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Christendom College

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB+ Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessB Creativity/ InnovationC
Individual ValueB+ University Resource UseD
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyD FriendlinessB
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeD
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsD
SafetyA+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Male
SAT1280
Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Surrounding City
F
Highest Rating
Safety
A+
He cares more about Campus Aesthetics/ Beauty than the average student.
Date: Jan 09 2004
Major: Unknown (This Major's Salary over time)
I left after one semester. There are a few things people should know about Christendom. There is very little room for divergent opinions on campus or in class. The college's opinion is truth in their eyes. Further, do not expect to meet people from different walks of life and points of view, almost everyone at Christendom is a white, radically conservative, traditional Catholic. Racial diversity is almost nonexistent, and I ran into several prejudiced, almost racist, individuals.

The "city" of Front Royal is the most boring and dismal towns I have ever lived in for any length of time. The only place to do any shopping is in a run-down K-Mart. If you want to go to a decent book store, the nearest is 45 minutes away in good traffic. The restaurants are of mediocre quality at best, and there are not arts or culture in the town.
Most disturbing to me, is that the school treats its students like children, not the adults able to take charge of their own lives. There is a curfew for all students under 21. All movies, even G-rated, must be approved by an RA, and not just once, every time you want to watch it. R-rated movies, regardless of the reason they earned their ratings, are banned completely. If you want to stay out for a weekend or overnight, you must get the permission of the dean of student life.

The facilities are very poor at this time. The computer lab when I left consisted of ancient computers in the low-clearance attic of the admin building. Some monitors were missing their bases and were propped up on a stack of user manuals. There is no cable or Internet access in any of the dorms and only one television on campus. The gym is decent for a small school, though the weight rooms are very poor, and the "game room" consists of one Ping-Pong table. Also, this next semester the college will be opening its new 40,000 square foot library. This will have better classrooms and hopefully a more advanced computer lab, plus a much better library as the one while I was there was in a converted barn.

Food services was awful. The food was of consistent low quality. One can easily tell that the cheapest ingredients were selected and the food was often poorly prepared. In the semester that I attended I can count, perhaps, 5-10 decent meals that I had at Christendom.
The one upside is the faculty. They are very attentive and knowledgeable. Once again though, you will only receive one very conservative and traditional Catholic point of view on all issues.

Christendom is for someone who is very set in their opinions to the point of being closed-minded to other points of view. In order to succeed you must be politically conservative, and traditional Catholic. You must also be willing to sign over your decision making about what movies to watch, what clothes to wear, whether or not you can stay out, etc., to the College, and often that means to people within a year or your own age. If you don't meet every one of these criteria, save yourself, don't attend Christendom.
P.S. Hope you like barn-dancing… They sure do!

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I studied under a graduate of this school. She was a vocal supporter of Bush and on her last day of class told the students that she was happy to be leaving because she "wouldn't have to teach Asians" anymore. Sounds like Christendom students like wearing sheets over their heads in their free time.
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