The University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati - Comments and Student Experiences|
The academic advisers will advise you incorrectly. I spoke to mine a few times regarding courses that I needed to take toward my geological sciences degree. I ended up taking two semesters worth of courses that weren't necessary to my degree at all. I was made aware of this by the dean to undergraduate affairs as he was also my professor. If I needed to get advising from an academic, I spoke only to him and he told me exactly what I needed to take.
The core education that I was given was substantially better than any university that I attended. I learned more at UC than I did anywhere else. I was an off campus student so I don't know anything about the student life or anything. But the surrounding area of UC is not safe. If I could do it over again, I would drive the hour and 45 minutes every other day to attend OSU. That's how awful my experience was. To have a great education shaded by shady financial issues and shady academic advisers is very unfortunate.
In regards to my professor rating.. It was hard to just choose "helpful" or "unhelpful." While my professor experience has been overwhelmingly positive, there were a few that left a lot to be desired and were not as helpful as others.
As far as organizations go, UC boasts over 400 student-run organizations! The selection is never-ending, and there really is a place for everyone. There are plenty of organizations for sports, service, academics, or just for fun! I am a huge fan of Serve Beyond Cincinnati, a service organization which allows students to go on affordable domestic or international trips to serve in different communities.
Though people talk badly about it, I am a HUGE fan - and a member - of Greek Life. Here at UC, the Greek population, last I heard, was only around 10% of students. There's no stigma if you don't join - in fact, you're surrounded by more non-Greeks than Greeks. Greek Life here is not close to being stereotypical like it is in the South. Of course, you're going to run into your walking stereotypes, but that's with anything. Greeks at UC are, for the most part, pretty down to earth and cool. We give a lot back to the community through our philanthropies and service events. The average, all-Greek GPA is higher than the average non-Greek GPA, so we are highly focused on our academics! While Greeks do typically associate with other Greeks (pretty much just due to the fact that being in the organization means you're constantly surrounded and befriend people in these organizations), we certainly have friends outside of the system and are completely accepting of those who don't want to join. Greeks here are also very focused on involvement - a large amount of leadership positions on campus are held by those in a Greek organization. My sorority has bettered me and without it, I truly would have missed out on a lot.
Sports are awesome here! While they can be a little disappointing at times, UC boasts a pretty impressive football and basketball team, along with some other very accomplished sports! UC is very student-friendly in that, unless a very rare occasion (such as the Crosstown Shootout), tickets are free simply for being a student. Going down to Paul Brown Stadium was a bit disappointing this year, but Nippert will be beautiful and even more amazing this fall! I love going to a school that, on top of having stellar academics, can brag about having great sports teams. There's always an event to watch, and while the student spirit can be lacking at times, there's nothing more energizing than going to a packed basketball game and seeing UC win.
Regarding crime.. I really haven't ever felt threatened or scared during my time at UC. Sure, there's crime off campus sometimes. What do you expect? It's an urban campus in the middle of the city. Crime has decreased exponentially in the last ten years, so the Cincinnati that many still enjoy stereotyping has improved a lot. I live off-campus, but I don't feel unsafe walking to and from my apartment. It is all about making smart choices. Don't walk alone at night if you're deep within Clifton (or anywhere on any college campus, really), don't try to wander into the city completely hammered at night, and you'll be fine. Sure, random events do happen, but they happen EVERYWHERE on EVERY college campus. This is not unique to UC, and most people will tell you that it's really not that awful.
Housing.. I lived in Turner Hall last year, due to being in the Honors program. It was expensive, but very nice. The people were social, my roommates and floormates were awesome, and I couldn't have asked for a better dorm experience. Even my friends who stayed in the less nice dorms really enjoyed their experiences. Living in a dorm is a must your freshman year. Living off campus is a little more difficult because apartments and houses fill up extremely quickly.. Like, mid-November, early-December. It's a little rough trying to find a decent, close to campus place after that time period. Off-campus housing is way cheaper than dorm life (unless you live in a ridiculously nice apartment), which is nice. While the apartments and houses may not be the best at times, many rental companies are building new, massive apartment buildings. I personally prefer not to pay so much and sacrifice the state of the art amenities.
Overall, there is a reason we call UC the #HottestCollegeInAmerica. Our president is awesome, the campus is awesome, and I've loved my experience here. I wouldn't trade it for the world. The thing about college is that it is ALL what YOU make of it. If you choose to sit in your dorm and not put yourself out there, your experience is going to be miserable. If you put yourself out there, go to clubs, join Greek life, and just make an effort, you're going to have a great experience. I can't even begin to explain how grateful I am to go to such an awesome university! The problems you might experience here are the problems you're going to have at any school you go to, but UC offers plenty of unique and awesome quirks that make up for the typical college problems. I am so happy to be a Bearcat!
I currently live in Dabney (the oldest dorm there) and it is so gross. The bathrooms are rarely fully cleaned and I can't stand the people on my floor. I tried meeting and befriending all of the girls on my floor and it completely backfired. Everyone I became friends with, I got sick of realy quickly. Almost everyone there is from south of Columbus and Kentucky. I can't stand the culture. It is nothing like home and I found myself getting really homesick. Greek life is a huge part of this school so if you're like me and don't care about sororities, then it gets a little annoying. Also there was a lot of drama on my floor and the RA always backed up the girls who were being mean. That probably didn't help with my freshman experience either.
Yeah the campus is nice but it is so gross. People do not care and it is filled with trash and the sewers on campus reek. The food courts are awful and makes my stomach hurt. Although there is a large variety, the food is not cooked well. I like how the campus is one big campus but you can't go off campus by yourself. It is also not common for sophmores to live in dorms so by the first semester of your freshman year you basically have to look for a nicer apartment off campus or limited spaced apartments off campus. It really floors me the amount of people who live off campus. Since all of the drama on my floor I'm literally stuck on campus because I can't go off by myself due to the horrible crime rate. When I first got there, I wasn't scared of the crime but if you really think about it, it is really awful, especially because I'm a girl. I would recommend this campus to people who are in Athletics, Nursing, Engineering, and DAAP because they literally do not care about any other students. My major is technically in DAAP since I'm an Art History major but it doesn't feel that connected. I'm at least happy to say I am transferring because I can't even deal with the personalities at that school any longer. Although it is depressing because I didn't think the culture would be that different because it is still in Ohio.