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| CNU is an ok school if you dont get good grades in high school, but it would be idiotic to go to CNU over schools such as UVA or Virginia Tech. CNU Is on the rise, but so are most schools in Virginia. |
|Oct 19 2005|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| I have heard many people ask questions concerning CNU. Mostly they want to know if its a good school, whats campus life like, etc. Well, as a recent graduate here is my take on CNU and hopefully some advice that will help guide you. Lets break down the school shall we?|
Proffessors: Most of the teachers here are very good. They have at least a masters though most have PHDs, and all have had experience in their field. A good many will personally help you or talk with you out of class. They are very personable and quite a few will go out of there way to help you. However, due to recent budget cut backs they are now teaching 6-9 classes as opposed to the normal 4-5. This makes some of them a little stressed. Overall though, the teachers are excellent. With the exception of Prof. Jim Cornete. He is a jerk and a very biased jerk at that. Anyway.
Academics: I can't stress this enough so listen carefully, if you are interested in LIBERAL ARTS then this is an ok school for you. If you are interested in anything relating to SCIENCE, RUN! Why might I say this? Good question, here is the answer. The administration, especially president Trible, is very hostile to this department. They have fired people who disagreed with company policy, tried to (and in some ways succeeded) in shutting down science programs, cut funding, killed contracts, driven away students, over-burdened faculty and generally done everything in their power to kill the sciences. Now, I don't mean that they perfer Liberal Arts over Science, I mean they do everything they can to completely remove it. If we could some how stay accredited and not teach any math, physics, biology etc. then those departments would be gone by the end of the week and by next the theater geeks would be holding rehersals for their next play. Its that bad.
Campus Life: There are two types of people at CNU, those who have time for all of the clubs (read Liberal Arts Majors) and those of us working our asses off in a desperate attempt to finish our work on time. So, if you decide that getting an Art History Major (yes, we actually have one of those) is your thing, then you will have plenty of time to join the equestrian club, rowing club, frats, anime club, tennis club, sports, PLP or any number of other useless clubs. As a computer engineering major with a minor in physics I barely had enough time to do all of my work and hold down a job. But thats me. Oh, and L.A. majors on average have to only complete something like 115 credit hours, I graduated with close to 140. Keep that in mind when you choose your major.Administration: Now this is where it all falls down. Despite everything else, had the administration been neutral I could have recomended CNU. But, sadly, this administration is the most hostile one I have ever heard of. If you are a teacher and you buck the system or criticise the president then you get fired. It happened to the Dean of the Computer Science department, it happened to the Chair of the department and it doesn't look like it is going to stop any time soon. In 2002 we had a budget crisis, what did the administration do? Fire ALL of the adjunct proffessors. That same year president Trible gave himself a $100,000 raise. Ouch. It boils down to this, if you are a commuter student or you are a science student your life will be made miserable. Your buildings will not be renovated, your computers will be sorely out of date, your teachers will be teaching twice as many classes as they should be and in general you will not enjoy yourself. The main reason for tension is that the president has made it his personal crusade to eliminate as many of the sciences as possible. That means every time there is a budget cut he whittles away more and more of our departments. My fiance had her program cut mid year. When asked what they should do president Trible responded "Go to ODU." Damn. Thats harsh. Anyway, that gives you an idea of what kind of school this is. If you play ball and kiss up to Trible then you are in. If you decide to get a degree with which you can get a job, well, go to ODU.
|Jan 12 2005|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| CNU is a good place to go for a degree if you don't want to do a lot of work. I was accepted into the engineering program at VT, but turned it down to come to CNU. I didn't want to spend my college years working all the time. I like all the free time I have now to go the beach or Busch Gardens or just go chill with friends. On average I do 1 or 2 hours of homework a week.|
CNU is really what you make of it. Don't get wrapped up in administrative issues. Do a lot of stuff outside the classroom - I mean when else in your life are you going to have the opportunity to write and direct a play or have a radio show, be in an intermural softball/flag football/soccer league, or compose a piece of music and have in performed by skilled musicians? Don't worry about the dry campus rule - if you are smart about anything you can get away with it here.
I think a lot of the professors are overly friendly and don't really demand respect. A lot of class time is dedicated to class discussions. If thats your thing you should love it. Personally, I'd rather just learn what needs to be learned and learn how to apply it and move on with life. I'd rather not do things like dwell on how a given author's definition of "liberal arts" makes me feel inside. But CNU is all about soft sciences. We even read a story book throughout physics class.
The dorms are nice and the food isn't as bad as some people would like you to believe. It's actually pretty good and there is a decent variety most nights. I can honestly say I've had the best steak of my life at a CNU dining hall.
One thing everyone should realize is that CNU is all about looks. I spent time working for the grounds crew on campus. I remember being there at 6am after thunderstorms with a leaf blower, blowing leaves off the sidewalks so there would be no trace of the storm visable to waking students on the campus. Its a Disney-like place in that respect - if you drop a piece of trash on the ground it will be picked up by someone who works there within a few hours. The president even picks up trash in the parking lot on his way in and out of work everyday. He is the one who cares so deeply about the way things look - he even sports a combover to apply that principle to his own life. I give him a lot of credit though. The president is a great cheerleader for the college. You would think that CNU is going to be the next Harvard the way he talks about it. But in reality, its a really non-cohesive place. You will take a lot of diverse classes, but there is really nothing to tie them all together - even within most majors.
My advice to students is to move off campus ASAP. You can live off campus and buy your own food for 12 months for what room and board costs at CNU for 9 months. Join a lot of clubs. Be smart about drinking and partying cause the CNU Police are an arrogant bunch. The campus is going to be really nice in a few years once all these bulidings are done. Good luck on getting in as the college becomes more and more selective. I hope you all find this informative.
|Jan 03 2005|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2005 |