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Visit as many colleges as you can and start early. Chances are, when you find the right school, you'll know it. If you're h...
Visit as many colleges as you can and start early. Chances are, when you find the right school, you'll know it. If you're having trouble narrowing things down, try doing an overnight stay with a student and go to class with them to get a feel for the campus. The student you stay with has a lot to do with your experience, but chances are you will still get a pretty good feel for the school. Lastly, be sure and take things like climate, political leanings of the student body, socio-economic diversity of the student body, class size, religious affiliations, distance from your parents / home town, drinking and drug use habbits of the students, the prevalence of fraternaties and sororities on campus, and the campus setting (rural or urban) into account before you make your decision. Basically, know what you are getting yourself into. If you're a laid back person who doesn't have a problem with people around you doing things you don't agree with, then it shouldn't be a problem. However, if you are on the other side of the spectrum you should be much more careful in your decision. Good luck!
Lack of racial and socioeconomic diversity. Student body is largely white and upper class.
People who can't stand rich, suburban, white kids. The school isn't packed with them, but there are more of them than i was used to growing up in an urban environment. For the most part though, they keep to themselves. Also, someone that thrives in an environment with large classes where they can be anonymous, might find it difficult to learn in an environment where they can't hide from the professor.
Fun, friendly, strong sense of balance between school and social activities.
Fun, friendly, strong sense of balance between school and social activities.
When choosing a university, I placed so much focus on the academics, that I barely considered the social possibilities. I think this was due in most part to my parents emphasis on succeeding in school and my own drive to have the best career opportunities after college. Luckily, I found a school that balanced the two settings, something that I am very grateful for now. College is an experience and you need to be challenged academically and socially. You will be there, in most cases, for four years. Being able to adjust socially is equally important. In the end, after reading all the books and reviews, the most telling advice for me came in the form of a campus visit. Stay overnight with another student, sit-in on a class, and talk to the professors. This is the only way you can personally determine the best school for you.
If you are into big classes with big school spirit and tons of sports enthusiasm, tailgaiting, etc., Trinity is not for you. Social life revolves around Greeks and sports don't boast a huge following. Also, the administration is starting to become very narrow minded in terms of student independence and has begun regulating a lot of Greek activities, which limits social opportunities for future students.
College is a great way to explore a variety of subjects to decide on what career you wants Trinity University is a great sc...
College is a great way to explore a variety of subjects to decide on what career you wants Trinity University is a great school and has its fair share of variety of courses/majors to choose from, but if someone is looking for something more specific, then a larger school would be better. Students have to think about what exactly they are looking for in a college and pick the best one that fits that description. Look at what the school has to offer in terms of academics and extracurricular activities. Location is also important because once in awhile you just want to get off campus and see what the city has to offer. The college experience should be something that you remember forever. Be open-minded and join as many school activities that you can. Learn a new language and about other cultures/ religions. Academics is important but once in awhile take a break and hang out with friends. Your college friends are who you will keep in touch with years after you graduate. Take advantage of what the school has to offer like career help. Have as much fun as you can without letting your grades drop.
I guess if you really don't like small classes and close relationship with teachers then Trinity wouldn't be the school you would want to attend. Also if you expect to have a huge variety of activities to do. Trinity is small but its good for what it is.
Dorm Life. I loved living in the dorms and having my friends next door. And the dorms were really really nice as well.
Make sure you look into both the social and academic setting, don't go for just one or another. The two are definitely intert...
Make sure you look into both the social and academic setting, don't go for just one or another. The two are definitely intertwined together and create the whole experience. You will be around these people for four years of your life, like them or not, so choose well!
How lame the social scene is, unfortuantely. The quality of education can't be beat, but I definitely would have preferred a school a bit larger. The whole place is like high school all over again :\. But I'm a tad biased, many people love it here.
You know EVERYONE there
Go to the place with the biggest scholarship if you plan to go abroad. All financial aid will still apply to the abroad colle...
Go to the place with the biggest scholarship if you plan to go abroad. All financial aid will still apply to the abroad college and that place will cost much much less. I am going full ride to Germany for a semester because of this. Go to a college that offers scholarships with only GPA restraints, otherwise you won't be able to study some things and find what you are really made to do. This goes for you folks that think you are dead set on one particular subject. You will find your passion in the stangest of places.
If you can tough out the chemistry, there is a GREAT opportunity to do actual scientific research during the summer. Trinity has a huge grant for scientific research. The History department is great and most all faculty is quite renowned (interviewed on CNN, etc.). If you come from a wealthy family you will fit in here. If not, the scholarships available should make it too great of a place to pass up. You can email your professors or meet with them sometimes even the same day.
Trinity now is trying to compete with Rice's natural science departments. Rice is its sister school, but unless you have had AP science courses do not plan to be prepared for science courses at Trinity. For example, the into chemistry class had 70% of the students withdraw. Few barely passed. A "C" grade is required for the course or it must be taken again. If you have to take a course again, you most likely will NOT be able to graduate with a degree in Chemistry.
