Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T21:52:38Z
Need for Personal Computer – Really the only reliable place with computers is the library. And it can get super crowded. So a personal computer is a must. Also, dorms don't have wifi yet, but the ethernet is okay.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T21:24:19Z
MARTA makes pretty much everything in Atlanta accessible.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T21:19:44Z
Very difficult to live off campus. The closest thing the college offers is Apartments that they own.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T20:15:22Z
There is little to no nightlife. There is plenty off campus in Decatur and Atlanta. If you're craving a frat party or bar hopping, you can go.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T20:11:53Z
It Is What You Make It – Science majors at Agnes Scott are a rarity. I graduated with 2 other students as a chemistry major in 2009, although biology is more popular. This has good and bad aspects. Some of the good points are that you get one on one attention form the professor. If you're struggling, the professor will notice adn ask how they can help. Also, you build a real team with your fellow students in the major. By the end I had one of my fellow chemists as a roommate and the other as by best friend. Some of the negatives are there can be a lack of variety. You get to know fewer people through your class load.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T19:37:00Z
Not for Everyone – There's a reason Agnes Scott's retention rate is so low: it's just not for everyone. Frankly it's not for me, but their scholarships are so generous I couldn't go anywhere else for cheaper. Agnes Scott is a school with moderate academics that could be great, if it didn't have so many archaic rules. Although it tries to "empower" women, Agnes won't let anyone live off campus unless they are moving in with their parents, their husband, or having a baby. The campus tends to be very reactionary to controversial topics. For example, there is a current budget "crisis" (which seems to have been mostly solved by some strategic cuts and offering generous retirement packages) that upset a lot of students, leading to many anxiety-ridden newspaper articles and protests. Not one person went to actually set up a meeting to speak with the president despite her frequent open office hours, and her community lunches (open to anyone who had a question about the school's future) were poorly attended. Students love to protest and picket; in general the attitude of "be the change you want to see" is very overarching. Agnes girls annoy me a lot personally, and I would say that a VERY significant percentage have psychological disorders. Our health center has many more counselors than Georgia Tech (which has 16 times more students), but can barely do anything else but give you a throat lozenge and birth control. Our school is also very liberal, so conservatives (or even moderates) beware of the activism. Homophobia, racism and sexism are scorned, to the point that I find people belligerent about equality. We have a special department that works to enhance diversity, and the lady in charge would give everyone long talks about how offended she was when people asked her where good Mexican food was (since she's clearly hispanic). Our clubs tend to be poorly attended and their activities are flaky, so if you have dreams of being heavily involved this is not the school for you. However, if you want to be the president and treasurer of 3 different organizations, you've come to the right place- many clubs do nothing but elect officers, and it looks fantastic on a resume. I find the campus attitudes to be quite irritating, so I don't like spending a lot of time around people here. If you happen to share the attitudes of the general populace, you'll fit right in.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T19:24:46Z
As a former member of the Judicial Board, I have investigated and voted on the fates of many students with alcohol violations. The Honor Code, which is vital to campus life, dictates that no student may have alcohol under 21, nor may alcohol be consumed in front of someone under 21. The last part of the rule seems a bit archaic, and I can't think of how it would realistically impact drinking. Essentially, everyone who wants to drink, drinks. Most just don't do it on campus, since Georgia Tech is practically a booze fountain. The only people that ever ended up being tried by the Judicial Board were those who were stupid about their alcohol consumption: drinking in front of an RA, putting vodka in a water bottle and hoping no one noticed the smell, leaving cans out in the open, etc. People on the Judicial Board certainly had a lot of friends who drank, and I suspect that most of them did it themselves. So, Agnes Scott won't hunt you down about drinking, but should you do it ostentatiously you may be fined or given some other penalty. Recently, Judicial Board starting mailing letters to parents about drinking violations.
