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Reviews 709 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Indiana's weather is pretty unpredictable; this past week being a prime example of that with a few days in the 60s and 70s followed by a few days in the 30s with snow in the middle of April. Rain can be rather miserable since the Taylor campus is practically known for its high wind speeds. Fall and spring are generally pleasant, though, and students take full advantage of the nice weather; studying outside, playing Frisbee-golf and catch, setting up hammocks and slack-lines.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Professional Writing program attracts many aspiring writers to Taylor. The professors are knowledgeable and experienced in the field and the classes provide students with a plethora of useful information about the craft of writing, resources, and hands-on experience. Students have opportunities to get published right from the start due to well-connected professors and a program that believes in giving students plenty of experience that can be used in the real world.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't done an internship yet since most Professional Writing majors wait until junior or senior year so that they have a strong knowledge base to work off of in their internship. The professors of my program have many connections that allow students to get into great internships relatively easily, so I don't have any concerns about finding an internship.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug and alcohol use is prohibited in the Life Together Covenant that all students sign each year. Therefore, if there is drug use or drinking on campus, it is invisible. The LTC is strictly enforced, and students caught doing drugs or drinking are put on probation or suspended.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is no on-campus transportation beyond campus safety due to the small size of campus. Students who need rides to the airport or elsewhere will often find rides with friends or other students. A shuttle to the Indianapolis airport stops at the Cracker Barrel 10 minutes from campus and can be a convenient way to get transportation. Taylor does have vans that are used for class trips and have also been used temporarily to transport students from their dorms to classes or the Dining Commons when the weather is dangerous (i.e. below zero windchill).

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our campus is very safe. I've never heard anyone complain about feeling unsafe walking around alone, even at odd hours of the night. Campus safety is a phone call away if a student does feel uncomfortable for some reason. Dorms are locked after 1 am so that only students with an ID coded to their resident hall can get in. Campus safety also has an optional text alert service that lets students know about weather concerns in case of severe thunderstorms or tornado warnings.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Students are allowed to have cars after Thanksgiving Break of their freshman year. Cars are not necessary for getting around campus, but they are convenient for traveling off campus such as to the nearest Walmart, which is 20 minutes drive away, or for going to church. Parking spaces directly in front of certain dorms are often hard to find, but there is plenty of parking available if you are willing to walk a block or two.

College Junior

Scholarships: I received a large scholarship from a source other than my college, so I haven't had to deal with the financial aid process.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Taylor is a private Christian college, so many people come from upper middle class families that can afford to send their children to private colleges. However, this is not always the case; I know plenty of students who are paying for their education on their own, whether that is through working, loans, and/or scholarships. Because it's a Christian college, most people on campus profess Christianity, so it's pretty homogenous with regard to that area. At the same time, there are people who aren't Christians who attend Taylor for their major's program because Taylor is a very good liberal arts college. While most students from the U.S. are similar ethnically, there are a decent number of international students who attend Taylor too.

4 College Junior

Athletics: There's a decent amount of student involvement in athletics. There are a few special events (Silent Night) that almost every person on campus attends, and they're super fun. We also have a few teams that have been very successful nationally. A couple of years ago, the men's soccer team went to nationals, and this past year (2013) the women's cross country team placed 10th at the NAIA nationals race.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: From talking to friends at other schools, Taylor is very lenient compared to other Christian universities. Some schools only have open house hours several times per semester, but we have them twice a week. There is an even amount of co-ed dorms compared to single-sex dorms. As far as attendance to classes goes, it mostly depends on the professor. The university rule is that you can skip as many class sessions as there are credit hours for that class. Some professors don't care how often you skip class, but others stick to the rule.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: My school has three on-campus apartment buildings, but they still count as off-campus. There is a neighborhood outside the school, so many students will rent houses there as well. The apartments are very nice and the houses seem to be better than descent as well. It is hard to get approved to move off-campus because so many students want to, but it's worth the process. I will definitely apply to move off-campus for my senior year.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I go to school in the middle of a cornfield. I can see one outside my window. There's not much around town. Starbucks is 10 minutes away and Wal-mart is a whole half hour. There are places nearby to shop for food and essentials, but nowhere to actually go shopping. Starbucks and the local restaurant are pretty much the only places to go. I love the atmosphere though. People are very friendly, and I've never not felt safe here.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are several places on campus for wireless printing. Not all of them are open to students at all hours, however, so you have to pick up your paper in the morning. My roommate and I have a printer, but we don't use it that much. I mostly use school printers, but will use ours if I'm in a hurry and can't pick up my paper. I haven't had many problems with reliability or access of wireless in buildings. There's no real reason to need wifi outside, though. There are several computer labs on campus, but they aren't as fast as my computer. I also like to move around when I'm working on a paper or project, so I like having my own computer.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is extremely hard to apply for off campus housing, not many are accepted. You are granted based on credits and GPA.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: They try hard to create diversity and incorporate it into the learning process.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are not many scholarships available that are non specific and there is no guarantee that you will receive them even if you apply. I am frustrated that you can't get more scholarships from the university while you are attending, you have to receive them before.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Numerous international students, but not much religious diversity

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Excellent security and safety on campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Excellent men and women of good morals.

4 College Junior

Computers: Great availability of computers, however Wi-Fi is not always running well.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Pretty much everyone has their own computers. However, I suppose it would be possible for a student to just use lab/library computers. I feel that this would be inconvenient though because you couldn't work in the dorms or most academic buildings.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life on Taylor's campus. We all live in dorms or commute.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I love the strictness. I'm not bothered by guys at all hours of the night. We have strict open house hours. We also have a strict drinking/drug/etc. policy which I think greatly improves campus safety as well as the academic and moral integrity of the students.

College Freshman

Transportation: Taylor's campus/Upland is too small for transportation to be needed.


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Chandler Birch
Billings, Montana
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A prominent religious figure—Jesus of Nazareth—once asked "what good it does a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?" Others have asked, in despair, "what use is there for success when there's no one to share it with?" Taylor University firmly believes that there's no point to excellence without community, and it is that belief which drives everything that happens on campus. From football games to ice cream socials to chapels to Pick-a-Dates to wing retreats to Airband to small group Bible studies, Taylor students are surrounded by a community fueled by a genuine desire to love God by loving people. Students have been known to compare Taylor to having an extended family—2,000 members strong—with all the good and bad implied in the term.

Taylor University's core mission is to produce "whole" persons who think creatively and logically, who are prepared to serve Christ all over the globe, and who are imbued with an inescapable desire to love others as God loves them. It's not coincidental that one of the first general education requirements is a course that emphasizes the critical importance of seeing fellow human beings as intrinsically valuable, nor is it random that students are encouraged to strive for their potential. People enter Taylor as wide-eyed learners and leave as inspired servant-leaders. But, again, Taylor's heartbeat is "intentional community": relationships built for the purpose of loving each other in Christ, friendships that outlast a four-year plan. No, Taylor's facilities aren't state-of-the-art; the food isn't gourmet, and the athletic teams haven't won national championships. That isn't the point. The point is—the point has always been—love. And that will be the point for generations of Taylor Trojans to come.

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