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| What can I say about USU? First off, they have some amazing professors, who by and large are able and willing to go above and beyond for students. The converse to this is the administrative staff. While all are hard working, and one or two are exemplars of student advocates, by and large the average administrator at USU will ignore and overlook you. As I said, this is not all of them, but I have experienced it one too many times in my time on campus to not see it as somewhat pervasive. Too many times I have been forced to go to someone higher in the chain in order to get even the most basic of things done, and have had more than a few of them treat me with open disdain for my requests for assistance in sorting out occasional issues. Also, disconnects in the chain of communication via email and phone calls is also something that myself, as well as a good number of friends (who are now, or were at the time, fellow students) have experienced. This is unfortunate, in my opinion, as the teaching staff has so many wonderful educators in it, but the experience is ultimately bogged down from the issues on the administration side. Again, this is not to say it is a universal experience (and there are a few people there who I will forever be grateful), but this has been my own and my friends' experience. Take it as you will, but be aware that it exists. |
|Jan 21 2014|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2018 |
| I attended USU during my department's transition stage. I had samples of both the old and new (2006-2012). The department has made leaps and bounds in accomplished faculty and a front office/dean compared to what is was 10-20 years ago. The music program, and the whole arts for that matter, has greatly increased their funding/donations which in turn is being directed right back towards the students with better instruction, services, exposure, and opportunities. |
As for general student life, I had both the opportunity of living on campus, off campus, and working for USU Housing facilities. Residence life can be greatly rewarding or incredibly dull, depending on if you fit the mold of the dominant culture/willing to step out of your comfort zone. Although friendly, the LDS members can be a little exclusive. However, this is not the case with the majority. most are willing to befriend others and they try to be more diverse. This is Utah, so finding parties with alcohol or other 'entertainment' will be very difficult. The surrounding area can be either wonderful or boring, depending if you're an outside person, one who can make their own fun or rely on businesses to do that for you. The area has ski resorts, hiking, mt. biking, rafting, mt. climbing, and much more. In terms of clubs or indoor things, there isn't much except for a bowling alley or two, some cafes, a couple bars, and... that's about it. So either you'll love the outdoors and love the snow (it's in the mountains) or be miserable and complain to those around you of being boring while you watch tv. The dorms on campus range from very old/crumbling to more modern. A major renovation happens about once a year to update the older buildings and add air condition (again, its cold 5 months of the year, so...), motion sensor lights, new heating, inviting student lounges with game areas, new furniture and beds, etc... Just be sure that you look at the dorms before you sign up so you know what you're getting.
Athletics is growing. The basketball arena (Spectrum) is hailed as the greatest atmosphere west of Kansas. The football team is making a name for itself (finally). And Hockey is another favorite of the locals, with the team often going deep in national competitions.This university can be a wonderful experience if it fits your personality, or the exact opposite. Look before you leap!
|Jan 09 2014|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2011 |