- Class: Sophomore
- Major: Physics
- Gender: F
- High School:
- Transfer Student: N
There are no sororities or fraternities, which makes the college experience different than a lot of public universities. There are definitely people to party with if you'd like, but there are a large number of people who don't drink or smoke here. It's a very liberal college, and I wouldn't suggest a conservative student go to this school, and that's coming from a liberal. A lot of the classroom discussions are biased and assume that everyone in the classroom has liberal beliefs. Along the same lines, if someone is uncomfortable with homosexuality, then this school would make this person uncomfortable. There is a large population of homo/bi/tras-sexual/gender students here. The class sizes are generally small. Some of the more popular majors are Poli Sci, International Studies, and various liberal arts majors. For someone who is applying, I'd tell them that although the school is very expensive, they give very good scholarship and aid. Oh, and write your essays about diversity.
Professors know your name most of the time and are very willing to help. This means you should probably come to class. This also means that a lot of classes grade based on class participation. You'll be taking a lot of core classes no matter what your major. You'll be in 3 years of philosophy, along with religion, sociology, english, etc. If you get good teachers you'll get a lot out of these classes. If you don't care, then you can find some really easy teachers and just get through them.
If you're conservative, especially morally, then you will not have an easy time here. The general population is extremely liberal and extremely LGBTI friendly. Coming from a conservative state, even though I am liberal, people assumed that I was conservative and gave me the cold shoulder from time to time. It's a expensive private school, so a good amount of the students come from very wealthy backgrounds. However, SU gives good scholarship, so there are people from different financial backgrounds as well.