Determine what is important to you (i.e. great education vs. high GPA). I feel like I earned an amazing education, but Trinity was much harder than most schools. So, my Trinity GPA was not as high as my GPA from summer school at A&M-CC. Therefore, it impacted my applications to grad school negatively. I took 24 hours of summer school class from A&M-CC and had a straight 4.0, while at Trinity I only had a 3.3. I learned more at Trinity than I did at A&M-CC. And by Trinity standards, my GPA was great. Unfortunately, no one other than those who attend and teach at Trinity are aware of the difficulty.
I wish I had known how difficult it would have been to earn a high GPA (3.7+) in comparison to other universities.
Many are very driven, almost too driven. They don't come out of their rooms except to move to the library and to eat. Others...
Many are very driven, almost too driven. They don't come out of their rooms except to move to the library and to eat. Others, though, are less serious and those are the ones that i tend to hang out with on a regular basisl
Finding the right college is a difficult choice. Many times, parents have a bias towards one college or another, and that can make the decision VERY hard for the student. It leaves the student wondering if he/she made the right choice, only because of doubt by the parents. I would say that wherever you choose, you will most likely be happy. And, in worst case scenario, you can always transfer; it is not as big of a deal as many people say. Look at the facts, and make a choice that seems to fit. That is all that you can do.
I would brag about how easy it is to get involved. I am a member of many clubs, and am ALWAYS busy, much to my downfall academically. When one thing is done, I often am already late for something else or have to rush to get there.
When choosing a college, first look at the social environment. This is what sets the mood for studying and tells you the lev...
When choosing a college, first look at the social environment. This is what sets the mood for studying and tells you the level of contentment among the students there. If you already know what you want to major in, narrow down the schools based on their academic strengths. Make sure to sit through a variety of classes and talk with the professors afterwards. See if they are approachable. Communication is the key to finding the best learning environment for you. It also will help you understand the requirements of the professors more. Most of all, when in college, make sure to have a proper balance of work and play. Too much work will drive you crazy; too much play will flunk you out of school. If you follow these guidelines, I'm sure college will be some of the best years of your life.
I wish I knew the professors were as approachable as my high school teachers. I was a bit intimidated at the prospect of asking my professors for help. Once I found out how friendly they were, I started doing better academically.
The swimming coach is a jerk.
My university is known for many things. Trinity has a well-renowned pre-med program, as well as a successful Business progra...
My university is known for many things. Trinity has a well-renowned pre-med program, as well as a successful Business program. Also, the school's staff is wonderful and very professional - something like 98% of professors have their master's degree. The classes are small enough for the professor to become well acquainted with students, but large enough to generate practical discourse. Trinity's social atmosphere has a wide variety - most students engage in at least one extra curricular activity or club (many founded and run by the students themselves).
I would advise the students (and parents) to not worry about choosing a college that fits the field or major the students wants to enter. In all honesty, a college student changes his or her major an average of 2 times (I changed mine 3). The college experience is what is most important. SO, find a college that best suits your tastes and your lifestyle - an environment in which you can see yourself absorbing more than just the textbook knowledge. About 10% of what you learn in college is in the classroom - the rest, you do on your own through self-initiated research, or through life experience in general. In my opinion, there is no college that will be "just right." There is, however, a group of colleges that will interest you for a wide variety of reasons. Prioritize those reasons, and choose your college accordingly - and more than anything, follow your intuition. (and if you need a little extra help, surveys like this one are truly invaluable!) College is the best time of your life, so follow your heart and choose where you truly want to go - you won't choose wrong!
Mostly, I tell them about the incredible amount of diversity - racial, ethnic, relgious, and even pastime and major diversity play a huge role in the university's overall structure. Also, the professors are great about reaching out to students - they have required office hours each week, and are often available even outside of those - whatever they can do to assist their students, they will. Lastly, the school is very driven and challenging, but such challenges teach the students individual responsibility and independence, preparing them for the "real world."
If you have any idea what you want to do in college (pre-law, pre-med, etc) make sure that the schools you are applying to ha...
If you have any idea what you want to do in college (pre-law, pre-med, etc) make sure that the schools you are applying to have good programs. If you have no idea what you want to do, make sure that the schools you are applying to have a diverse selection of majors and minors. Apply for any/every financial aid opportunity available. Visit the schools to which you are applying. When you visit the schools, make sure to talk with a lot of current students to get a feel for the life on campus besides the academic life. If you have family (other than your parents) nearby some schools, think about those schools. It really helps with home-sickness. Consider the activities you like and make sure you can do those things where you go to school. For example, if you like to snowboard or ski, Texas might not be the best place.
This school is like a glorified high school. There are a lot of groups that don't interact with each other normally.
The person that can manage a lot of school work with a lot of drinking and partying will have a great time at this school.
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