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| This is the most miserable college I've ever been to. This is my first semester here and it will be my last. I am a transfer student (yes, because this place is so terrible, I have to transfer again!) and the school has done everything possible to make my life miserable. My experience is not unique - I have had several conversations with other transfer students who have ALL had equally nightmarish experiences. This is a warning to you. Do not even dare think "oh, well that won't happen to me" because it will. Not a single person I've spoken with has had things go better. |
The administration is ridiculous. I had to send multiple copies of my transcripts because they kept losing them. When they finally acknowledged having my transcripts, they would NOT acknowledge that the transcripts said I have an associates degree when I knew for a fact that it said precisely that. The associates degree is important because it exempts a person from having to take lower tier courses. After sending 3 more copies of my transcripts, it still was not in the system that I have an associates. Being an out of state student, I could not simply visit the office to take care of the issue. When I finally moved (after weeks of attempting to take care of the issue from afar), they STILL didn't have it in the system, so I handed them a copy in person and finally got it taken care of.
The registration process is also a gigantic pain in the ass. Instead of allowing you to simply go register online, they require you to meet with an adviser in person. Sure, it doesn't sound so bad at first. But as an out of state student they would not accommodate me so I had to fly 1000 miles to have this meeting. And the meeting was absolute hell. How long would you guess it takes for a person to meet with an adviser to figure out what classes to take and register for them? 30 minutes? An hour? How about 6 hours. Yes! I was there for 6 hours! Other people I spoke with after the fact were really lucky -- they were only there for 3 hours. The reason this 'meeting" took so long is because the so-called advisers have no idea what they're doing. The adviser I met with told me I needed to go around to all these different department heads and get permission to take classes, so I did just that. And as it turned out, I didn't have to do that! Then once you have a course form filled out with the classes you intend to take and have that signed by the adviser, you have to wait in line to meet with someone who will enter those classes into the computer. When I got to the computer person, I mentioned I wanted to add another class, but they told me I could not do that unless I got out of line, had the adviser write it in himself on the form, and get back in line again. When I said that I wasn't going to wait another thirty minutes to do that (yes, he told me that would take 30 extra minutes. And this was after already having to get out of line and back in again), I was told I could just register online. When I got home I wasn't able to register for anything online and I still am unable to.
This school will also do everything in its power to screw up your financial aid. They have students working the financial aid desk who are really poorly trained and have no idea what they're talking about. The information they tell you is almost always wrong (they told me I wouldn't be able to get enough money to go to school) and you have to end up calling someone else to get the correct information.
Once you have finished taking care of every possible problem they could possibly throw your way, you are now ready to go to attend classes. The school is located in a really terrible neighborhood. If you are female, prepare to hear every disgusting pick-up line from really gross creepy men on your walk from the train station to the school. Every entrance to the school also has a security guard sitting in a booth for added annoyance. They are very random about when they ask to see your ID, but then they act very moody when you just walk on without presenting the ID. Most of the guards are also really belligerent. One attempted to get into a screaming match over something incredibly stupid with me and I had to file a complaint about him.
Once you've managed to get past the guards (who also lurk in every single campus building. How dangerous is this school? Why is there an anti-rape essay in the back of the course catalog?) you can enter one of the cold looking buildings which are very depressing on the inside. The artwork hanging on the walls of the art department's floor is really bad, and the students are mediocre at best. You will be lucky to find a teacher who hasn't just graduated from college or doesn't have a thick foreign accent. You also can't look up a lot of the teachers to see how they rate among students, because apparently no one reviews their professors. The classes I would rate as mediocre. I'm sure there are some gems out there, but I haven't found them.
|Jan 30 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| I mostly wanted to submit this to counteract people's notions on the extracurricular social life at Brooklyn College. Brooklyn College does have ways to be very involved you just have to approach them. After coming on to the campus knowing no one I joined a sorority and quickly knew a lot of people, never had a class without anyone I knew, never walked around campus without seeing people I knew, learned about other academic and extracurriculars opportunities through other students and always had a very active social scene. Obviously I am partial to Greek Life as a way to meet people at BC but there are other activities like Hillel, Student Gov't, NYPIRG, sports, Theatre etc. that really allow you to meet people and be involved on campus. If you want to be involved just make a point of going to the club fairs which are held each semester or go to the offices of clubs that have them. You may not hear about a lot of groups initially because publicizing on campus is hard but most groups are very open to new members.Academically I must say the school is very underrated. There were two major faults during my time there though. Graduate student lab teachers that do not speak comprehendable english in most if not all the science classes with lab. Also, while the teachers in the political science department usually have good credentials they are very left (like most of the student body) and even as a moderate this really bothered me and I can't imagine how a conservative student would feel about it. |
|Mar 28 2005|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2007 |
| From what I have gathered, this site does not have a single Brooklyn College student who reviewed or provided statistical information about the college. I am here to do just that and also to dispel "myths" that detract from the value and quality of the university (e.g. CUNY Reputation and Open Admissions). Everyone who's lived in the NYC area knows the history of CUNY (City University of New York)'s downfall in two words: Open Admissioins. In the late 1960s and the early 1970s, CUNY began an admirable policy that would eventually lead to a horrendous outcome. They instituted open admissions so every student in NYC would have their chance at attending college. Philosophically, it was a novel idea; practically, it decimated the hard-earned reputation of the CUNY schools. Now, the policy has left the myth with thousands of NYC students my age, older, and younger, that the CUNY Schools are for students who "couldn't cut it" in high school. Allow my experiences to shred this "couldn't cut it" myth. Granted, I am in the Brooklyn College Honors Academy as well as a member of the newly formed and prestigious CUNY Honors College, a CUNY wide program focused on retaining the best of NYC high schools' graduating students through academic and monetary incentives. However, I shall elucidate how my experiences contradict the open admissions myth. Brooklyn's professors expect their students to meet high standards through homework and examinations. I have read around 700 pages of philosophy for my Race, Justice, and Equality class, with another 50 to 60 pages left before the final examination. In my political science class, not only have I read the entire 300+ page text for the class, but I have also read around 250 pages of outside sources simply for class assignments let alone the final papers and project. Papers per week are common, as well as teacher feedback and aid. The courses and professors are not for students wishing to sleep or procrastinate through college. The Political Science Department offers NYC and State government internships and the government and affairs office has contacts throughout the city and state for student internships. With the exception of one, all of my professors hold PhD's in their respective fields. Two of which are completely Ivy League educated, from undergrad to doctoral. All of my professors readily offer assistance to students. This is not a school for students who do not take their lives and futures into their hands and strive for excellence. |
|Dec 06 2003|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2003 |