Maryland - University College '12
Majoring in Communication and Media Studies
Member since 6/14/2012
Overall, I think I am getting a great education here. I have loved most of my classes and my teachers. Many different sections of classes are offered so it was easy for me to work during the day and attend school at night, or online. The only problem I had was mainly with the academic advisers. It would have been a lot more helpful if I was able to meet with the same adviser every time, but instead I always saw someone different. The problem with this is they would each tell me something different, and I ended up graduating a semester late because I discovered there were 3 extra classes I needed for my degree. It wasn't a huge deal, but that department could use a huge adjustment. Other than that, I was happy to have attended the school which will allow me to ultimately cut the cost on students loans in half once I graduate from a 4-year school.
While I get great financial aid, the financial aid office is a pain to work with. Unlike other colleges I've attended, CSM is very slow on notifying students on their award amounts. Also, every year the policies and paperwork seem to be different. On top of filling out FAFSA, the school itself has its own financial aid paperwork. If you are missing any necessary paperwork/documents it can slow down the process even more. My advice would be to call or check online to see if the school has received everything, because if you wait too long they will cancel your request for financial aid and you will have to resubmit everything.
Library/Computer Labs – Access to computer on campus is great. There are tons of computers located in the library and in the media center in ST building, both with free printing. It was super convenient if I needed to print something last minute before class.
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