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My first month at Denison University, I fell

Dec 07 2013Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
My first month at Denison University, I fell in love with the campus, the activities, and people. I had decided rather last minute to attend this university, but though I had made the right decision. Now, halfway through my freshman year, I have realized while Denison is in many ways, a great college, it is not a great college FOR ME. I am transferring next year to my dream college, but here is some advice and why Denison did not work out for me.

1. The campus is in the middle of nowhere. Denison sits on top of a hill, next to a sleepy tiny town called Granville. There is no night life, only about three restaurants that close very early, no movie theater, music venue, etc. At first being in the middle of nowhere did not really bother me, I was doing stuff all the time on campus but about halfway through my first semester I began to feel like I was caught in a bubble.

Solution: Bring a car, even if you are a freshman. Columbus is about twenty minutes away and worth the trip to get off campus.

2. Academically speaking, the program is strict. I like most people, enjoy certain subjects more than others. Denison's GE requirements are very long and very hard to mold to fit with what you like.

Solution: AP credits will sometimes transfer, but with other programs such as IB they will give you no credit, even for 6's or 7's.

3. The two departments I want to major in are both very hard to get into. Denison prides it's self on being such a small community, but the size of the classes make it hard to get into popular courses. I want to do a double major in Studio Art and English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. The art and creative writing intro course are very popular for upperclassmen, and it was very frustrating when I only got into one art class my entire freshman year, and not creative writing classes because upperclassmen would fill them up before I even got a chance to sign up.

Solution: If you want to major in a social science or language it will be very easy for you to get the classes you need.

4. The people while nice, are overall very sporty and preppy east coast kids. Which I do not have anything against really, but if you are not playing a sport, and not wearing designer polo, you will be a slight outcast. Also partying is so huge, that if you don't go out every weekend people forget about you. I like to party sometimes, but got bored going out all the time.

Solution: If you are a prep, who likes to get smashed every weekend then you will have a very good time.

5. The dorms, and not just the freshman ones have some huge problems. One of them was the lack of hot water in several of the dorms for pretty much the entire year. People were actually getting sick because they were taking cold showers. Also it takes a long time for anything broken, to be fixed. In the student service building, a window was smashed on the first day of classes and is to my knowledge still broken. Security and RA's are very nice, but it takes them forever to do anything.

Solution: I do not sadly really have one for this.
6. For a small school, it sure seemed to have a lot of sexual assault. And I am not just taking about little things, rape is a big issue on campus. On my floor there was a girl that woke up to a masked guy being on top of her trying to hold her down, this was sadly not the scariest sexual assault announced by safety and security during the year.

Solution: Always lock your doors, and be careful about drinks. Usually at parties they service unopened cans of beer, which is good. Overall I would rate my experience at Denison a four out of ten. I will miss a few friends I have made, but am very excited about going to my dream college in the fall.

1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: D-

I went to Denison for a year but

Jul 10 2010Chemistry
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.

1st Year Male -- Class 2012
Campus Aesthetics: A, Surrounding City: F

Denison has some issues to work out

Oct 14 2008Sociology
Denison has some issues to work out. Campus is very beautiful and I like my department and classes I'm taking. I am not Greek and do not go out often so the social scene here is lacking for me in many ways. A lot of people here are snobby preps and there are many racial issues on campus. Because I love my professors and education, I would not go anywhere else. I have been able to find friends here, but if you do not fit the stereotype it may be hard sometimes. Overall, a great education but socially it all depends on what you want from it. Give it a look.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2010
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Campus Maintenance: C+


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