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Everyone has been welcoming,AverageCommunications
Everyone has been welcoming, friendly and helpful. My classes are small, so the professors are very accessible and willing to help.
1st Year Female -- Class 1920
Innovation: A+, Surrounding City: B
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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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Coming from across the country to attend BGSU,BrightOther
Coming from across the country to attend BGSU, I don't regret it for a second. I chose bg because I knew that this school would provide me with the whole college experience I had been looking for, unlike the small private schools out where I'm from. The faculty has provided me with amazing help in planning out my future thus far and the people I have met are driven and good students, but also know how to have a good time. Yes, Ohio is freezing in the winter. and yes, there is lots of farm land. However, if you join on campus organizations I doubt you will sit in your room and be bored unlike schools where everyone goes home on the weekend. BG is in the works of updating a lot of their dorms so within the next 5 or so years I can see the campus aesthetics improving a lot too. Obviously, college is what you make of it so if you're not willing to put yourself out there and try new things then no you're not going to like BG but probably not any other college either. The difference in BG is its big enough to not get bored but small enough to not feel like you're nobody.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2015
Friendliness: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B
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