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| First, the academics. Programs are good if you belong to a select few. Because of the other Lehigh Valley schools, those who want strength in a certain program will choose based on that. Moravian has education, nursing, and some sciences. Likewise, Muhlenberg has theater programs and Lehigh has engineering. This creates a notable lack of academic diversity. Professors are very helpful, but that only goes so far when the students are disinterested and gossipy throughout the class.|
The students are, as a whole, from within a half hour from the Moravian campus. The admissions office seems to have little effect if they even attempt outreach. Granted, the school has a few students from over thirty minutes away, but they are rare. With this locality, it is certainly a suitcase school as well as a commuter school. Only about 80% of all students live on campus, and since not many houses are available at college pricing off campus, those remaining students in the 20% are mostly commuters. I cannot stress the locality of this school enough.
Students also have little regard for academics or personal appearance. The vast majority of students, no matter the day or time of day, wear athletic pants and a t-shirt with a hoodie. Not in the standard college student sweatpants and spirit sweatshirt on weekend mornings; this is ALL THE TIME, all weather, all occasions. Academically, most students are reluctant to be outgoing in class except to find a laugh from classmates. The students who do volunteer tend to get eye-rolls from many other students.
Food plan is a failure and I believe it relates to the locality of the school. Weekends have the worst food. There is always a salad bar and pizza, but that gets boring very fast. Weekday food is generally good, especially lunch, however the cafeteria is closed between meals which makes it hard on some schedules. Breakfast is nothing. The most food services does is plug in a waffle iron. Otherwise it is just hoppers of cereal and yesterday's desserts.
Housing does get much much better very quickly but first year housing on North Campus is hellish. It looks like prison: small rooms with cinderblock walls and warping, torn carpet or scratched tiles. The furniture is just about 20 years old so it has its fair share of ware. Buildings and grounds services seems helpless. They focus on the quad/athletic field and little else. Common furniture and rugs are stained and torn. TVs are broken occasionally beyond image recognition. The fitness center is missing weight pins and the seats on the stationary bikes are shredded. The worst part going to and from classes etc. daily is the unbelievable amount of mud pits where a sidewalk or fence could easily prevent the problem.Maybe this is a good school for the Lehigh Valley, middle class college student with average SAT scores in the 400's and more interest in sports than academics. If this isn't you, start looking somewhere else as soon as you can.
|May 04 2009|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| It is typical of Moravian College to put down individualism...being a small school is no excuse. The music department is a nightmare, as it's not the typical program where it's safe to be a little Bohemenian. People on South Campus are WAY too concerned with other people's studies and not their own. Instead of practicing their instruments, the students gossip for three hours. |
I can't wait until some of these morons go to grad school (which their parents are probably paying for) and they're not coddled by the small-minded faculty. Even the faculty act like they're in high school and have inappropriate relationships within their clique.
The "A-minus when students deserve an A" was an interesting point. That happened with one of my full unit classes. I actually calculated my grades, and I did end up with an "A" numerically. I participated and never missed a class session.
The flute professor decided she would diagnose me with Borderline Personality Disorder and compared me to the dead mother (because that's obviously her place). She was always saying vague things to me like "You like to hear yourself play." I knew she was insulting me instead of giving me constructive criticism, but she was intent on treating me like I wasn't catching on. I now have a new flute teacher, because I was reliant enough to find one on my own. I'm someone who says what I mean to people's faces. I insult people upfront if I hear them whisper. That's just who I am, because I'm not a snotty, white, overweight Delta Omicron girl.
|Jan 28 2009|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
|Not so bright|
| I just want to leave, but I can't, since this is my second time transferring. I can't afford to leave. I'm just so unhappy here. Many of the music professors here went to conservatories, but graduated at the bottom of their class; getting in was the pinnacle of their life. Now they're stuck in little Bethlehem with no future, and a slave to the Christmas City all year round. If there is anything slightly wrong with you, you'll be stigmatized on South Campus. Don't come here! Girls are bitches here, and the South Campus faculty have a middle-school mindset. |
|Dec 25 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |