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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Southwestern University challenges students both academically and personally to grow into critical thinking human beings that can step outside of themselves to engage in creative ideas and diversify themselves as individuals. Through interdisciplinary ideas students are able to take concepts from multiple courses and apple them to each other and their degree. It truly is a community, everyone knows every one, and with the small size it is easier to interact with professors and develop relationships with them. I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to take classes outside of my major like dance, ceramics, theatre, religions studies and internships as well as study abroad. I think studying abroad in London has been one of my favorite experiences since I went with people and professors from my school and found it very easy to apply my studies to the vas culture of the U.K. I am so glad I choose this school, even some nights when the paper seems to hard, or my personal life is falling apart, I know I have support and can look back and say I have grown immensely.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am personally not involved with Greek life, but in general even non-Greeks like me are fully supportive of the Greek community, and vice versa.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many good restaurants in the Georgetown area. From 600 Degrees pizza to Nancy's Sky Garden to the Monument Cafe and more, you will honestly run out of money before delicious dining options nearby.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's fair to say that nearly every employee at Southwestern really cares about the students. Those in the business office dealing with financial aid and scholarships are no different.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Commons is disgusting. I am counting down the days until I can have my own kitchen and avoid it forever. The Cove is better but still not all that great either, though I have friends who seem to enjoy eating there. The only thing I like about campus dining is the Dining Dollars provided through the meal plan, with which you can buy starbucks drinks, milkshakes, and certain small grocery items at the Cove.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's easy to meet guys at fraternity parties, around Georgetown, and through friends.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Students at Southwestern are very safe. Currently, we are part of a national conversation about sexual assault and safety, because we care about educating each other. However, Southwestern is very safe and a great party environment.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at Southwesten is a huge part of campus life. Greek life is accepting but selective enough that not anyone can walk in and join. Traditional fraternity type men will be drawn towards Pike, soccer players and stoners to KA, athletes esp. football players to Phi, and gay men or less traditional Greek men to Sig. Most girls want to join Alpha Xi Delta or Zeta Tau Alpha, but less traditionally sorority-type women might prefer Tri Delta or Alpha Delta Pi. If you want to establish yourself as a somebody, go Greek!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Going to football/basketball/baseball/lacrosse, etc. games is a great way to hang out with friends, sit in the sun or yell at the other team, and build school spirit. Pre-gaming suggested.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students choose to live on-campus because Southwestern is a residential college, not a state/commuter school. Some students like to rent houses with friends.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I was honestly surprised at the variety of options available in Georgetown. Being a suburban towns, I expected to find only chains, but it's cute small town-ess provides cafes and cute spots.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Fraternity parties at Southwestern are very enjoyable. Everything you're looking and dreaming for in a fraternity party: themed costumes, drinking, beer pong, and dancing. Sig offers a more alternative party scene. We've had a bit of hiccup this year because of the protestors, but next year hopefully we can re-establish the scene.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: They are honestly great. They understand that college includes partying and drinking. They work to maintain safety.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: You might think that you can't afford a liberal arts education at a fancy school like Southwestern, but they tend to give out great scholarships if you have the grades to earn it

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's a campus dining hall. It's not gourmet, but it's decent. Not a ton of vegan options

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I don't drive but everywhere is within walking distance really

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The people in the aid office are great

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat off campus very much. But there are some places that accept Pirate bucks and that's pretty cool. There's also a variety of places to go, although I haven't visited very many. I mostly shop at HEB or Walmart.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Lots of students will complain that everything is too strict here, but I have no interest in breaking their rules anyway so it doesn't affect me. In fact, I would like it if they kept the drinking/drugs/noise in check, because I don't want to have to deal with that. The only thing is that teachers are super strict on attendance and it affects your grade. I guess that's easy points if you show up, but if you're sick and contagious you'll lose points by resting in bed.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did get some help from Southwestern, but not nearly enough to pay for the crazy expenses of this expensive school. I've also had to deal with the financial aide office about outside scholarships and struggling to get them in. While I won't say the financial aide is bad (because I did receive some), I still know I'm going to be deep in debt.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: While lots of students dread the commons, I find it, if nothing else, very convenient place to eat. Probably not very healthy though... The Cove, on the other hand, makes amazing food! But I only have limited money for the cove and I pay a lot of money for the minimum required meal plan of 12 per week so I try to eat more at the commons.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman, I was put in a random lottery selection to which of the 3 dorms I would be assigned to. Of course, I was assigned to the oldest building when everyone crosses their fingers for the newer fancy dorms. But it's not bad at all. The roommate assignment process was great and I love my roommate, I have plenty of storage space for my things, and campus is pretty small so I'm within walking distance to everything.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I grew up in the area, so I'm used to everything we have. It's average cost, pretty convent, there could be more places with discounts, but its okay, and we do have a decent amount of variety. Definitely check out Dos Salsas, The Monument Cafe, and Mama Fu's. Those are my favorite non fast food restaurants to go. Fast food options that are great are Whataburger and Hat Creek.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: People tend to do their job, but there are some things they let slide, but it doesn't affect me, so I don't really pay attention to it.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't really go to parties, but the couple I go to are safe and fun and I tend to enjoy them.

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How much a student likes Southwestern depends entirely on the personality and upbringing of the individual student. For many, Southwestern is a collegiate paradise. The school feels safe, close-knit, and supportive. This is particularly true for those students that come from other small Texan towns similar to Georgetown. To others, the school feels constricting, bland, and homogenous. If you would rather live in a relaxed, affluent, (though academically rigorous) environment instead of one that regularly pushes your comfort-zone boundaries, you may very well be the ideal Southwestern student. There are very few students who are in the middle about their feelings towards Southwestern; they either love it or hate it. Many of those that dislike Southwestern came in with poor attitudes, often because Southwestern was not their first choice. However, as the popularity and prestige of Southwestern grows, so does the number of students coming here because it's where they want to be.

Essentially, Southwestern provides top-notch and unique educational opportunities for its students. Some students take advantage of study abroad and internship opportunities, others do not. Some students take advantage of the thriving social and Greek scene, others do not. Because Southwestern tends to be isolated, it takes effort on your part to go out and find things to do, like driving to Austin or exploring what small things Georgetown has to offer-none of these things will just fall into your lap. The same goes for the school itself; to get the most out of your time at Southwestern, you have to be prepared to make the school work for you. If you invest lots of energy and work in Southwestern, it's bound to return the favor tenfold.

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