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| I went to Denison for a year but I've now transferred to a far better university and I am very glad that I did. Denison is a very pretty campus and I chose it because of it's small size and amazing financial aid package (I got into GWU but I couldn't afford it). I really did enjoy my first year there but I'm glad I left. The students were friendly but due to the small size, if something happens on campus, every single person plus faculty will know about it in less than 24 hours. Majority of the kids who go there are from very wealthy families so there's definitely a large amount of snobby people around...and Greek life reigns supreme. |
As a biochemistry major, I was wait-listed for my second semester General Chemistry class (it's a two semester course) and when I spoke with the department head, his advice was "please consider switching your major." I was beyond angry about this. How can the department tell me to change my major when I declared it as soon as I enrolled and they have the nerve to tell me that I can't peruse it because they don't have room for me? After a series of rude emails from my parents to the Dean, they finally got me a spot. For a school that costs a LOT of money to attend, they can't *not* give you a spot in a class required for your major.
I'm glad I left Denison. I can only imagine what they would say when I took higher level Chemistry courses. It is simply not okay. I spoke with upperclassmen who told me that they really wish they had transferred in their first two years because Denison is not at all a helpful environment for students who want to succeed in the future. Bottom line: Do not let the beautiful campus fool you. Your future depends on the college you go to and you want the best experience possible. Choose wisely! Even though it's cheap with it's good financial aid package, you will NOT get a good education here and in the end, it's not worth it.
|Jul 10 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| I loved my four years at Denison. The campus is gorgeous, and I always found that my professors were willing to help me explore my own interests, rather than what they wanted. It's an all-residential campus, so you have to live there, but that really adds to the DU experience. The dorms are old, but they're comfortable, and there's a really strong sense of community that comes from living with your classmates for four years. The school really makes an effort to bring a lot to campus to make up for being in such a small (but really great) town, and people who complain that there's nothing to do are just passing up the opportunities presented to them. I got pretty involved in a lot of student organizations too, and so between those and classes, I was always busy.|
Denison does have some downsides. There's a definite tension between a portion of the student body that comes from an upper crust background and those that don't. The Greek population is pretty large, and it seems like every year, there's at least one big issue between the Greek and non-Greek community. Denison is also a very competitive school. Everyone works hard, and there are no class rankings, but there is a lot of "one upping" when it comes to how much work people have and who's doing better than who. But like I said, I found my niche and a great group of friends, and I was able to really enjoy my four years. There's nothing like walking down Chapel Walk on a sunny spring day, and I feel like my education was top notch.
|Jun 08 2010|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| Denison is a false reality that as a University teaches students little about life. It is the interactions with other students that provide me all any positive experience whatsoever. Actually, with the exception of 3 professors; two of whom were not kept on the faculty.I was years behind when I left that school and would recommend it to no one! |
|Feb 18 2010|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |