Surviving The Wilderness Of College

By Laura McGuire, Staff Writer

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College is … weird. You are thrown to the wolves by your loving, caring family and you are expected to figure out who you are, what you want to do with your life, how to juggle a bunch of new work AND maintain a respectable GPA on top of it all. Sounds about as appealing as a Chipotle burrito without any rice (I’ve had one, believe me, it’s awful). If you’re anything like me—painfully awkward and shy with a weird sense of humor—you know that it takes a while to warm up to people and to assert yourself into different friend groups.

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UNC-Chapel Hill

By Alec, Contributor (Class of 2015)

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School Name: UNC Chapel Hill

Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Enrollment: 29,127

Tuition: In-state: $8,340 Out-of-state: $30,122

What are the academics like at your school?

Very challenging. The students take their work very seriously and are committed to their studies. However, they do not take themselves too seriously and know that life is more than grades.

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University of Florida

By Ria Sanghvi, Contributor (Class of 2017)

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School Name: University of Florida

Location: Gainesville, FL

Enrollment: 51,725

Tuition: In-state: $20,550 Out-of-state: $37,944

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics are very vigorous especially for those with science majors. As a research university the science department has a standard of it’s own, not to take away from the other departments which are also very challenging.

What is the Greek scene/nightlife like?

Greek life is a very big part of UF, I’m not Greek and don’t feel left out whatsoever but there are quite a few students who are actively involved in Greek life. They definitely seem to dominate high ranking positions in student government and other such organizations.

Describe the housing options at your school?

There are traditional dorms, two to a room with a communal bathroom. There are apartment style options or suites which are two to a room, with a shared bathroom with another room. There also traditional single double and triple rooms. Most students tend to go off campus after freshman year though.

What do students complain about most?

How difficult some courses are or the limited number of chances to do well. How Greek dominated some organizations are. Parking!

Describe the students at your school.

The diversity at UF is so vast there are everything from religious organizations to acrobatics clubs. There really is a place for everyone.

What are dining options on campus and off campus?

There are two main dining halls and a food court on campus. There are also subways, Starbucks and mini convenient stores throughout campus. Not even five minutes from campus in any direction there are tons of restaurants to choose from everything from fast food to five stars.

What is your overall opinion of your school?

I love UF and everything it stands for, I truly believe that there is a place for everyone and something for everyone to be part of. It’s a great place to grow and figure out who you are and what you want to do in life.

Rhode Island School of Design

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School Name: Rhode Island School of Design

Location: Providence, RI

Enrollment: 2,005 Undergrad

Tuition: $44,284

Class of: 2014

What are the academics like at your school?

When I entered as a freshman RISD was ranked as having the highest workload in the country among colleges followed by MIT. Classes are eight hours and homework usually limits sleep to a few hours a night but it is all more than worth it and the nature of what the work is makes it never feel much like work. Most everything will be done in studio or in groups so academic and social life are pretty intertwined. 

What is the Greek scene/nightlife like?

We don’t have one. It’s not that kind of place. Brown has a few and our campuses/ social scenes overlap. I think someone tried to start a frat a few yers ago as a joke.

Describe the housing options at your school?

You are required to live on campus until sophomore year. Housing is hit and miss. Most people move off campus. Providence has a massive college population and I do apartments isn’t difficult or too expensive.

What do students complain about most?

I haven’t known many people to complain about general things about RISD 

Describe the students at your school.

Mixed like anyplace else. Everyone here seems to be intelligent and most are pretty unique. There are a lot of international students. The schools majors decide into fine arts and design. There’s a nice range from totally weird and artsy in the best way to beautifully typical people. It’s a small school so you et to know just about everyone at least in your year.

What are dining options on campus and off campus?

Fresan year is unlimited. Vegan friendly, lots of healthy options, we have a main dining hall a second Cafeteria a sandwich shop and a coffee shop/cafe. Providence has lots of places to eat and is pretty well known for what it offers on the culinary side of things.

What is your overall opinion of your school?

Amazing and a great opportunity. A great community.

