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The academics at Villanova University are outstanding. Villanova ranks in the top ten and top twenty for both business and engineering. It also places a strong emphasis on liberal arts and sciences. The class sizes are small and personal allowing students to engage and interact with the professor and build personal relationships. Students have easy access to the professors and can obtain help easily. Villanova also provides multiple resources to help students struggling in their classes with various tutoring departments and learning centers.


The academics here are great! The class size is usually very small - 15 to 20 students and the professors are strict with attendance. They all get to know your names, your likes and dislikes, and are extremely available to help/ easy to relate to. Students at Villanova are very good when it comes to managing their time. Studying is a big part in coming here but does not consume one's life.


Academics here are phenomenal. Class sizes are never too big and, if you want to, you can easily build relationships with your professors. They encourage you to! Class participation is common but there is also something here the professors call the "Villanova Silence". This is when a professor asks a question that is either really hard or just super obvious and no one says a word. Students are usually very willing to help each other out with assignments and studying. I am a Communication major and the COMM department is fantastic. There are so many COMM specific clubs, activities, internships, and even study abroad opportunities to take advantage of and the professors and fellow COMM students are so friendly. The education and resources provided for you to use if you want to are geared towards making you the most knowledgable as you can be as well as helping you get internships and jobs during the year and after graduation. Villanova is more than just a bunch of classrooms.


The professors at Villanova University are glad to help you whenever you need it; all professors have office hours outside of class and this gives the students an opportunity to schedule an appointment and talk about any problems they may have with their school work. There are also research opportunities, where you can work alongside professors on projects during the semester or over the summer. For instance, in the psychology department here at Villanova, there are many research labs pertaining to cognitive science or developmental psychology in infants.


The class sizes in the business school are perfect. Your teachers definitely know your name, and most of them even know a lot of facts about you. Intermediate accounting was a challenge, but my teacher was still on campus at 10 PM at night and on her way out, saw my group working on the project due the next day, and took time to come over and give us some tips before she went home. Talk about teachers going out of their way to help!


As you progress through your career at Nova, you'll discover whether you want the easy A or the intelectually stimulating class. You'll easily find both here. All the classes are under 30 students, and I regularly speak with professors I had years ago. They will remember you by name if you put in the effort. Depending on what your aspirations are, the students are among the most competitive in the country. Villanova has a pipeline to Wall Street. My favorite class thus far was Macro Economics, taught in London by an ex-investment banker. Professor was a boss (he was 75), class was 4 hours long, but we spent most of that time talking about scotch/cigar mixtures. Most unique class thus far has been Arabic. Take something that you'll never have a chance or reason to take later in life. My major is Finance and International Business. It's good. Most employers rate Nova students highly, so the education is geared at both getting a job, and learning. Learning is a biggie at an Augustinian institution.


The academics at Villanova are very strong. Class sizes tend to be around 30, and professors make it a priority to get to know their students. Professors are very accessible and are always willing to help. Students here are very competitive, which makes everyone work harder. Job placement rates are great, and we have a huge alumni network that is excellent for job connections.


My high school's motto was "Academic Excellence," and I'm proud to say that Villanova also holds up to that standard. Students are expected to do well and succeed, but never without the help of the faculty. Most of my classes are 10-15 students, so teachers get to know students well. My teachers are always willing to help me out and every teacher on campus has weekly scheduled office hours for students who are looking for extra help. I'm a communication major with a specialization in public relations and a minor in French. The communication department is really great - all of the faculty and staff are dedicated to helping any students. There are many clubs and organizations that help you with your job search. For example, I am on the executive board of the Public Relation Student Society of America on Villanova's campus, and we focus on networking to create connections between students and alumni to help in future job searches.


Kids raised in cloistered parochial homes and suddenly given an abundance of freedom to indulge their whims. Sadly, some kids can't handle the freedom and wash out. The ones that make it are frazzled after four years of jumping through impossible hoops presented by a faculty that considers lecturing by rote and assigning hundreds of pages of reading each week as a suitable teaching strategy.


