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3 College Junior

Athletics: Taylor has a few good teams, but athletics are not a huge part of campus life. The majority of students don't attend games or meets beyond Silent Night (if you haven't heard of this, Google it) and maybe the Parents and Family Weekend football game.

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College Junior

Party Scene: Taylor students don't party in the traditional college sense. Drinking, drugs, and dancing are not allowed under the Life Together Covenant (LTC) that all students sign because they are seen as activities that could detract from the community on campus. Floors will host openhouses throughout the year during which the floors are open to both genders and during which there might be food, drinks (non-alcoholic), music, decorations, and activities.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are very few non-chain food options near Taylor. Ivanhoe's is the only restaurant within walking distance. Five to ten minutes away, there are a few more options including Subway, Hardy's, Casa Grande (Mexican food), China One (Chinese food), Burger King, TOPPIT (pizza), Cracker Barrel, and Paynes (a hipster-y restaurant with great coffee and delicious food).

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: If you're not sure where to live on campus, do an overnight visit if possible. It's hard to describe the culture of each dorm without experiencing it personally. Overall, each of the dorms has a great community, each a little bit different from the others. The smaller dorms and the co-ed (by floor) dorms both tend to have more of a dorm-based community whereas I've observed that the larger dorms tend to have more of floor- or wing-based communities. It is generally pretty easy to get into one of the dorms that you request freshmen year and once you're in a dorm, it's relatively easy to stay there if you want to.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: As of right now, the only food options are the Grille (which is only available to seniors and those with meal transfers) and the Dining Commons (DC). The DC has done a really great job at incorporating a variety of foods into each meal. The Chef's Corner has daily specials throughout the week, some of which are inventive and many of which are delicious. One down-side to Taylor's dining plan is that we don't have flex dollars, but a new system has been implemented to allow on-campus students to choose between a 15-meal plan and a 21-meal plan, which is helpful to many students.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a freshman, so idk.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't really go many places. It's ok I guess.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The biggest problem is the no dancing rule, but everything is ok. I'm not looking to drink, do drugs or have sex. If you are I'd recommend a different college.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I spent hours on the phone to get additional help, but the guy was great. I couldn't afford Taylor without the extra help.

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College Freshman

Party Scene: I like how we have fun, and our events. But we don't really party like that.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It really depends on the day. It's not awful though. There tends to be something that's good every meal.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: there are choices, not too many though

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: decent, similar to other colleges

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: nothing really unless you drive

4 College Freshman

Administration: Pretty nice people ^^ haven't had problems with them

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not too many people attend sport games

3 College Freshman

Diversity: More minority students than I would have thought , a lot of students are still pretty close-minded though

5 College Student

Local Area: Upland is very isolated, yes. It has that small town closeness and it's rooted in tradition, in some sense. There are some great local restaurants (Ivanhoes, Panes) and a Starbucks is quite close. But, honestly, we don't need to be in near a city because there's so much to do on campus! It's like a little city on its own. =)

5 College Student

Campus Housing: If there's a specific dorm you want to get into, send your stuff in as soon as you can!! I got into my first choice, but I know a lot of people that didn't. If you end up getting put in Gerig, it's a GREAT place to live!! Yes, people will complain about the building a lot, but the community here is second-to-none. Besides, you barely spend time in your room because you'll likely be in the library or somewhere else studying.

4 College Student

Scholarships: The tuition is expensive but getting a substantial merit scholarship is relatively easy!! I don't qualify for financial aid, but the vast majority of students do. There's many on-campus work study jobs if you ask around, many of which you can do homework at!

3 College Student

Administration: I chose this school because of its conservative approach, so I'm totally fine with the enforcement of no drugs and alcohol. What makes me mad is how strict the school is on it's co-ed dancing rule--which is, there can be none if it's not sanctioned by the school. I love swing dancing, and a nearby school has regular swing dancing, and Taylor is very against students going there. I understand how it's trying to avoid the party-scene, but swing dancing isn't like that at all!! It's quite frustrating.

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College Student

Party Scene: There's no 'parties' at Taylor in the normal college sense, but there's always something fun to do on campus!! Open housing provides opportunities to hang out on other floors and watch movies, and we have fantastic annual events like Silent Night and Airband.

5 College Student

Majors: There are so many opportunities here! We have a Calling and Career Office on campus where we can receive help on choosing a major, finding/achieving employment, and getting internships. Taylor grads love to help Taylor students, and many other organizations have strong connections, so it's easy to find and make connections.

4 College Student

Academics: Music Education is one of the most loaded degrees wherever you go, and Taylor is no exception. We do some graduate level work as an upperclassman!! The professors are wonderful and they're equipping us to be the very best we can be. Because our four-year plan is so structured, we all end up taking the same classes together and get really close. If you're brave enough to dive in, Taylor is a great place to do it!!

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: We don't have parties like that. We have open houses and do fun things besides getting drunk.

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A prominent religious figure—Jesus of Nazareth—once asked "what good it does a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul?" Others have asked, in despair, "what use is there for success when there's no one to share it with?" Taylor University firmly believes that there's no point to excellence without community, and it is that belief which drives everything that happens on campus. From football games to ice cream socials to chapels to Pick-a-Dates to wing retreats to Airband to small group Bible studies, Taylor students are surrounded by a community fueled by a genuine desire to love God by loving people. Students have been known to compare Taylor to having an extended family—2,000 members strong—with all the good and bad implied in the term.

Taylor University's core mission is to produce "whole" persons who think creatively and logically, who are prepared to serve Christ all over the globe, and who are imbued with an inescapable desire to love others as God loves them. It's not coincidental that one of the first general education requirements is a course that emphasizes the critical importance of seeing fellow human beings as intrinsically valuable, nor is it random that students are encouraged to strive for their potential. People enter Taylor as wide-eyed learners and leave as inspired servant-leaders. But, again, Taylor's heartbeat is "intentional community": relationships built for the purpose of loving each other in Christ, friendships that outlast a four-year plan. No, Taylor's facilities aren't state-of-the-art; the food isn't gourmet, and the athletic teams haven't won national championships. That isn't the point. The point is—the point has always been—love. And that will be the point for generations of Taylor Trojans to come.

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