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I agree with the other parents who have posted here. I believe that college should be academically challenging, but the percentage of students failing classes and changing majors (even disciplined students with a good academic background) is staggering. Although I was not part of it, I do know that student and parent groups regularly band together and meet with administration about this issue as well as certain classes or professors and their inability to teach, advise, mentor, or be available to the students. In fairness, there were a few bright lights in the darkness as far as examples of professors or advisors who really took the time to teach or help students, and even offer research or intern opportunities. Were it not for these precious few, our student would have transferred out long ago. Another positive was the small size (although it is exploding now) of the undergraduate population. Because of this and the size of the campus, the students do tend to form close friendships, which helps soften the many other challenges of attending this school and serves as a good support network for students. The campus is pretty and has a lot of visual "bells and whistles" that look great in photos and in walking tours. The dorms are nice IF the student is lucky enough to get in to a good one (newer one). Parking is scarce, and most students live off campus for the last 2 years (often by choice) but the upper class dormitory options are not on the "main" campus (apartments under contract to the university). True diversity and inclusion are basically non-existent on campus. They rank "below average" in every diversity category, except male/female ratio (College Factual site). Catholic "identity" is virtually non-existent, so if you are looking for that, this is not the school. For the price, had we to do it all over, we probably would not have sent our student here. There are better schools both in and out of the area.
It's a small college with a good atmosphere, and safe. Everyone's respectful.
The Academic Success Coaches are great! Thank you Dr. Burton for helping me.