College Freshman 2013-11-08T18:54:11Z
There is pretty much no town without the university here. It's a very small mountain town with very little to do outside of winter activities. And there is one mall, relatively small. There are no recreation centers outside of the university, in fact, the only 2 childcare centers in town are owned by the university and run by students.
College Freshman 2013-11-08T18:43:50Z
I'm not sure, I'm not a nightclub person. But a lot of the students go out partying, especially freshman. There's 2 or 3 nightclubs around town and they're so close they may as well be considered to be on campus.
College Freshman 2013-11-08T18:41:28Z
I've been told that it's not worth the cost. But that the apartments around town are very nice.
College Freshman 2013-11-08T18:38:47Z
Transportation to anywhere in North Carolina is pretty convenient, not so much for out of state. It's very cost-effective and there's even a Facebook page for students to set up carpools.
College Freshman 2013-11-08T18:36:08Z
Academically the university does a fine job. But given the extreme lack of diversity and lax attitudes of the officials that are supposed to regulate the parties, drugs, and alcohol issues, I think I may have made the wrong choice in schools.
College Freshman 2013-11-08T18:29:27Z
Inside of the library, everything runs perfectly and smoothly, the connection, printing, etc. However, anywhere the connection is spotty. You have to buy your own printer, but you can rent laptops free of charge for 8 hours at a time.
College Freshman 2013-11-08T18:22:21Z
There are plenty of dorms available, including a couple of newer ones. Some dorms are specific to a certain group like International students or ROTC students, etc. They're all very clean and so far I've experienced a wonderful community as I'm sure all of the residence halls have. Freshman are guaranteed housing, and the application process is pretty easy, although wherever you apply is never where you end up. They completely disregard personal preference. Each residence hall has at least a main lobby, kitchen, and several vending machines. There are also study rooms/lounges available.
College Freshman 2013-11-08T18:16:19Z
The university has 2 programs geared towards students who cannot afford the cost of attendance, one of which I am a part of. However, you can only receive the exact amount of the cost of attendance and nothing more. So if you need money for books, supplies for certain classes, money to return home at the end of the semester, etc. you must acquire it elsewhere. My art class required $200 worth of supplies, and I ran out of money on my meal card, so I had to find a job on campus. Also, neither of the programs allows for the application of extra loans of the students own accord. So if you need extra money, you have to get a job or scholarships, if you cannot get either of the two, there's not much that can be done.
College Freshman 2013-11-08T18:10:02Z
There are two dining halls and two markets, they all have a nice variety of options and are very cost-effective.
College Freshman 2013-11-08T18:05:07Z
There are a couple of places that are open 24 hours, but not many. At some restaurants students are offered a 10% discount. Most of the places are cost-effective.
College Freshman 2013-11-08T16:44:16Z
There are policies, rules and regulations in place to prevent drug use, underage drinking, and to promote an efficient college experience, however, this is not enforced. In fact, on more than one occasion the people delegated to enforce these rules have been caught violating them themselves.
College Freshman 2013-11-08T16:41:24Z
Out of 20,000 students, around 500 are African-American and even less numbers of Asian, Hispanics, and other ethnic group. The school borders on unanimously Christian, and there is 1 practicing Muslim that attends (she is the president of the Muslim Student Association and the only one that wears the traditional head scarf). So as you can see, there's not much diversity. There is, however, a strong LGBT community and a wide range of political views.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T02:02:48Z
Being a music major, I am in the music building for most of the day almost everyday, as are most other music majors. There a few minor things I would enhance, such as storage space and some aesthetic features, but overall the music building is a phenomenal building.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T01:57:52Z
I have only heard of drugs and alcohol being used on campus. I have never witnessed it happening, nor have I partaken in any such event.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T01:55:33Z
The main problem with Greek life at Appalachian is the people that are persistent that the Greek organizations haze, when in fact I have never heard a first-hand account of someone being hazed.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T01:52:46Z
When looking at Appalachian's website, I was eligible for several invite-only scholarships, but they only sent me an invitation to apply for one.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T01:51:23Z
I don't live off campus, so I don't know anything about the off-campus housing.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T01:50:14Z
I love being a music major. The workload is tough sometimes, but it will all be worth it in the end when I have a degree to teach children music.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T01:50:14Z
Being a music major is extremely stressful at times.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T01:46:54Z
I live in Gardner, with the smallest dorms in NC.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T01:45:16Z
Health & Safety:
I never feel personally in danger on campus.
College Sophomore 2013-11-03T19:49:26Z
The university is generally more lenient for alcohol offenses rather than drug offenses. Keeping a 2.0 GPA will give you good academic standing. Protests not really present on campus but no one will hold it against you if you have to speak your mind.
College Sophomore 2013-11-03T19:45:22Z
The professors are very compassionate about the material they cover and they are more than willing to work with you should an issue arise. A student's registration window is based upon his or her's earned hours. The library is definitely the place to study.
College Sophomore 2013-11-03T19:45:21Z
As a geography major, my studies are focused around various aspects of the Earth. The workload is not too overbearing, so if you like to party or slack off some, consider geography. From what I have heard from my professors, geography is a very employable major given the analytic and writing skills you learn and it is perfect for those unsure of what they want to do after college. Classrooms and labs are very well-equipped and suitable for geography.
College Sophomore 2013-11-03T19:36:17Z
The library in the center of campus is the place to go if you need to use a computer for whatever reason. Macs and PCs are available should you have a preference. Having your own computer is not necessary, but it helps since many classes have several elements online.
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