First things first, to be fair, you?ll get a quality education, small classes, professors who take time for you if you ask for it, and some classmates who are mature and have it together. However, if you want to treat school as an extension of high school, complete with constant texting, snarky comments, and eye rolls in class, and complaining about the amount and difficulty of your homework (huh? this is a university) you will be in the majority. The majority of your classmates will be rude, arrogant, and cliquey. If you?re seated near them or doing group work with them, you might as well not exist?they?re not going to talk or make eye contact with you anyway. And this is in one of the professional programs. PT and nursing will be rude to you too. Good luck with taking that attitude out into the real world. If I were to do it over, would I go here? Absolutely not, which is sad because I am happy with the education I have received. Johns Hopkins has a civility institute; Carroll could at least introduce it as an FYS topic.
This school makes you feel like you will be getting the greatest and most advanced education possible. As soon as you move in though, all of that changes. The dorms which they show you on preview days are only for upper classmen, the freshmen are put into terrible quality dorms. In my dorm in particular the bathroom was infested with flies for about 6 weeks before anything was done. We also had a hole in our wall into the room next to us. They charge a ridiculous amount of money for tons of things. They don't tell you about fees, you suddenly just get them on your bill, like the first week of school actually costs an additional $300 because they provide you with a t-shirt and 3 solid days of nothing but playing name games, which you are required to go to because participation in them accounts for part of your gen ed grade. This school is for snooty rich children who don't want an education, but rather just a place to go for a few years until mommy and daddy find them a job and buy them a house.
I live about 30 minutes away from Carroll University. I am extremely close with my family, so I wanted to go to a smaller school that was relatively close. I decided on Carroll after visiting the campus a few times. I went into Carroll feeling smart, as if my 30 ACT score and high standing at my high school were something to pride myself on. However, I found that a large majority of students are incredibly thoughtful and passionate as well. Yes, some students are snooty, but this is a private school. Obviously, there is going to be a dissenting minority at any institution you choose to attend. I have had only one negative experience with a professor. All others have been extremely flexible, as long as you are willing to put effort into your school work. I will be graduating with my Bachelor's degree in a unique field in just three years. My word of advice is to be sure to read and keep copies of everything you sign. The Student Affairs administration is beyond helpful and patient, and I have found that to be a common thread in most departments.
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