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| I've been a student at Adelphi University for two years, and I'm going into my third year. The number of problems that I've had to deal with at the school in general is greatly out of my league. I have found too many cases of misinformation, misunderstanding, and misuses of school policy to be satisfied with the Adelphi experience. There is NO interdepartmental communication. Despite the fact that Adelphi's poster slogan is I PLAN SCHOOL AROUND MY LIFE, there is no such planning involved. Classes are not as flexible as they may seem to be in the advertisements. I am a full time, undergraduate psych major, and in signing up for my classes for the past three semesters in a row, I have had a TON of conflicting issues with many of the REQUIRED classes all being offered at the same time, and REQUIRED major classes not being available to students after the first day of registration. I've been the subject of many battles with Financial Aid, which is practically nil at Adelphi. New freshman are offered many scholarships to attract them to the school, but in fact, there is a severe decrease in these scholarships towards upperclassmen and a general decrease of information as the administration blames different departments for problems with Registering, Financial Aid, and Class Help. There are very few resource centers, which are mostly full anyway, by the time the noon hour hits. There are too many qualifying incidents to call Adelphi a "safe" school. Just this past September, freshman in the new dorm building were held at machete point, as they were robbed of their belongings. Also, as reported in NEWSDAY, the school was just robbed of $250,000 in funds by a secretray working within the administration. There have also been racial riots on campus. Two years ago, Homecoming ended in a knifefight, between two different racial groups and the University was locked down as police were called to the scene. |
Ironically, you need a car to really do anything if you live on campus, but there is nothing resembling GOOD PARKING. There are too few spaces, and the spaces that are there are too small. YOU have to make your own parking, which you stand to be ticketed for, (and I have been.) Of course, there is available parking, but it is available a half a mile away, at the Garden City Pool. You have to be shuttled to and from the school by bus, after leaving your car, and your car must be out of the parking lot by 8:30, or you must walk the 1/2 mile to a mile to your car. This is ridiculous, when you consider the recent ten inches of snow that have just hit Long Island. The idea of walking in the half mile of snow is not appealing with all of your books on your back.
One further problem that needs to be addressed is the misinformation given by the school. Despite being told as freshman that you achieve the FULL school experience when you double major, you are given the impression that upon graduation, you recieve two degrees. I have just discovered, that due to a lack of communication with the deans and departmental advisors, you do not actually become aware of the fact that you will not recieve a double degree. You have to pick 1 degree, and then receive a "general equivalency" transcript in the other major.On a positive note, the campus asthetically is very pleasing, and the grounds are beautiful. The new dorm addition is outstanding, although the other dorms stand in need of improvment. Faculty are generally friendly, if not always available, and students are what you make of them. You can always find friends, you just have to look past the obvious cliques that exist.
|Dec 09 2003|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2005 |
| I find it weird that every now and then the results for this university mysteriously disappear. The school is okay. The social life is gradually (but slowly) getting better. There are alot of commuter students and the people that live on campus usually go home on weekends so there really isn't much to do. I think this has got to be the only campus that serves alcohol at its parties. Its an okay school, just alot of money. |
|Oct 09 2003|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2006 |
| I am now entering my seccond year in the university and quite honestly, I wish I had taken more consideration into choosing colleges. The school is very expensive and its not even that recognized for such a price. On top of that, the tuition isn't a fixed price; it goes up by like 3% every year. Financial aid was okay, alot of students receive aid, but if you want to talk to someone in the fin. aid office, don't be surprised if you get attitude. The classes are okay, the professors are good; alot of them graduated from top notch universities to teach here. The dorms, if you can afford it, go ahead, they look nice, but the campus pretty much gets deserted on weekends because people go home. As for the extracurricular activities, if you are a commuter student, like me, they are not easy to get a hold of. Most activities go on at night, like after 6 so if you can handle staying on campus all day, go ahead. As for me, I can't so I just go straight home. Parking is not good. There are ALOT of commuters on campus and it is not easy to get parking when your pressed for time. The social life here is pretty boring, you pretty much see the same faces every day since this is a small campus and the parties on campus, although they do try, are bad. The student body has a majority of females (like over 70%) and there is not alot of minority representation. As a commuter, I pretty much go to class and leave campus as fast as I can becuase there is not alot for me to do. They do have a lounge, but thats about it. The food's not that bad, although I do suggest packing your own lunch because it is pricey and it does add up. Overall, the education is good but I'd say not worth the price. |
|Aug 11 2003|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2006 |