College Freshman 2013-12-09T03:33:21Z
MBC has a TON of black students, and a TON of lesbian/bi/pan/whatever students. Seriously, it's a great campus to be at if you're black or have a minority sexual orientation. There is definitely economic diversity, too. Political beliefs aren't discussed very much, so I don't have a handle on how that breaks down. Religiously, the campus is homogeneous. Almost everyone is Christian. I'm not Christian, so sometimes I'm uncomfortable, but overall the campus is pretty tolerant. However, there aren't many (or any) religious student groups for non-Christian religions.
College Freshman 2013-12-09T03:29:12Z
I would say the local atmosphere is a love/hate type of thing. Personally, I don't like it at all. Staunton is rural and painfully small. There is very little to do. Occasionally there are some fun events downtown, but that's rare.(Also, "downtown" consists of one small section of a single street. That's how small Staunton is.) There's more to do if you drive to Harrisonburg/JMU.
If you're the kind of person who thrives on busy-ness and activity, Staunton will drive you slowly insane. If you like small-town communities that don't have a ton going on, you'll appreciate Staunton's charm.
College Freshman 2013-12-09T03:24:44Z
The strictness isn't a big deal as long as you follow the rules. MBC is probably a little stricter than most schools, and it makes a BIG deal about the Honor Code, to the point where it's a little ridiculous. Every dorm has its own visitation policies, so the strictness on that varies by dorm. There really aren't any protests/demonstrations. Drinking/drugs are very common in certain social circles, but if you're not into that kind of stuff, it's pretty easy to avoid it by surrounding yourself with like-minded students.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T18:20:29Z
Dining at MBC is awful. There are two venues: Hunt, which is the main dining hall, and the Pub, which isn't actually a pub but serves salads and burgers and stuff like that. The menu at Pub is essentially always the same, but the quality is better than Hunt. However, Pub isn't open for every meal, and it's on the far side of campus, so students end up eating a lot a Hunt.
Hunt is the worst. I'll be honest. The options are limited and very low-quality. The salad bar is tiny and oftentimes the vegetables available aren't at all fresh. The food is extremely unhealthy and features a lot of carbs and meat. As a vegetarian, I find it extremely difficult to find good options. The "vegetarian meal" is usually hummus (just hummus, nothing to eat it with), something super carb-heavy, or nonexistent. The dining hours are a little restricted, too, which can make it hard to fit meals in between classes.You can't use your meal plan for any location other than Hunt or Pub (when it's open).
College Freshman 2013-12-08T06:30:53Z
I'm currently undecided on my major. MBC works well for undecided students. There are so many gen eds that you get at least two full years to poke around before you have to declare. One thing to note is, you should at least know whether you want a liberal arts major or an engineering-type major, because if you want the latter, MBC may not be the best for you. There's an engineering program that MBC offers in partnership with UVA, but the program is not for everyone.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T06:30:53Z
The academics are easy, especially for underclassmen. The standards are low. Most of my academically focused classmates load up on credit hours to provide some challenge. It does get more challenging for upperclassmen.
The professors are hit or miss. There are some amazing profs, and some unbearable, incompetent profs that should not be teaching. It's important to research profs when you're picking new classes so you can make sure you don't get any awful ones.
The curriculum is okay. There are WAY too many gen eds, including some really weird area requirements, such as Gender Studies, Race Studies, and a ton of physical education requirements. It can get annoying trying to fulfill everything, especially since some of the required classes, such as Intermediate Composition, feel useless. However, there are also some very unique courses, which is a major plus.
The registration process is pretty ridiculous. You can either register online, through your adviser, or in-person at the registrar's office. But if you're doing anything 'unusual', like repeating a course (fairly common for students taking music lesson courses, etc.) or taking over 17 credit hours, you have to go to the registrar in-person. Last registration window, I arrived at the registrar's office around 5:00 am and was the fifth person to show up. The office doesn't open until 8:30 am, so if you have an 8:00 class then you're out of luck.
