far as educational value is concerned, York is wonderful.
I had nothing but good experiences with my professors, and
with a little hard work (but not so much that
I had no time for anything besides studying), I was
able to get a 4.0. You can't beat the
attention you get in the smaller classes at York.
I have since transferred to a large university, and that's
the one thing I miss.
However, when you go away
and you're living far from home, all the other things
about York count a lot too. The area is
not safe at all. I know at least three
of my friends who were mugged on campus while I
was there. As one other person said, while there
is a little less bureacracy at YCP than you might
expect at a large state university, some of their policies
will drive you crazy. If you are a freshman
or a sophomore resident, for instance, you have to park
your car about a mile and a half away from
the main campus, and since there is little to no
security, there is a good chance that somebody could try
to break into your car. This happened to one
of my friends.
As far as social life...
if you're not much of a drinker or a party
person, good luck to you. Because that's about all
anybody does out there. I found a good group
of friends later on in my first semester at York,
but at first, I met a lot of closeminded people
who were there to party. This may sound a
little arrogant, but the level of immaturity I encountered among
some of my peers at York was unsurpassed by anything
I had ever experienced, even in junior high. Sometimes,
the social mentality felt like high school again, complete with
cliques and dirty gossip, only worse. Of course this is
just a generalization, and a reflection of my own poor
experience at York. You will also find some kind-hearted
people there too. But if you're not much of
a party person or you want a school with some
culture, forget about York.
But again, if a good education
is all you're after, the faculty and staff are wonderful.