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-overpricedQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
-very poor quality teachers
-teachers were arrogant and out of control
-had on several occasions teachers bring students to tears-teachers were in it for money/ become
4th Year Male -- Class 2006
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Reading that on scathing review on this siteQuite BrightMusic - Composition/Theory
Reading that on scathing review on this site of BGSU's graduate composition program made me apprehensive to attend as a composition major in high school, but after 2.5 years here, I'm amused to have found the opposite of that cynical reviewer's words to be true. Perhaps the atmosphere was different at the time when that alumnus attended but either the reviewer is seriously biased or things have really changed.

If the faculty dogmatically enforced an avant-garde aesthetic, I would not have been able to present an incredibly cheesy film score to peers and faculty in my studio class and receive the positive response that I did.

If the faculty dogmatically enforced a conservative aesthetic, I wouldn't be able to write the aggressive, gesture-driven music I'm writing now either.

They encourage expansion. They don't force change.
Beyond that, this is an amazing school for those interested in electroacoustic music. It's also an amazing school with great resources for composition in general.

All this past calendar year:

-I had a fantastic dinner with Jennifer Higdon, the featured guest composer for the New Music Festival

-I had string quartet read by members of the Toledo Symphony
-I attended a masterclass with Sam Adler, who sat down with students who just had their pieces read by the whole of the Toledo Symphony and recorded

-I had an orchestra piece read by the BG Philharmonia and recordedIt's a great program and a very supportive institution with plentiful annual opportunities. I highly recommend it.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2017
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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I chose BGSU because it wasn't too farQuite BrightCommunications
I chose BGSU because it wasn't too far or too close to my hometown and the campus was nice. That's pretty much the only good thing about BGSU, though.

The student parking lot is placed in the very back of campus and it takes at least 20 minutes to walk to the lot from any given dorm building.

The dorms are not ideal living conditions. Most of them are old, you're crammed in there, and not well-kept.

Perhaps the worst thing about BGSU is that there is a group called "Parking Services". If your parking meter expires by one minute, you'll get a $20 ticket. If you park close to your dorm in order to pack-up your car, you'll get a hefty fine too. They take mercy and it's another way for BGSU to get your money.

A lot of the money that you pay towards tuition goes towards useless things. For example they are rebuilding the frat houses, which were perfectly fine before they tore them down. Bowling Green State University is not a University, it is a business.

1st Year Male -- Class 2019
Social Life: A, Innovation: F
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