Location
South Orange, NJ
Undergrads
5,023
Tuition
$34,750
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Local Atmosphere: South Orange is a nice town in the daytime, but at night you have to be careful because muggers from Newark sometimes come looking for prey.

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Local Atmosphere: It is a sleepy little town; I rarely ever see any of the town's residents walking around.

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Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is strange because we are so close to slums, but the town is really nice. I think in a few years Newark is going to creep into the South Orange area, and it will be all slummy.

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Health & Safety: Seton Hall is really wired for security. It's what they call a `gated community,' meaning that gates, which can only be opened by an ID, surround the campus.

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Health & Safety: There's always security around on campus. You can't even get into the dormitory without swiping your ID.

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Health & Safety: Security and safety are excellent at Seton Hall. To be perfectly honest, the surrounding city isn't the greatest, but Seton Hall is 100 percent gated.

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Health & Safety: To even enter the campus, you must go through guarded gates. I always see police on bikes around the campus, and there are emergency phones almost everywhere you look. I did my undergraduate work at Rutgers University, and I didn't feel as safe at Rutgers as I feel at Seton Hall.

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Health & Safety: Seton Hall is pretty safe, but be careful walking around South Orange at night.

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Health & Safety: It should be noted that the campus is near Newark, the largest city in New Jersey, and as a result, there have been some incidents of crime near the campus.

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Health & Safety: Seton Hall has set up blue-light phones around campus, so if you feel threatened at any time, you can be connected with the authorities immediately.

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Health & Safety: Security is especially tough in the dorms. In order to get into your dorm, you need to have your ID swiped by a guard. This is good in a way, but you can't have guests for more than 48 hours.

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Health & Safety: There is a lot of security on campus, but that does not automatically mean that it is good. A couple of the guards are older than my grandfather.

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Health & Safety: Security guards are in the front desk of the resident halls from 12 a.m.-8 a.m., and there are 911 buttons around campus. I have never felt scared or uncomfortable walking around campus alone, even at night.

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Health & Safety: Security is fine. SHU has its own campus police, and, when needed, the South Orange police station is just down the block.

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Health & Safety: Honestly, it's pretty tight. They don't allow anyone to stay over without proper identification and reason. But as long as an ID is present, anyone can stay over.

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Health & Safety: There have been a minimal number of instances of violent crime on campus, and when they are, it's usually by students. I have never personally been mugged or anything, but it can happen. I feel perfectly safe on campus.

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Computers: Computer labs aren't really much of an issue at Seton Hall anymore because every student is given their own laptop to use whenever and wherever they want.

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Computers: The laptops have wireless Internet connections, so they can be used pretty much anywhere on campus.

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Computers: I never really had a problem with the computer network, and the labs are only crowded in the afternoon. The unique thing about Seton Hall is the only thing you have to bring is a printer.

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Computers: The University supplies you with a brand new IBM ThinkPad your freshman year, and upgrades it two years later. When you graduate, you get to keep it.

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Computers: The network is wireless, meaning you can be on the grass doing homework, and online at the same time. I thought that was a decent feature.

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Computers: The laptops are factored into the tuition. Each semester a laptop costs $650. After one year, that equals $1,300. You end up spending around $5,000 for a laptop!

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Computers: Seton Hall is one of the most `wired' schools in the country. The network occasionally goes down, but that's normal for any school. It's gotten better and faster as time goes on.

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Computers: You can't download music on the school's network, but almost all schools have stopped that practice because it slows down the network.

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Computers: The laptops can be troublesome on occasion, but I use mine all the time, and it helps me tremendously.

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Ian Mehok
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Finance
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Part of your education is being around people from different walks of life, and no place is better for that than Seton Hall, one of the most diverse campuses in the country. The social scene at Seton Hall is very trendy and fast-paced. The school is full of rich kids with all the money in the world to burn, and they normally burn it on clothes and bars. Seton Hall's education is good depending upon your major. Business, nursing, computer science, and diplomacy are what make Seton Hall a Tier II school. The people you meet here, and the friendships that you form, make this school a community. After an academically-tough freshman year, the only thing that kept me from transferring were the friends that I would miss. Another good reason to attend Seton Hall is its proximity to New York City, which is an endless bank of great internships, and possibly jobs. The Career Center on campus works very hard to obtain Seton Hall students positions in places like Wall Street, and as the saying about NYC goes, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

If you do come to Seton Hall, you should get involved with a group or organization. In high school, it was not cool to be in the Stock Market Club, but here, the kids who are in it might be the future millionaires, so find something you like or something that is orientated with your studies. Finally, balance your work and your play. Part of the professional world is based on people skills, and if you are cramped up in the library the whole time, chances are, you do not have the best social skills. On the other hand, if you do not know where the library is by junior year, then you need to seriously rethink the whole college thing.

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