Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T19:04:03Z
NewLo is pretty diverse and the restaurant selection shows it. You got some chain restaurants, some swanky, high class places, some low brow places, lots of ethnic food. No good sushi in town so that's a bummer. No good Mexican either but I'm a snob about that. Peruvian, Dominican, Ethiopian, Greek, French, Italian, pretty good stuff overall.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T19:02:08Z
On campus parking is pretty much assigned. You don't use cars during the week, dorms are closer to the buildings (2-5 minute walk) than the cars are parked. If you park a car off campus, it means you're probably not authorized to have a car. That's kinda pricey. Also, risky, if you get caught.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T19:00:32Z
Rooms are pretty restrictive, but free and you can usually pick your roommate. It's coed, mixed class housing which I think is cool.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T18:59:26Z
Only seniors can have cars on campus. They say it's a "privilege", but there's no parking. New London is small, though. Taxis aren't pricey and there's a free shuttle for cadets on weekends.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T18:57:52Z
Health & Safety:
Clinic staff are argumentative with students, at times, and seem to think everyone is malingering. Some are, but it was a little ridiculous when I had to fill out paperwork before being seen this one time when I had a broken wrist (treated as a sprain) and severe internal bleeding (treated as a bruise). Docs are hit or miss. Dr. Gumble is a miss.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:59:23Z
I HATE the weather here! It's super hot and humid in the summer, which I'm ok with. But...well here's the breakdown:
Early November-March or April - Life beyond the Wall (winter). It's freezing, it's windy, the sun hates you and for the brief hours it's up, it's hiding behind clouds. It's not snowing. No no. It's raining, or just windy. People are like "That's just New England lol!!1!" Well I hate it, there's no excuse.
April - Kinda cool. It's raining a lot. BAM freezing cold. Ok it's good again.
A random two weeks in May/June - It's super nice out! It's like perfect weather!
June-September - Really, really hot and humid. Probably a hurricane that everyone will panic about and cause no significant damage except for someone's car getting crushed by a tree. Hey, did you not hear about the hurricane? Why'd you park under a tree?
A random two weeks in September - It's super nice out! It's like perfect weather!
September-November - Sweater weather. Rain. Random cold days to give you a taste of things to come, but you cannot fully brace yourself for the misery of winter.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:53:33Z
All cadets must live on campus for the four years.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:52:10Z
No parties on campus unless you count a reception for a visiting dignitary as a party (in which case, you are zero fun). The bars are like a 15 minute walk and they're all within 5 minutes of each other, so that's a plus. Sometimes they have cover $5, sometimes they don't. Drinks are cheap and usually strong. Music's ok, don't expect good dance music unless you go to the gay bar, most local DJs suck. Decent variety - some indie/garage punk bars, hip-hop kinda places, outdoorsy summer bars, dives, irish pub, country bar, gay bar/club, some smaller restaurant/bars, some swanky places too. Just gotta break away from the pack once in a while and walk into a new bar.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:48:23Z
No printing cost or quota limits. Tech support has an attitude, though, and they're likely to just wipe your hard drive than try to fix whatever is wrong. The fun part is since they're issued laptops they can just do what they want with it. There's wireless all over campus, so that's a plus.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:46:30Z
Food is free and there are plenty of options to accommadate dietary needs. The dining hall is only open for meal hours and the only restaurant closes at like 4 or 6pm, so you have to sneak in using a coveted elevator key just to snag a PB&J or some fruit if you didn't sneak it out before. You can order food for delivery, but only until 10pm unless you want to walk to the front gate.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:42:16Z
Guys & Girls:
The students are all athletes. They're mostly all in great physical shape and super attractive. It's a small, tight knit school so mostly everyone is pretty friendly and sociable.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:40:31Z
there is not greek life at the Academy. I mean, there may be Greek students, but, like, literally from Greece. Not in fraternities or sororities.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:39:38Z
I'd definitely choose it again, but if you don't want to be in the Coast Guard or the military, it's not the place for you. It gets rough at times and you need to have that motivation. The student body really makes it all worthwhile though. People get super close here and look out for each other.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:38:16Z
It's pretty unique in that by senior year, the work is pretty much graduate level. Every student, regardless of major, will take a capstone course and/or complete a capstone research project, presenting their work to the school and, more importantly, senior military officials at the end of the year.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:38:16Z
Workload's pretty hefty sometimes. In definitely fluctuates and it seems like every major has one miserable semester in terms of being bogged down with work. The teachers are all really knowledgeable. Some of them are kind of crappy people. Some of them are the nicest people you'll meet. All of them will work extra with a student if they need it. So I guess they're all dedicated to helping and super knowledgeable, after that it's just an issue of their personalities, pretty standard across the board.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:35:17Z
The gym facilities are pretty awesome and are dedicated to athletes and functional fitness. People using the equipment correctly have no excuse to ever be in anything but the best shape of their lives. All students are required to play sports, so sport games may not be attended because people are off with their own sport at a practice or game. Intramurals are pretty popular too. Club sports are some of the most popular and widely attended. The hockey and rugby games are the most fun and see a lot of fans, both students and locals. For varsity, men's soccer (there's a Hooligans club on campus) and women's volleyball are the most popular to attend.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:31:33Z
Drug use is absolutely not tolerated and students are tested at random. Alcohol use is prohibited on campus except in designated events. Upperclass will often get invited to receptions for dignitaries or to the Superintendent's house, were alcohol is available. It's common for the students to go downtown or across the street to Conn College and drink on the weekends. Underage drinking isn't tolerated.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:29:25Z
It's hard to recruit diverse students to apply to the school, so sometimes its hard to see how diverse the school is. It's definitely a minority serving institution, even if the school's demographics don't quite match up with national demographics. Students come from all over the country and all walks of life, so while a photograph might not look like a rainbow coalition walking through campus, classroom and personal discussions definitely show how different each student is from the next.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:25:46Z
Because it is an Academy, there is guaranteed job placement and it is easy to find a career within your field of study. However, because the school is so small, it is limited to only 8 majors. There are plenty of major/track electives available to stretch studies beyond your major, but your concentration is limited.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:25:46Z
Not the field I wanted to study for college, but one I'm more likely to use in a long-term career. Overall, I've enjoyed my classes and teachers immensely so it all worked out. Some of the teachers are a little pretentious, but that's common anywhere you go.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:23:00Z
All students live on campus for the four years, so there is no "cost of living". Dining is good. New London is a small town trying to be a city. In the past few years, it's really stepped up culturally and in terms of a nightlife. Plenty of good restaurants in the city, a few ok bars. Decent bars within a 15 minute drive. Academy cadets get a free shuttle service on weekends to get around town.
Recent Alumnus 2013-11-14T17:20:08Z
All students have waived tuition, room & board, food, medical costs, etc. It's an estimated $400,000 cost and students actually receive a monthly stipend.
College Senior 2013-03-29T12:46:24Z
Only eight majors, so down graded for limited selection. Getting into a major is not hard, but staying in some of them, especially the Engineering majors can be extremely difficult.
College Senior 2013-03-29T12:44:29Z
There are some really good days and really bad days; typical New England weather. The Dark Ages (November-March) are really rough since it gets dark so early.
College Senior 2013-03-29T12:39:18Z
Limited parking, parking is only for seniors, and they give parking tickets on the regular.
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