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| Overall, I would rank Fordham University a B. The academics are good, and the school has a great reputation that keeps growing every year, especially on the east coast. There are a lot of opportunities for internships and working on or around campus. However, the student body sucks. There are either very arrogant rich suburb kids, or loser religious kids who practice abstinence, there are few people in between. Most of the students are young republicans, and when Obama won there was a major disappointment as well as many racial comments. Pretty much everyone wears designer clothes and drives fancy cars and looks down on those who don't. The sports teams suck, and there is no school spirit. No one ever goes to sporting events because they would rather pre-game in their room before going out to 1 of the 4 bars around campus. Speaking of which, the RA's are very strict about alcohol in the rooms. They will listen against doors just as an excuse for a noise violation, and then right you up for alcohol possession. The punishments are ridiculous too if you get caught: alcohol meatings, alcohol and drug school, and so on. The night life is decent. There are 4 bars that everyone goes to, but pretty much there is 1 bar for each class, so it gets so crowded and you end up seeing the same people all the time. The house parties suck, and usually break up by 1. And as for extra activities, no one does them because it cuts into their social life. There are only like 5 club sports teams, and they suck. So all in all, the academic aspect of the school is great, but the social aspect sucks, mostly due to the snotty people. |
|May 30 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| Okay, i went to this school for two years, and left as soon as i could. Seriously, it was the worst experience of my whole entire life. Freshman year i partied far too much, and did terribly in school. Now, that is no one's fault but my own, but if you are planning on going here, make sure you are aware of the draw of the nightlife. The bronx is terrifying. My freshman year, an off-campus student was raped and beaten with a metal pipe. Sophomore year, a homeless man wandered into my building (O'Hare) and tried to open dorm rooms. FINALLY security found him. The school is wildly unsafe. They also are insanely strict. Freshman year, i was GHBed at a bar in the bronx (i told you the neighborhood is the pits) and instead of helping me, i was written up and received a citation for campus drunkeness. I then had to attend an alcoholic awareness meeting, although i was victim of some sicko local. The freshman religion courses are stupid. A bunch of the teachers (esp in CBA) are FOB Asians who don't speak English. The core is so stupid and pointless. The freshman dean isn't the most arrogant, pompous idiot at the whole school. He seems so friendly and helpful at first, but try to find him once in a while. I lived in North from 05-06, and the janitors were terrible. We had vomit sitting in the middle of our floor for a whole weekend because they don't clean up during that time. Kinda stupid, considering the weekend is when everything gets the messiest. We also had vomit COOKING on the radiator at the end of the hall from October to the day we left in may. It was a DELICIOUS smell when the winter came and the heat was on full blast. OHare is a great place to live. The staff is friendly in the grill, and the whole building is new and quiet with awesome AC. It was the only highlight of going to Fordham. Leaving there was hands down the best decision i ever made. If you want to associate yourself with a homogeneous mix of white, rich, snobby people, then fordham is your place. But, as a white, financially comfortable person myself, the arrogant attitudes of everyone you encounter will start to wear you down. Just look at the kids on facebook and their guido-esque pics, and you will understand. Dont let your fantastic orientation trip sway you, this school sucks shit. |
|Jan 27 2009|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| Fordham University is by far the most interesting place I have ever been in my whole life. I say that in an attempt to reveal two completely different aspects of the school. While the school is extremely competent at getting the individual to grow and prosper in their own way, the institutions at the school are designed more to get under your skin, provide restrictions and uppity administrators, do-nothing deans, and most of all, corrupt, but extremely intelligent Jesuits. If you can get past all the monotonous, archaic crap that pervades this school in terms of the superficial nature of the rich jackassess that flood it from the bowels of garbage-ridden new jersey or faux new york city citizens in the form of long islanders, you will actually find a telling and truthful message that pervades through the core curriculum. The professors at this school deliver to the students a well designed and efficient education that has been perfected over the years to get young minds to open and flourish in a non-competitive and accepting ACADEMIC atmosphere. I can honestly say that the rigors of the core curriculum, though thoroughly bashed by most students as 'mundane and restrictive' is actually the solid base of Fordham's intimate message about the reconstruction of the human being into a man and woman for others. |
No one really seems to get the message. The so called well educated professors and deans, all of which are thorougly trained in the jesuit arts of philosophy, english, theology, etc, and which are clearly intellectually able, fail to demonstrate the message that the university is built on. Instead, they act as most rich upperclass jackasses act - removed, cold, pompous, and most of all uncaring - the very thing that the university preaches. Even more sad is the students attitude towards it. Students, most of which are going to the school on the saved thousands of daddy who probably is some dumbfuck political tool vice president of the failing economic companies nowadays, are extremely static and boring. Most of the girls look like they have been made in the basement with cheap plastic parts and personalities to boot and boys who are for the most part their sad, boring counterparts. They all seem to hear and understand the university's noble message, but then go off to the tribar area on the weekend to booze their lives away thinking about the next cute guy or girl to come by, who for the most part, usually doesnt give two shits about them because they are as boring and probably as complicated as a teaspoon. But I digress...
As a result, the social scene at fordham proves to be an ILLUSION. An illusion of lots of makeup, short skirts, skeezy bar owners who piss their money away on meaningless chimiercal crap to bring crowds, and most of all, robotic, bland boys who are sad excuses for the next round of executives that we hope will bail this country out of its troubles.
My advice is this: If you are a strong person, with strong values and you can hear the message of the university beyond the hypocritical voices that scream things against it, then fordham may provide for you both an unique place to study, and an eye opening experience into one of the best cities in the world. The university is what you make it - if you are positive and forgiving along with accepting of interesting people to be your friends, then you will find a unique minority that thinks and acts like you and that you will truly enjoy your time with. Good luck :)
|Dec 29 2008|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2008 |