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| To be blunt and honest, Seton Hall is a glorified community college. To go over the basics, the surrounding area is a joke. Don't expect to come into a college-town environment, or anything close to it. The crime rate, and rate at which students get mugged/robbed is alarming. Now this is all off campus and generally happens to students who don't think in an appropriate manner, but newark is in spitting distance so it's going to happen. The food here is a JOKE. The cafeteria's food is consistently the same thing everyday. There is a Dunkin Donuts, a Nathan's, a Pizzeria, and a "college cafe" type restaurant but they all cost $ and we all know how that works. The dorms are....bullshit. You feel trapped and confined rather then living in a space. There are not even water fountains in the dorms, that should say it all. You have to pay for laundry which is bullshit in its own, but you have to use "pirategold" which is like the School's Debit card, not to be confused with "piratebucks" ... it's a pain in the ass really. Classes are small and average, typical stuff. Good professors and horrible ones. The social life is a JOKE. Mainly because, starting Friday morning the campus is a literal ghost town. Take that seriously because it certainly is the truth. Parties take place on a thursday, if you're lucky that one exists in the first place that is. Generally, a frat will throw one but generally it's only thrown by one of 2 frats and it's all the same shit each time, nothing special. Expect to wait 10 minutes hoarding around a keg just to get a beer, that's just how they are. That all is of course, if one of those 2 frats decides to throw a party which is less likely to happen as the year progresses. Now, take all of this from a current/soon to be ex-pledge to one of the frats here. It is the exact same thing, with the exact same people, on exactly the same nights. Keg, pong (if you're lucky), keg's empty, go back to campus. Again, Seton Hall is a glorified community college that is EXTREMELY expensive and certainly not worth it. The true, only good thing about Seton Hall is it does in fact look very glamorous and shiny on your resume... for whatever reason. I am transferring at the end of this semester, take my advice seriously. I blew off listening to people tell and warn me about SHU, and i certainly regret it. |
|Apr 15 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2015 |
I don't think Seton Hall is a bad school, it's just not the school for me. I will try to be as un-bias as possible when explaining the pros and cons to the school.|
-It costs a mere $13.50 for a round-trip train ticket to NYC and only takes 30 minutes to get there.
-If you did well in high school Seton Hall will give you a good amount of scholarship money (I pay as much to attend SHU as I would to attend my in-state university).
-Seton Hall's campus is fairly small so it takes, at most, 10 minutes to walk to classes.
-The campus is also gated which allows students to safely move throughout campus at any time during the day or night.
-Seton Hall is one of safest schools in the country in terms of fire safety.
-Seton Hall's school of Business and Diplomacy are some of the best in the country.
-Very few of my classes have been based solely on exams; therefore, if you're not good at testing you should still be able to get by.
-I've had some really wonderful professors who I loved and who I would feel comfortable speaking with outside of class (I've also had some not so great professors, but no one AWFUL)
-South Orange is not a college town and is close to East Orange and Newark which are very unsafe areas. As incoming freshmen, you are essentially told to not step foot off campus.
-The freshmen dorms kind of blow. They're not only ugly but many of the room set ups are awkward and the walls are paper thin. The heating/air conditioning systems suck too. You can only use the AC during the first/last few months and it only comes out as ice cold. You can only use the heat during the winter and it turns your room into a sauna.
-Seton Hall takes fire safety very seriously (which is a good thing), but at the same time it is very frustrating. There are so many rules about things you can/can't have in your dorm rooms. Also, doors can't be left open or bolted which makes it hard to meet people. The biggest thing I dislike about fire safety is that there are no ovens/stoves on campus that students can use; therefore, if you want to eat anything other than take-out or cafe food, you have to microwave it which is gross.
-The food is nice at first, but after the first two months it gets sickening. There aren't many places to eat on campus (there's the cafe, the cove, and Dunkin Donuts) and the food is pretty bland and unappealing. Everything is generic.
-Almost everyone is from New Jersey. You will meet some people from other places in the USA, but for the most part, everyone seems the same. Plus, a lot of students go home on the weekends. The campus is literally a ghost town on the weekends.
-There are A LOT of commuters which also makes it hard to meet people.
-There is nothing to do on the weekends. Seton Hall will lure you in talking about our D1 athletic teams, but no one really goes to the games. The only parties are off campus in sketchy, unsafe areas.
-Seton Hall is most people's fall back school. It really isn't very prestigious to go here. If you're from NJ, you're better off going to Rutgers in terms of prestige.
-No classes, no passes. You will hear this A LOT. If you are planning on staying on campus during a vacation/break, you can NOT have guests which is ridiculous. Although you can get around some of the rules, you will most likely come to hate the guest policy here.
-Barely anyone does the intramurals and there aren't many clubs that are popular.
-Seton Hall gives you laptops and make it appear that they're free, but THEY'RE NOT. You pay way too much for them in your tuition. Also, the laptops are just downright awful. I plan to transfer for the Fall of 2013 back to my state university. Although I wanted a smaller school I've come to realize that the opportunities at a larger, state school outweigh those here at Seton Hall. Some people absolutely love Seton Hall (it's usually the students that are huge partiers though), but most of the students I've met don't.
|Jan 22 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| I am in my senior year at Seton Hall, and at this point in my education I can say with certainty that I am glad that I attended this university. I did not always feel this way, however. |
I thoroughly enjoyed my freshman year experience, made many friends, found that there were many opportunities to get involved on campus, and felt very at-home.
To be honest, I seriously considered transferring during my sophomore year, because I began to find many of the student activities on campus to be lame and geared primarily toward freshman. In short, I felt that I was no longer getting a "college experience" and felt somewhat shorted.
I have since come to realize that, although Seton Hall may not be the most "college-y" institution, it is an excellent place to grow and develop both academically and personally. There really is a great community on this campus. The majority of students are truly friendly and approachable, and more importantly, the professors are extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and caring.
I feel that I will be prepared to take on the real world upon my graduation, because I have received not only a quality education, but also plentiful guidance and opportunities for personal and professional growth along the way.
I have had 2 excellent, paid internships, and am well on track to attend graduate school next year. I have become very involved in my major and in my department, and have terrific relationships with many of my professors. I wasn't necessarily handed my success or happiness at Seton Hall. I had to engage myself in the university to get a great experience out of my time here.
In conclusion, if you want a university that is going to coddle you and wrap you in a blanket of "college-ness" Seton Hall is probably not your school. If you are the kind of student that enjoys diversity and is willing to put some effort into your own success, you will thrive at Seton Hall. Every hard-working student really has the opportunity to find a niche at Seton Hall and to stand out and succeed here.
|Sep 10 2012|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2013 |