I'd say kids at Villanova are pretty balanced students. It's definitely assumed that everybody's getting their work done... you dont really hear of people that are just partying and skipping class non-stop... generally people are pretty determined to do well and those that avoid any and all work and just beer-pong and keg-stand their days and nights away aren't necessarily having the most fun. One of the things I love most about going to school at Nova is the fact that someone may have a 5-page paper due the next day and they may be through-the-roof stressed, but they'll still take an hour break to play guitar-hero or have a quick game of pool in Connelly, and know that by the end of the night (or by 4 in the morning), they'll have their essay proofed and printed. Academics is one of those 'at the back of your mind' things - it's a given that you're studying, and therefore no need to talk about or compete over grades, which I like. Having said that, because its of shared importance, if someone's struggling with an assignment or just can't quite understand where they went wrong in their Calc homework, there will always be someone sitting right next to them helping them get through it, and at exam time, nobody's too proud to lend their notes or help someone out with tutoring. Everyone seems to want everyone else to do well. It's a really healthy academic environment... and nobody really allows pressure to get cut-throat, because that would just get in the way of enjoying college. To paint a pretty picture, people can be seen chasing shots of vodka with starbucks double shots of espresso during finals week at 2 in the morning studying.


With class sizes so small, you develope a relationshp with your teachers that other schools with 300 students per classs don't get a chance to do. If a grade comes down to the line, or you want to get written into a class, the teacher and help you get it. Academics is definetly tough, but if the proper time is allocated per class, its no problem. The majority of students work hard and play hard. They get their school done first, and then go out and have a good time. Teachers love when students participate, because not many do, and if you do talk in class, your grade can be affected positively. The business program makes you meet the regular requirments normaly make you take but they are coming out with a new curiculum as we speak. The teachers in the business school are very real life orientated. Most professors spent time as professionals in their areas of expertise. They relate stories and scenarios to real world situations.


Pretty satisfied with my English and French majors. however, many students (and the admin, perhaps) tend to look more favorably upon business and engineering majors... this is unfortunate. more attention needs to be paid to the college of arts and sciences. ive learned a LOT being an arts major. students need to be less afraid of having intellectual conversations-- so many people have a "too cool" attitude towards this. upside to this: few students brag about accomplishments. sadly, nova seems to aim its students toward getting a JOB rather than learning for learning's sake. it promotes the business and engineering schools like crazy, and hooks up many of those grads with some sweet jobs after graduation. yep, it's a hard knock life for an arts major...


Professors always know you by name. Most classes are never bigger then 35 students. If you have a lecture which is for sciences and some others its max 150 students (most schools have HUNDREDS). Even in my science lecture, my professor knew me. The small classes are great but it does mean you have to participate. A lot of professors do account for participation in your final grade. Professors hold regular office hours and are willing to schedule appointments that work for you. If you put in the effort, professors and faculty will too. There are always renown speakers that come to the university as well which stipulates intellectual conversation outside the classroom. The requirements for arts and sciences seem excessive but in the end you are thankful because it exposes you to a ton of classes you may never have tried otherwise. Two of which ended up being my double minors (Philosophy and Political Science) The career center will help you to all ends to assist in getting summer internships. Everyone is helpful but you have to be willing to have papers in on time etc.


The academics are by far the best part about Villanova, which is the reason I go there. The requirements are definitely steep, but also extremely manageable if you think them through. As far as schoolwork goes, if you don't fuck around for the whole semester, you should have no problem staying on top of your work. Villanova is a great place to go for self-motivated people who really want to learn and grow as individuals, but it definitely takes some extra effort to break from the crowd and be true to yourself. A lot of kids at Villanova don't exploit the facilities and amenities available, which is a huge shame considering the amount of money that is being put into their education. Also, there are ALWAYS opportunities to go to meetings, assemblies, speeches, documentary-showings, thesis presentations, lectures, and much more, on and off campus. Philadelphia is a great resource, and one trip there will almost always result in the furthering of your self-knowledge. Get out there and learn, people! Life is too short to be stupid


Professors usually know your name, classes are small. In liberal arts, there are various requirements that must be fulfilled, but many options within those requirements. Although I didnt feel all the requirements were necessary looking back on it I feel like they give you a very well-rounded background. Participation is encouraged but not required for most classes. Some teachers expect participation in order to get a good grade. Students are rather competitive. My major had increidible teachers, very interesting and caring professors. The most unique class I ever took was called Sustainable Development in Latin America, during october break we traveled to Costa Rica and learned about ecotourism and sustainable development.


