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Reviews 88 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: I currently live 40 minutes from campus. Have lived here for a long time and plan on staying. All that a city would need.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Seems to be plenty of parking. Most of my classes are on off days. Not much of an issue.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Not sure about the parking garage. No incidents that I have heard of but there is no attendant.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I feel confident about my choice of schools. That it will offer me the best outcome. Also the only accredited school to offer my specialty in the field of my choice as part of the Master's curriculum.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: A bit nervous about the workload but I think that would be true of any Master's Program.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Only an issue when it rains.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Some communication issues but overall a great experience.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Financial Aid Office is helpful. I am not that knowledgeable but trying to learn.

5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Not seeing it at all.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The campus I attend has respectable policies and expectations of the students in attendance.

2 College Senior

Weather: Never having lived in California, I thought that December would be warmer, but I was at least somewhat prepared for chilly weather. June, however, was a shock. Apparently southern California lives under this fog for most of June in the mornings, and I regretted not having more light, long-sleeved shirts. We didn't have rain at least.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Sucks If You're Vegan and Don't Have a Car – Los Angeles has some delicious vegan restaurants, which I was able to experience while staying with a classmate who drove during the June residency. But in December I pretty much only had access to Sprouts grocery and had to do my own cooking in the hotel room. I mean, I was able to eat pretty much as I eat at home, but the restaurants seemed very limited for vegans without transportation.

5 College Senior

Athletics: No Sports – ... at least, not that I'm aware of. And damn, I love that! I hate sports teams and that whole mentality.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: It's New and Ugly – The classes are in ugly new buildings. The worst part is that the windows don't open and the building is "climate-controlled." I've been to two residencies, one in December and one in June, and am always cold.
The grounds are pretty nice; small, but nicely designed with decent-sized trees. It's also across the street from a cemetery where you can go to be alone, unless you believe in ghosts.

2 College Senior

Campus Food: Not an Option – Again, because this is low-residency, we don't have/use a dining hall. We do have some dinners and snacks provided, and while it runs the gamut and even includes vegan food (which is crucial for me as a vegan), eating well while I'm at school is a bit challenging. I end up staying in an extended-stay hotel and doing a bit of my own cooking, which makes long days of seminars and workshops a bit troublesome at times. The two delis on, or very close, to campus are not vegan-friendly and are more expensive than buying stuff at Sprouts and making my own sandwiches or whatever at the hotel.
I cannot speak about the dining experience of undergrad students. It may be different.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I think that each sex is equally friendly and supportive of one another exceling

5 College Junior

Diversity: I think his is the most diverse school that I have been to. Everyone is very accepting of each others different backgrounds and culture

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: It's fine. We're adults and if there is a problem, the school has set up 12-step programs to be used during residency.

3 College Senior

Academics: This only applies to the MFA in Creative Writing program, which is very specific. The bulk of our work centers around writing, as is to be expected. The thing I miss is having semester-long seminars that coincide with the writing. For example, during residency you are offered many different seminars on aspects of writing and literature, but once you leave the residency, those seminars are not carried through the term.

We do have certain requirements, though: first term, a field study project that you design. Its focus is on social justice issues and writing within your community. Students have done everything from begin a literary journal to teachings prisoners to write. Second term we are required to write a five page paper and participate in a translation seminar, third term we complete a critical paper and fourth term we turn in a manuscript. So there is a lot of work and things to boost your writing and understanding of literature. Just not quite as much as I'd like.

5 College Senior

Parking: for the MFA in Creative Writing program, you are issued a parking pass and have "free" (it's likely the cost is included in tuition) parking in a garage right next to the classroom building. Very convenient.

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Southern California has the best weather. It's also close to the beach which is a fun place to go and study. There is barely ever rain, and summers are sunny and warm, not too hot.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It's a big city so it's easy to get housing, but there is a lot of traffic, and finding a nice area is difficult.

1 College Junior

Majors: Very few internships available for people in my major. This may different for people who are not attending Antioch for their MFA in Creative Writing, though. Once in a while a teacher or mentor, or an alum, will need help with a project and internships become available. On the whole, I am not familiar with any consistent internship availabilities, though.

4 College Junior

Academics: I'm attending the Master's program in Creative Writing. It's a low-residency program, so the classes are set up differently from those in a traditional college. I love the mentor-student setup, where published authors serve as our instructors. I feel confident in their knowledge and have received excellent feedback and assistance. I appreciate, too, that the mentors I've encountered are there to guide, but do not come across as knowing the One True Way of Writing.
What I miss about the low-residency setup is the interpersonal interactions with fellow students. I'm also a bit of a school nerd. When we go to the residencies, we can take as many seminars as we wish; generally they last 50 to 120 minutes and are frequently fascinating, either on some issue of writing or social justice, frequently on a combination of the two. However, once these seminars are over, they're over. This is the other thing I miss; I like ongoing classes that last for months, that allow me to explore, along with fellow students, the issues at hand. It's a bit disappointing that we don't get the chance to do that.
The emphasis on social justice issues and creative writing, however, make up for that fairly well.

5 College Junior

Majors: The graduate program is creative writing, at least at the Los Angeles campus (there might be a psychology Master's program, too, but we don't interact much). It's an excellent program, with astute, interested mentors guiding students along their own paths. One of the things I really love about Antioch is the Field Study -- we must get involved with our local community in a way that combines literature/writing and social justice issues. The workload is fine, what you might expect from a grad program, and also a bit flexible. They understand that many students here are adults working this program into lives already full of responsibilities (though some students are also right out of undergraduate level studies).


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