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Albany Col. of Pharmacy and Health Sciences… Reviews

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  • 06/03/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard working students, and not slackers. There is a lot a work and studying!

    Tips for prospective students

    There is a lot a work and studying that you have to do, and coming from high school, it can be a bit overwhelming. But if you stay on top of things and don;t wait till the last minute, you'll be fine.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus, and everyone is really friendly, and there is a lot you can do around the campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are great, and go out of their way to help you and make sure you understand everything. They do their best to make sure you are ready for each test.

  • 07/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 2 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is for someone who wants a small campus. There aren't many sports, so it's for someone who may want to just play intramural type sports. It's for someone who wants a great career that they have to work for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot! It's hard work and you have to work hard to do well. The professors can help you, but it is up to you to work at doing well.

    Bang for the buck

    There are definitely great facilities and faculty/staff for the price.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a great campus, it's small which I personally like. You get to know everyone and you see the same people all the time. Also, Albany is a great little city. Not too big to be overwhelming, but not so small, there's nothing to do.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are great, but you have to get used to them. They make sure you understand the material and are helpful. You will need to learn but will learn.

  • 10/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 3 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for people who like to work hard and don't care for partying. You need to be very well disciplined when it comes to studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are coming to this college I advise you to start studying during the summer. Make a schedule and plan study time. Know how to study, this school is very hard.

    Bang for the buck

    Its an expensive college but what college isn't? The campus looks nice most of the time and everything is clean but there are some things that need some work. For example, when it rains, there is a leak in the ceiling in the calculus room and it drips into a large plastic funnel and for some people it can be a distraction. Other than that the food needs some help but at least you won't gain the freshman fifteen.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy my time here and there are many things to do on Fridays and Saturdays. Every weekend they show a movie at the student center and the other days there are many things to do. They have many clubs and encourage students to make their own and get involved.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot here. Some of the classes are very difficult but they are passable. The teachers are willing to help you but you need to make sure you find them and ask for help.

  • 03/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 4 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for people that keep on top of their work. If you're a slacker, you will fall behind fast and hard. You really only want to join the pharmacy program if you're a hard worker and willing to sacrifice time to study. You will definitely need to study much harder than you had in high school, so be prepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors and the tutors in the writing center right off the bat. It will make your life much easier in the long run. They are there to help you, so never be scared to ask for help. Also, learn your way around the library building. The librarians are kind, very helpful and very willing to help out. They are saints when you're still learning your way around the library database. The writing center and the science assistance center are on the second floor, where there is a plethora of people able to help you manage your coursework. Though you'll want to find our their schedules because they're not there 24/7.

    Bang for the buck

    The price is steep, but you get a lot in return. There are many activities on campus, so many you don't necessarily need to leave the campus to find something fun to do. For example, there's the library, the work out gym, and the gymnasium. There are clubs like Zumba club, dance team, karate club, colleges against cancer, multicultural club and Another Creative Prospective. The student center is an amazing place as well. The dining hall offers an amazing variety of foods, including a Tim Horton's and Coldstone Creamery. And there's something happening in the atrium almost everyday.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a lot of work. A lot of time the courseload can feel extremely overwhelming, but keep at it and it can be rewarding. There are so many places you can find help. There are also many activities and events planned for the students each year. Some of the events include Relay For Life, movies every Friday, Bingo nights, comedians, Human vs. Zombie and much more.

    Am learning a lot

    There's a lot of work to be done, as well as a lot of studying and memorizing. It's great, if you can keep on top of the workload. The professors are brilliant as well. They're nice, smart, approachable, and really knows what they're doing.

  • 06/01/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    the school does sound expensive but what school isn't. i did get alot of financial aid help and the admission representatives from this school are helping me out alot

    Will enjoy being here

    i think the best part about his school is the coldstone ice cream store it has! i also bought a ACPHS hoodie and i love it so much, its very comfy. i think i will definitely enjoy being here.

    Will learn a lot

    I have attended the school and i love the atmosphere surrounding the campus. i met with a few of the teachers and they seem to really want to help the students.

  • 10/18/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    it is affordable compared to other colleges

    Will enjoy being here

    the student body is very warm and accepting

    Will learn a lot

    the teachers seem very insightful and helpful

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus security is very good; I often see them strolling around campus. We also have emergency buttons located around campus that you can press if something is wrong and security immediately comes to you.

    Greek Life

    There are a couple fraternities and sororities around campus who host certain special events and such.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a plethora of clubs and activities for every interest. Many are centered around pharmacy and medicine, but we also have a music group and an equestrian club among other groups.

    Great for these types of students

    -Goal oriented -Hard-working -Non-procrastinators -Dedicated

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our campus has a room in the basement of our student center that is known to very few people, including students, that is called the Panther's Den. The only way to get there is by elevator and it is filled with old arcade games, like Pacman, Frogger and an air hockey table.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is pretty expensive, even with scholarships and such, but it is a renowned school with many connections. However, I've heard that there are other pharmacy schools that have a similar reputation but cost less.

    What to do for fun

    There's not a whole lot of time for fun, but when you cant stand the work load anymore and need a break there are lots of options. The school hosts tons of activities, such as movies and spa days, and being in the heart of Albany, everything is fairly close, including the malls.

    Food and Dining

    There is a large variety of food here, but it is not always up to par and can get expensive if you don't have a meal plan. The meal plans are nice because they come with Flex dollars which can be used at certain places off campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are not terrible, but the best part about staying on campus is that most of the people around are you are in the same classes as you so help is just a door away.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is tough! Getting an A is a miracle; C- is average. There are tests just about every week in addition to weekly labs and long term projects.