Academics at Villanova are tough, there is no doubt about that. I came from a very prominent academic background from one of the best high schools on Long Island, but I had to relearn how to study once I got to Villanova. My professors challenged me so much, they wanted to know why I believed what I believed. A lot of them tried to shake me from my comfort zone a little bit so I would be able to see the things I have been blind to my entire life. All of my professors knew my name this year. My largest class was about 60, and my smallest class was about 10. If I was not in class, I knew I had to email my professors to tell them of my whereabouts, because if I didn't, they would. They were genuinely concerned about my well being. My favorite class was called ACS (Augustinian Culture Seminar). We all have to take it as freshmen, and it is a discussion based class. I learned a lot about different perspectives on religion, modernity, the self, and so on. I really was able to interact with my small class of 10, all of whom lived in my co-ed dorm. I didn't like Business Law, but that is probably because I find no interest in the subject. Students definitely study some major hours during the week. However, they always make time for fun, sitting outside in the nice weather reading their material, or hanging out in their rooms and relaxing after class. Finals week has a kind of quiet atmosphere. The borders of fashion come down as everyone walks around in sweatpants. The library is packed. The hours put in during that time are definitely intense. Depending on which class you're in, there will be more or less participation. Obviously, in a lecture class, there is not as much participation as there will be in a conversation-based class. Outside of class, I'm surprised about how much I speak of politics and challenging issues for our country or simply our school. ACS definitely provoked some interesting conversations about our beliefs, and led to debate among my friends and me. Some students are competitive, but mostly we try to work together to help each other out. No one maliciously uses competitiveness to gain edge in class, but then again, teachers do not favor students in my experiences. My most unique class was my leadership class that I took in my dorm. Since I lived in a learning community, I was required to take a class in my dorm with fellow dorm mates. For about 2 hours a week, I learned about how to become a better leader, develop people skills, and excel in my own atmosphere. It taught me a lot about how I can improve on my own life. I actually went to my ACS professor's home for dinner at the end of this past semester. He entertained us and treated us as adults. It was very rewarding that, after a semester's worth of hard work, my teacher made me dinner and spoke to me about what was happening in my life. It was one of the best experiences I have had at Villanova. I think that Villanova's academic requirements have enabled me to gain a broad view of the different careers I may choose. Since it is a liberal arts school, I am required to explore outside the realm of my particular major so I will have a better understanding of what I want to do. I think it's an amazing way of learning. In high school, going to school was all about the rat race of getting the material for a test and acing the test so you could go to college. At Villanova, it's all about understanding the material, and I had many more papers than written or scantron tests.


Villanova is a strong academic school with a great reputation. For the most part the teachers are very qualified. The Business and Engineering schools are defiinitely top-notch. Most classes are very challenging. I like how the teachers are approachable after class. However, I think the Arts and Sciences requirements are absurd. There is no need for so much foreign language, theology, and sciences. If you don't take AP courses in high school, you will suffer the consequences.


Classes require alot of work. I hate the core requirements and theology/philosophy. Love the biology and sciences.


Most of the classes are a very nice size, usually less than 30 students. Some intro science classes, however, are run as lectures, but they are also broken up into smaller, more intimate labs.


I have found many of my classes interesting and intriguing. My favorite classes were the ones where the professor shows much enthusiasm and engages the entire class in discussion. Intellectual conversations happen between close friends once and while. Students are most likely competitive with themselves; no one judges anyone else for their academic work. Since I'm a history major with an interest in the liberal arts, I don't mind the academic requirements. Other majors, such as math and science, don't particularly enjoy the required courses geared towards liberal arts.


some professors know my name favorite(idk) least favorite(ACS) class participation is common some students study a lot some don't


My professors know my name. My favorite classes are all of my history classes and also the two astronomy classes I took.


All of my professors know my name. The one thing that i would change, although i know that it will benefit me in the long run, is that we have to take core classes that are very writing intensive. Classes such as philosophy and psychology - both of which are not in my mindset. Villanova prepares everybody so well for the real world..i have never heard anybody not being able to get a job etc. The nursing department is great - couldn't ask for more invovled staff.


