Since I attended SLC as a grad student, not an undergrad, some of the items did not really apply to me (e.g., I have no idea if there's a "party every night" on campus, since I never lived on campus). Also, the questions about research don't really apply to my experience, as I was a Poetry Writing major.|
Overall, the writing faculty is excellent and the graduate studies staff are extremely helpful. SLC encourages students to go where their minds lead them, and fosters an ability for independent work. If you prefer your professors to lead you, then SLC is not the right school for you -- but if you prefer them to be there to help when you need it, then it is. The classes are wonderful, as they tend to be small (generally only 7 to 12 students per workshop or class), and while the conferences with thesis advisors and other professors seem odd at first if you aren't used to that process, turn out to be wonderful experiences.
The academic programs at SLC are wonderful, though I have to say that there was not as much of a sense of community among the graduate students as I would have wished. It was there, but could be much improved/increased. That may have something to do with the fact that grad students tend to lead lives outside of school to a greater degree than undergrad students, as we often have spouses, children, jobs, etc.
In addition, it is VERY expensive -- I owe approximately $50,000 in Stafford student loans, and probably will for the next twenty years. SLC does offer some grants, but they are small (mainly due to not having any large endowments from alums).
The campus itself is beautiful -- the old Tudor buildings, the landscaping, the arbor, etc. Some of the buildings themselves could use some work, but personally I find their somewhat bohemian interiors charming. I can't speak about the dorms, as I never stayed in one.
Ultimately, my view is this -- my work improved unbelievably during my time at SLC, and if I had to choose again, I would absolutely attend SLC.
| Jul 15 2004 || Other |
| Subconscious Archaeology |