Drugs are less popular, in fact I've never seen any drug (aside from abused prescription medicines) on campus. There is something of an Aderall trade here. Marijuana is probably the most used drug, but I've only ever seen it used off campus. No one who wants to smoke up ever has trouble doing it. Drug violations are punishable by expulsion, though, so you would have to be an idiot to do it on campus. There is almost no peer pressure about drugs or alcohol here, although many people can't seem to have fun without it. Also, cigarette smoking is extremely prevalent. I have been surprised by the number of people I meet who smoke after class.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T19:15:09Z
Mixed Blessings – Agnes Scott is rigorous for some students, and a breeze for others. I happen to fall into the latter category so I find the academics frustrating, as it is easy to do very little work and still do very well. I find that there is very much an "everyone is a special snowflake" attitude in a lot of courses, so just by voicing an opinion you can guarantee yourself a decent grade (regardless of the merit or justification of the opinion). I am always pleasantly surprised when a teacher turns out to be a hard grader, because almost none of them will shut down a student in class who is rambling on something that is plain wrong. That's why I stick to the math and science departments, because wrong is wrong and I don't have to listen to any melodramatic metaphors. Professors are really great here, despite their leniency in class. Most will stick to their syllabus and are very diligent about communicating with their students outside of class. I have never had trouble reaching a teacher, even on weekends. We don't really have TAs, so everything is taught by a professor, almost all of whom are extensively qualified. I look up to all my professors and admire their work, I have met very few that I don't think deserve to be there. Our registration process is a bit messy, since it is all done online and our dainty server can barely handle it. Most people study something in the humanities, while math and science are significantly less popular. While our physics and astronomy department can be counted on two hands, the work they get done is fantastic and all the students who want research can easily get it. Agnes Scott seems conflicted about its future- it claims to want to further research, yet its admission standards increasingly favor the humanities. The application recently became SAT optional, depending on a writing sample and an interview.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T18:54:41Z
The course load is rigorous, but the classes are amazing. I feel privileged to have gone to such an academically and socially engaging school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-12T18:52:18Z
The school was far more diverse than most schools in Georgia, in that it includes races, ethnicities, and nationalities far more than just black and white, but probably fails compared to most state schools, especially in bigger cities.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-17T16:19:09Z
Pretty Damn Good – The fin aid at Agnes is very generous- or at least, it has been up to this point. Personally, Agnes is paying for about 85% of my education. I don't know anyone who doesn't have at least 1 scholarship
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-17T16:11:46Z
Don't Bother – The people at Agnes emphasize that the school is a residential one. Correspondingly, I am told by students who have tried that the administration will be A PAIN IN THE ASS, if you want to try and live off campus. IMHO, don't bother- the dorms here are pretty damn good, and you have the option for apartment living as an upperclassman.
College Senior 2011-06-15T20:15:13Z
Utopian Society – Our school is beautiful and very socially aware as far as a progressive focus on women's rights and those of other oppressed groups, but once you leave campus, live becomes very real. Our school is often isolated and doesn't get involved with other colleges around Atlanta. It's a bubble and can get a little too "ideal" at times.
College Senior 2011-06-15T20:08:30Z
Agnes Scott is known for its strong academic program. The workload can be quite challenging depending on your major, however, it isn't overwhelming if you did well enough in high school to get accepted. There are great resources at the college for students who need special assistance or tutoring. We have a Writing Center which is student operated and tutors in other departments are available as well. Because we are such a small school professors are also available and very willing to speak with and help students outside of class.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-27T06:03:55Z
Guys & Girls:
Womens College – everybody dresses like they go to az womens college
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-27T06:02:05Z
AC Needed in All Dorms – all the dorms need air conditioning if you can have it downstair you can get it upstairs. other than that allis great
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-27T06:00:30Z
Dining Hall and Alston – Always loved the food and the different lines. Loved the alternative to meals in alston especially for breakfsast. many of the foods I try to duplicate at home now. Fried green tomatoes, the mozeralle tomato sandwich and dont forget the fried chicken and bread pudding
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-26T23:06:33Z
It's a small campus and a lot of people don't have cars, so it really isn't a big deal to find parking. I like to park far from my dorm for exercise, but there are parking spots available throughout campus. Parking passes run $60 a semester or $100 a year.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-26T22:55:13Z
Options Galore! There are SO many wonderful places around Agnes Scott. My favorite is Farm Burger, a sustainable, 100% grass-fed burger place. There's also Yogurt Tap, a wonderful frozen yogurt place. Students love Decatur and I always see someone I know when I leave campus for food. If you don't care for Decatur fare, Atlanta is only 6 miles away (also accessible by public transit) so whether you drive or ride, you can get to even more restaurants very easily!
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-24T19:22:17Z
Unless Your Are Going Off Campus You Dont Need It – otherwise there are tons of options. the marta train is a black away and then the marta bus takes you anywhere.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-24T19:17:04Z
Everyone Goes Off Campus – the closed place to go out is to walk into decatur. there are lots of places to eat and drink. if you want to party you have to go to georgia tech or emory. Its a short drive into the heart of atlanta so its really no big deal.
We like having Agnes Scott as a place to come back to, away from all the crazy-ness. Its like our own little sanctuary.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-24T19:12:17Z
Labs Are Very Well Orchestrated and Professors Give Individual Attention to Each Student – the science center is incredible. labs are very modern and well equip. The TAs are very helpful during lab.
The classes (even introductory) have around 10-15 students. All the professors know their students by name and encourage their students to make frequent office visits. Advisors are also very helpful and interested in the success of each of their advisees.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-29T21:08:50Z
Right Outside Your Door! The city of Decatur is very warm and inviting. There are tons of places to grab food if the dining hall isn't to your liking! Farm Burger, Chick Fil A, Brick Store Pub and Yogurt Tap are some of my personal favorites. In terms of the town, people are constantly walking their dogs through campus, going on jogs or bringing their babies to the quad. The community is very much a part of Agnes and it gives the college a very friendly feel. There are tons of jobs for Agnes students and I have found that ASC students are usually very highly regarded within the community. And of course, there's Atlanta, which is only a few miles away if you want to escape Agnes' cozy campus and enjoy the big city.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-09T22:30:45Z
Process Was Very Smooth – I recieved a great amount of Financial aid. The people in the aid office are very nice.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-09T22:28:06Z
I think that the honor Court could spend a little more time
before passing judgment. However they do a pretty good job
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