQuite BrightPolitical Science
First of all, NDSU tries really hard to seem like a big successful University. It is not. A degree from NDSU is pretty much nothing...I mean you could still get a job somewhere with it, but don't expect to be on the same level of knowledge with people who went to a REAL university. NDSU teaches nothing. The classes classified as "hard" are only hard because of the amount of things they ask you to do, not the amount of actual thought put into it. Most of the classes are taught by TAs or master students, and the actual professors never encourage class discussions. The campus is ugly. Just this Christmas one of the buildings on campus collapsed into a near-by construction hole...(the engineer planning the construction must have gotten their degree at NDSU). Also, if your somewhat of a liberal, you would HATE it here. The school allows pro-life posters to be hung EVERYWHERE, and if you ask if you can hang a pro-choice one, they wont let you. The school is currently in a spending and hiring freeze because it doesn't know how to budget money. Overall, I strongly discourage coming here if you like warm weather, a pretty campus, are somewhat of a democrat, or want a real education.
1st Year Female -- Class 2012
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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I thought the small town feel of NorthQuite BrightCommunications
I thought the small town feel of North Dakata would be more welcoming.I didn't know that small town meant small minded. Im only from Minneapolis but most people here have never been to an inner city. So class discussions about poorly funded education, violence or even drugs are impossible. Its hard to make friends as a minority because you're largely ignored. Though there are so many orgs on campus, I feel so out of place. I get constant questions about my hair, people ask me to go tanning(my skin is brown enough), and even expect me to be illiterate or ghetto when they have no concept of what ghetto is. If you are an african-american, think twice. Its like you have to change yourself, the way you talk or your personality to fit it. Some may say that is the way the real world is but the difference is that you dont have your black family or friends to come home to every night. You are surrounded 24/7 by those who dont understand. Its hard. My department is helpful and my advisor is amazing so I stayed this long. I will graduate very soon but wouldn't have made the same decision to attend if I could do it all over again.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2010
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Individual Value: D
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