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| Let me first start off by saying that everything about college is personal experience and is relative. Some people have a really wonderful time at Witt, and others have a less than satisfactory time here. It is kind of a love-it hate-it school. And I have to say that I am not enjoying my time here at all. The school is not for me, bottom line. |
Let me first start off by saying some positives about Witt. The campus is very beautiful. It's kept very clean. The academic buildings are nice, so is the Student Center, and New Hall (The only nice dorm on campus). Faculty is very pleasant and helpful, and they want you to succeed in their class.
And now for the negative. And boy, do I have a lot more for this part. When you first come to campus it seems like the people are so friendly, warm, and accepting, and like Witt is going to be your home away from home. And for me, I quickly discovered this was not going to be the case. My freshman year at Witt I tried to involve myself in an ample amount of campus activities thinking I would make friends in the small clubs that Witt offers. However, this was not the case at all. I joined Habitat for Humanity, Colleges Against Cancer, and tutored at an inner city elementary school with other Witt students, and I literally did not make a SINGLE friend! I was so perplexed why this was happening, and still am. These people would seem friendly inside the club meetings, but that was it. No friendships came from the clubs at all. No one would talk to me outside of the meetings. Sometimes not even in the meetings at all. I probably sound like a socially awkward loser, but that isn't the case at all. I always had friends in high school and could fit in.
And then I found out why this was all really happening to me. Witt is a HUGE party school. So if you are not into partying, drinking, and doing drugs, you're going to have a hard time finding your place to fit in, like me. There are parties all weekend, and on "Witt Wednesday" and that is all what people talk about! It's crazy! The only people not into all the stuff are the really really religious kids on campus, so if you're not religious either and involved in those kinds of groups, I don't even know what to tell you. Also, I would say a majority of campus is in fraternities and sororities, and if that isn't your thing as well, don't even bother coming to Witt. You will be isolated, friendless, and miserable.
Witt is honestly like high school all over again. It is VERY cliquey. Kids are immature, ignorant, and uncultured. Coming from NJ/NYC, and having a majority of Witt students being from Ohio and the Midwest, the kids are in a small town mind-fram bubble.
There is really nothing to do in the town of Springfield. Everything is far away, and you need a car if you want to do anything remotely fun off campus. And even that stuff gets old really fast. The city is pretty scary, especially at night. So don't walk around alone, especially if you're a girl. So bottom line, my experience here is awful, and I am going to be transferring. I cannot wait to leave. I have been absolutely honest with my PERSONAL experience at Witt, and I hope this helps shed light on what the school tends to be like.
|Jul 15 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
I write this review from the comfy green chair in Post, Wittenberg's answer to Springfield's lack of a Starbucks. (Springfield lacks just about everything, but I'll address that in a bit). These are my thoughts about completing a semester here... probably my last.|
The best part about Wittenberg are the professors, hands down. If you're a high school senior, think about some of your favourite teachers and the classes they teach. A compassionate, enthusiastic, and personal professor can become your best tool for getting a start in the career world, and they may become your best friend if you let them. I know that I'll continue to interract with my profs after I've gone.
Despite the fantastic faculty, I am transferring. If you, like myself, are looking for a school that doesn't overwhelmingly indulge in alcohol every "Witt Wednesday" and Friday and Saturday (and sometimes Thursday) look elsewhere. If you're hoping to find academic challenge, keep searching. Most importantly, I was really hoping to find a campus filled with friendly, passionate adults who know themselves, the world, and how they plan to be significant. The student body is remarkably friendly and I have found a few very special individuals, but they have no concept of the real world and are still trying to grow up.
However, there are a lot of people for whom Witt is a great fit. They're good students, work hard/play hard types of people, and they are fun and casual. If you're hoping to escape academic elitism or coldness that you're finding on other campuses, you'll probably quite enjoy yourself here.
A few things I wish I would have known:
Witt drinks. A lot. They keep this very quiet in admissions.
