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| I am a sophomore at Elmira College. I am a double major and have the Presidential Scholarship, or roughly half of my tuition paid. If you were to come here for more than a week while the campus is not gilded for potential freshmen, you would find that the list of negatives versus positives is many times longer. Yes, the campus is small, so you know everyone and your teachers know your name. Yes, the campus is quite pretty, so laying outside during the spring is wonderful. But, the cost, both in value and actual money, is too high. EC has an incredibly backwards administration. It reminds you of a 1950s campus, fake smiles and fake laughter everywhere. I could write of a dozen different things trying to explain to you just how pitiful this school is, but it really requires experiencing it. Once there are no parents and the freshmen have finished orientation, the school becomes something different altogether. If you want a small school, just look somewhere else. Several years of your life wasted is not worth a mere scholarship. I am leaving next year, and then I can finally have a college experience. |
|Apr 06 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| Absolutely, the worst decision of my life. I had no intention of attending this college. However, they suckered me and my family in by offering a large scholarship. Therefore, I visted the campus and found the small campus to be what I liked the most (since I come from an extremely small town and school). Also, the college is only about an hour from my hometown. Now looking back I wish I had never fallen for Elmira?s deceitful tour and scholarship. I have nothing nice to say about this college, and I?m not the only one. However, if your wealthy, love purple, love hockey and can get away with wasting four years of your life then you?ll love Elmira. The school spirit is overwhelming and honestly, when you attend Elmira you are paying for tradition not education. The Encore program is the worst program that the college offers. The Writing program is extremely intense and irritating but in the long run you will become a better writer. Overall, I truly wish I had put more thought and effort into my college search during high school. If I could do it all over again I would not have even wasted my time visiting this over-priced, purple obsessed, and overall miserable college placed in the middle of a the Elmira ghetto. :( |
|Mar 07 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| There are so many negative things to say about Elmira, it's hard to know where to start. |
1). Its size. Ok, so I know that this is information that is readily available (Class of 2012 was 300 students), but I thought it would create a close-knit community, and the classes would be small and personable (how I learn best). HOWEVER, the community was not close-knit (more later), and the classes were taught by professors who made it quite apparent that they were there solely because they could not find work anywhere else. Because of this, the small classes did NOTHING for me; they might as well been lectures of 200.
2). The students. Elmira College prides itself on its diversity. Ha! The "diversity" they speak of is the handful of international students, most of whom can barely speak 50 words of English and are paraded around like show dogs at Orientation for the parents. Other than this small percentage, the majority of students at Elmira fit the same mold: White, wealthy, and snooty. Most of them are of the "dumb blonde" variety, and are very condescending toward those who may be a little different (a.k.a.-not white, wealthy, and snooty). Oh, and they looooove to party! Except the parties are lame, and only fun if you like being drugged and sexually molested by hockey players (not included in the brochure, I might add).
3). The faculty and administration and pretty much everyone everwhere. Many professors don't seem to care if you succed, nor do they care if they're actually teaching you something other than what you can learn in the "(Insert Subject) For Dummies" books. The administration doesn't give a hoot about you once they've got your money. Actually, that's not true. They give a hoot about getting MORE money. During Fall Orientation, they pretty much guilt you into "donating" to the class, and then pressure you to give it as soon as possible. My advisor told me that it was not her job to help me pick classes...what? You're not supposed to ADVISE me?
4). The activities, both on and off campus. Ok, so again, I REALIZE I went to a small school, and they can only do so much for you. But the "activities" are so lame, it makes you feel like you're in summer camp. Elmira prides itself on all of its clubs, but most of them never meet or do nothing (The EC Democrats did stuff, but by "stuff", I mean trying to elect some representative or something, and I didn't live there, so I just didn't care [meanwhile, it's the most important election year of our lives, and we're not discussing that at all, because "it's been played to death already"...]). Dorm activities are usually forced upon you (like "Phone-A-Thon", in which you call alumni and ask them for money. And you have to do it. Don't even TRY to say you have to write a paper or anything, because then everyone will be so maaaad!). The surrounding area has nothing. No fun bars, no fun clubs, and if you don't have a car, don't even think about going anywhere. All in all, there is nothing to do in Elmira.
5). Freshman Requirements. I do know that a lot of schools make you take Gen. Ed. courses. However, this school has the most ridiculous programs I've ever seen. The worst? The Writing Program. If you're at all interested in Elmira, you've heard of it, because they're constantly shoving it's wonderfulness down your throat. However, it is incredibly sub-par. How do I know? Because I ALREADY TOOK COMPOSTION I AND II IN HIGH SCHOOL. But that doesn't matter, they wouldn't take the credits. A kid in my class got 5s on his AP exams (BOTH English classes!), but he still had to take Elmira's program. And it wouldn't be so bad, but it didn't make sense. Everyone has to write a 20 page paper that seemingly has no point to it, and every week write a five page paper about what ever classic literature we're reading (and I don't mean Steinbeck, I mean Herodotus). The teachers are ALL terrible, and I've been told that they're usually only there for a year (or less!), and then they're fired. There's a Saturday class, which is only used so that the students can't go home for the weekend. CORE is kind of ridiculous, because it's pointless; we learn nothing. ENCORE is the absolute worst piece of garbage I've ever done. There are NO good performances, and it's a waste of time. And of course there's a five page essay (pointless!). And then there's community service. 60 hours by the end of Term II! Why? Who knows! All in all, this college is really only fit for a select few. Many kids are miserable there, and it's very hard to fit in. I would never, EVER go there again. The very thought of it makes my stomach turn.
|Mar 25 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |