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  • 12/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 1 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Local students living near Oakdale, New York. Commuters who have access to a car, carpool, or train station. Business, Education, Science, and Art majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whether you dorm or commute, this school provides enough space and enjoyment for every student's needs. The majority of the professors are nice and the medium sized campus is just right for the student population. When traveling in the winter, it is best to allow extra time since the parking lot is far from the main entrance of the school. The intersection right outside the school is also dangerous for drivers and pedestrians. Approach your financial aid officers when necessary and make sure to look into scholarships at Dowling.

    Bang for the buck

    For myself, I received many scholarships that covered over half of my tuition. If you are someone that receives scholarship and aid, you will find this college inexpensive to the usual. The education is sufficient and will benefit every student, making the price reasonable for the product.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is located near a local town allowing students to have access to shops and food stores. The on-campus cafeteria may not always live up to each student's standards, but with a new deli down the block, it does not become much of a problem. The weather is not the greatest, but since it is a commuter school, most student's are used to the weather before attending classes. There are many clubs and activities on campus and off, allowing the student to engross his or herself into the college community.

    Am learning a lot

    The school provides a wide range of classes that can fulfill multiple majors. The professors are fully educated in their subjects and will go to all extremes to aid in a student's success.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    dowling is very safe. there are few infractions of crime at the college. the worse incidents may be student pranks and irresponsible activity.

    Clubs and Activities

    dowling is good for various activities. there are also some clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    dowling is great for local students and those open to the small town experience. it's great for aviation students and honors students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the hunt room is used for special speakers, presentations, or for viewing movies. the ballroom is used for similar events, especially for dancing and award events. both rooms are in fortunoff hall, which was the summer home of the wealthy vanderbilt family.

    Bang for the buck

    dowling college is worth the money, but take caution not to waste money in acquiring student loans. make sure of what you want to study before you attend dowling. don't jump in without a plan, however if you do, it will be ok. the advisors at dowling will help you to make good decisions with your academic plans while you attend the university.

    What to do for fun

    you could join the crew team and row on the connetquot river. you could feed geese/ducks beside the river, but they are pests. you can go to the south shore to see the great bay and the atlantic ocean. you can go shopping in riverhead. you can go to new york to do many things. you can go to the arboretum to see many species of tree.

    Food and Dining

    dowling college offers some great american cuisine. you can rely upon some good home-cooking at dowling.

    Dorm Life

    dormitory life at dowling is great. the cost of renting an apartment is quite high, but dowling's housing options are quite good. if you can't afford the rent, then try to find a room/apartment to rent in long island.

    Academic Rigor

    dowling's professors will remind you that small town colleges do have might that big city people overlook. dowling's instructors are personal and guide their students towards success without a doubt.

    Tips for prospective students

    investigate your academic program before you take a single class. you will have the option to change your focus of study, but trust your most sincere academic desires to know what to study.

    In three sentences

    dowling college is charming and reminds you of the elite days of yesteryear of small college life. dowling is in a small village, but its professors remind you to think beyond oakdale and within yourself to expand your horizons to limits that you have the option to set.

  • 04/12/2012

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

    3 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All types

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, rowing, photography etc

    Food and Dining

    Awesome and they accept credit cards! You wouldn't believe how hard that is to find these days at a college

    Dorm Life

    friendly and clean

    Academic Rigor

    Amazing class options and the support services for transfer students is great

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour and talk to people outside of your tour. Make sure you have continuous conversations with your enrollment advisors. Join lots of clubs and try to live on campus if you're from out of state it'll save you loads!

    In three sentences

    Gorgeous campus. The students are friendly and the staff is extremely helpful.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This school has security at the front of each campus and inside each dormitory. there is a safe feeling and not a overbearing one.

    Greek Life

    There is an aviation co-ed fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Humanitarian Club, La Familia, LBGTQ Gay Straight Alliance, Dance Team, All sports teams for both men and women. Cheerleading squad, and a dance club

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities to participate in on order to have fun. The Student Government Organization provides activites almost daily for all families, staff and student to participate in. From Latin Night with food and music from different Latin countries to River Day where we can enjoy the barbecued food and canoe on the river on campus.

    Food and Dining

    While attending Dowling, I have developed a taste for different foods for the reason that the cafeteria has such a large selection. They provide breakfast, lunch and dinner with full course meals and a deli.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are wonderful and are the epiphany of living at home away from home. They almost replicas of personal apartments with kitchens, personal bathrooms and top flight security.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic requirements and stature at Dowling is at a high standard. However, no matter how hard the course there are an abundance of programs and tutoring centers available with direct professors tutoring or tutors made up of your peers.

