I consider the fact that UAFS has some professors in the science and math departments that do not teach on a level that college students can understand the worst aspect of this college. Most of the professors are fairly understanding of certaing academic issues and will work with you if at all possible. The fellow students are friendly and eager to lend a hand for the most part. The college is great despite the issue of having to take certain classes that are only taught by two or three professors and both have bad reviews by students.
UAFS has extremely reasonable tuition, a nice environment and a great staff. However, it seems the university population is outgrowing the campus. Certain programs are being deprived of sufficient work spaces, such as the theatre department needing a new auditorium and the arts department being spread across five buildings. That said, the university recently put into motion a 20-year master plan to overhaul the campus for the new age, beginning with the arts (which is great news for a design student like myself).
The nursing program. It is horrible. There is not enough time to learn everything that they put before you and you learn most of it on your own without teachers help. They have powerpoint presentations that you are required to read before class and then they just read them to you. Pretty stupid if you ask me and a waste of my time. Also, If you fail a test you are out of the program and are forced to with draw, no matter what semester you are in. A true waste of the students time and money.
The worst thing about my school is the location. It is in a city of about 40,000 people and many parts of the town are old and run down. It is a town that isn't showing many signs of progress. Perhaps, I am a litte biased against it since when I came to college I was looking for something different from where I grew up. However, it is much the same only dirtier. Despite, this the college does seem to be growing but if you are looking for a fun and exciting place this isn't it.
There are a lot of Non-Traditional Students on campus, which I think is wonderful. However, the school focuses more on them than the incoming freshman, which makes the freshman feel left out and like they don't belong. I feel that if the campus had more resources, they could appeal to not only the Non-Traditional Students, but also the incoming freshman. I believe that this is why the school does not retain students as well as they could.
The lack of Tutors in the advanced Math field as well as the hours of the tutoring . Several students work and can not go to tutoring during the 8 to 4 scheduled times. This make a hardship on the students with other jobs and with a family. This is a field in which we have a great demand but not many who have the ability to tutor in the higher Maths.
The worst thing about this school is the administration of financial aid. You get different answers depending on who you speak with and they tend to want to find blame instead of solutions. To be certain, there are very, helpful financial aid counselors but for the most part, they are inconsistent.
The worst thing about my school i would have to say would be the cost. I work and go to school. It's hard to make ends meet and pay for tuition and books. I want a college degree so i can succeed and go far in life but the cost just seems to keep rising. That makes getting a degree hard.
UA Fort Smith has been growing very quickly, which is a great thing in many respects; however, they are really struggling to provide enough parking and living space on and near campus. It can be very frustrating to spend 30 minutes looking for a parking space.
The worst thing about UAFS is that sometimes the admissions councelors just blow you off, and dont even try to help you. I think that they should help you in what ever you need and help you as an individual, not just another student or number.