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| The U is a great place but it is not for everyone. I'll highlight some of the positive things as well as the negatives to not be biased. As always, take what I say with a grain of salt since it is in fact only an opinion. |
Academics- The U is known for their rigorous academic program and it is true- expect to be challenged and work to your fullest potential if you choose to go here. That being said, the faculty is great. The professors want you to succeed but they will not just hand out an easy "A" or "B" for just showing up. They can read students well and know whether or not you've been working hard. If you do work hard and try your best in each class, you will be rewarded. If you are planning on majoring in a science, I highly recommend reading up on how to enhance your study habits prior to the start of your studies here. The science courses are very challenging and do succeed in "weeding out" students who do not have the scientific aptitude and/or study habits to succeed. This isn't a bad thing though- it helps students figure out a different career path that they'd be better in. I also recommend signing up for a tutor the very first day if you are taking one of these courses. They are very helpful and know the professors teaching/testing methods well. They will help you, you just need to seek out the help!
Food- We all know this school has great food! There are many different stations so there is always something for everyone. The food is made in front of you by the chefs and is simply excellent.
Residence- The freshman dorms are typical of any college. They aren't bad but aren't great. However, sophomore dorms are much better, especially Condron Hall if you are lucky enough to get it! Friendly maintenance staff cleans your room three times a week which includes vacuuming your rug, cleaning your bathroom, washing your mirror, and taking out the trash. You can't beat that! It's basically maid service. The RA staff is also excellent and approachable.
Social- If you are looking for a good party school, do not look here. We have a lot of parties but they do get quite old after awhile. The freshman party scene is basically being packed in a grungy old basement with 10 minute long keg lines and nowhere to breathe or move. Sophomores tend to go to more private parties and once junior or senior year is reached, the social life gets a lot better. We do have some great bars within 2 minute walking distance from the schools. I even found our bars better than Penn State's or even some of philly's bars. They're very fun, comfy, and have great deals. If you can get through the first few years, the bars will make up for everything from freshman-sophomore year.
Atmosphere- The U is always being taken care of and clean. This was something I always loved. There are many new, state of the art buildings that have been put up which are quite cool. The city is not as bad as people say it is.. if you stay in the downtown area, it's not bad. I actually found the downtown area cool and a great way to sort of "escape" from campus sometimes when you needed a break. There ARE things to do downtown- you just need to look! We have some festivals that come by each year which are pretty cool including the big italian fest in september and the st patrick's day parade in march. Downtown also has some great restaurants and clubs. People just don't give it a chance. Overall- Scranton has been a good experience overall. If you are interested in coming here, get a tour and do your research before making the decision. One thing I should note (which should be no surprise) is the weather. We don't always have the best weather here... a lot of rainy, snowy, cold days. If you are easily depressed by this kind of weather, you may want to take this into account before deciding on Scranton. But, besides that, Scranton is a great school and I highly recommend.
|Jan 23 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2015 |
Sometimes I read these and ask myself, what school are they going to?? Ultra religious vibe??. FYI, this is a catholic institution and while the Jesuit school are not known to be zealots, it is a faith based university. I will say, that I have to thank my parents when it came time to picking colleges, they researched it to death. Made me do visits I felt I did not need to do and talked about doing "due diligence". Made me visit my final 2 about 4x each at different times of the year, mingling with students, overnight visits- the works. Guess what- you have to do your homework to look at the school that is right for you. For those that hate the school or freshman that are looking to transfer by November of FROSH year, I just laugh. How did they pick their school- grab bag?? Ok, to be fair, for some it is financial, like your parent works for the U or you got such a great scholarship, it was the best deal available at the best school. I get that but for the rest of you, do your homework. Ok, now for my review.|
Facilities- There have been many facility improvements to the U since I started and all for the better new student center, dorms, gym, science center, grounds, paths, expanding of enclosed U campus. The place is normally very clean.
New residence hall is very nice and the new 14,000sqft gym has room to grow.
Food- There is no lack of food and it is top shelf as what college food is about. Have been to over 40 colleges in the past 5 years and the U is top 2 on the selections and quality.
Academics- It is not Ivy but above many similiar rated schools. The most classes seem to be offered in the sciences (just spent 83mil on new science buildiing) so yea, they showing they want to increase STEM students. Education is another big major, tons of classes for them. Business school. Ok, being a accounting major, I have to say that it has been a very good program, teachers great, will talk to you, make time for you and really try to help you where they can. However, not every class is offered both spring and fall, so you really got to be careful to set up planning out in advance by 1 year. Screwed myself twice, before I learned my lesson the hardway. By the time I get to registers, many classes or prof. I want are full. Or I get closed out of classes and told, "sorry, class is full !!. Ok, when you offer 4 sections for 1 class and the all fill up, then open a new class. That and the catalog lists all these classes that they have not had in more than a year, or will do if kids get together and demand it. But I felt a bit deceived with the smoke and mirror. If you have don't have a course at least once a year, take it off or explain- how it works.
That has been my biggest issues.
As for the accounting program/professors and classwork, I worked hard, did what I had to do. Most of it is not gift wrapped. Some kids did think they just had to show up and would get a B-. Mistake, you got to put in your work- period.
Sports- were a D3 school with no football. Actually don't really have the space for it and only ONE athletic field that is shared by about 6 teams. Rumor they are converting a complex the U owns but nothing yet, so softball and baseball both play off campus. Baseketball has a fair following in winter. Lacrosse had a very good season in 2012 but coach left for D1 school. If they could get a coach to stick around for 6 years, they could actually recruit good talent and get to NCAA more ofter. Intramurals and club sports pretty popular but lack of fiels is a problem. Hope they get that fixed soon.
Dorm- Fresh dorm was ok for frosh year, soph year, I was in Gavigan. which I think was smaller than my frosh dorm? Condron Hall is awesome. The rooms are much nicer, bigger and more ceiling space. JR/SR dorms- older ones are ok, the Madison, Pilarz and Montrone Halls are very nice and NEW!.
Off-campus housing- hit or miss. You got to look around. Most landlords are good to deal with but they know they are renting to 20-22yrs old college students. Other are renting out crap. The new dorms have put a dent in the rental market so you can find good deals but shop around.
Student/Social life- it is what you want it to be. You want to party, no problem there are things to do but need to be creative. I have done the house party routine and by later soph yr was getting old but I also hung out with different circles so kept it fresh. If your into the party scene, it's pretty good there. No lack of parties and I have had a good time.
Summary. I have been very happy with my choice because I knew what I was getting and it fit that. I have made friends for life and I feel that because the City of Scranton is what it is, you tend to stay with your friends and stick together. Doing that brought us all closer and were pretty tight.
Hope I spelled it out. Do you homework before deciding on you college and if you choose the University of Scranton for the right reasons, you be glad you did. If not find what is best for you.
|Dec 07 2012|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2013 |