    Tips for prospective students

    For perspective student what i have to say, each student should carry along with them on the process to becoming a Dowling student and during the course of being a Dowling student. The professors and the faculty are there so use all the abundant resources and appreciate them

    In three sentences

    This school has a great academic program for aviation students, education students and psychology/social science students. The campuses and classes are convenient to having a personal and family like aura. You can develop a great education while networking with through the professors and the faculty.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is constantly being watch by video cameras and security guards walking/driving around the campus. They also have people in duty to walk students to their cars at night if they need to feel safe.

    Greek Life

    No greek life. I prefer it this way.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities are one of the best aspects of the college. They have a club or activity for everyone and they are always offering free activities and bbq for the students to participate in

    Great for these types of students

    Dowling is great for students who like small classes and individualized attention from professors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dowling has three main building one of which use to be used as a Summer Mansion back in the day. It is just an incredible building to walk around in and observe the history that is there. The cloister is another area located in the middle of the Mansion where it is kept beautifully with flowers and a water fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    Dowling was the perfect college for me because of the environment and ability to commute to and from the college. I would recommend Dowling to any student looking to be in a private school.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs! There are so many awesome clubs and organizations a student can be apart of. It is a great way to make friends and be part of the school. All the sports events are free admission if you have your id card. The College is 15 minutes away from a mall and just a few minutes from sayville town and patchogue which are both great areas to walk around.

    Food and Dining

    I would give the food and dinning a 3 out of 5 rating. The food is good and there is a variety of different options for people to choose from. It is however, a little pricey. I am on a gluten-free diet and the cafeteria now offers gluten-free pizza which is great, I just wish there was more of a selection for me to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter student but have spent much time in the dorms. The atmosphere is great. It is a safe environment with a security guard monitoring the campus at all times. It is also a dry campus which is good for maintain a controlled environment.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the Honors Program which was very challenging yet rewarding. The classes are rigorous yet are achievable. The professors are very willing to help and offer office hours to those students who need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip would be to check out the campus and meet with an academic advisory to find out more about the college.

    In three sentences

    Dowling College has a beautiful campus. The classes are small and personal. A great for any student looking to commute or dorm!

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Personally, the school is great for aviation students. Those students will revieve many opportunities after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of events that goes on in the dorms and as well as school wide. You can even fly airplanes for fun since the airport is on campus.

    Food and Dining

    For the most part, the food taste great. The chefs are very social with the students. However, everything in the cafeteria is highly overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is one of the best part of this school. It is highly diverse with many interesting people to meet.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, this school is not that bad. You have many choices of classes to choose from. Class room sizes are small than most.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in aviation, especially becoming a pilot, this is the school for you; only if you can afford it.

    In three sentences

    Dowling is a great school despite the high expenses. If i was able to afford it, i would stay here for many years after i graduate. I consider staying as a graduate just to stay here longer.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Even if a student loses their wallet, the security team will bring it right to you.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are okay but can be run a lot better.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There was the flashmob that did the Gangnam Style dance for a youtube video at one point.

    Bang for the buck

    Seek out grants and scholarship opportunities. If you don't qualify for those, this is an affordable school depending on your income.

    What to do for fun

    You can go by the lake, or even watch some tv in the computer lab. You can read a book or two, or even exercise in the gym.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm at this school so I wouldn't know.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are great and very useful in whatever major you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to enter Dowling College it is a great school of high renown. It's a personal college so it is easy to transition from high school and even if you haven't been in school for a long time, everyone is willing to help you succeed in your endeavors.

    In three sentences

    Dowling College has a good academic program. It has an Honors Program that is easy to get into and all the professors are willing to work with you as long as you do the work they assign.

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food is mostly not very good. Sometimes the daily special is very good, but I stay away from the burgers, fries, and anything that is sitting under the heat lamp. The fresh sandwich station tends to be good but it is very busy.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms, but Dowling has only a few dorm buildings. Most of them appear to be suites. I have only known one person who lived on campus and it was an okay experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes I have taken are not exceptionally rigorous, but it mostly depends on the teacher. I have managed to get A's in classes that required very little work.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security on 24/7. Patrol the campus regularly. I've never felt unsafe at Dowling College. Both campus's are in a suburban setting, in middle-upper class neighborhoods.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Not many to choose from here.

