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| As a freshman, I expected big, exciting, and eventful things for the next four years in college. Boy, was I wrong. The campus is blooming with construction work at all hours and it's practically a maze to navigate from one place to another. Yes, I agree it's for the better. The campus is beautiful, but the people there are not. I feel, and it can be debated, that the people accepted are based on parents' salaries and race. Majority of the campus is white, religious, and extremely close-minded. Being from the VB, diversity is seen basically on every corner. Only about 30 minutes away in a primarily diverse city, CNU has managed to keep a high white society in their college. In addition, the people there are beyond arrogant. It is difficult to make friends in an environment that is as cliquish as middle school. As growing adults and maturing, it would be assumed that people would maintain this quality in college. But maturity in the student body is not even seen, even when faculty is present. |
The faculty at CNU is decent, but that is a given at any college. CNU prizes themselves on accepting individuals with extremely high GPA, but that is not the case. Like stated prior, if you're white, rich, and very religious, you'll be accepted without a problem. Back on the topic of academics, the subjects provided to study are good. The professors know their course to the tee. Most of the teachers speak English flawlessly. However, I feel like the courses don't challenge students to their full potential. The material taught is similar to that of high school's: very bland, where it should be more broad and detailed.
The food at the school is a joke. With two buildings to provide food for the students, they tend to be of very poor quality. There is little varity in the food, always the same everyday. Prepare to get a stomach ache once a week when eating the food there. Make sure you have "Captains Cash" so you can eat Chick-fil-a instead of their so-called food.
The buildings at the school are nice, well at least the ones in the process of being constructed. The residence halls, which apparently aren't "dorms," are a joke. If you're a freshman and not in PLP, you're subjected to being tripled in a small room. The suite rooms are nice, considering. The advisors that take care of the halls are like hawks. They are constantly walking the building giving out noise violations and checking rooms for alochol. They are extremely big about no extension cords and go to crazy means to make sure the students understand it. CNU is more concerned about little things, rather than huge things that actually can affect a student's future.
The biggest problem at CNU is the people. The admissions office take too much pride in who they accept, which are all white, religious, and rich students. There is little diversity and anyone who leans slightly to the Democratic side is considered an outcast. If you're white, loves God, and comes from a family of money, CNU is perfect for you. If you're diverse, slightly liberal, and not fully rich, I suggest not even to consider this school. I ended up transferring out of here because I could not stand the cliques, high school tactics, not being challenged in the education, and being subjected to being considered different for being a Democrat (although the President is a Democrat).
|Dec 13 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
|Not so bright|
| Recent graduate here. Before I came to school I heard all the stuff everyone says like that CNU is a "dry campus" and that there is no social scene. The social scene is what you make it. I got drunk all the time (weekdays included) and hardly missed a beat. Every state school in VA is a "dry campus." Kids get violations at UVA and Virginia Tech too. I got an honor code violation and an alcohol violation, no sweat off my back, I did my service and I still graduated. And why do you think so many kids get alcohol violations? It's not because they're alcoholics drinking themselves to sleep, it's because so many people pregame in their dorms for the parties they're going to later. I also like how people say there is no social life then complain about the CNU PD getting them after a party...|
I had plenty of friends come to visit from other state schools and they had amazing experiences. "Man, CNU can really throw down, I had no idea," and similar statements are common from the mouths of visitors. CNU's party scene is awesome, it's just somewhat hidden and lot of people don't know of or don't put the effort in to find out. Maybe that's what makes the CNU party scene so fun though, it's a tight knit community that attracts outgoing individuals who are willing to make an effort and not be too shy to meet new people.
A lot of that has to with getting involved. Join a Greek organization or a club sports team and you will have a killer time. No one is going to come to your door (well, not anymore) and tell you to come with them to have fun, go out and find them. Guarantee if you approach a Greek or a club sports player and tell them you're interested they'll at least invite you out to practice/tryouts or to a rush event and then it's up to you from there...
|Oct 28 2009|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2009 |
| Do not be lulled by the propaganda you'll be fed coming here! The campus looks amazing and everything just seems so nice. Then you get in.|
First off, time to register for classes. But wait, funding got cut and instead of putting off that fancy new building they just fired all the non-doctorate professors, so unfortunately you won't be able to get the classes you want or need, or indeed any classes at all relating to your major. Oh don't worry though, those pretty new buildings that function half as well as the old ones? They'll spend however much it takes!
The facilities seem extremely nice. The student union is essentially one big foyer. Very impressive looking. A lot of fancy meeting rooms. Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing for the students to actually do here, other than 2 TVs, a pair of pool tables and a foosball table. Where some student unions contain things like bowling or places to hang out, ours contains mostly offices. The new library is similarly massive and ostentatious, with a massive dome and huge marble atrium emblazoned with our president's name in big golden letters. Where are the books? Actually, they're all in "Collections", which is their word for the old library building that they just connected. All the new library actually contains is an overpriced coffee shop and a couple dozen computers usually occupied by people on Facebook.
The staff? A few real gems, just like any school I'm sure, but overall I have never felt less like a human than when dealing with the faculty, especially the administration. Every time I walk into the administration building it becomes a nightmare of getting shuffled around and put off on other people. Don't expect to ever actually see anyone either, the secretaries function more as guards than anything.
OK, well, how about activities on campus? Well, remember those crappy field days in high school? Expect most events to feel basically like that. Occasionally a decent act comes along or they show a good movie. On the drinking front, CNU is honestly as dry as you want it to be. If you want to party, they're around, but get used to seeing the same two dozen people for the rest of your CNU career.
So, assuming you actually got into any classes, they'll be OK, and sizes are remarkably small, though they're now almost doubling some class sizes due to the aforementioned budget cuts and loss of teachers. Unremarkable overall.The best advice I can give is to stay away. Most everyone I know will tell you the same thing; it seemed like such a great place, then they got in and realized how much crap is really going on here. This school has no regard for its students, all it cares about is looking good and making money. And it's only getting worse.
|Apr 29 2009|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2011 |