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| As much as the faculty really does work to fix it, Castleton's quality of just about everything is really low. Teachers are friendly, sure, but they're really unhelpful and the material is not challenging. You get the feeling after five minutes on campus that every student here chose Castleton because it was easy to get into and it was cheap. Every athelete (of which there are a lot) will be sure to rub it in your face (even though they're a bunch of D III basement dwellers). Also, from what I've noticed, about 75% of the student body is studying for physical therapy or sports administration. I hope that bunch of unhire-able meat heads have fun competing against each other for that one low-return position.|
Not to mention, the school does not have itself together. I was told by my adviser that he had signed off for me to register online for classes, only to stay up until 1:00am when the server came on, and find out that he never actually did it. It's really hard to find out how you're doing, too. The entire semester, you don't get to see your grade until midterms or after final exams. Even then, I didn't know my first semester grades until almost the end of January.
As far as the campus goes, it's disgusting.My dorm building is practically unlivable. The bathroom is completely covered in mold; the door handle is green with it. There's a teddy bear under one of the urinals that has been there all semester. The rooms are falling apart; I have to report something new falling off or breaking to my RA just about every day.
The eating situation is a ripoff. If you don't have the unlimited meal plan, you will run out of meals in the middle of your week. The dining hall serves very low quality, unhealthy meals, and is your ONLY option for food (unless you go to the Fireside Cafe and use real money). On top of being the only choice you have, the dining hall is only open for very small windows throughout the day, making it very difficult to get to a meal in time to get something sometimes.I could keep going on and on, but the moral of this story is, don't go to Castleton State College.
|Mar 04 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| I am from Vermont, but have also attended Coastal Carolina University. I do not know why I transferred to this school. The organization of advisers and administration is terrible. I switched my major last year and the school has failed to change my adviser to someone in my department of study, even though I handed in the form when I switched my major. I would not recommend this school for anyone who is actually looking to succeed in the real world. The course selections are unrealistic and I have never gotten more than one class I needed/wanted. |
|Nov 09 2011|| Male --
Class 2000 |
| If your definition of entertainment involves cow tipping and walmart runs, this is the place for you. In all seriousness, there really isn't much to do unless you are into partying every night. I mean I know it is college and partying is a big part of that, but over half of the school is completely wasted seven nights a week. The drug scene is also pretty big too. Castleton even has a hookah club. Besides partying, there isn't really much to do. The grand ol' city of Rutland is only about 12 miles away, but there is nothing really there despite the fact that it is the second biggest city in Vermont. |
Even though the school claims to be a residential campus, over 60% of the student body lives off campus and commutes, and out of the 40% of students who do live on campus, about 90% of them go home on weekends. The campus is a freaking ghost town on the weekends.
Academically the school is okay, but half of the students at the college barely passed high school, sliding through the cracks with 1-1.5 gpa's. Because of this classes are often empty seeing that most kids skip class. There are about 30 to 40 kids on the class roster in most of my classes, but on a given day, there are usually only 10-15 kids in class. The quality of professors vary, but unfortunately, most of the professors are part time; therefore, they aren't available for extra help.
The campus condition is marginal at best. Before attending, I was told by peers and teachers that Castleton was a beautiful campus, but honestly, I don't know what they were looking at. Most of the campus is filled with asphalt parking lots and blue emergency buttons. Not that I am complaining about the emergency buttons seeing that campus safety has been seriously lacking the last few years, with multiple break ins and sexual assaults. The condition of the academic and residential buildings vary. There are some new, clean buildings, but there are also a fair amount of rundown buildings. The school has invested some money in campus improvements, but most of the money is going to an uneeded football stadium.
Overall, the college is okay. If you put some effort in, you'll end up with a degree. On a positive note, Tuition is a steal compared to many of today's universities, but if you are willing to put a little more money in, you can probably receive a much better college education/ experience somewhere else.
|Dec 12 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2011 |