Belmont, NC
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Reviews 117 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall I love my school and the people around me.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Very good biology department. Good preparation for MCATs or grad school.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Curriculum is basic liberal arts education. Professors are generally good

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Situated between two cute small towns and very close to Charlotte, NC

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Two different places to eat: cafeteria which is all you can eat buffet and the grill "Holy Grounds" which serves coffee and smoothies in one section and fast food like burgers, chicken tenders, and pizza in the other. 14 meal plan with $200 for grill or unlimited meal plan with $100 for grill.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Many ethnic backgrounds and international students.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Wifi issues earlier in the year, seem to have cleared up now. 600 print limit is usually plenty. Printers are available in lab and library 8 am to midnight.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Many policies that students do not agree with, but are not very strict with. Presence policy allows you to get in trouble for being underage (not drinking) just being in the presence of alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Wide variety of students; many homeschoolers and religious who dress conservatively, many athletes who dress as athletes, and then just typical students. Athletes make up a large portion of the school.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many fast food locations in Belmont and Gastonia as well as nicer restaurants. Many nice restaurants in Charlotte, which is only 25-30 mins away.

4 College Freshman

Weather: North Carolina weather is very fickle; one day it is 70 degrees, the next it is rainy and 30 degrees. Overall good weather though.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Suite style living with four bedrooms that share a bathroom in most buildings. Opportunity for true suite in newer dorms or apartment.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Some classes on secondary campus. Transportation available but sometimes late.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Received partial tuition scholarship through Honors Institute

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There are three sororities and two fraternities. I have many friends in the fraternities and love hanging out with them, but I never joined a sorority myself. Not my style.

4 College Junior

Transportation: We only have shuttles for getting to the extra Sacred Heart campus for class, but nothing provided by the school for social off-campus transportation. A lot of people have cars since parking is free, but it's not necessary to have one, and many don't. It's very easy to find a ride if you need one, and Walmart and downtown Belmont are in walking distance from the school.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The health care isn't great, but it's nice to have as an option. I always feel secure.

3 College Junior

Computers: I like having my own computer, but it's not totally necessary, just way more convenient.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We're near Charlotte, so plenty of options there. Also, downtown Belmont has some really great local places.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I have the Honors Institute scholarship, which requires enough courses to basically be an extra major. I absolutely love it. Great curriculum, great scholarship amount, great teachers, and great classmates. Study abroad for each class in the summer after their junior year - they cover more than half the cost. I'll be going to Ireland and Italy for five weeks. It's kind of like a big (kind of nerdy) family. Mostly consists in courses in philosophy, literature, and the great books.

When I was unable to afford to come even with the scholarship, they were a great help in finding extra financial aid for me.

4 College Junior

Majors: It was super easy to get into my math major. I basically told the department head that I was doing it, he said okay, I chose him as my adviser, and he signed the paper I needed to declare. I had already taken Calculus though.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm not sure how the math major compares to other schools', but I like it. Limited faculty (three math professors, but most of the upper levels are taught by the department head). Workload is not too bad.

College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't like the rating scale, sorry.

Alcohol consumption is fairly popular, but definitely possible (and easy) to avoid or not take part in. As an freshman I usually didn't hear much about it, but now I'm more aware of it.

I haven't found peer pressure to be bad at all. But that obviously depends on who you hang out with.

As for drugs, I know of some marijuana use and assume that there is probably a small amount of use of harder drugs. Last night there were a handful of kids running around campus tripping on LSD, but the RAs and campus police dealt with it and made sure they were all safe. That's the craziest thing that's happened by far. It just shows that you can never be really sure what's happening in dorm rooms, but for the most part drug use is not obvious from what I've seen. If it happens it's pretty quiet.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There are often parties on campus or things to do in Charlotte, and there are also college-approved events on Campus pretty often. Some choose to have their fun drinking, and some find other fun ways to enjoy their nights. I have found both easy and fun to engage in. The latter takes some more creativity though, and has led to some of my favorite college memories.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The rules are very strict, but the RA's are in my experience pretty reasonable. Sometimes I'll hear stories that they aren't, but it's hard to tell sometimes where the truth lies. The rules are annoying, but it is often easy to get away with breaking them if you don't give cause for anybody to get suspicious.


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