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Reviews 1268 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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College Junior

Nightlife: I'm not much of a party person, and have only gone to one or two over the last year. However, from what I hear from my friends off-campus parties are usually held at the sports houses (soccer, baseball, football), the international house, or by the fraternities and sororities of Greek Life off campus somewhere. From what I hear, these are generally decent parties, sometimes busted by cops, sometimes not.

As someone who doesn't like to drink more than once or twice a semester, you can definitely tell when people are leaving campus to go to a party or are coming back drunk from one. Metro Taxi is an easy and safe way to get to and from parties that are off campus, and whenever there's a party going on you can will see at least one or two taxis pull up near a dorm building on campus to either pick up or drop off students. Sometimes it's annoying how noisy the people returning to campus after drinking are but there's not much you can do about it. Not usually that bad, also depends on what dorm and the people in the dorm you're in. We all have known that one obnoxious drunk at one point in our lives.

UNH also has a shuttle if going downtown to the club scene, but after freshman year most people are over the club scene.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Even though I'm not in Greek Life, Greek Life has a presence on campus and holds a lot of events open to the university community that add to campus life during the semester.

I think a lot Greek students and talked up and it definitely leaves an impression when you learn someone is in a Greek organization on campus. However, just because you aren't in Greek Life does not mean you become a "nobody" on campus. I know plenty of people who have made an impact and are well known around campus who aren't a part of Greek Life.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I can't rate off-campus housing, as I assume this refers to non-university off-campus housing. I have only lived in university housing, on campus so far, but will be in a university dorm within a 5-10 min walk from campus for the Fall 2014-Spring 2015 school year. The cost of this housing is about the same for on-campus housing and has lots of perks.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: As a freshman, I did not apply for financial aid (my dad forgot as he didn't think we would get any).

As a sophomore, I applied and had little trouble receiving my aid.

However, I have heard horror stories from other students and the general student body murmurs about the terrible experiences had. So, it might not be the best but it's definitely not the worst. Take everything with a grain of salt. I think the level of difficulty may depend more on individual situations and personalities, so don't worry too much.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The school spirit at UNH varies among the different sports, but overall is very high. Everyone is excited to hear how any UNH sports team is doing, even if some are more popular than others (our football team is our pride and joy).

Besides varsity sports, almost everyone I know always tries to get a team together for any of the numerous intramural sports and rec center games. While the majority of the club sports aren't quite as on par with the varsity sports, there's also quite a few that are just as big or bigger than the varsity sports (such as the men's lacrosse team).

No matter what your athletic skill level is, there's activities, programs, and equipment for you to participate in and use in the gym and rec center. It's great!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Besides the typical emergency phone/call stations that can be seen on most college campuses, one event sticks in my memory that makes UNH stick out when it comes to safety and security. Last December (2013), there was a student who was seen headed to campus with a rifle and the campus police were notified. The campus police, staff and faculty at UNH handled the situation very well, kept students calm, and a possible shooting was avoided. Students were first alerted through the text message alert system which sends out school-wide texts, which generally consist of classes cancelled due to snow, or in this case to stay inside and live updates as to the situation regarding the gunman on campus. After being put on lock-down, each building and classroom was searched and after a couple hours the gunman was caught and taken to the police station.

While it's scary to think that this happened on a campus I call a second home, it made me very grateful that the University of New Haven has such a great protocol and procedure for dealing with unexpected situations such as that day in December. The very fact that UNH had a procedure for this type of situation was wonderful, as grave as the situation was. I know West Haven isn't the safest of cities, but as a native of Baltimore, I've always known that no matter where you go, good or bad area, it's important to be aware of your surroundings. Had it not been for the person who spotted the man going towards campus with a gun, the situation could've been a lot worse.

I think that having been on campus during this day in December 2013 has made me feel so much safer on campus, because no matter how bad the situation might be, it showed how well the police and safety services, the West Haven PD, and the rest of the staff and faculty at UNH work together to avoid and dissolve any dangers that find their way near or on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: If food were open longer that'd be great!!!!!!!!!!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: New Haven and West Haven, CT are not the best neighborhoods, but they're not too bad. If I could find a good job, I wouldn't mind working here.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: One building, Soundview, is amazing. Other than Soundview, the buildings are all fairly good. Nothing to call home about, but definitely satisfactory.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Business program is good. If you can find your way into the honors program, you're golden.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't yet had an internship, but I know a lot of my classmates had a fairly easy time finding good ones. The school helps you out in finding internships, if you would like one.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I always have a good time. Once you get in the right group of people, you will have fun every weekend if you want.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are a lot of average teachers, but a lot of great teachers as well. The popular majors on campus have the best professors usually.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: All my friends who have graduated the past year have jobs lined up and are working there already.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek and non Greeks get along. Both non Greeks and Greeks throw good parties, so they're' always something to do on the weekend.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I haven't heard of any cases of sexual assault on campus. The one major incident that occurred was a student came onto campus with a weapon, but the situation was handled very quickly.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat off campus very regularly, but when I do, I always have a great time.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My school gives money very freely if you're smart enough.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fan support is fairly big for varsity sports, but hardly anyone goes to intramural games.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: To go to a resurant one would need to drive or take the public tranist for off campus food.

4 College Senior

Academics: Every major has a concentration directed to your goals.

5 College Senior

Academics: So many opportunities to grow and become well rounded in different courses.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Professors are very knowledgeable of there fields and the class sizes help build a relationship with professor's

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Its all about who you know. All of what you need is on campus you just have to connect with the right people.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Nobody trys to impress on campus


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Nicholas Shirley
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Most students love this school and consider the University home. During the school year, there are tons of different events on campus hosted by the many clubs and organizations. There is always something to do, whether it is going on a trip sponsored by one of the clubs or going to Kayo Field to play capture the flag at 3 a.m. Students should put in what they want to get out the college experience, and it is easy and rewarding to get involved with groups on campus. Even during the summer and winter sessions, there are events and jobs on campus through admissions, Student Activities Department, the Recreation Center, Campus Conferences, and more.

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