Moscow, ID
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Reviews 883 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Moscow, ID is a great little town. Plenty to do so long as you're willing to get out and look. It's a quaint town for the most part, with a nice, idealistic main street cutting through the town with an assortment of shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and various other places. Just a quick word, Hodgins Drug Store is a great place to check out. Great for medicine, supplies, or personal care stuff, but then they've got a ton of novelty gags, toys, games, and other things to fit any interest. It's always worth a laugh to stop by and see what they've got, that's for sure.

Plenty to do in town though. Want to go clubbing? Dance the night away? Have a drink or a bite to eat? Grab some coffee and listen to the local music scene? You can do all that and more in Moscow, and most of that can be found on Main Street.

Pullman is seven miles down the road, with its own share of attractions and places, not to mention WSU.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Idaho has plenty of great sports opportunities. The Vandals may not be great at football, but you'll still see everyone going to the home games to enjoy the game and root for our team. Plenty to see otherwise, too, with the basketball and soccer games usually being well attended, other sports less so. Regardless, there's plenty of spirit to be found at these events and you'll always find students going out to watch.

Club sports/intramurals are also great and pretty well-populated, though they're almost totally dominated by the Greek life. Most intramurals will only have a team or two from the dorms or elsewhere.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never have felt threatened at school, even when wandering about past midnight, but I do feel like there are opportunities for things to go wrong. We have our campus security, but that's about it. No safety escort or emergency buttons like many other universities have, so I fear those that may really need the help might not get it in time. Again though, I have never felt threatened or unsafe at school, and I'm usually on edge a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm probably biased since I am a fraternity member, but I'd say our Greek life is pretty good. Recent years has seen the school crackdown on it though, but for good reason. It's been able to get rid of two of the worst fraternities on campus (think real-life "Animal House"), though there are one or two real bad eggs still around. I'll refuse to name them out of respect and to not affect others' opinions.

Greek life is great though, at least so long as you're willing to let it be the experience it can be. Your house definitely needs to fit you (and vice-versa). But if it does, you'll have a great time. You'll likely make friends with most people in the house, and the experiences will last a lifetime. Parties, various events, you name it and you're bound to have a great time with something in this. I was never one to have planned on joining a fraternity in the past, but I decided to give it a chance my freshman year and I'm glad I took the opportunity. You'll have commitments and other things you'll need to do to last in a fraternity, but if you're diligent then you'll last. Again, while there's still plenty that's wrong with the community (leftovers of the bad fraternities), there's enough good and one will be hard-pressed to hate the Greek life at Idaho.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: It's sad when your campus' internet is superior to the one at home. However, that is the case and I'm thankful for it. Idaho's internet connections are almost always reliable and fairly quick. The only bad times are when they are doing maintenance every so often or if it's registration.

The labs are accessible in various areas of campus, though computers with printers seem scattered about outside of the labs. This is pretty handy, especially when you forget to print something before a class and you're already halfway there. You get a sizable print quota each semester as well, and you're unlikely to use it all. It's nice too, since each semester they tack on a fresh quota on top of whatever you saved from the last. If you're good, you'll have more printing opportunities than you need.

Definitely get a laptop though. Labs are nice, but it's better to have a personal computer. Then you can do all the social stuff you need, plus can just work in your own personal space rather than in a basement with a bunch of other random people.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are pretty good at my school, and pretty much what you'd expect. Engineers get boatloads of work, arts majors get a walk in the park. Okay maybe it's not that big of a contrast (the other majors do have a bit of work, especially the biology majors from what I have seen. Teaching majors also have a lot of time taken up). As I've told many guys who have come in after me, just learn to manage your time. If you can do that and not goof off all the time, you're golden. For example, despite being a double major engineer, I still get a bit of free time. I just manage to do my work as soon as I get it and study well ahead of time so I often am able to have a few hours every night to hang out and do whatever. The professors are hit-or-miss, you really can't predict that based on major. Your best bet there is to always ask around about certain professors before registration so you can be sure to avoid a crummy semester. Speaking of registration, it's crazy like you'd expect. Normally the site won't crash when you try to sign up, but often there will be a dramatic slowdown of the Internet when those thousands of students get on to sign up before anyone else can.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is pretty laid-back in my opinion, though that's from my experience. Basically it's stay within reason, don't upset things too much and you'll be fine. My fraternity once had a party and the cops had actually told us beforehand to get a permit for that night to prevent noise violations. The campus police is generally pretty cool and they'll be happy to help you if you need it, or even just to chat about whatever (just don't get in the way or take up too much of their time!). Another thing of note, people of all types wander onto campus a lot. Sometimes it's the old people handing out little bibles, sometimes it's the insane "End of Times" person again. Or sometimes it's just another moose. In the end, it's life as usual and no one will usually bother you.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is pretty open to all sorts of view and opinions. We have the usual clubs and events celebrating all sorts of ideals, including the usual political parties (Ron Paul even visited during the 2012 election year and gained a following), feminism, LGBT, various religions (primarily Christianity), and more. Christian activities are really apparent with a large body of students a part of the Campus Crusade for Christ, as well as Resonate Church (non-denominational Christian). Other religions are represented in various way across campus however, though this is to a lesser extent. Ethnic nights occur every so often, with an international festival during the spring semester highlighting them (others include various Asian nights, an Africa event, etc).

