Kean University - Comments and Student Experiences|
What I like about this University are the classes and Professors, the size is just right, not too big, not to small. The professors know you by name, you're not just a number to them. People are friendly, the classes are challenging but hey, it isn't high school right.
One thing that I will complain about is parking. Parking is terrible, so make sure you come in early. I come here at 11am, and can't find parking by the entrance of the school. I have to park all the way in the back. Another thing, make sure not to park on the yellow lines, those are for the staff. I cannot even emphasize this enough, they will give you tickets, for $100 but I appealed it, and they reduced it for $50. You don't want to get tickets though so park on the WHITE LINES.
Safety is not an issue here. My latest class ends at 10:15pm, I walk to the parking lot like nothing, so don't worry about that.
The campus itself is beautiful, there's internet connections so bring in your laptop, lot of professors let you use the laptop in class and record it. Also, if you are having issues in class get tutoring, it's on CAS. Simple. I can't really complain, I've read horrible reviews about Kean and I was afraid of coming here, thinking that I will transfer again but that hasn't been the case. I love Kean, I am learning so much.
The University is well maintained, but when there's a problem it doesn't always get fixed right away. The office of residence life is particularly slow and unresponsive- not because of the staff, but because of the cumbersome work order process used.
I can't complain about my department. Some professors suck, and there are a lot of adjuncts at the entry level. But as you move up, you meet some genuinely unique and caring individual. Coursework is generally easy- if you want to get anything out of going to Kean, you have to do a lot of independent studying.
As far as the sciences go, there's a lot of opportunity. The University basically gives free rides to science majors if they promise to teach at a local high school for a couple of years after graduation.
Social life can be a drag. Most people commute, so it's boring but easy to get involved in a leadership position. Getting other people involved is the hard part.
I don't regret going to Kean over TCNJ or Rutgers. I do regret that the improvements made to Kean in recent years are something that I will probably not get to fully experience.
Perhaps this is a good thing, since the vision of the current President is controversial at best. While President Farahi does seem committed to having strong and unique educational programs, he treats the university like it's a hotel or cruise ship. "World Class Education" is the new motto. It's just pro Kean University propaganda and, honestly, an unfortunate misuse of funds.
All in all, Kean's alright. The best I could do, anyway. Just stay away from infiltrating the ugly bureaucracy beneath the surface, though. It's souring, but I expect most universities are no different.
If you want a school that's going to provide you with a GREAT social life with TONS of things to do ALL OF THE TIME, you should go somewhere else. If you want a decent place to study (and have a little bit of fun) on your way to grad school or a career, Kean is better than a lot of places you could be. I suspect that, to get much better, you'd need to have tremendous grades in high school or be in a good financial situation.
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