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There is no place I'd rather be.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2017
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: F
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This University is too controlling.Quite BrightElectrical Engineering
This University is too controlling. They have you locked down every which way you turn. There is a mandatory study hall for all freshman engineers, your activities and student involvement are all closely monitored using your ID. It really feels like a minimum security prison sometimes. And then the academics don't really make up for it. I learned more about calculus in a summer course at a community college than I have in three semesters of calc at UD. The city of Dayton itself is boring and has no life to it. I can feel myself die a little on the inside every time I come within the city limits. For the premium price paid, Dayton is not worth it one bit.
1st Year Male -- Class 2019
Campus Aesthetics: B+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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The word "community" gets thrown around here quiteAverageSociology
The word "community" gets thrown around here quite a bit. For the most part, students seem to embrace this term as fitting of the UD atmosphere. The average UD student will tell you that he or she is very happy here and could not picture themselves anywhere else. However, I believe that this security is due to the fact that most students here are very similar on a few levels. Firstly, most students here are from Ohio or other midwestern states. Being from the East Coast, I found what may be typical midwestern close-mindedness on LGBTQ issues, racial issues, and women's issues alarming right away. Additionally, the student body is overwhelmingly Catholic (not surprising as this is a Catholic university). I made the mistake of thinking that it would be easy to fit in as an atheist. I was told by an interviewer, student tour guides, etc. that fitting in would be no problem whatsoever, but I've found that many people here do judge a person based on their lack of religion. Many times, fellow students have brought up homophobic arguments in class. One student even used a slur while speaking to the class. These students often assert that if one does not agree with everything the Catholic Church preaches, one should not attend this university.Although the close-mindedness of the general population has been difficult tot deal with, I have met some great people here. However, if I were to go back in time, I would not have gone to this school. I would like to advise atheists and liberal students to really think hard before coming here. Spending a night with a student--NOT the university's official overnight event--would be a helpful way to get a sense of the real "community" here and whether or not you think you can handle it.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2017
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Surrounding City: D+
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