off, it's important for me to note I transferred to
UConn Storrs after 2 years at mville. My primary
reason for leaving was financial (being from CT), but I
was also happy to get out of mville. Having
just said that and all the bad grades I gave
mville here, you might be wondering why I label this
review “positive.” I did so because, despite its many
shortcomings, there are some very positive features about the college
that the mville staff should really enhance.
Also, I don't
actually consider myself “bright” intellectually, just “average”, but I believe
myself to be very hardworking and ambitious, so in my
mind that makes up for my middle-of-the-road intelligence as far
as this labeling goes.
So anyways with mville, one of
the school's absolute best features is its location. When
it comes to this aspect, forget competitors like NYU or
Fordham that have locations right in the middle of the
city, where one could easily feel distracted or even unsafe.
mville is located in a beautiful, quiet suburb that's
only 45 mins. away from NYC, and just 10 mins.
away from White Plains, a small city that offers all
the essentials (good but affordable restaurants, half a dozen Wal-mart
type stores, big movie theatres, 2 malls, etc.), and transportation
to White Plains is everyday of the week for free,
and students can go to NYC on the weekend days
for free through an Mville shuttle bus. Trust me,
you can't get this kind of offer at UConn Storrs
where one would want free transportation more so given that
school's remote location.
Students on the whole were friendly, I
found. Sure, some jerks here and there, and because
it's a small school that cliched but true “high school
all over again” permeates. For me, I liked that
the on-campus party scene wasn't huge because it makes for
a less exclusive social environment, and that mville's locations facilitates
for great off-campus social events, so I give the Social
Life a B+. It's true, however, not much of
a social scene exists on campus.
I was an education
major there, and the school's known for their education program.
It's a great one specifically because it has a
nice balance of not being too research-oriented but also not
being too much of a “babysitting” major for students, where
outside opportunities would just be hand fed to us; because
that's not realistic in the workforce. The head of
mville's education department seems to get a negative rep, which
I find unfair because I always found my interactions with
her to be beneficial. Yes, she's pretty blunt in
her feedback, and has fairly high objectives, but she's never
unfair or unsupportive. Her expectation of students meeting her
and other professors half-way in the program and telling them
directly if they failed to do so is appropriate, not
excessive. So great preparation there if you're an edu.
major, and you're likely to find a teaching position upon
graduation. That's how good the edu. department/ major is
at mville. I did, however, give some low marks
to the “department” list because I factored in all the
professors I had there, and all the different classes outside
of my major that I took, and some teachers there
really shouldn't be teaching. Some are pretty apathetic and
you don't learn that much, even if you want to.
I also compared the teaching services to that of
UConn's when giving the grades here, and UConn surprised me
with the abundant amount of great profs. they have there,
and how accessible they make themselves to a much larger
student body. Marks here would have been a bit
higher if I did not have UConn to compare it