faculty members are fantastic at Marian. I paticularly recommend the
English professors, but I took interesting, challenging, knowledge-building, and character-building
classes across the disciplines. I graduated with honors from Marian,
and I am maintaining a perfect GPA in my grad
program after five years of being a full-time grad student
with an overload of classes. I was well-prepared by Marian
for graduate school.
Now here's the catch: there isn't
much of a social life at Marian for the student
unless you play sports or are otherwise involved. You can
get involved in extracurricular activities, and I would highly recommend
it—or get a job off-campus, so you can meet new
people and have something to take up some free time.
Marian is a ghost town on the weekends. The campus
is beautiful in an older, stately way, but everyone leaves
on the weekends, except for the athletes and the out-of-town
students (but 90% of the student body is from Indianapolis).
I was an athlete, who also held a job off
campus, and I remember my four years at Marian fondly.
I think it would have been a different story if
I had not been involved in an extracurricular activity, had
not had a car, or had not had a job
off-campus. The campus demographic may have changed since I attended
Marian. Regardless, you will make friends on campus and the
campus is so close to downtown Indy that you have
many opportunities to take advantage of both on- and off-campus.