Springfield sucks. Even more than a lot. My first week here, we walked out to ice cream and were followed by a gang all the way back to campus. Yellow Springs and Beavercreek, the neighbouring towns, are wonderful but not accessible unless you have a car. In fact, nothing is accessible without a car from campus except the cemetery. The cemetery is A+, though, I spend most of my evenings walking the paths.
The dorms aren't spectacular (unless you shell out the extra money for New Hall), and neither is the food (unless you shell out extra money for Post!). I hope that this is in any way helpful to you. If you've found the type of college I'm looking for, please send it my way!
|Dec 12 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| People reading this who are thinking about attending Wittenberg - please disregard many of the negative comments listed on this website, the majority of them are inaccurate and not reflective of Wittenberg as the great, historical school that it is. I am a current student and will do my best to describe the atmosphere academically and socially. I hail from Columbus and honestly never had a good perception of Wittenberg, however, since attending I have come to realize it is much different from my preconceived notions. I will try a provide a non-biased perspective that is sensitive to those who rate their experience at this school as negative.|
Lets start with the basic facts. It is small, with a undergraduate enrollment of 1,967. The demographics tend to consist of kids from all over - but I notice the majority to be from all around Ohio, along the east coast (especially Massachusetts and Connecticut) and Chicago. Lots of suburbanites. Many kids will find their way socially by means of sports teams and through the relatively large greek life community. Springfield is a very small town, with some nice areas nearby Witt but also some very impoverished ones as well. Yellow Springs and John Bryant State Park are nearby, only 10 to maybe 15 minutes away. Buck Creek State Park is also within 15 minutes away. The food has traditionally not been great, but definitely improving.
So first, lets discuss the negative aspects of Wittenberg because people love reading about things that may go wrong with their potential decision. The size of the school may bother some people, you see a lot of similar faces on a day-to-day basis. Wittenberg is expensive, but gives very good financial aid; so depending on your families income it may or may not be unaffordable for many people. Kids do have run-in's with the locals (commonly referred to as "townies"), and cars are occasionally broken into. Depending on whether or not you decide to get involved (sports, greek life, student senate etc.) it may be difficult to integrate socially. The CDR, commonly referred to as "The Cooter," is notorious for being unpleasant (however, this past semester it was actually very good). And lastly, if you are not much of a drinker, you may look up a portion of the student body as belligerent drunks.
Okay, now allow me to address what I would consider as Wittenberg's fortes and try to explain some of the aforementioned gripes. Wittenberg is small, but with that small student population comes a lot of close friends, and definitely small class sizes. These two aspects are very important, I have many friends who attend Ohio State University and do not know nearly as many people, and attend classes enumerably larger. It is safe to say that attendance is most definitely important. People slay Wittenberg for being dangerous, but their police department is very good - patrolling day and night - I have never witnessed a single fight, and rarely do I get text messages warning me about violence around Springfield. There is also an escort service that can be called basically anytime that chauffeur kids around campus. Wittenberg has recently been voted the 17th most beautiful school (maybe 13th this year) in the Princeton Review, and also scored for Intramural activities (ranging from floor hockey to ping-pong) - there is a wonderful frisbee golf course on the campus grounds. The school also divvies out a lot of money to intramural teams like hockey and sailing. Some would say Wittenberg is not diverse, but this seems to be related to the fact that it is small. There are advocacy groups for any sort of ethnicity, religion, sexual or political orientation. Those who see the school as just (what I have read in reviews) a "watering hole" need to go visit another university, it is no different than any other institution in partying except for maybe MIT. The school has just furnished a brand new game room and bar in the basement of the student center - both are great.
Visit Wittenberg, learn about Springfield (it really is a beautiful old town, that is seeing improvement) and send in an application. Students are very friendly, not condescending like an ivy league, and the staff is most definitely overly qualified. The biology department is thriving with a beautiful new building - and a new hospital is going up right next to Wittenberg which will provide hands on experience for pre-med majors and potentially future jobs for graduates. The tradition at Wittenberg is second to none, it is truly an underrated oasis on the rise. Seriously.
|Jan 15 2010|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |