Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University - Comments and Student Experiences|
Academics: All of the professors (with the exception of maybe one) don't know what they are talking about and do not know how to teach. My orientation to psychology class was the worst experience I have ever had with any teacher/professor. Attendance was required but in class we did absolutely nothing and the teacher rambled on about any thought that came to his mind. Almost all of my other classes, except my honors colloquium class, were extremely similar experiences.
Diversity: SHU is not great with diversity. Although there are opportunities for different groups of people, when walking around campus, all you see is white kids and their Louis Vuitton bags their daddies bought for them.
Athletics: The athletics are the only thing going for Seton Hall. The basketball team is good but all of the other sports teams suck and are undermined by basketball. A big thing the school promotes is the opportunity to pay $100 for season tickets for basketball games and if you go to all of the games then you can get your money back. They fail to announce that there are four games over winter break. Being from Connecticut, I have absolutely no desire to drive 4+ hours, nor do I have the time to drive 4+ hours in order to get my money back. How would people from California or even different countries get their money back???
Dorms/housing: I lived in Aquinas, which is supposed to be the nicer dorm. Honestly, my room was very big and nice because I was on the honors floor. But, we had problems with our heat/air conditioning. Seton Hall doesn't like to advertise the fact that they turn on the heat in the beginning of October. You can't get your room under 80 degrees, even if it is 90 degrees outside. Also, the dryers in the laundry room stopped working. All of them. So we couldn't wash/dry our clothes for weeks. Awesome. Also, the guest policy is probably the stupidest thing to ever exist. You can't have anyone of the opposite sex signed in over night and you can only sign a certain amount of people in per week. Also, you have to get people who are from the other buildings signed in. Even if someone goes to Seton Hall, if they live off campus, they're screwed. The shower temperature fluctuates from absolutely freezing to burning hot. The lounges are literally disgusting. The wi-fi also literally never works. Also, since there was a fire at the school, they have fire alarms go off every 2 seconds. For example, the night before a final, a fire alarm went off at 3 AM because someone burnt popcorn. And this is only Aquinas. Boland is 50000x worse. Everything smells and it is absolutely trashed. It looks like you are in a prison. To get out of Boland, you have to go through these revolving metal bars that look like the things that you go through in a subway station.
Safety: The school seems very safe on the surface. But, if you turn right off of campus, you will literally die or get mugged. I had to take an uber through Newark, Irvington Ave, and then to SHU and I genuinely felt unsafe. In the car. The security guards that are supposed to guard the doors of the dorms literally fall asleep at night at the desk. The gates are open until 11 PM and anyone can drive in without presenting an ID or anything. Although this isn't terrible, considering the surrounding area, more safety precautions should be taken at the gates. Or at least the guards should check ID?s.
Party Scene: The party scene is the only okay thing about SHU. If you are a guy, don't expect to get into any parties without throwing at least $10. If you are a girl, you can go in for free. They have parties Thursday-Saturday, but every single party is the same. You see the same people and they play the same exact songs. If you want to experience a Seton Hall party, just play Party in the USA, UCLA, and Mr. Brightside Remix on repeat.
Local Area: As stated before, you literally can not take a right off of campus without being in an extremely unsafe area. If you take a left, you are met with the South Orange village. There is literally nothing to do here except eat at the same four mediocre restaurants. Students usually remain on campus, not many people leave.
Campus Food: If you want to be depressed, the caf is the place for you. They just spent millions of dollars renovating the cafeteria, yet failed to include chefs. It is a self-service cafeteria for the most part. The only thing they make for you is hamburgers that sit in water and a few other things that no one touches. Nothing is fresh, nothing is healthy, and everything will give you stomach issues. Personally, I only ate omelets at the cafeteria and suffered extreme health issues as a result. There isn't much else to eat and going to the cafeteria is a chore.
Student Life: The sororities and fraternities are the worst part about Seton Hall. There are six sororites, but if you don't get into one of the four top sororities, then it is pointless. The top four sororities are based off of popularity and consist of mundane girls who are all exactly the same and have no variation is personality. Same with the fraternities. The rush process is only one weekend which does not give anyone a sufficient amount of time to find a sorority that they match with, as well as have the sorority find people who would fit well. They blacklist people if you hookup with the wrong person, even though you don't know who is watching and who you should avoid because you're only a freshman. Rush also starts in the spring so have time to piss off as many people as you possibly can because you are just being a normal freshman college student who wants to have fun but you don't realize how small the school actually is until second semester. They base who they accept off of appearance, not off of personality. Other than Greek life, SHU is much like attending a high school in the sense that it is extremely small and popularity is a thing. It is extremely hard to find other people and meet new people after first semester because everyone forms their cliques. Also, the good majority of people that I had met at Seton Hall were extremely fake. I only met about two people who I actually trusted and liked.
Overall, DO NOT GO TO SETON HALL. IT IS THE WORST SCHOOL AND IT WAS THE WORST DECISION OF MY LIFE. I HATED EVERY MINUTE OF IT AND ACTUALLY GOT DIAGNOSED WITH ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION AS A RESULT OF ATTENDING THIS UNIVERSITY. I hope this helps someone who is considering going to this trash university. Thank you for reading if you've made it this far.
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