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| For all aviation related majors: When I had to decide what college/university I was to go to in the fall, I had a list of those schools that had accepted me including Embry-Riddle, the premier aeronautical school in the country, Unfortunately, staggering tuition costs left me choosing Dowling College as the place I would learn to fly a well as earn my degree in the field of aviation. Dowling College provides an excellent learning environment for those interested in aviation careers with two degrees, Aviation Management and Aeronautical Engineering. The latter requiring a lot of math and technical analyzation abilities. I am a flight student at Dowling and the training is excellent, however the cost to fly is ridiculous. |
IMPORTANT TO THOSE INTERESTED IN FLIGHT TRAINING:
Dowling College, like many colleges/universities has several schools (School of Business, School of Aviation, etc.) The School of Aviation is located approximately 25 minutes away in Shirley, NY while the main campus is located in Oakdale, NY. The main campus houses all administrative and financial facilities and controls your money! The School of Aviation requires all flight students to have an electronic account to monitor training status as well as your flight fees. DO NOT DEPOSIT MONEY WITH DOWLING! Once you place $500, $1,000, or any amount directed for your flight training, Financial Aid takes it out of your account and uses it for other expenses (dorm fees, activity fees, etc.) It is perhaps the most ridiculous and frustrating aspect of this school for flight students. My advice to you is PAY AS YOU GO! They discourage it, but I insist from personal experience to do so. If a flight lesson is $200, pay it immediately by cash or credit. It is so much easier and Oakdale can't steal your money!
FOR ALL STUDENTS CONSIDERING DOWLING COLLEGE!Dowling College is a great place, despite its many drawbacks. Cell phone service does not exist in the dorms, so don't try calling mom and dad to talk. You'll have to walk outside or, as I did, hang out a window. The food is mediocre at best and the required $1200 food card per semester for residents goes pretty fast if you do not keep track. The food is expensive! ($6-$8 for a sandwich) Most of the students are ignorant and lack basic intelligence, so you don't have to be a genius to come here and spend close to $38,000 a year for the equivalent of community college education. Perhaps the only thing that keeps the school alive is its sport teams to which almost every student is a member. There is no social life outside of Oakdale or Shirley, so plan to ride the train, conveniently located in Oakdale to NYC for some fun. (Check out the Natural History Museum, still haven't finished it) There is a free shuttle service every half hour from each campus, depending on whether or not the driver feels like being prompt with the time, especially in poor weather. If you choose to come here, you'll make some great friends with the faculty who are the only positive thing abut this school besides the beauty at Oakdale Campus with the Connequot River. So enjoy Dowling College if you choose to attend, if you are an aviation student, stop on by! You will, for the most part, like it. If you are a business, art, education (any liberal arts) major, DO NOT waste your precious time or money here!
|Jul 12 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| I curretnly have 2 completed semesters under my belt so my review may not be that valid. However, what I can say about Dowling is that it's a very small and personal college (you cannot get a college more personal than Dowling). There have been times I would go into a professor's office after class without even an appointment. Not only would we discuss academics, but would somehow get into conversations about Sizzler and IHOP :)|
While Dowling is very personal, its overall atmosphere isn't that great. The dorms are very boring with nothing to do (which is why I moved out), the program for "potentially gifted students with learning disabilities" was below average with unprofessional faculty, and the clubs are ok but nothing great. While the campus may be aesthetic, it is really small, and the buildings are old (yet have an interesting "foreign/historical-like" architecture).
It seems like most of the students here major in either Aviation, Education, Sport Management, or some other kind of business. Please be aware that this is a LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE. I do not recommend this college for those interested in math and science. While a good quantity of these professors are above average, course availability is absurd. (1 meteorology class a semester w/ one professor teaching it, one class of Geo. ONLY offered in the Spring etc) At the same time you may find 10 of the same history courses being offered.Overall, Dowling is an average school but nothing special. If you want a commuter school that's small and personal with a large student to faculty ratio, I recommend Dowling. If you are going to college to party, make friends, and major in some sort of math or science, I do not recommend this school.
|Nov 03 2007|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2011 |
| I'm in the Honors Program at Dowling and through it I've made some friends because we had the same classes during my freshman year. Honors students really do receive the best of the best from Dowling's faculty--the professors are very knowledgeable and most of them have earned master's degrees in their fields of study. You will be impressed.|
When I first arrived to the campus, I found it rather small and I was a bit dissapointed, but I was aware this for I had seen the images of the college in its printed media. Eventually, I became accustomed to its intimacy, though I wanted the city life and faster pace of larger universities like Fordham University, to which I was accepted, but I decided to attend Dowling to avoid the higher cost.
There's nothing too bad about Dowling except that the social life is not so great, but that depends on the student because there are many clubs, events, trips abroad and special showcases at the college like culturally themed events, public organizations, etc.I advise staying in the Brookhaven dormitory though it's on the secondary campus, but the main campus in Oakdale is where one has most classes. There's a shuttle bus which goes between the campuses and it also stops at the Oakdale station on the Long Island Railroad, which one can take to New York for fun in the city.
|Apr 23 2005|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2007 |