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On the whole, ASC is a very good college. Despite its average ranking according to USNWR (#61 as of 2006), the academic courses are fairly rigorous and the quality of thought, effort and enthusiasm expected of students is high. Most professors are kind, helpful and want to see students succeed as much as possible, and are usually very accessible outside of class. The campus is very beautiful. To the point in which for the past year construction workers, cranes, dust and paintchips have been blanketing the main classroom building (Buttrick). Students joke often about the "million dollar grass" and how their $32,000 tuition fee goes straight to the grass. In all honesty, everyone appreciates the constant beautification of campus, though the noise of construction has been irritating. The student body is quite diverse, racially, geographically, in terms of sexual orientation etc. The vast majority of students are quite polite and helpful towards others. This being the South, there is still a sizeable group of students with more conservative views for a college population, though the majority of students seem to lean towards the left politically. The downside to ASC: anually increasing tuition-- is the cost to attend ASC worth the education and environment provided? It depends on whether the heavy workload and quiet, small, admittedly sheltered college atmosphere is preferable to the student. ASC has a high transfer rate after freshman year, with more students draining out after the second year. A women's college in a small city outside of Atlanta is not everyone's idea of the typical "college experience." As with any other college, drug use and underage drinking is common. Though Princeton Review might consistently rank ASC as having low drug use and low consumption of alcohol, I can only say that perhaps Agnes Scott girls are simply better at hiding it. Substance use/abuse is not rampant, but it is prevalent. Adderall is also a large problem. It was not uncommon to come across students using and sharing/selling it. While students here are polite and mostly helpful to each other, there is a rather large number of young women who have tendencies to brownnose and suck up to professors. Professors are often likely to let students rewrite papers if asked enough. This is a sheltered environment in that aspect. Students might be a little spoiled in their ability to speak personally with professors and see results in their favor. That said, students are NOT cutthroat or overcompetitive. To ASC women's credit, competition among students is not prevalent almost at all. The worst times to be at ASC are during the final weeks of the semester, in which the mounting pressure of exams and papers culminates in a devolution to grade school snippery and pettiness amongst students. Overall, ASC is a solid college. If an all-women's college appeals to you, please check it out. On the whole, the student body and the professors are solid and helpful.
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