Oskaloosa, IA
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Reviews 103 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Weather: In the winter it gets very snowy, cold, and icy, which is a huge adjustment to some people. If you research and prepare for Iowa weather, you will be fine.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are widely available throughout campus. If you have a laptop, it is very hard to connect to wifi in the dorms and around campus besides the PAC. Printing is free and very convenient.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is Greek life but it is hard to consider it such. There are know houses and very little events are held. Most people join only to say they are in a fraternity or sorority.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere doesn't include many attractions or places to see, but it is a beautiful town that can be extremely enjoyable if you know how to make your own fun. There is a large park where you can barbeque after a day of golfing just next door. There are few stores to shop at and there are many festivities/events throughout the summer and fall.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is little crime on campus but I do not see any campus police on campus besides the dorms if there were to be a problem. I feel safe on campus because I know most students and it is small but I do not know how safe I would feel if something were to happen because I have no idea how to get help from on-campus police.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing can be very nice or very poor. The worst places to stay, but cheapest, are Lewis (girls) and Watson (boys). Both are very run down, small, and dirty. The next best option is Twin. Rooms are more spacious and you share a large common area on the first floor. The newest and best, but most expensive, is Market Street Dorms. These are set up as suite style where there are 4 individual bedrooms, two baths, a common area, and a small kitchen. These dorms are coed, separated by 2 floors male and 1 floor female. Living in the dorms is the best way to make new friends and easily meet up to do group work. Housing process is very quick and easy.

4 College Freshman

Academics: It is easy to get good grades at this university because of the knowledgeable teachers and the ease of getting help when needed. Curriculum and pace of learning varies among each teacher and topic. Registering starts with the Seniors and works it's way down each class. Workload depends on which major you are but expect to put in a large amount of time each week on homework. The most popular places to study are in the PAC at the tables outside the Café or in the library.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is absolutely no freedom in the dorms, primarily Market. Everyone is an adult but are treated like they are children. You are locked out of the side doors and must pass an RA if you come in after 9 PM, which is early when you are trying to do your homework in the library. The opposite sex is also not allowed in the other sex's dorm past nine unless checked in, which they must leave by midnight. Many noise complaints are issued even when you are simply laughing in the common area because the building was poorly built and walls/floors are paper thin. Don't expect to be treated with respect because all security guards/most RA's will treat you like you are a criminal.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: William Penn Campus is extremely diverse. People come from all over the country as well as other countries. All students are treated equally by staff and their peers. Students also come from all kinds of economic backgrounds. Many students come on sports or academic scholarship, paying for most of their schooling but some also attend private university paying the full cost. Political beliefs and religion are not among popular topics on campus. Everyone is accepting to other opinions. Sexual orientation is very diverse as well. There are many same-sex couples among campus along with straight couples.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is very easy to come across in Oskaloosa. There are a wide variety of fast-food restaurants ranging from McDonalds to Subway or Maid-Rite to Taco Johns. Recently there was added a Jimmy John's, which is a good place for college students to find a job. Along with fast-food, there are many restaurants such as Mi Ranchito, Tasos' Steakhouse, On The Green, Family Restaurant and Smokey Row. All range in price and cuisine. All are conveniently located downtown and few offer student discounts. The best places to check out are Tasos' Steakhouse for a big, filling meal, Family Restaurant for cheap homestyle cooking, and Smokey Row to grab your coffee and study before a big test.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It is a small town so houses/apartments are kind of hard to find, especially those that are well taken care of. It is definitely a lot cheaper and the freedom is worth the extra transportation to school. Almost all apartments or houses are within walking distance from campus. Parking is always included and the majority of all neighborhoods in Oskaloosa are safe. Landlords usually will take care of utilities and upkeep on the place.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I found a place ok

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Help desk is very helpful

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have not used it

3 College Junior

Weather: its in Iowa - so alot of weather changes

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: no drugs - christian school

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3 College Junior

Academics: it is a MBL program

3 College Junior

Nightlife: the Ragbrie is a big deal

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: both chain and local places are available.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Wish there were more majors to choose from.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Not like a big university.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The office is helpful. It was smooth but had a balance due 1st semester and a refund 2nd semester. Not sure how that happened.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Certain classes are only offered on odd or even years. and some are only offered fall or spring. Plan your 4 years wisely!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus. But I hear that most landlords are not good.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: This is a very diverse campus.


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