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Reviews 326 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Grand Rapids! Grand Rapids is a quaint city. It's pretty safe area to live in. There are stores everywhere within walking distance. If you don't want to walk, you can take the bus or find a friend who has a car to go with you. In the Fall, there is Art Price, which means there is art all over the city you can vote for for the $100,000 winner. It is a lot of fun! There are cute little boutiques all around. President Gerald Ford lived here, so there is a really cool museum in his honor. In the winter, there is ice skating. Basically, whatever you want to do, Grand Rapids has it!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Biology Major – Sometimes it can seem a little overwhelming, but the professors are more than happy to help you. Plus, there is many different study options in case you fall behind or need a little extra help. There is tutoring, study groups, and office hours. The work load can be a little intense but if you stay on top of everything it isn't bad. Also, I am a Spanish minor. Homework isn't overwhelming in Spanish as long as you stay on top of it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Wege Shuffle – The food isn't wonderful, but it's not horrible either. Don't come to school expecting to have meals like the ones your mother makes. Beware of the Wege Shuffle. Try to stay away from really greasy foods. If you do get the Wege Shuffle, it's okay because we have all encountered it at least one point in time.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty Accepting – Aquinas is a Catholic institute,so there is a religious feel here on campus. However, 40% of the students are not Catholic, so there is some diversity. Either way, everyone is very nice and accepting. You feel at home here. There is a bit of a homosexual group on campus, so if you swing that way there are options.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Artsy Fartsy & Sporty – The students at Aquinas are either artsy or sporty-it's hard to be both and find the right niche. Girls appear to be normal, but as far as guys go it is very slim pickings...lots of gay guys.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Typical College – The housing at Aquinas is not bad. It is pretty typical of a college. However, the housing application process is highly inefficient and this year there were a lot of freshman that were denied housing.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food Is Okay, but There Are Not Many Options – The food at Aquinas is not awful, but it's not good for people that have to watch their figure! There are only a few options for people with intolerances (gluten and dairy). Hardly anything is organic.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They Mean Well, but They Are Not as Efficient as They Could Be – Campus safety is great for escorts, or if you feel like there are problems on campus that do not concern your health. However, from personal experience-during a medical emergency they were horribly slow at reporting to the scene of the emergency and they were less than helpful at assisting in the medical crisis.

4 College Senior

Academics: Worth Your Money – All my classes have difficult, making it worth my money. I am getting a great education.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Always Busy – It is a small school, but they have plenty of activities always going on.

College Senior

Transportation: Campus is too small to have transportation across it.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The security at Aquinas is very helpful. They'll escort you to parking lots and post incidents to keep people aware of any possible dangers. However, they're main responsibility seems to be ticketing parked cars. In fact that's where you'll find the security personel most of the time. Lastly, you can pretty much get away with murder on campus. As long as no one is getting hurt, they tend to turn a blind eye to avoid the paperwork. If your a partier this is ideal, but it has it's downsides.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Aquinas is a challenging school. They force you to work hard for your grades. At the same time they don't overdue it. There's plenty of time for clubs, organizations, and going nuts on the weekends. It's all about balance at Aquinas and everyone is committed to that.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Lots of Girls – There are approximately twice as many female students at Aquinas. If your a guy then that's mostly a good thing. Girls on the other hand, you'll have to be on your game if you want to snag a guy.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Surprisingly Diverse – For a small Catholic College there's a surprising number of students who are not affiliated with catholicism in any way. Aquinas is diverse and accepting of anyone who attends school there. However, there seems to be a majority of caucasians at the school.

4 College Senior

Majors: There are several majors that students are set up with internships as a matter of course (Business, Sustainable Business, Teaching, Social work, some sciences); but if you're not in one of those majors, you're pretty much on your own. However, if you do find one, arranging to get credit for it is relatively easy.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Not a Party Campus, Take It Elsewhere. This does not seem to be a problem, there are plenty of off-campus places to go if students need to get a little wild. The only thing I have seen strictly enforced is parking; some pretty expensive tickets are handed out.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Non-Commuter Students Travel With Ease. If you live within the city limits, it is very easy to get to campus on the bus; students are also eligible for a greatly reduced fare. I've heard it can be a trial to commute, especially in the winter. However, there is plenty of affordable housing near campus, many within easy walking distance.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: If There Is One, It's Very Quiet – After two semesters, I have seen very little evidence of drug or alcohol use. Occasionally a few beer caps after a holiday.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Punishments Are Just – Aquinas is strict about underage drinking and rule breaking, but also take into effect the situation. If you get caught doing something you shouldnt you do get to talk to someone and explain yourself. You will still get in trouble but we do listen and are fair in punishments.

4 College Junior

Weather: Our campus is pretty small, and most people live on campus so it's easy to get to class in whatever the weather. Aquinas is also great about informing students about cancelled classes due to weather.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: A Is for Awesome – The scholarships at Aquinas are great and the financial aid program works extremely well in helping you afford our college. Everyone is nice and responds quickly to emails and phone calls.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Oh Wege – The dining hall on campus is not the greatest but there is good service and it's nice to sit there with friends. They do have a large variety of food and options, it's just not that tasty on some days.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's Pretty Great – Everyone working with the dorms are nice, sometimes we have some problems with heating or water, but overall, the rooms are decent size and the bathrooms are nice.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food – you can find really great food for really good prices. cause there is restaurant every where in Grand Rapids.


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