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Chester College of New England Reviews

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  • 01/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    As Chester says...for the Artists, Writers, and Thinkers. :)

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise those who are interested in going to an art related school to think about their lifestyle and the kind of school that may fit well for them. Having been at Chester for over a year now, I tend to see students that like to socialize on similar topics for example (which helps with bonds); also, they don't seem to mind the rural country style school in the middle of a country side town (we tease about it being very farm related). To add on, students who are thinking of going to an art school like Chester should think about getting involved with the school by participating in events - that way your time at school will be a fun, life fulfilling experience.

    Bang for the buck

    As a small private art school, the money does pile up (tuition, lab/art supply fees, etc.) averaging to about twenty to thirty grand per year. From my personal experience, it is worth the money even if the tuition is eye bulging to some. If you love art so much, then I don't believe money will be a problem at all. There are many ways to finding scholarships online and through the school (which are very handy for both residential and commuting students.)

    Am enjoying being here

    Chester is a very quaint size school that you get to know everyone, including the staff and students, and develop a good one on one relationship when it comes to learning. So far as a Freshman I have met new people each day and I couldn't have been more happier but to call them my friends. Along with developing new friendships, there are always student activities going on each week from dances to trips around the area (Art Galleries in particular since it is an art school.) Not to forget, near the end of the school year the school hosts a three day school wide event called Chesterfest, an event full of games and events like concerts, and binging on lots of food!

    Am learning a lot

    At Chester, class sizes are very small that when it comes to learning you have the ability to meet one on one with your professor. The class environment(s) is very peaceful and uplifting with student with great potential in the arts. The professors are very good when it comes to assisting a student who seeks for a bit more help or would like to give themselves a challenge. Eventually those kind of professors that connect well with the students become friends in the end (and some actually miss them once graduation arrives.) Personally, I find the classes to be very enjoyable in addition to the class sizes and the hands on learning style. (It's pretty nice to get your hands dirty in some plaster or acrylic paint.)

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there is no campus security because the town police station is located right next door to the campus. the police do rounds on campus every evening.

    Clubs and Activities

    all the clubs and activities are great at chester. for example we have a paranormal activities club, where you can go and learn about the haunted happenings of the town, local legends, go on ghost tours of the campus and even go on paranormal investigations. there is a gamers club for those of you who enjoy hard core video gaming. also, there is crayon box, chester college's gay/straight alliance.

    Great for these types of students

    if you are interested in anime, graphic novels, creative writing in general, poetry, sculpture, harry potter, lord of the rings, weird and interesting students and staff, then this is the college for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    dingus day and humans vs. zombies.

    What to do for fun

    the resident assistant team and the campus activities board make sure that you will never have a boring weekend while staying at this school. with activities like laser tag, humans vs. zombies, trips to art museums, shopping trips to boston, trips to the movies, and bingo, there is never a dull day at chester college of new england.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria staff is always cheerful and the food tastes fantastic. if you are worried about the trend of bland high school food, have no fear. with food like salmon for lunch and then kielbasa for dinner, the chester cafe staff is on the ball with their kitchen skills.

    Dorm Life

    living on campus, chester has definitely taught me how to live with other people. my family did not prepare me for these types of arguments or this type of friendship bonding. the meeting room/ kitchen is the best place to hang out and socialize as is the t.v. room. one of the best things about this campus is that you are allowed pets. pets can bring you new friends and they give you something to love while you are away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes can be tough if you are not entirely passionate about the subject, but it depends on the level of class you take. start with intro classes to learn the teachers and what kind of work load they give out. never jump into a tough named class without prior experience. you might not know what you're getting yourself into.

    Tips for prospective students

    it is okay to come to chester without knowing which major you want to pursue. at chester, there are varieties of classes from sculpture to psychology, to environmental science. even if chester is not the college for you, the experience of coming here will definitely send you on the path to where you want to go.

    In three sentences

    i adore chester college of new england. all the students and staff are friendly and encouraging. this school has definitely improved my confidence in myself and in my career path.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i always feel very safe at chester college (especially since the police station is right next door!) it's a small town and everyone knows everyone and supports and protects everyone. i've walked across campus late at night after class without fear, and if you want, there will always be someone to walk with you, all you have to do is ask! even in severe weather, i've never felt safer. the whole dorm gathers together in one room and keep each other entertained and comforted, even when the power's out! it's a big family.

    Greek Life

    no greek life here - you will not be forced to join a clique

    Clubs and Activities

    chester college has had many clubs in the past, some that continue every year. everything from the food appreciation team, ghost hunters club, gay straight clubs, manga/anime clubs, and so much more!

    Great for these types of students

    artists of all types (writers, painters, photographers, digital artists, etc). students looking for a small campus (200 students) in a quite environment (great for horse lovers and nature lovers!) but not too far to some popular cities for a night out on the town.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every spring, the college hosts a weekend long event called chesterfest! students look forward to it every year. chesterfest is a weekend full of cook outs, plays, and all kinds of out door activities, from slip n slides, to italian ice, bon fires and sleep overs in some of our haunted buildings! you'll be sure to make memories you'll always remember and cherish during chesterfest.

    Bang for the buck

    chester college is probably one of the cheapest schools i know without lacking in anything.

    What to do for fun

    the campus may be in a small community, but there is tons to do. locally, there are parks, lake for swimming, and lots of wooded trails. for the horse lovers - total horse country. you can't drive a mile without seeing a horse grazing on the side of the road. we're also an hour from boston, 30 minutes from manchester, and 15 minutes from derry. located in new hampshire, we naturally are located near tons of mountains and the campus often goes on skiing trips - free for students! the college also has their own activities to do, from dances, ghost hunts, carnivals, and more!

    Food and Dining

    my favorite thing about dorming was brunch on the weekends. they offer different choices every day, for the meat lovers and veggie lovers alike. the dining room is small, but cozy, and coffee is always complimentary. the staff are very friendly and know everyone by name.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are small, but are co-ed, and students are always gathered in the meeting room or the tv room, hanging out, playing video games, or watching tv, everything from the football game to cartoons and weekly movie nights. there's tons of activities to participate in, on and off campus, and the students are all very friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes may seem intimidating on the first day, but once you get to know each professor and what they expect, the classes are pretty easy to get through. as an art student, you'll be expected to take a lot of classes in your degree. assuming you are in your major because you like it, you will enjoy the classes. even the core classes aren't very demanding. the professors are great to work with and help you in whatever you may struggle in.

    Tips for prospective students

    keep an open mind about your major, career goals, and even the college you attend. a lot can change in 4 years - you may take a class that you decide you would rather peruse. being in college gives you the opportunity to find what you do best.

    In three sentences

    chester college of new england is a small school in a quaint community, perfect for the student that's looking for a small community. at chester college, you know everyone, and everyone knows you. you're not just a student, you're a friend, to all the faculty and staff, from professors to the cooking team.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    4 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chesterfest was a fun end of the year concert put on before finals to help us all unwind and relax. It was very memorable.

    Food and Dining

    The food was to DIE for! Absolutely delicious with the friendliest kitchen staff.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms were very spacious and had wonderful RA's. You were allowed any caged animals for pets and the quiet hours were reasonable.

    In three sentences

    It was the perfect campus size for an incoming freshmen. The staff, students, and faculty became my family quickly on. It's a place I'll never forget.