 

Southern Methodist University

By Caroline Hicks, Contributor (Class of 2015)

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School Name: Southern Methodist University

Location: Dallas, TX

Enrollment: 10,893

Tuition: $40,770

What are the academics like at your school?

SMU offers 7 different schools in Business, Arts, Science and Humanities, Engineering, Law, Theology and Education. Small class sizes and outside help offered at the Learning Resource Center make it a manageable academic experience.

What is the Greek scene/nightlife like?

Greek life is very popular at SMU, consisting of 18 IFC and Panhellenic fraternities and sororities. Due to SMU’s close proximity to downtown Dallas, nightlife includes both nearby campus bars and houses as well as clubs and bars downtown that are rented out by fraternities.

Describe the housing options at your school?

Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. A brand new dorm commons just finished construction and will house its’ first students this coming fall 2014. Sophomore boys in fraternities can live in their fraternity house sophomore year. Sophomore girls in sororities can live in a dorm or in a panhellenic house which houses girls in all sororities. Junior and senior year girls live in their sorority houses (depending on the sorority.)

What do students complain about most?

Parking is lacking on-campus so it’s hard to find a spot if you commute to class.

Describe the students at your school.

Students come from ALL over the U.S. Texas, California, Illinois, Tennessee, New York … You will meet someone from every state. It’s a fun environment because you learn things about people from other places you never knew before.

What are dining options on campus and off campus?

Two on-campus dining halls as well as on-campus restaurants like Subway, Pizza Hut and Einstein Bagels give lots of flexibility for eating on-campus. Off-campus there is Hillcrest Ave right across from campus filled with a variety of options. Then of course the Dallas area has more restaurants and Tex-Mex then you could imagine!

What is your overall opinion of your school?

SMU is the perfect mix of urban and suburban settings, students from all over the country, and a wide variety of on-campus opportunities. It is the perfect size where it is not too big that you feel overwhelmed, but not too small where you know every face you see. Dallas is an exciting place to be and gives students the opportunity to have both a college and city experience!

Michigan State University

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School Name: Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, MI

Enrollment: 37,454

Tuition: In-state: $13,246 Out-of-state: $35,026 International: $36,018

Name: Quinn Miller

Class of: 2016

What are the academics like at your school?

Classes are relatively hard, ultimately requiring a balanced schedule to succeed.

What is the Greek scene/nightlife like?

Greek life is great. The greek system at msu is small compared to others but is rapidly increasing. East Lansing has a great nightlife atmosphere that allows everyone to enjoy themselves.

Describe the housing options at your school?

Housing is challenging, you are required to sign up for house very early in the year to ensure a house for the coming year. It’s relatively cheap just depends on where you live.

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What do students complain about most?

Everyone that I talk to loves the school but hates the weather.

Describe the students at your school.

Very diverse. There are students from all over the world.

What are dining options on campus and off campus?

MSU really hit a home run here. Students enjoy a top notch dinning experience every time they eat. Brody is extremely nice. In terms of off campus, students are encouraged to buy meal plans but many apartments offer kitchens that allow students to cook.

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What is your overall opinion of your school?

Great sports, academics, and of course girls 

Georgetown University

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School Name: Georgetown University

Location: Washington, DC

Enrollment: 7,522 Undergrad

Tuition: $44,280

Class of: 2015

What are the academics like at your school?

Challenging, engaging, intellectually stimulating

What is the Greek scene/nightlife like?

Technically nonexistent

Describe the housing options at your school?

Dorms for freshmen/sophomores mostly, apartments/townhouses for sophomores/juniors/seniors. Some are nicer than others, selection is done by lottery.

What do students complain about most?

The look of the library and the monotony of the food

Describe the students at your school.

Intelligent, outgoing, ambitious 

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What are dining options on campus and off campus?

On campus there’s one dining hall that is okay in moderation and some on campus restaurants like Subway.Off campus there are tons of good options.

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What is your overall opinion of your school?

Definitely worthwhile, enjoyable, intellectually stimulating, fun