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Grinnell is an academically rigorous, but fun schoolEnglish
Grinnell is an academically rigorous, but fun school that will treats its students well with respect to financial aid. I graduated in 1988, but upon returning to Grinnell last year, I found that the positives had only gotten better. When I went tuition was only $11000 but my family could not afford that amount. Grinnell was so generous that upon graduation, I only owed $1500.00. Today its endowment is over one billion dollars and if you are a good student, they will make sure you can afford them.

Another great aspect of Grinnell is the people. Both the students and faculty are very down to earth. There are no TAs and the faculty are there to teach primarily, not do research. They all have Phds from top Universities and make a point of being accessible. The student body also has not changed since I went there. They are still very friendly, fairly liberal, and not snobbish. What made me choose Grinnell was that when I visited the college I struck up a friendship with a group of students and they invited me roller skating. The downside to Grinnell is that it is in a small town and if you are looking for the excitement of large city, you may be disappointed. However, for me, it was a great experience and I think that Grinnell is probably one of the nation's best buys for a small highly ranked LAC.

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I transferred from Hartwick College to here.Quite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
I transferred from Hartwick College to here.
I really like a lot of things about this school. The size is just right. It's small enough so that I don't feel like a number, and big enough that I don't see the same people everyday. Classes are pretty good and my professors are pretty good. Note: stay away from Carolyn Straughn if you aren't a feminist. I haven't been challenged, but you can't be totally lazy and do well here. In other words, it's easy to keep a 3.0 with minimal effort, but a 3.5 is some real work. Dining services are fine, I recommend the cafe and not the dining halls, except for Terraces. There are plenty of clubs, but not that many interesting ones and the ones that are interesting are during the same time periods. I can't speak for Park or Music students, but Art History is pretty engaging and there is plenty of oppurtunity to hone in on specific topics that you might like, especially in Jennifer Jolly's classes. Another department that I've enjoyed is English. Right now I'm taking Shakespeare with Wendy Hyman and enjoy it. A lot of people are really engaged in discussion, although some people dominate, but that's the case with many classes.

Ithaca is a nice, small city (I think it's a city) with an average mall and a nice common area. Shopping is pretty plentiful and so are other fun things. Dining is EXCELLENT. I reccomend Madeline's or Rene's, although they are a a bit pricy.

Being a transfer student, Ithaca has a very good policy on AP's (3 or better, although sometimes a 3 only gets you elective credit) and I transferred in with 73.3 credits after only a year of college and some AP's and high school college classes.

This rose does has its thorns though. It's difficult to make friends, and organizations don't do much to change that. Live on campus, it's much easier to make friends. I live off campus and so I can't comment on dorms. Another thing is that the weather is horrible. It snows a lot and nice weather lasted until about Novemember. If you like warm climates don't come here. In the warm weather Ithaca is truly beautiful. It's also very pricy if you don't qualify for the Ithaca Acess Grant, and being a minority helps, as the ALANA scholarship I got pays 7k per year, pending a 3.0 GPA. I would recommend Ithaca to anyone who is a) in one of the strong majors, b) wants to live in a liberal enviornment, and c) doesn't mind the cold weather.

1st Year Male -- Class 2007
Individual Value: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C
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Like any school, you'll get out of IowaJournalism
Like any school, you'll get out of Iowa State what you put into it. The harder you work, the more you'll learn and the more contacts you'll make in your future business. When it comes to Journalism, ISU is a great school. It has lots of opportunities for hands-on learning, from it's state-of-the-art studios to its 400 hour internship requirement. I didn't know how important that was, or unusual, until I became the Internship Co-ordinator at my current TV station. Most schools, if they require an internship at all, only require 70 hours or so. That's barely enough time to learn everybody's names! Overall, ISU is as cost effective as most state schools. There's the typical bureaucratic red tape to deal with. But you'll get that just about everywhere.
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