Anselm prides themselves in their diverse cirriculum and difficulty. They
compare themselves to Ivy League schools. But this school in
my opinion does not deliver what a high school senior
is looking for in a college.
Here are some things
that are not in the brocure... Because there were so
many required classes (2 years of a language, 2 years
of Humanities, science, philosophy and theology classes) it is difficult
to finish the amount of courses you need to take
for your major. There ends up being very limited time
to take other classes that may help advance your career.
The worst part of all is their grading policy. They
will deny this until they are blue in the face.
I have spoken to more than one professor that have
gotten fired for grading students too high. For every A,
they fail someone. For every B, they have to give
students Ds. So it turns out that everyone ends up
getting C's. If you get a good professor that will
fight to give their students the grades they deserve, they
have limited semesters they are allowed to do this. If
they continue, they no longer have a job there. So
if this is their policy, fine. Atleast admit it. This
is not the worst part though. It makes the student
feel as if they are stupid, and lowers self confidence.
The worst part about all of this is that graduate
schools will not even look at me because my GPA
is lower than students I am in competition with. I
worked extremely hard for a 2.9. I stayed in on
weekends, I went to teachers for help, I did extra
credit, and look where it got me. I was lucky
that my current job did not compare my GPA with
others. Luckily... if you beg the school, they will write
a letter explaining that .6 should be added to your
GPA and send it to grad schools - so how
is this possible, when they “do not have a grading
Obviously, going to college is to get an education.
That is the most important reason that you are there.
But are you wondering - if the school is that
strict about gradesâ€¦ what type of social life is there?
There definitely are opportunities to join groups and make friendsâ€¦
but the school asbolutely encourages volunteering, and community involvement. All
of these are great things, and I did do my
fair share volunteer work. But most students going to college
are interested in partying and drinking (obviously!). Well, for starters,
St. A's atleast used to hire cops to patrol the
campus and arrest students. New Hampshire has an “internal possession”
law that allows a cop to pull you aside at
any time and give you a breathalizer. If you are
over.02 (about 1 beer) you are arrested, and can lose
your license. First hand, I showed up at a party
my freshman year, the door shut behind me, and 150
studnets were trapped in the house, surrounded by cops, and
arrested. Even though I was responsible, took a taxi, and
only had 2 or 3 beers that night, it was
enough for me to go to court, take a couple
alcohol courses, and pay about $800 in fines. On top
of that, even though it was off campus, St. A's
decided it was their responsibility to contact my parents about
my behavior at school. This didn't fly with some of
my friend's parents, and it is out of line. It
was off campus, and the police were handling the situation.
I absolutely understand that I was breaking the law, but
that was the first time St. A's betrayed my trust.
On a recent Alumni weekend I attended, there were
RA's walking around and taking snapshots in people faces (unexpectedly).
Their new policy was to bring those pictures to the
dean, look up the student, and if they were underage,
they would be written up as well.
it off, you are not allowed in the rooms of
students of the opposite sex after a certain time of
night. You will have to take a comprehensive exam of
your major at the end of the four years there
that you absolutely have to pass or you cannot graduate.
I have met my best friends and husband at
St. Anselm. I would not have traded my experience there
to go to a different school for those two reasons.
But I absolutely do NOT recommend that school for a
second. You will make friends and have good times wherever
you go. This school does not tolerate typical college “fun
times.” They diminish your self confidence, and lie about their
grading policy. The professors that acutally seem to care are
few and far between. If you are between St. Anselm
College and another College or University, I would highly recommend
you do not attend this school.