College Junior 2013-11-05T21:48:09Z
The disability department is great, and I would highly recommend disabled persons to choose Montevallo. They hire students to take notes for you, no matter what your disability may be. I needed a lab assistant to help me with my lab courses, and they paid for them as well. The only problem about Montevallo is the cobblestone if you use a wheel chair. First-generation college students also can become an Aspire member and receive free tutoring and attend workshops if you need help with your college experience.
College Junior 2013-11-05T21:37:03Z
You don't have to be Liberal to join, although I imagine their are more Liberals than Conservatives. There are several churches on campus, including Baptist ministries and other Christian churches. We have a club for LGBT persons called Spectrum. Some people are pretty flamboyant, because it is a Liberal Arts college, but there others like you. I know some Conservatives as well. I'm a non-denominational Christian who is questioning Scientology. Even the socially awkward are accepted here.
College Junior 2013-11-02T15:13:05Z
I was horrified when I did walk throughs here, there was garbage in the parking lots and up the walkways. It was like no one cared about anything. Then when we got inside some of the occupied units I couldn't believe they would show me these apartments in that state, I was horrified and I am sure they saw it on my face. One unit had a pile of garbage inside which made me think they would definitely have a bug problem. These units were 1 bedrooms for over $500, in a small town? Really? It was terrible, and the whole time I was not nearly close enough to campus to ever bike or walk, the closer we got the worse the conditions got. I would recommend living the next town over and commuting.
College Junior 2013-11-02T15:06:57Z
It is a small town, possibly the definition of such with the exception that they have a University there. Everyone is really nice, possibly overly friendly but thats the small town charm. Personally I feel like I could never live in a town this small and be this far away from everything else. I thought I came from a small town, which was a village of 10,000, and I lived 10 minutes from a city and 15 minutes from a bigger city. That's what I would look for in terms of living.
College Junior 2013-11-02T15:03:39Z
I dont feel that it is particularly strict with anything, they come by to give tickets for parking but they lay that out for you so if you park somewhere you're not supposed to that is your own fault. They aren't there every 5 minutes, so its average.
College Junior 2013-11-02T15:01:16Z
Because it is a small town I could not find housing close enough that I could walk to class without living in the dorms. With that said a car is necessary. Parking passes are extremely reasonable, it was 4x the cost at the University I attended prior which is why everyone walked. Even when you spent that money it was difficult to find parking. Here it is cheap and usually you can find a spot really close, only once did I have to park far within this first semester.
College Junior 2013-11-02T14:57:14Z
Not many options because it is a small town, but for the size there is a decent amount.
College Junior 2013-11-02T14:55:30Z
I dont live on campus and never have
College Junior 2013-11-02T14:54:22Z
I haven't really attended any athletic events, but it seems no one else I talk to has either so I would say it is not a huge part of campus life. But perhaps the undergraduates living on campus go to these events regularly, I don't know I guess.
College Junior 2013-11-02T14:52:16Z
It is challenging at times but it is also the graduate level and I expected that. To be honest I actually expected it to be more difficult than it is. Everyone involved is extremely helpful and kind including professors, supervisors, and other staff. Students are nice and we all get along very well, surprisingly not that cliquey.
College Junior 2013-11-02T14:52:16Z
This is a pretty easy process, the advisor was extremely helpful for this. For the most part I feel like it is unfair for me to give my input as I only have one option for classes each term unless I elect to do more. We have our own space in our building with a kitchen and everything for the students which is nice because as graduate students we basically live there.
College Junior 2013-11-02T14:48:19Z
Where I am from there is minimal diversity so it was a bit of a culture shock to see the diversity here. Everyone is extremely nice, it is just a bit of a melting pot which is interesting to see and I'm gaining some good experience from this.
College Junior 2013-11-02T14:45:52Z
Considering the size of the student body they do really well in this area, I suppose I am just used to larger Universities. They do not have a football team, which is surprising to me but again it is a small school. Their athletic center is new, really nice, and at first I thought small but since I have been going regularly I realize why it is that size, it isn't really ever busy.
College Junior 2013-11-02T14:39:18Z
Everyone here is really nice, professors are extra helpful, staff is extremely nice. I just feel they are behind the times in terms of technology and the process they go through to do just about anything. However, they do have smart-boards all over the place and ipads so they are doing well in that area.