    Tips for prospective students

    If at all possible, stay on campus. Learn to love your computer because you can't live without it here. Make lots of friends, a study group is your best tool; not to mention you won't get much time to see your old friends.

    In three sentences

    This school is definitely a major challenge and you can't expect to be able to have any social life while you're here, but it can be rewarding thinking about why you're doing this. Being able to stay organized and manage your time is a required skill to succeed here. Staying on campus is a huge advantage but is fairly costly.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    Double to Quad freshman dorms. Each dorm has it's own bathroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is obviously focused on pharmacy and is very expensive to intend. Do not come here unless you are absolutely sure you want to become a pharmacist and make the commitment to work.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 15

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to Crossgates Mall, Starbucks, Panera for food. Downtown Albany has a lot of interesting museums. Right off campus around Lark St are a lot of restaurants/bars for those who enjoy the night life. :)

    Food and Dining

    Food is not too bad. Honestly can believe that it can be better. The food from the grill is pretty good, but if you go there at peak hours, you can end up waiting for 20 minutes for your cheeseburger. Another plus is that they are offering healthy alternatives there as well eg: salmon burger.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of fun, you will definitely meet and make a lot of good friends while you are here. The dorms are pretty comfortable, comes with air conditioning / central air.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is pretty heavy, there is definitely a lot of work outside the classroom to be done which either strives for students to individually learn new concepts or reinforce material that was learned in class. Also, there is a lot of overlap in material, which requires knowledge of what was taught previously. However, pretty much all the professors try to make themselves as accessible as possible to the students, if not by office hours, then via e-mail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to stay on top of the school work. It is a very intense program right from the start, with their goal of adjusting the pre-pharmacy students to the rigorous work that is required to be successful during the professional years. One suggestions that I have is to go to the Science Assistance Center, where there are professional staff with degrees in their respective fields to help with the basic sciences. These people are indispensable, and I recommend going there on a weekly basis to brush up on material that may be a little confusing. Another suggestion is to sign up for a peer tutor. They are great to answer questions and the selection process is very rigorous as well.

    In three sentences

    Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a very nurturing school. Even starting from the pre-pharmacy courses, the focus has always been around pharmacy and the professional world. All the faculty are familiar with the scope of pharmacy and are able to direct students to resources which would greatly benefit the student and recognize the overall goal of obtaining a PharmD.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 15

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there are tons of things to do in albany!

    Tips for prospective students

    study ahead. this will give you both the edge for the exam and the time to enjoy your college experience even when things get hectic.

    In three sentences

    this is an excellent and challenging school. i am glad to have the opportunity to attend.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 15

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    stadiing

    Tips for prospective students

    go ti to albany scool of pharmacy

    In three sentences

    nice scool, nice education, nice professors

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 15

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Explore Albany!

    Food and Dining

    Food is very good and reasonably priced.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging, but once you get the hang of it, it is very rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, work hard and have fun!

    In three sentences

    ACPHS is an outstanding option for students ready to take on a fast paced education. There are many options available outside of the Doctor of Pharmacy program that will foster your learning. Overall it has been an amazing experiance so far.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 15

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there are sports to do, clubs to join and other activities that i do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    the food is pretty good. they serve decent portions and have some variety.

    Dorm Life

    there is a lot to do on the weekends and people are always playing games in the dorms. everyone is really welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    the school is tough. but, it is manageable. if you really want to make it through, you can do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you have good time management skills and make the time spent studying efficient. it's all about balance. you need to balance having fun with getting good grades.

    In three sentences

    i think acphs has fantastic faculty, a lot of activities to particpate in and a great environment to study. i would recommend the school to anyone who is pursuing pharmacy or other health sciences careers.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 15

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs you can join, there's only four sports since it is a small school; soccer, basketball, cross country, and track and field. Since you are in the heart of Albany you can go anywhere you want. There lots to do to enjoy yourself.

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety of foods. The best thing about it here is the Tim Horton's/ ColdStone.

    Dorm Life

    The freshmen dorms are AWESOME. They are either double, triple, or quad, and each room has their own bathroom, mini fridge and microwave. The dorms are very roomy as well. Even the dorms when you advance through the years are great and eventually you can get apartments 'off' campus, even though they are closer than the other dorm halls.

    Academic Rigor

    It is hard but manageable. It is a science oriented school so there are really tough courses, but every year people graduate so it isn't impossible, just hard. Time management is key.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to come here I recommend touring campus, talking to current students and making sure that you want a small, close-knit community. You will have to study a lot more here and if you don't think you are going to be able to handle the work load, then maybe you should reconsider. Other than the fact that there is going to be a lot of work, everything else about ACPHS is awesome.

    In three sentences

    A very small, focused science school with plenty of opportunities to not only get involved and meet new people, but increase your knowledge of your future career and yourself. ACPHS also has a beautiful campus in the heart of Albany and everyone there is friendly and willing to help you succeed.

  • 07/20/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    15 of 15

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the mall, movies, New York City, Boston, play in the snow, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Just what you would expect for most colleges. However, meal plan options for students who are not close to home are low. On top meal plan only get 10 cafeteria meals a week, and you are on your own for the rest of the week.

    Dorm Life

    Standard, nothing above normal. However, each dorm has its own bathroom, mini fridge, microwave,and AC/heater system.

    Academic Rigor

    Programs are designed to get students jobs as soon as graduate college. All majors require above and beyond the minimal requirements. Courses challenge students daily, but there is a great tutor system put in place if you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you plan to do for a career and what degree you want. Visit the campus and surrounding area to get a feel for the school. And work hard in high school so you can get scholarships.

    In three sentences

    It is a small school with a.very close knit family feeling. The campus is located in a residential area with malls only ten to fifteen minutes away. Every is very kind and polite and are willing to help you.