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| Good: the campus is not to big or too small; it is pretty easy to find your way around without getting lost; some professors are helpful and willing to work with you especially if your struggling in their course (remind you: SOME professors); various places to study; offers the Lottery Scholarship for those who want an education|
Bad: living on campus sucks especially their apartments (complete waste of money); most students are really self absorbed and if you don't pay attention to them, you get messed with (I will never understand but it happens); have no respect if you actually work and go to school; some professors/TAs are not helpful; advisors suck (they don't know what classes you need for you major and then you find out that the classes you did take will not count for anything); some students/faculty think UNM is "Harvard" which it will never be; anything related to the finanaical aid office/bursar is awful (lost paperwork, take too long, etc.); same people are involved in every activity so not much diversity; offers the Lottery; The only advice I have to offer is to not go to this university and I would not recommend for anyone to attend this place. It is not worth the time/money and all the trouble you have to go through to get your degree.
|Apr 22 2007|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| If you're from a Texas school, UNM will be super easy and you won't learn anything. Take this into consideration, especially students who were awarded UNM's full scholarship for being a National Hispanic Merit Scholar. Supposedly New Mexico's public school system isn't as good as Texas's and their University reflects that. |
Some students here are very clique-ish and if you are from Texas, be prepared to here a lot of "Oh, I hate Texans." There's no reason for this, or at least no one's told me, but apparently New Mexicans have a feud with Texans that Texans don't know about? It's confusing and don't take it personally.
If you smoke weed, you will fit in perfectly! Just about everyone smokes weed and it's not unusual to see people smoking on campus. Not many students do hard drugs and drinking's about normal.
The food in the cafeteria is terrible (in 2009 the cafeteria had 15 Health Code violations!) They've been trying to make it better, but if you have a weak stomach, it's not worth it.
The dorms are okay, they are by no means nice but they will do. Stay out of Hokona though, they had a fire in their laundry room in Fall 2009 and you can hear everything in one hall through the vents. The apartments have paper thin walls. Supposedly the sinks in Coronado sometimes flood rooms. You're best bet would be Laguna/De Vargas, Santa Ana, Alvarado, or Santa Clara.
Advisement and Financial Aid are not helpful at all. Be prepared to NOT listen to your advisers and just ask for the list of requirements for your major. It's easier and will save you wasted credits. Also, if you do go to advisement, stay away from a tall thin man at University Advisement. He's not only messed me up, but seven of my friends. Seven!
Again, classes are very easy. If you have a pulse, you'll get into UNM and if you're from New Mexico and have a pulse, you'll get in because of the lottery scholarship. It's a scholarship for tuition that pretty much every kid who graduates from a New Mexico school gets. So yes, everyone's here for free and no, they didn't have to really work for it. Like, if you have half a brain you'll make an A. It's all busy work, too. There's nothing challenging or innovative. UNM has confused busy work with challenging work.
If I had the chance, I'd have just taken out student loans and gone to my community college in Texas.
|Mar 08 2010|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| Ok, UNM is really a mixed bag. Like any school you get out what you put in but you really have to be a certain kind of person doing a certain kind of thing out get much out of UNM. If your'e in a good program (photography, architecture, anthropology) you can end up with an amaizing and challenging experience. UNM is also one of the few schools that accepts students into grad programs form its undergrad program (if you get in with the right professors). And it's a research school so you can get into research as an undergrad. If you're a directed person it's ok but if you have no clue what you want to study and you want a GOOD general eduaction go somewhere else.|
Unfortuantely just about everyone with a pulse gets in here so all intro classes are huge and most are boring. Sometimes you get lucky and have an amaizing prof from the grad program teaching your 101 but it's kind of hit or miss. The good thing is that if you are "fairly brilliant" you're smarter that 95% of the rest of the state and they'll give you tons of money (you can actually MAKE money on your college experience) - just be prepared to be smarter than 95% of the other students and staff. Not that you'll never be challenged but it will only be by 1 or 2 people in each class (unless you do honors in which case it's 3/4 of the class). Once you get out of 100 levels it gets way better. You can test out of a lot of lower division stuff with SATs and APs. Also, it's a big school, take advantage of HUNDREDS of options; you're core requirements don't all have to be boring.The advisors are idiots so only go when you need something signed and plan to get to know the major requirements well on your own. As far as the campus goes, it's fairly big but not unmanagable. It's actually quite pretty. Unfortunatly the dorms suck and the food is worse. I made up a doctor's excuse to get out after the first semester. The houses and appartments are actually cheaper than the dorms if you go in with friends. The worst part is the social life. It's such a commuter school that you never get much of a sense of community. I went to a small HS and wanted a bigger pond but I really regret not getting the on-campus exerience most of my friends are having. There are communities but you ahve to find them and it's never really about the school. I'm not transfering because I'm in a great program and involved in research, publishing a paper. I have friends, a lease, a boyfriend, a cat, etc. but I think I missed out on something that I won't have the chance to experience. Ultimatley it's not a bad experince, just a different one.
|Sep 05 2007|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2010 |