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The electrical and computer engineering programs at my school are great, I'm honestly more than impressed with how the professors have been and how my education has gone along. The classes are exactly what one would hope for in these programs and they do well to introduce the basic information as well as provide a breadth of knowledge to help students get a feel for the various areas of the disciplines. My professors in the program have thus far been incredibly helpful, doing everything to present the material in the more understandable way as possible as well as help if I or someone else just doesn't get it.

The workload is intense, especially as the semesters pass, but it's never overbearing if you know how to manage time. Plenty of labs are a part of life. We have numerous lab settings to provide for both classes as well as undergrad and graduate research. I haven't personally been through every lab area we have, but from what I have experienced there is more than enough to satisfy an electrical engineering major.

We also have an Engineering Scholars program (introduced three years ago) for all excelling students in the engineering disciplines (GPA of 3.5 or greater). It offers honors versions of certain engineering courses, service opportunities (that fit the engineering mindset), research opportunities through both student ideas and outside companies (two years ago we had Boeing approach us for a group project). This program is by application only, and they only accept students they believe will excel, so be warned if you apply.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm pleased. It's offered more than I could have hoped for, and yet I still find it lacking. This is only because I'm working to go into robotics engineering and my school does not already have robotics offerings in class or research. Clearly this is a problem I can work to resolve, though I wish I had gone to fix it sooner rather than later. I wouldn't change how I went about things in my education though. It's been an experience that has been worthwhile and incredibly helpful, and I believe has set me on a good path since it has already nabbed me several internships over the last few years.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is dreadful, at least if you're a Greek member. Lots are designated by a color code based on who is "allowed" to use them, and those that need parking can register for a pass based on their designation. For those who live in fraternities/sororities, that is the purple code. Purple lots have been removed and cut back a lot over the past two years, reducing drastically where we can park (at least conveniently). There are areas one can park near campus, but they can be a hassle to make use of. This situation isn't helped by the outrageous price hiking for parking passes each year, which have been steadily creeping up each year for no clear reason.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Being in a fraternity, you're bound to notice these kinds of things. I won't butter things up, drugs and alcohol are ever-present on campus. That's just a fact of life, and you'll never escape that no matter what college you go to. Now, who does the drinking or lighting up and where is completely variant though, and I couldn't even tell you for sure. Parties happen on almost a weekly basis, usually somewhere on Greek Row (though there are bound to be many more elsewhere, especially off campus). You're bound to run into more than a few drunk people if you go out late on a Friday or Saturday night, that's for sure. As for drugs, there's the usual tobacco use that's pretty evident. Smoking hookah is a popular activity for many students. Other drugs are definitely there, but obviously less visible. With Washington being only seven miles away, marijuana is likely to become more accessible to students.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I grew up with a chef for a dad, so I have learned to be adventurous in what I eat. Thankfully, Moscow has a great scene for grabbing a bite to eat, no matter what you're feeling. Many places are within a good 10-15 minute walk from campus (though I suppose that varies on where you live), but the options are seemingly endless in what they serve. Various Asian, barbeque, mexican, italian, greek, and other similar themes fill the ethnic need, and then there are various niche places like the Breakfast Club or even the Moscow Co-op. Many other spots can be found on either side of town, if you're willing. Nothing is too out of the way, and everything seems to be good. Price varies depending on where you go, as there are many casual atmosphere restaurants in Moscow, but also a few that would definitely fit a more "fine dining" atmosphere. For the most part, the prices fit the type of restaurant you're entering, and that's just fine. If you go to a place like Sangria's, you'll probably pay a little more. If you go to Mikey's Gyros though, the price is definitely a lot cheaper. Again, the town seems to offer everything for any taste, whether that is simple to exotic, or even cheap to expensive.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Free transportation is nice but the bus is always extremely crowded and you usually have to stand while being packed in like sardines.

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2 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs are always busy. Especially in the engineering buildings.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Not much different than anywhere in north idaho.

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2 College Junior

Facilities: It's a very boring school so not much to talk about.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Not much to do in town unless you drink. There are no arcades, bowling, or anything of the sort.

3 College Junior

Academics: Very limited internships available. The teachers are great.

4 College Junior

Diversity: No one is judged based on political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not many druggies running around on campus and drinking is usually visible at the greek houses.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of fast food restaurants to eat at nearby.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are not that many things to do in town. Very boring.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's expensive to live on and off campus. Just because this is a college town, they charge astronomical prices for rent for crappy apartments.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: They have several different dining options, but not enough for those with food allergies. I have gluten allergies and can not find very many food options on campus.


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