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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The people involved in Greek Life seem very close but it is not cheap to join.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Transitioning from high school to college was very difficult. Commuting makes being involved on campus difficult, and I didn't have a car freshman year which made it extremely difficult to make friends out of class.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's a college. Most people will party at almost any college. There's nothing excessive about the parties that happen on campus and more often than not any party not thrown on invite only is pretty dull and not worth the time. There is more of an open and inviting presence from the stoner community than the big drinkers.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My view as of now is that freshman year isn't always the greatest sampling of what an entire college career is. Here at the Florham campus the first year seems to be, generally, a year to weed people out. that could mean to change your major, to transfer, or decide college just wasn't the right option. Personally I had trouble socially my first year, but once you get involved with the offices on campus and various organizations it only becomes easier to understand the processes by which the University functions. There is opportunity her if you're willing to find it.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is completely dependent on your major. I have had a good experience in this respect because I got close to professor who always has me in mind for major related opportunity. As a Pre-med student having one of the top NJ Medical Centers a ten minute drive away isn't too bad either. Almost all students will have an internship here during their college career.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This is the safest area I have ever lived in. The University is bordered by an all girl Catholic college, a neighborhood full of upper middle class families, and a few corporate offices. We have a blue light system that hasn't been actually used in about a decade, and I've never heard of anyone (small females included) feeling even slightly cautious about walking alone at night. The only complaint I have in this area is that our Wellness Center is closed on the weekends, however there is an urgent care across the street.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Your housing experience depends largely on which residence hall you reside in. The Park Avenue apartments are the most coveted for a reason. having your own kitchen, bathroom, and common area makes for a private yet inviting living experience. Rutherford Hall, hotel style, has room that surely do not lack for space and have their own bathroom. The catch for these options is that it costs an extra $1000 a year on top of an already expensive housing fee. The other upper classmen option is The Village, a series of nine buildings all set up suite style. The suites are currently undergoing renovations and getting nicer every year. Select buildings (3, 7, 8, 9) have a communal kitchen which is absolutely phenomenal for bake sale prep, socialization, and late night study snacking. The general freshman dorms are traditional, and have their own air conditioning units along with a lot of communal bathroom issues. Every building has free and brand new laundry machines, which is a convenient service.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greeks are a very tight knit community on this campus. There is a fraternity or sorority for basically everyone. They are the most visible group of students on campus because they host events very often and are extremely proud to wear their letters. I would recommend being involved in Greek Life if your schedule can handle it. The organizations are very demanding and take up a lot of the sisters/brothers time. I'm not personally involved because I have an extremely challenging major as well as two jobs, and I would not be able to afford the dues every semester. However, if there wasn't a financial barrier it's something I would be 100% involved in.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a Division III campus there are no scholarships awarded for our athletics. However, there are a large portion of students involved in some sort of athletics. There are more non-athletes than athletes on campus, but it is impossible not to know people from various teams. I'm not personally involved in any sort of athletics, but I do utilize our indoor track and have taken a Fitness class on campus which is offered for a credit.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are pros and cons to any college selection and the Florham Campus at Fairleigh Dickinson University is no exception. The grounds themselves are beautiful, especially in the fall and spring. It feels like walking around central park, because the same man designed it. Being a former Vanderbilt estate there is a main mansion on the grounds which can be a lot of fun for gala events. You will find incredibly dedicated professors on this campus, but check rate my professor before deciding on a class. For every inspiring professor there is one to steer clear from. The staff in the Admissions Office, Campus Life Office, Career Development Office, Dean of Students Office, and Residence Life Office are wonderful people. They are inviting and very easy to work with. While any office worker is bound by protocol these staff members to their best to encourage your endeavors and find a way for you to legitimately accomplish goals. I can not stress enough how important connections in these offices may become, because bureaucracy at this University can be an absolute nightmare. Enrolling for classes online rarely works out and many of the prerequisites are asinine. For example, my Applied Statistics course required I take Basic Algebra even though I had completed Calculus I. A trip to the enrollment office corrected the situation but made online enrollment impossible, and the line outside that office during registration seems to go for miles. In order to be added into a full section of a class upwards of 3 signatures are required and the professor you need to find may not have availability that coincides with your own. When choosing housing the whole process goes completely haywire. The online selection crashes what seems like every other day, and even if you get a full suite or group together you more often than not aren't able to stay together. Social life on the campus seems as an incoming freshman to hinge largely on involvement in Greek Life.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus, but not necessarily because of public safety. I feel like the people on campus in general are trustworthy and I have never felt like my own safety was at risk, even walking back from class alone at night. Public safety is slow when responding to noise complaints or other "non urgent" issues, but if they believe there is really a threat, they are quick to arrive. If you call them (their office is open 24/7), they will come pick you up from the parking lot, your class, or even the train station down the road and bring you to your dorm if you feel unsafe walking for any reason.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are very small class sizes, meaning usually no more than thirty to a class. There are definitely more courses offered in the fall than in the spring. Professors are, to my experience, very helpful for those who need help, but there are quite a few professors who aren't the best teachers. The coursework so far for my business core curriculum has been very manageable, especially for someone who is a club officer and a sorority member. Overall FDU's academic program is very good

