going to try to give the most honest review of
this school, as a student who has completed 1.5 years
Academics: I'm in engineering, and the coursework is so-so.
Freshman classes are a breeze, and sophomore is a bit
challenging, but honestly if you put in effort it's not
very hard. But that's engineering... the Newhouse, Whitman, and Maxwell
schools (plus the architecture program) are regarded as the top
programs. Still, I've never heard of anyone being challenged beyond
their ability, except the arch kids who don't sleep.
It's gorgeous. The weather gets crappy after a month or
so (like, FREEZING wind chills), but gets better in the
spring. But seriously, bring two coats. There's nothing like sitting
on the quad or Thornden park when it's nice out.
The buildings are very aesthetically pleasing (from castle-like to modern
tech, they are all amazing to look at). One thing:
there's a north campus and a south campus (about 2
miles apart, busses run every 10 mins). South campus is
all residential, mostly apt's for upperclassmen. If you want to
live on south, get ready to feel detached from everything
that's going on. And the busses SUCK... they can be
6 minutes early, 12 minutes late, you just don't know.
Nights and weekends run every 20 mins... which sucks when
you're waiting at a stop in the freezing cold. The
apartments are decent, but definitely have a car if you're
trying to live on South.
Students/ Campus Life: Okay, I'll
try to state it objectively. SU kids are rich. Take
from that what you will. Personally, I've had a tough
time fitting in with the SU crowd. Girls are dolled
up and have literally thousands of wardrobe options... and guys
are generally beefy jocks. This is obviously a stereotype, but
Greek life is HUGE at SU, so this is the
typical face of sorority/fraternity students. They'll make it known to
you that they're rich, be it by rubbing it in
your face or parking their range rover outside your apt.
It's generally kinda hard to find your niche if you
aren't Greek, an athlete, or a huge partier... Seriously, get
used to 500+ person parties where you can't move and
are charged $5 to not even make your way to
the bar. If you don't like partying, I wouldn't recommend
If I had to sum up SU in two
words, I'd say GREEK and SPORTS. Our basketball/lacrosse teams are
awesome and if you're not a fan, you're likely to
get outcasted. If you're into big parties and sports, SU
is definitely for you. If not, you can still succeed
here if you can really put yourself out there and
find a group. Just stay true to yourself- lots of
SU kids get caught up in “getting a newhouse degree!”
and get very snotty and condescending about it. Honestly, for
me, SU kinda sent out this vibe that everyone is
richer, hotter, better than you. I'm probably going to transfer.
But anyone can definitely do great here... you just need
a pretty strong backbone and sense of yourself, plus a
really outgoing personality to find your niche. Good luck!