Some classes at Villanova are lecture classes and some are smaller. All freshman are required to take ACS (Augustine Culture Seminar) which you take with people who live in your dorms and the class size is usually about ten kids. It is basically like an English class and the teachers really encourage class discussion. You get to know your teacher and your classmates very well. Even in other, larger classes the professors try their hardest to get to know their students and the majority of my professors know my name. My favorite class is my nursing class and it is taught by Dr. McGovern who is the greatest teacher that I have ever had. My least favorite class is history but just because I am not into that kind of thing. The amount that people study varies from person to person and also depends on what the class requires. I have to study for days and days before an anatomy test but I would probably study for two hours tops before a psych test. Also I have friends who will wait until the last second to study no matter what subject it is. I also had a friend (who shall remain nameless) who actually brought wine to a final and sipped it throughout. I have already mentioned that I am a nursing student but I really like the way our nursing lab is taught. We have scenarios during class and we practice things that we will need on each other and it forces us to become comfortable. The class is really geared toward preparing us for situations that we will be in and we get a lot of attention and feedback from teachers. All of the professors have set office hours that the students can go to if they need extra help and they can be really helpful.


it is extremely rare for a professor to not know my name. i actually get somewhat offended if they dont. my very first semester freshman year one of my professors actively got me involved in an internship program he was the head of. class participation is very encouraged, intellectual conversation is frequent, and classes are as competitive as you want them to be. the business school is one of the best in the nation, and it shines in all aspects.


My favorite courses were taught by Prof. Frank Pryor and Dr. James McGann both of the Political science department!!! I took each of those professors 3 times. Both require you do to a great deal of work to do well in their class however the work is interesting work!!! My least favorite class, Differential Equations. My experience has been that most professors here take an active interest in their students, you build relationships with them even outside of your classes. An example, my professor for my Calculus I course, found out we were pooling money to get a fellow class mate who's mother had recently passed away flowers, and she gave us money! Other professors have taken students out for lunches and dinners, bbq's etc. Class participation is very common, students are really nice to one-another, very common for entire classes to collaborate on study guides for exams. The nicest professors I've had at Villanova are Dr. Carol Anthony and Prof. Barbara Zimmerman.


Participation is pretty much inevitable in most classes. If you tend not to participate, the teachers will really try to make you say something. There is a lot of verbal expression. I am in the college of Liberal Arts and I find that a lot of the classes I am required to take, I am not really very interested in. I wish I could take more things that I wanted (more electives) but I guess there is a method to the huge Liberal Arts requirement at Villanova. I am certainly learning a whole lot of different things which will probably serve to make me more well-rounded in all areas of learing...which is good. But I still wish I could take JUST ONE history course instead of 2 and JUST ONE social sciences course instead of 3. I also wish there could be more things available to students interested in the arts. More art. More music. More dance. More creativity in general. A performing arts center would be great. I find that academics are placed far ahead of these things at Villanova, making it a very academic (and probably sports too) oriented school. Overall, if you don't like to study and aren't the smartest and fastest person at understanding things academically, you may have a hard time despite the efforts of your teachers and peers. OH AND ALSO: IT IS VERY VERY HARD TO GET GOOD GRADES IN MOST OF THE CLASSES. You really really need to put your all into every course you take and try your absolute hardest. There will be many many many late nights of studying and reading and writing. You make pull some all nighters to get things done, especially if you procratinate. I find that I put so much effort into the first semester, that by the second semester I was EXTREMELY drained, even after fall, winter and sprink breaks. Its feels like you are never done. Once you finish with one project or essay, there is always another one to do. There are no breaks. You just gotta keep on going. Despite all this though, I feel a great sense of accomplishment for working so hard. I never knew I could do so much. After all, I am only one person. But I think I handeled myself and my work the best I possibly could. Oh and I did not use good grammar in any of this. So don't think you can do well by rambling off on papers like I just did. haha :)


Villanova's main goal is to prepare students for life after college, giving them to tools to keep social justice in their minds at the workplace and leave Villanova having a well rounded education with a focus on maintaining your morals. All teachers learn the students names and I even have several of my teacher's cell phone numbers. Teachers invite classes over for dinner, and teach in an appropriate way in that they know student could choose to sleep through their class so they aim to make you want to go to their class. And overall I do want to go to my classes. The best classes I am currently in are a peace and justice class called option for the poor, and sociology of social work. They are both discussion based and the fact that they fit into my core curriculum means I can take fun classes that interest me while still fulfilling essential credits. We have great career services and so many alumni come back to higher Villanova graduates. I am a Human Services major so when I am a senior I will get to intern at places like Children's Hospitals or any other social service-geared places. Most HS majors get offered jobs where they intern so really, Villanova could potentially get me a job without even trying.