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. There are so many opportunities I feel like I would miss out on if I was a commuter. The proximity of the dorms to the class buildings is great - nothing is more than a 10-15 minute walk. The housing selection process is a pain though. You select your housing based on a system of priority points, which are earned through academic performance and attendance at campus events. Basically if you don't have a high number of priority points, you won't get the housing you hoped for. They are slowly but surely making upgrades to all of the amenities. The washers and dryers throughout campus were recently replaced, and they are working on switching many of the dorms from old, dirty carpets to tile. The communal bathrooms in the freshmen dorms need serious renovations. Even though they are "cleaned" every day, they still feel gross, but all of the upperclassmen dorms have private bathrooms which makes it worth it. Overall, the convenience of living on campus is nice, however some of the dorms could benefit from a much needed renovation.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Compared to other campuses, our Greek Life is fairly relaxed. We don't have off campus Greek housing, and all Greek members live in the regular dorm buildings. Those in Greek life are some of the most involved on campus, and many RAs, Orientation Leaders, and Campus Programming members are active members of a fraternity or sorority.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, Fairleigh Dickinson is a good University. Although some professors aren't necessarily great teachers, every one I've had so far truly knows what they are talking about and are experts in their respective fields. The campus is beautiful, and the dorms are nicer than what I've seen at some other schools. There is always something going on, and there are so many clubs and activities to be involved in. I feel safe on the campus, and the Madison/Florham Park areas surrounding the campus are amazing as well. The food in the cafeteria does, however, get old. Most times, food will sit out all day and be cold by dinner time. They also start taking away food up to an hour before the dining hall closes, so if you have a late class, you might not have much to choose from when you get out. All in all, FDU is a good school. The pros greatly outweigh the cons, and I would not change my decision to attend this school.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: public safety couldn't care less if you're walking around campus with a blunt or a handle its awesome...but they love giving out parking tickets

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am transferring along with about 5 of my friends immediately.... I need somewhat of a party school and I am in the wrongggg placeeee

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: on my floor we constantly had maintenance issues between the bathrooms being gross, and our washer and dryers never working

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: only gets good spring semester

4 College Freshman

Athletics: i played a sport here and got so much attention from people i didn't know as a freshmen! its awesome that people go to games all the time

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: NEVER anything going on as far as parties. sports teams are okay, at least people go to everyones games to watch them lose. GORGEOUS campus but also very haunted...

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I never fail to feel safe while on campus, even at night.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the class and professors at this school. I do not regret choosing it.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I believe a degree from this school holds much value.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I do not participate in athletics, therefore, I do not know much about them.

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The experience at the College at Florham will be different for every person. Most students choose to join Greek life or a sports team, which combined take up a majority of students' lives. Many students who do not choose either of these routes become heavily involved with clubs and organizations. Many students enjoy their time at Fairleigh Dickinson because they are able to gain friendships that will last a lifetime; however, there is a large number of students who, if given the choice, would not choose to attend the College at Florham again. Aside from these students, other students are amazed by the beautiful campus grounds, and the tour guides and staff do everything they can to get more students to attend.

Once you become a student at Fairleigh Dickinson, you see how the staff hides that everyone goes home on the weekends, and that there are not many campus events for students to attend. The classes at Fairleigh Dickinson are not as difficult as they could be, but with all of the different major offerings, students are able to make their own path once they graduate college. The College at Florham does not do the greatest job of preparing students for the real world; instead, the College leaves it up to students to go out and make their own mistakes and learn from them. The Career Development Center is a great help to students who are looking for careers and jobs after graduating, and the staff will help with everything from resume building to interview preparation.

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