is generally a good school. That said, there are some
issues that prospective students should know about.
your tuition is a plus. The job you get though
can be widely varied. Usually, you will get a rotton
job your first semester/year. Then you can transfer to somewhere
better. I was at the Keeter Ctr. the first year
it opened- not fun. The key point is that you
must survive your first semester. Once you do that, things
generally get better.
Academically, the school can be a mixed
bag. History was usually solid, but we were rumored to
be one of the hardest depts. on campus... I don't
think many depts. prepare their students well for grad school-
most students go immediately to the job market. I was
hit hard when I came to graduate school although I've
Most of the teachers are great- they care
about you. Many of the upper-level classes are small. As
of late, the school seems to be promoting their conservative
ideology over educational quality (and I am a conservative as
well)-something that could be troublesome in later years. In particular,
writing assignments seem to be weak in some courses. History,
English, Religion are good departments in the humanities. Business isn't
Unfortunately, the good remarks about the teachers
cannot be said of the administration. They are frequently aloof,
high-handed, and generally don't relate well to students- the notable
exception being Larson, and other new Deans have come in
(I can't comment on them). That said, if you're on
their good side and in the right organization, they will
pay for some nice trips.
Some of the rules
are petty (I was never in trouble), but overall, their
manageable. Dorm housing is rather poor and food is not
that special either. The school has a huge endowment but
often finds other uses for the money (Keeter Ctr) than
improving student facilities. Jones is a mess (try having class
on an August evening on 3rd flr) and other buildings
suffer as well. The library (where I worked) is sadly
seriously underfunded and lacks many powerful electronic database resources; a
new facility is also needed. The librarians though are most
helpful and more students should venture over.
(orientation) is good for meeting other people, but I am
a more serious person and didn't really enjoy it.
Chapel is required. Even though I agree theologically with the
services, I don't support the mandatory requirement. This is just
one of those requirements you have to live with (seniors
don't have to attend).
Overall, I'd recommend the school,
but in order to get a superior education you must
take the initiative to get what you need. The school
will not provide it. The work program can give useful
job experience. Despite their claims, CofO is only well known
in the area. If you go outside the midwest, few
people know of them.
Feel free to contact me
if you have any questions.