College Junior 2013-11-02T14:37:43Z
The weather so far has been really nice, and for the most part I find parking really close to my building. But I will say there have been times I had to walk really far and if it had been raining that day it would not have been a very enjoyable walk. I am a little worried about spring since that tends to bring the worst weather here.
College Junior 2013-11-02T14:36:16Z
I would say it's average. There are no scanners or printers available in my building on campus which I found bizarre. In order to print on campus I have to go to the library, purchase a card or bring your print card, put money on your card, print from your computer, put your ID number in at the printer select the job and swipe your card. Its a huge process when it doesn't need to be that difficult. At other universities they track printing by having you log in to the computer you use, no cards, no codes at the printer, you are allotted a certain amount of printing before they begin charging your account. That was nice.
College Junior 2013-10-05T15:09:03Z
Health & Safety:
I have never felt unsafe here, but I can park right next to my building and it is fairly well lit at night. For the most part I'm only there during the day.
College Sophomore 2013-09-23T01:26:57Z
I think that the academics at Montevallo are very good. There are many class options ad i really like that there are so many gen ed options and also a good amount of class time options. That helps a lot for people who have jobs or do sports. I don't like that sometimes a class is only offered at certain times and sometimes how labs can get in the way of possibly having another class but those are things that can't always be controlled and that is understandable. I also love how classes are never over an hour and fifteen minutes unless it's a lab or a night class and even then those are sometimes only once a week.
College Sophomore 2013-09-23T01:21:40Z
Some majors are better than others and then majors like mine, biochemistry, just sometimes feels weird to have at an education focused school. I do understand that this isn't where i would chose for grad school because they just do not offer that but i do honestly believe that the teachers and classes will prepare me for the medical classes i will take in the future. I also don't think i know enough about the classes and how my major classes are supposed to prepare me for my future career but i know i trust my teachers and advisors.
College Sophomore 2013-09-23T01:16:09Z
I think that the scholarships are great for people who meet those qualifications like ACT scores or parents were alumni and such. As for others though it just seems almost impossible to find scholarships. A wider selection would be nice.
College Junior 2013-09-22T20:27:55Z
I wouldn't say the application process was abnormal, however for most universities letters of recommendation were required and this university did not. I think the most important criteria for admission here was GPA and letter of intent, I took the time to explain why in my letter why my overall GPA was nothing to brag about, but that my GPA with the last 60 credits is. Unlike many schools I applied to they took this into consideration. I would recommend to others really trying to improve your GPA, is it extremely difficult to move it up? Yes, but you can mention that your senior year you achieved a 4.0 both semesters or whatever the case may be. They were students once too and know what it is like to not be as focused when you don't have a major.
College Junior 2013-09-22T20:23:34Z
I love what I am going to school for. However, I feel that the program itself could be more structured, that the classes could be more organized and strict with their criteria. There is one professor who has the whole semester laid out for us and I will say I highly appreciate it and wish every class was this structured. It is a unique program because we work so closely with our professors and supervisors, this is a huge benefit to our schooling. We learn from those who have been in the profession for years and have a lot of experience to share with us.
College Junior 2013-09-22T20:17:59Z
I haven't had one yet. I will have to do an externship in order to graduate. This will be followed with a clinical fellowship. Yes it is necessary. I am not worried about finding one but I am worried about finding one that I will love, possibly receiving a job through it.
College Junior 2013-09-22T20:15:58Z
I think that for a graduate program the professors take the students complaints too seriously, this is graduate school it is supposed to be hard if it wasn't everyone would do it. It was difficult to get accepted to graduate school and it wont be easy to finish. A neuroscience course, for example, is not going to be easy at the graduate level you will be expected to know all about the neural pathways so when someone is complaining and we're still at the cortex level, arterial configuration, and orientation/directionals of the brain... good luck!
My career goals are to graduate pass my tests and get a job that I will love! I am not concerned about finding a job in this field, however it may be difficult to find exactly what I want but I could find a job.
College Junior 2013-09-11T16:52:58Z
There are scholarships available through the University. But keep in mind that there is high competition for them. some require essays and some just require filling out an application. The scholarships are there, you just have to go find them.
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