a Broadcast design major who's been through quite alot in
the 3 years I've been here.
First of all, the
classes are great and you'll learn alot in them, but
you have to watch out for poor professors who have
little/no teaching experience. SCAD has a very high professor turn-over
rate and it shows with many professors being new to
the college environment.
Outside of the classes though, the college
is a mess. The much touted student bus system is
average at best. Dorms are over-priced and even more expensive
than getting an appartment in the city. The meal plan
is bland, poorly cooked, sometimes blantly unhealthy, and highway robbery
at nearly $6 a meal. You also won't be able
to even use all your meals, because the meal redeption
system is arranged so that you're prohibited from eating for
certain periods of time and classes are poorly scheduled to
allow students a chance to eat.
While the faculty are
usually very helpful, the other departments will all treat you
like you don't deserve the time of day. Financial aid
and the bursar will often give you mis-information or not
know what they are even talking about, they also send
important information to incorrect addresses fairly often.
The mail system
is even more useless, as packages and letters take an
extra 2-3 days to go through the college's mail system
before they're even available for pick-up, if that. Communication between
administration and students is laughable, with an email system that
can sometimes take weeks or even months to deliver mail
to other addresses within the college's own network.
are often crowded or uncomfortable during common working hours and
labs are ALWAYS poorly airconditioned.
Security is a joke, as
guards are often lax and asleep at their posts when
they aren't overly interogating every person who tries to walk
by. College security's job is to protect the college's property,
not the students. Crime and racial tension are VERY high
in Savannah, you need to have at least a little
bit of street smarts to avoid the vagrants and gangs
that wonder very close to the dorms and campus facilities.
College grounds are very safe, but if you're not in
sight of a security guard, you're not on college grounds,
even walking between adjacent buildings can be dangerous due to
the large blind spots.
The education is great and the
facilities are there, but your biggest problem at SCAD is
always going to be the administration.