The faculty is awesome. They are very friendly and seek to get to know students individually. They are usually very understanding. They are very intellectual and have forced/caused me to be a better critical thinker. Of course, you will encounter ones that you do not like and do not fit the norm.


The classes are small, and the teachers, as far as my experience tells me, are generally great. It is the academics here that I really enjoy, although that is mostly just because the Honors program that I am in, which consists of a grand total of 17 students, exposes me to only the best teachers in the school. Call it vanity, whatever. Either way, you can find people that enjoy to learn and are here for the love of knowledge, but as of right now I can name them all on one hand. Most of the kids spend an average of I'd say two hours of work for every 10 that is really necessary, yet all you hear is complaints whenever anyone has to do an ounce, even if it's just some stupid two-paged essay on some movie that has to be done for the required freshman seminar course, which I am so glad that I don't ever have to take because of its nature. Overall, the education is built for business students who want a job right out of college from businesses that generally hire Villanova graduates, and there is little to no focus on actually learning any material. Rather, people are simply concerned with getting through the pains of learning in order to get out into the "real world."


Classes are in general very good, you will run into a few terrible professors, but that's everywhere. Overall, professors make a great effort to get to know your name and try very hard to help you. they are all available for extra help and there are so many resources to get even more help-such as upperclassmen tutoring, writing center, etc. Do not usually see hardcore competitiveness which is definitely good. Must work hard to get an A in classes, but if you manage your time the work load is not bad.


Classes are the perfect size. Small enough for you to get noticed and develop a dialogue with your teacher, but big enough to disappear if you don't want to answer a question. The Physics department is the end all be all of awesome. It is probably the smallest departemnt in the school and, as such, you get to know all the professors personally. They love to hold departmental parties with free food and great discussions. All the treachers there have their PhDs and love what they teach. A warning to science majors: you have a large number of arts cores to get out of the way before graduating, expect to take at least two overloads.


School is somewhat difficult. trying to maintain good grades while playing a sport at Villanova isn't the easiest thing in the world. It is important as an athlete to participate in class so that when I miss class, I can ask questions and possible talk with the teach before, during, or after class.


Academics are fine. Professors do a great job always challenging me. The only problem I feel though is that students are only worried about grades instead of actually experiencing and learning what is taught.


Pretty tough but you can find your way to getting some easy classes that will raise the gpa


What I really love about Nova and what made my decision a lot easier to come here, are the classroom sizes. Unlike at a big university, the professors get to know you. You can interact with them on a daily basis and you can also get to know your classmates more. I also love how it challenges me academically. I am not the best student, but with Villanova you have to do all the work in order to be successful and knowing that helps push me to succeed in the classroom.


Villanova academics in my opinion is exellent. Teachers gives you respect and will do everything in order us to be successful. As an international student, they never gave up on me and always try to help me as much as i can. I had a huge progress with my writing skills, public speaking skills and much more. The teachers are always available and willing to help. My major is management and minor in international business andi found that the management department is great and the teachers' stuff is even better. I learned a big deal fro my teacher in every management class i've been taken and I am still in topuch with some of the teachers.


The classes are the perfect size. There is more than enough individual attention given to each student.


Professors know my name. My favorite class is spanish because it's easy. My least favorite is ACS cause I have to write papers. I don't study much. Students are competitive. I'm in "arts and sciences".


I'm a business major, and Villanova will get you that degree. A lot of the classes require a fair amount of group work as they want you to be oriented in a team setting. Classes are small to medium sized, generally about 15-25 students, with your occaisional lecture hall having no more than 50. For the most part, the professors are awesome - they really care about getting to know you, and do everything they can to help you succeed. They make themselves available outside of class, so if there is anything you need, they are there for you. People study a lot here, the most popular place being Bartley Hall, which is open all night -- you can always find kids studying until the early hours of the morning. The business school has great connections, and as long as you work hard, they will get you where you want to be after your 4 years.


