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Warren Wilson College

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityF Faculty AccessibilityB-
Useful SchoolworkD Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessD Creativity/ InnovationC-
Individual ValueD University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceB- Social LifeF
Surrounding CityB Extra CurricularsC
Describes the student body as:
Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Condescending, Self Absorbed

Quite Bright
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She cares more about Educational Quality than the average student.
Date: Aug 28 2010
Major: Perfomance Arts (This Major's Salary over time)
Please do not come to this school. This college is supremely unorganized. I am a first year student and I am leaving after being here only a few weeks. I am not the only one. I have seen many people leave and at least four girls in my residence hall are planning to get out now or at the semster and as I said before, it's only been a matter of weeks. I came to this school to study theatre. Sure, it's not a nationally ranked program, but a program doesn't have to be #1 to give you a solid foundation for grad school. This program is laughable! First of all your degree isn't even in theatre it's in "Theatre/English", whatever the hell that means. Looking at the course offering I see there is very little teaching when it comes to performing and more of an emphasis on learning about theatre, though that's not what the website would have you believe. Once you get here, you'll see that the theatre students don't take the program seriously at all. On the first day of orientation I met a girl who opted out of doing the senior showcase (which if you know anything about college theatre programs, is basically the culmination of the degree!!) and she wasn't the only one. In fact, only about 3 majors had chosen to participate! I didn't see any plays while I've been here, but recently clips of last year's musical were put on youtube and the singing is just awful. I cannot believe the way this department bills itself after seeing the crap performances they put on! Another thing that bugged me about the department was that they allow anyone to audition for the plays. I know many colleges allow non-majors to audition, but Warren Wilson allows members of the community to come out and audition for parts in their shows. These shows are supposed to serve as oppurtunities for the students to put the "skills" they've learned in classes to work and how are they supposed to do that when they are beginners and more advanced actors are allowed to come in and take the parts? To me, this was unacceptable from a teaching program. I went to the theatre event they had during orientation and it was just a disorganized mess that most students attended to get free pizza. As for the college, it's nothing like you will be made to believe. PLEASE VISIT IF YOU CAN! I know you can't know everything about a school until you actually live there, but I feel like I could've at least gotten a sense of it if I'd come during the last school year. This is NOT a place for higher learning, it is a summer camp. They actually mention that many students see it this way during orientation skits…multiple times. There is nothing serious about this school. From the website you might get the impression that you are coming to a place where you will be challenged academically, put to work, and have the oppurtunity to do good for your community. There is nothing like that here. Sure there is work and service, but they are not the fun things you are told about. And the academics are a joke. The classes are far too simple. From the presentations at orientation it was made clear that service quickly becomes a chore to most students, rather than an enjoyable task and the work program is ridiculous. They have you fill out a long application and list all your job skills and then ignore them and assign you to random crews. For instance, I have only ever worked in an office before and I have professional certifications in several microsoft programs. I put all this on my application and they ignored it and put me on a crew cleaning up the dorms, meanwhile people with no office experience whatsoever got to work in offices. This is not the only problem I had with this school. They tell you that they are all about personal relationships and they pay attention to the things you say and what you say you want. They don't. On my roommate application I explained that I was coming from another country and would like a roommate from another country if at all possible. I got a girl from the US. Meanwhile there are several exchange students down the hall whose roommates did not want them and are annoyed. In the admissions process everyone is very attentive, but once you get here that stops. You are pretty much alone to figure stuff out. Our RAs were not helpful at all. They never told us the number to our room and nobody knew where the laundry was for weeks. The students here are nothing like you'd expect. A lot of them are arrogant entitled brats who smoke and drink way too much. If you come here, you will meet some astoundingly stupid and/or lazy people. A lot of students are uninformed bandwagon kids. They just jump onto a cause because it's what everyone else is doing, and you can tell if you talk to them. It's awful. I was surprised by how excited people said they were to come here and how utterly unprepared they were when they got here. In multiple letters and emails the school told us to make up potential schedules before we got there. Yet when we arrived I was the only one in my peer group who had even looked at the course offerings and the people were surprised that I had. They EXPECT you as a student to be lazy/incompetent and instead of making you rise to the occasion they accomodate this laziness! The campus makes a big deal of telling us not to drink and the first weekend of orientation, when only first years, some transfers, and a few RAs are on campus, there was a GIANT crazy party. The majority of people there were under 21 and no one got in trouble. There are beer cans in the recycling in my dorm and this is supposed to be the "dry" side of campus. yeah, right. Basically, this college is nothing like it is billed to be. If you are coming to do anything besides party and hang out at Camp Warren Wilson then you will be sorely disappointed. I have heard several people make the comment that "this is not a college" and truthfully it isn't. It's way to expensive for the education you get and the experience isn't worth it. Honestly, you could go to a party with a bunch of uneducated hippies with superiority complexes and get the same experience for a lot less money.
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