Because MBC is so small, the first course of a two-semester sequence would only be offered in the fall, and the second half would only be offered in the spring. Also, a lot of classes are only offered every other year. This means you have to plan very carefully. It can get frustrating.
Popular study areas include psych, English, theater, some econ, and biology. One thing to note - MBC is VERY much a liberal arts college. There are no engineering classes available, let alone majors, nor are there any comp sci classes.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T05:06:36Z
You don't need a car to get around campus, but MBC is fairly isolated, so a car is essential if you want to do fun stuff on the weekends. Freshman parking sucks, but it gets better for upperclassmen. The school sometimes clears out parking lots for events, so it can get tiring having to move your car around.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T05:02:23Z
Downtown Staunton has some nice restaurants, but it gets repetitious fairly quickly. As a vegetarian, I've been able to find decent options, but they involve a lot of pizza, so vegans would probably have a really hard time finding good off-campus dining. There is one restaurant that's really good about being vegan-friendly, but it's a little pricier.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T04:58:06Z
There is no campus transportation. The campus is small enough that it's usually fairly easy to get around on foot, but it would be nice to have a shuttle to the far side of campus (where the arts center and physical activities center is). The arts center is a 15 minute walk - mostly up a steep hill - from the side of campus where most classes are, so if you're a theater, art, or music major, you'll find yourself frequently wishing for some kind of shuttle. It can also be a hassle if you work out or are involved in athletics. If you have knee problems, as I do, it can be a struggle to get around, but I've made it work.
College Freshman 2013-12-08T04:52:15Z
The off-campus housing options are extremely limited, and what little housing is available is usually pretty low quality (too expensive, far away from campus, etc.) The school does not want students to live off-campus, so they don't help students find off-campus housing. On-campus parking is limited and far away from classes, the library, etc., which is hard on students who live off-campus. Basically, if you really want off-campus housing, MBC might not be the best option for you.
College Senior 2013-12-05T21:02:31Z
there is absolutely no aid for going abroad and it is difficult to do so unless you are rich or going with the school, the school is very expensive but my financial aid covered most costs
College Senior 2013-12-05T21:01:26Z
the school is very diverse and there is a big LGBT community
College Senior 2013-12-05T21:00:43Z
Guys & Girls:
Unless you are into girls there is no dating on campus there are graduate students but they are all married or weird. there are a few adult students but they are old. there are no young males on campus
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:58:56Z
it is very difficult to find a place off campus and since the school doesnt actually want you to move away they won't help you find a place
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:57:56Z
there is no night life in staunton is is a typical town for old people
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:57:11Z
the weather changes day by day, some times it will be 30 and the next day it is 65 however in the fall it is amazing wearing a sweater sitting on the hill and seeing the trees in the distance.
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:56:13Z
we don't have any sororities and since it is a womens college no fraternities are necessary
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:55:03Z
there are very few vegetarian options and practically no vegan options. on the chance that there is a day where the food is actually good the portions are tiny
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:53:38Z
It all depends on what dorm you get generally the seniors get all the good rooms in the apartments and the best dorm, there is one dorm with no weekday visitation and that is the worst option.
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:51:38Z
My major is one of the best that my school has to offer we have a unique class just for psychology majors to discuss life after undergrad and options that are available.
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:50:23Z
The library is a good place to get work done but is rarely quiet and doesn't offer a large variety of books.
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:50:23Z
The amount spent on social activities is great. We each get a free movie once a month and it is awesome.
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:48:53Z
The only people who go to games are the friends of the athletes, we win sometimes but it is not a big deal.
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:47:36Z
I love my school, but it wouldn't have been my first choice. I came to school here to escape high school and it served that purpose great but class offerings are scarce and the social quality is going down.
College Senior 2013-12-05T20:46:04Z
Most of the issues of strictness in the school are dealt with by the student population so it changes by hear depending on who is on the counsel.
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