What is your overall opinion of this school?
I really like this school. It has small class sizes that are perfect if you want a lot of attention from your professors. I had a professor my freshman year that had coffee and doughnuts every Tuesday so that if students had any questions about his class they could drop in and chat. It is a beautiful campus with an awesome location that is close to the beach, the mountains, Joshua Tree National Park, and the city. Besides all of that, the people here are fantastic. There is a wonderful sense of community on this campus that was unparalleled by any other school I visited.
Where is the best place to get work done on campus?
The library. You can find a quiet nook, a table by the windows, computer labs, collaborative learning spaces, the lounge full of other students studying, or outside study space. Whatever study environment you're looking for, you can find it at the library.
When you step off campus what do you see?
Immediately off campus you'll find student and family housing. Past that you'll find grocery stores, target, chain restaurants, local restaurants, the movie theatre, shopping, historical buildings, yoga studios, dance studios, rock climbing gyms etc.
If you're willing to take a short drive then there are some incredible outdoor experiences to take advantage of. Big Bear Mountain is about 45 minutes away. There's great hiking, rock climbing, skiing, snow boarding and a lake!! Joshua Tree National Park is also about 45 minutes away. In Joshua Tree you'll find incredible rock climbing, back packing, hiking, camping and more. The beach is about an hour and a half away and L.A. is about an hour away (depending on the traffic).
Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.
There are too many of those days to count so I'll just tell you about the most recent one. Last Saturday I got off work around 11 am and went to the cafeteria for lunch. I ran into five of my friends and we sat down to eat. After lunch we decided to go to the soccer game. It was a beautiful day and the game was great. After the game we went to my dorm and made cookies. Then we went out to dinner in town, delicious!! When we got back on campus everyone was getting excited for the evening events so we got ready to go out. In the end, though, we were having so much fun we never left my friends house and ended up watching a movie and eating cookies. It was just one of those beautiful days when everyone was excited to be out and about and happy just to be with each other.
What do students complain about most?
The sprinkler system. It turns on at the worst times and it soaks the side walks. We have a lot of Environmental Studies students or people who are just passionate about environmental issues and we don't like to see the water wasted. Besides all that, we don't like getting soaked on our way home.
Tell us about the sports scene on campus.
I'm not on one of our competitive sports teams so I can only give the outsiders opinion. Our sports teams are amazing. Of our 21 teams this year only 2 are ranked below 3rd place. Our women's softball team has won our conferance championship for the past 7 years. Last year our men's water polo team was ranked 1st in the nation for division three schools.
I love going to athletic events. My favorite sport to go support is soccer. All of our teams have a lot of support because its a small school. You know someone on every sports team so you go out to support you friends!
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.
Beautiful! You drive into campus on Colton Avenue and on either side of you'll see green grass and lots of palm trees. You wil also see a gorgeous view to your left of our Chapel and a back drop of snow peaked mountians (depending on the season). To your right you will see our Admissions building standing on top of a hill, overlooking the campus. Its breathtaking.
What are your classes like?
Small and personal. You really get one on one attention from your professors. The average class size is 18-22 students. My largest class this semester has about 20 students and my smalles has about 15. Most classes are discussion based students are very involved. Speaking of which, my class is starting now I have to go!!!
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?
Nah. No stereotype is ever really accurate. One of the first things that I noticed when I visited this campus was that there was no "type." Everyone seemed to have their own style and sense of self. It was really refreshing after looking at a lot of liberal arts colleges that did seem to have a type. This one just seemed like everyone was doing their own thing and happy to be interacting with others doing something completely different.
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!
I love it. Its a wonderful school filled with wonderful people, the academics are great, and the campus is beautiful. I really only have one complaint and that is simply that the sprinklers always turn on right when I'm walking by them. But there are far worse things that could happen. This is a great school!
What are the most popular student activities/groups?
There are so many activities and groups on campus that its hard to say. Most students are involved in 5 or 6 different organizations on campus, however, about 20% of our student body is involved in Greek life which is probably largest group.
Describe the students at your school.
Our bumper stickers currently say "Dare to be different, you'll fit right in." Its kind of cheesy but its very true. Everyone on campus is very unique in their interests, their beliefs, they way they look, dress and act. Its something I value about the U of R. The only underlying constant would be that most students are liberal. Its not true of everyone but it is true the vast majority.
What are the academics like at your school?
Class sizes are small, about 18-22 students on average. It allows for a lot of face time with your professors. They really ask a lot of you because they know you personally and know what you're capable of. They are also willing to work with you and get you any help you need. So while the academics are challenging, we are given plenty of resources to make sure that the challenge can be met.