Manchester, NH
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Reviews 104 total reviews with an average rating of 3.0

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3 College Junior

Majors: I got into my program pretty easily at a portfolio review. Admission is easy and straightforward. Make sure to have a variety of work, with some well-developed and executed pieces. Must be able to talk about work, don't just babble - have something important you want to say and make sure to talk about artists you are familiar with and inspired by.

4 College Junior

Majors: I like my department a lot. The biggest thing is the community of peers and professors. In order to grow, you need to be challenged and they definitely challenge me to work harder and harder!

4 College Junior

Academics: It's great, but only after you've gone through the first two years. The really exciting work happens in your junior year - you have more freedom and access to some really fantastic faculty on campus. Workload is pretty high. Lots of job opportunities on campus with the gallery, tutoring, cafeteria, and events. You have to network in order to get internships and job opportunities off-campus, but there are still there. Some students work at the nearby Currier Gallery.

3 College Junior

Academics: Most professors are pretty great, but there are some that really shouldn't be there. Curriculum varies from class to class - some classes are great (special topics) other freshman courses are silly-stupid. Photo, painting, and printmaking are the most established majors. Graphic design department is growing quickly, too. Registration is a pain, but they are in the process of changing it. Workload depends on year and course load, but it's usually enough to keep you pretty busy if you want good grades.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: If you are smart about things you'll more than likely be okay, but the campus security is less than desirable. Manchester has a really high crime rate and there are several students who have been mugged or chased. Use the campus shuttle or your own car when traveling at night and always bring a cell phone. Just be smart - it's a city.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is pretty good. I haven't had too many bad experiences. Most people are respectful and the RD's aren't that strict. Social atmosphere depends on the dorms - some are completely quiet while others have a more involved community.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is plenty of availability and it's pretty affordable, but just make sure you're not in a really bad neighborhood. My friend had to move because there was just too much violence on her street and she didn't feel safe. Always walk with a friend.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is not much ethnic diversity, but I feel like most people are respectful and accepting. There is a huge LGBT population at the school and everyone is very accepting of all sexual orientations. Not many conservatives here.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great restaurants downtown and totally within walking distance! They offer a range of foods at various price-points. Lots of pizza places and a few really nice restaurants. Some really great options for vegetarians, too.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Library and galleries are nice, but we don't have an athletic center and the student center is small. Student activities are okay - they have bands come in many twice a year, but also hold regular bingo nights, and there are various campus clubs. Best events are the art exhibitions.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Small and intimate classes are great - make sure to take advantage of it! Be as involved as possible and network, network, network!

3 College Junior

Parking: On-street parking is fairly accessible and affordable. There are lots of churches nearby, so there are times when it's impossible to get a spot, but it usually clears up after services. Meter readers are quick - do not go without paying, they will ticket you right away.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Students celebrate their individuality with clothing/fashion. Lots of students play video games and like to watch movies in their spare time. Large LGBT community on campus. Some people go clubbing on weekends, others go to the mall, throw parties at their apartments, or stay in with friends.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Although there are some aspects of the school that are less than desirable, I've had a pretty good education for the price. Students must be self-motivated - if you lack passion for the arts, you will not do well here, or at any other art school for that matter. But because this is such a small and intimate school, you must work hard to earn respect or your professors and peers. Everyone knows each other here. There are some clicks, but in general everyone is nice. Not great security - keep your valuables with you at all times! Take advantage of their workshops and guest speakers! School is in expanding right now - developing more majors like graphic design and creative writing. Strong majors are photo, painting, and printmaking.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There is some partying but it's mostly off-campus. Some nice bars like Strangebrew, but you have to deal with the Manchester crowd - must be street smart! Taxis are available, but most places are within walking distance of campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Cafeteria is okay - salads, burgers, home-style meals, will cook from student suggestions, but it's definitely cafeteria food. Most upperclassmen cook in the dorms or eat out at nearby restaurants like Alley Cat and Red Arrow.

4 College Junior

Computers: Campus has multiple labs and also supplies you with a free lap top after completion of your freshman year.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Has pros & cons but the y is a good old place.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking around campus is very good. You have a lot of options from the street, to a lot to a garage. All near your classes.

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2 College Sophomore

Majors: No internship yet, but I am sure I will very soon.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is the typical new england weather of the 4 seasons. Your attire changes monthly.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy illustration a lot and get new ideas from the teachers in how to improve my art work and the best I can be.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many of dinning options to get all types of food.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The portfolio process is the toughest to get into NHIA. Your work has to be acceptable, creative and impressive.

4 College Senior

Academics: The classes here are really what you make of them. The instructors are incredible and very knowledgable in their respective fields. Unfortunately, there is this air of anti-intellectualism amongst a large population of the student body, but the professors here will help you learn anything you want to if you possess the drive and the desire.

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