Every professor I have knows my name. The largest class I have is about 30 people. This allows for a lot of class participation and interaction with the professors. My least favorite class is ACS (Augustine Culture Seminar). Two semesters are required freshman year. The seconds feel like hours in these classes on most days. The up side is that once you take your two classes, you are DONE!!! There isn't a lot of work for these classes, but the classes drag on. My favorite class is my spanish class. I am taking Conversations and Compositions. For me, it's just fun to talk about my ideas in another language. We have conversations about everything. Sometimes, I even forget I'm speaking a different language.


Most of the professors know my name. Class participation is common. Students are competitive, but they also help each other out.


Villanova is among the top schools for academics in the nation. The engineering, nursing, and buisness programs are some of the hardest, yet most notable of the majors. Classes can be intimidating because the standard is set so high because everyone is so smart, however the students and teachers are always reassuring and comforting towards everyone.


Academically, kids have to be pretty smart to get in to Villanova, but there are still some people where you wonder how the hell they got in to this school. Conversations outside of class are rare, and you don't often meet people in class who you become close with- that's restricted to extracurricular things typically. The professors are hit and miss- some don't really give a damn what your name is, and others connect pretty intensely and make you want to learn. As a Liberal Arts major, things are geared toward learning for its own sake, but the other schools seem hell-bent on rankings, careers, and making money. Though Nova is typically regarded as a Liberal Arts school, the focus remains on improving business, engineering, and nursing programs, which is frustrating to the lowly English and history majors just trying to learn.


great, lots of help when you need it. the teachers are very open and understanding to any needs you have.


some of the professors are great, and others are terrible. quite a few professors, such as in the physics department, are here on tenure, and they really shouldn't be teaching. other's really care about the students and interact very well with them. most of them are available throughout the week for extra help. i've really enjoyed ACS.


Academics at Villanova get high marks from me in general. Classes are usually pretty small, I can honestly say that every professor knows my name and takes a real concern about how I am doing in their class or in school in general, and all are available for help outside of class. There is definitely a difficult work load, especially since we have so many core requirements, but no so much that you can't have a life. The business school is great, internships abound, and business students have no trouble getting a job upon graduation. Arts students are well-rounded and focus more on education than on a career after college. My classes have been great so far. My teachers are smart and good at communicating their passion for a subject to their students, which makes classes intellectually stimulating.


Yes, the professors et to know your name if they wish. Some care more about that sort of thing than others, but classes are small enough that that can happen. But they're not so small that your the only one in class. MY favorite class was Intermediate Corporate Finance, because the professor made such boring class material really funny with hilarious jokes about modern day examples of companies and there screw ups. My least favorite class was business law, because the professor was a bore and so was the material. The amount students study depends on the student. You'll find that some don't study at all, some study a lot, so it typically depends on the type of student. Class participation is common in most classes at least to some degree, some professors just lecture but most try to keep classes awake and moving by having students participate. Students are pretty competitive, but no so competitive that they would chop people down on the way up the ladder. The Finance major/department is pretty easy I found. There are lots of Finance majors and at the completion of a Finance degree, if you are pretty smart at Villanova you will probably be able to work for an Investment Bank or on Wall Street trading. If that's not your thing than you can look the Corporate Finance route. But if you major in Finance and that's where you want to get a job, Villanova will get you a job that's tops in the industry. The classes in Finance were well designed, informative, and pretty difficult at most levels. It's not a particularly stressful major, and it's actually quite fun if you enjoy what you learn. Very few professors spend time outside of class with you, for hanging out purposes. However, if you need assistance on a project or paper, have questions about getting a job, or anything most professors are available in their offices for any sort of conversation you can cook up. The requirements are many at Villanova. There are some philosophy, history, theology, sociology, math, and science requirements for pretty much every major. Being an Augustinian university, the school requires all students take two semesters of classes that teach about St. Augustine, his life and his teachings. These requirements, though, difficult are not that hard, and can be interesting if you make them. At the business school, your learning is geared toward getting a job. But I think that some of the other majors in Arts and Sciences are geared more towards learning for learning sake.


I will say that the professors at Villanova are normally very personable and I have held many personal relationships outside of the classrooms with them. Having these relationships is important I think for college students, especially when they need a reference for a job or when applying for something on campus.


The academics are very challenging at Villanova. The teachers expect a lot from students in terms of workload and class participation, but the students are up for the challenge, making it also quite a competitive academic atmosphere. Most classes are about 20-30 people, and therefore the student-teacher relationship is pretty good.