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Reviews 326 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school, and when I graduate I will be proud to tell people where I got my degree.

College Junior

Transportation: Our campus isn't large enough to need transportation at all. We have Campus Safety who do escorts at night but anything else we don't need.

3 College Junior

Weather: I live in Michigan so the weather is tricky but I love my campus even though I don't like rain or snow.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather, and the time of year just accentuates the beauty of Aquinas' campus. Any time of year the grounds look gorgeous. Fall is the best time of year with the leaves turning colors on the ivy of the academic building and the woods centrally located on campus.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I transferred in from a bigger, D1 school, and the experience here at Aquinas has just been a night and day difference in terms of quality of my education. I really like the small class sizes. You really get to know people in your program better, and the professors too. The location is fantastic too. It's right in the middle of East Grand Rapids, but when you're on the beautiful campus you wouldn't know a downtown city was a 5 minute drive away. There's plenty to do around campus.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial Aid was a slight hassle, but nothing too extreme

3 College Freshman

Weather: With living in Michigan you are always surprised with the weather because it is so unpredictable. Aquinas campus is a small campus compared to many other colleges, which can make things not as miserable in the bad weather. Everything is only a short walk away, the longest distance you may have to walk on campus is 15 minutes, so with that being said you'll never have to really worry too much about enduring brutal snowstorms or rain for an extended period of time. So weather is not a big issue here on campus

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Our school is in a great location and is in an area very well populated so with that there are many varying choices for off-campus dining. There are many quick stops for fast food nearby, such as McDonalds, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Subway and Jimmy johns a hand full of pizza places and many others which are very convenient if you're busy and miss a meal. There are also a lot of great sit down places in the area such as Applebees, Vitales, Maris Catribs. We are located only a few miles away from downtown which opens many other options for off-campus dining too. The costs are usually reasonable, it depends on what you're looking for. I highly recommend checking out Marie Catribs, they offer a good Mediterranean/Organic food and they are gluten-free friendly. Another great place is called WolfGangs Restaurant, they host breakfast/brunch and are kid friendly. It's a great place if you're a real breakfast food lover.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Well lit even in wooded areas. Campus police are so visible and the safety building is right in the middle of campus. We are an open campus and the police know that people who live in the neighborhood enjoy walking and running on campus and that they will even make campus police aware of anything out of the ordinary. Very close community. There is virtually little or no campus crime. There is a campus notification system that will send a text to students and parents phones if there is an emergency on campus and when the emergency is cleared. That system runs a yearly test also. The campus is in the middle of a very safe, well maintained neighborhood and community.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Have very cold winters with lots of snow but the campus is very good about keeping things maintained so that it is easy to get to classes. I am very close to most academic buildings so it's not very hard for me to get to class in any kind of weather. The campus also takes care to keep students safe in severe weather. We did have an episode of severe weather last fall and we have an underground shelter in our dorm.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't looked for off-campus housing. Being there, I know that there are a lot of apartments right next to campus. They are mostly older two-story homes in a "historic" homes neighborhood. They are mostly well maintained and are affordable for 3-4 students sharing the rent. Some have their own parking and many have parking on the street. Most students living close to campus will either walk or bike. The neighborhoods close by are safe and well lit. I have not checked with my school to see if they offer any help finding off campus housing. There is alot of availability of off campus housing and the school does have a bulletin board type websit that posts apartments for rent.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus is small-104 acres. It is a private college so the cost is expensive. The dormitories range in age from the older, more historic buildings to several modern apartment buildings for upper classmen. The campus is "green" and environmental friendly so students are required to recycle. Dorms are slightly run down but clean and otherwise well maintained. There are two really nice cafes on campus and a beautiful, new sports/fitness center that is in the process of adding on an indoor track.The campus location is very convenient because it is located in an upper-middle to upper class urban neighborhood that offers alot of community services. This is a Catholic college so there is a Catholic chapel on campus that a large number of students take advantage of the services. The campus also offers so many student services from mental health to tutoring that no one is ever left out or forgotten. It's a wonderful place to be.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most students on my campus are very friendly and open to the other students. We all have an easy time knowing each other since it is a fairly small campus. It doesn't seem like the students are overly concerned about looks or fashion. Most students there are serious about their education and also enjoy the social life on campus. The atmosphere is very casual. Students come from all different social and economic backgrounds but all seem to be unified and blend in. There doesn't appear to be any sort of cliques or social status groups. The schools commitment to inclusive, tolerant treatment is reflected in the relationships between the students. There are a wide variety of interests and the campus is very supportive of that.

College Freshman

Transportation: I live on campus. There is no transportation system on campus. Very small campus and walking is the most convenient. There is a city bus system that will take students from campus to surrounding city locations. That is very cheap but you need to be familiar with the schedule and locations. Alot of the students families have homes between 15 minuetes to 45 minutes traveling distance so they don't require any type of long distance transportation.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Our main cafeteria offers the most variety but is not, in my opinion, the best or healthiest. Our meal plan also offers flex dollars to us in two on campus cafes. Those are the most popular dining options because they are quieter and most students prefer the food choices. The meal plan/flex cash options are good, though. Campus is so close to many fast food places nearby that students take advantage of that also when cash is available.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have had a very positive experience in this area. Aquinas college was very helpful in finding scholarships and aid so that I could afford to attend. I would tell potential students to keep up your GPA and also to do as much community volunteer work during their high school years as possible. That is important to my college. Being involved in school activities and community makes a positive impression on their scholarship selection.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Being in a community organization major program, there are so many opportunities in this area on my campus because of the location. The school is very conscientious of community service and the students are highly encouraged to go out in the community and get involved in ways to make the community better. This works very well for my program. Besides classes and lots of reading and homework, I am required to do some community service hours and work. The school is very helpful to students in finding internship/job opportunities. These things are all an integrative part of the curriculum.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Campus is walking distance to a small, liberal, artistic community. There are many cafes, shops, restaurants to hang out. The parties tend to take place at a large number of off-campus students houses. Our campus is in a very friendly, family oriented community that is open to the campus. The night life in the immediate area is pretty family friendly.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frat/Sororities blend in with rest of students on campus. I'm not real familiar with that part of our campus.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Permit costs are reasonable. Not much need for a car on campus if living there because the campus is small and it's easy to walk from dorms to most areas on campus. Parking can become crowded at certain times but there is usually enough spaces and any parking area is not a very far walk from any of the buildings.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Labs are current and available, network very reliable and fast, a personal computer is good to have, though. Technology department is very knowledgable and helpful to students. Technology on campus works smoothly, also.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Somewhat diverse, very tolerant, inclusive efforts

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus safety is in the best interests of the students

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Our Catholic Life Club is absolutely amazing. We are working to understand our faith on a deeper level, and to spread that faith to others who may not have any or be lukewarm. Another event I look forward to is Abandon, our praise and worship group on campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Life works very hard to put on programs that will draw a large number of students. They just put on a Super Bowl party where they showed the game and fed us. Probably about half of on-campus students showed up.


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