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Concordia University - Saint Paul

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB Faculty AccessibilityB+
Useful SchoolworkC- Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationB+
Individual ValueB+ University Resource UseD+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC+ FriendlinessB
Campus MaintenanceC Social LifeD-
Surrounding CityA- Extra CurricularsF
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Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Jan 31 2004
Major: English (This Major's Salary over time)
To save this from getting really ugly, I have to say there are some good things about this school. The faculty, in my opinion, is top rate, and obviously aren't here for research. I've been impressed by every professor I've had. Also, the rooms here are pretty big compared to some others I've seen elsewhere, and you go to school for a few days less than most other universities. Plus, for the low low price of $1,000 a year (that's sarcasm), you get your own laptop for the year, which you don't get the option of buying. Ever.

Now that all that's out of the way, here's everything the admissions department/academics office won't tell you about this place:

  • It's a suitcase school, for the most part. Most weekends, I could walk around campus for an hour and see less than 20 people. Things are pretty much dead. As such, there's typically never anything to do on weekends. Basically, the only way you're gonna find much excitement is drinking in someone's room or getting to know the bus system and having friends at one of the 5 surrounding colleges.
  • If you're looking for a specific program, look on the school's website and make sure it's an actual specified program. They'll tell you that this place offers pre-med or pre-law. It doesn't. It offers biochemistry and encourages you to get a degree in any of the social sciences as pre-law. Just because they say it's good enough doesn't make it so.
  • For a school with enrollment less than 2,000, an inordinate amount of money and emphasis is placed on athletics. Funny, considering that the athletic teams here usually play in front of fewer fans for big games like homecoming than we did in a typical game of any sport at my high school, which was about the same size. The amount of scholarship money thrown at athletes is also ridiculous, but such is the state of higher education today.
  • Tuition is at around $25,000 and climbing. You'll probably get some kind of aid package, but you'll still pay a hell of a lot more than what it's worth to come here.
  • If you consider yourself intelligent, have fun. Especially in Gen Ed classes. Most people not only don't want to be in class, but even if they did, say the sorts of things that make you honestly think,
    why are you talking?
    On the brightside, you can use your school-issued laptop and wireless internet to do pretty much everything you would have in your room (i.e. research schools to transfer to) during the more useless classes. Things do get a little better once you're in your major, but the point still stands. You'll either transfer or have a false sense of sheer brilliance.
  • One thing that's hilarious to someone non-religious is that the big feud on campus is the Director of Christian Education majors vs. the athletes. Both think the others get too much scholarship money and take issue with the way the other side lives. You can draw a line down the middle of the dining hall and see approximately who's on which side of it. There are some people who have no interest in it, and it's actually really funny to us.
  • The most talented non-lutheran student can still expect to pay something in the neighborhood of $10,000. Doesn't look bad as a percentage of the whole, but then again, doesn't look good compared to the typical cost for that talented student somewhere that has crazy things like a social scene and genuine diversity of enlightened opinions.
  • I'm transferring, and glad of it. There are some good people here, but if you consider yourself very intelligent, this probably won't be your cup of tea. The professors are great, but an excellent education has to come from your peers as well, something you won't find so much here.

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