    Great for these types of students

    -Education Majors -Aviation -Air Traffic Control -Pilots -Psych

    Bang for the buck

    There are many other schools which provide the same education with half the cost. Make sure you are getting a scholarship if you want to attend this school!

    What to do for fun

    NYC is and hour train ride, other than that the beach is close by.

    Food and Dining

    Not your typical dining experience. You have a choice of what to get and the menu is limited. There is no buffet style here.

    Dorm Life

    Suits, however it's a dry campus. You won't get the full experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors apply valid information and have the necessary knowledge to teach the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early, stay on top of what classes you need to take, and meet with your advisor at least once a semester.

    In three sentences

    Great school for future teachers or aviation. Has budget problems, millions in debt. Small class sizes.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    No greek life

    Food and Dining

    The food isnt all that good and it's extremely expensive.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Dowling is patrolled by their own police force, however as an added precaution they also have emergency poles set up that you can use to call for help if an emergency presents itself.

    Greek Life

    Dowling does not have an official chapter however, they are tapped in to the different chapters and their locations on Long Island.

    Clubs and Activities

    Dowling has over 100 clubs and they are always looking for fresh, new ideas.

    Great for these types of students

    Dowling College is meant for everyone, and allows anyone to share their ideas and create change.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This year Dowling did a flash mob of the Gangnam Style, and posted it on YouTube. Go school Spirit !

    Bang for the buck

    If your looking for a place where you can learn how to succeed in professional america, if you don't want to be just a number but an individual with a name and a recognizable face, and if you want the feel of a historic university without the hustle and bustle of a crowd, then Dowling College is right for you.

    What to do for fun

    Dowling has a rowing team and a beautiful river that runs right past the cafeteria, allowing for an amazing view. There are also over 100 clubs and they are always looking for new ideas.

    Food and Dining

    The food is AMAZING! I am still blown away by the variety of Dowling's food selection. Every day there is something new that you can try. And everything is portable, affordable, and health conscience.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't have the funds to live on campus but I have seen the dorms and heard the reviews from the students. One thing I like about Dowlings rooming system is that they pair you with roommates who have similar schedules and majors, allowing for an environment that runs smoothly, and rooming groups of people together who can potentially become friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Dowling's Faculty push you constantly to think outside the box, however they never push you to the point of despair. The work load is manageable but if you find that you need help or have questions the Dowling Website is set up to allow communication with your professors whenever you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take the time to speak with your advisers. If you let them they will work really hard to arrange a schedule that works for you. Lastly, take the time to choose classes that fit with your major but that you also enjoy, it will make your college experience that much sweeter.

    In three sentences

    Dowling College is truly a personal college. I am currently a second semester Freshman and I could not have made such a smooth transition from High School to College without Dowlings' faculty and the importance they place on creating personal ties with all of their students.

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what you need to take before talking with admissions, meet with a professor in the field to see how you can map it out and if you would still be interested.

    In three sentences

    I love this college for the expertise in the field that I'm Pursuing. This college could be a more student involved college but its still a good campus. I have good conversations with some professors who actually show that they care and want to help.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    there isnt any unless your an aviation student

    What to do for fun

    go to club events and be apart of clubs

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is the best experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just get involved in student activities and be apart of the Dowling community and you will do just fine. Also work hard.

    In three sentences

    At Dowling College your not a number, you are a name. Dowling is like my second family and you cant find a college like that anywhere.

  • 01/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 15

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Around the school they have a basketball court ( in and out door),weight room just outside of school are a lot of restaurants or places to eat the movie thearter is near by and the rest would depend if you have a car or not to explore other places of the island

    Food and Dining

    With Tv's all around and comfy chairs and a various amount of things to have for lunch could be the place to hang out with friends. The food is delicious and if your on a diet they have a make your own salad bar or maybe just your morning coffee.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming for the first time I was a good experience meeting new people and dorming with 4 people is fun but there's not much to do around so if you can't drive that could really be a problem but the school and the classes are a very small walking distance away

    Academic Rigor

    Dowling has been know for it's aviation programs and for those who want to have a job for teaching but dowling has been expanding and offer many other courses. It's easier to learn with a smaller class of 20 than a class of 200 but the classes are still challenging with amazing teachers.

    In three sentences

    Dowling is an amazing school for those who are really dedicated on there future and ready to move on up. They are extremely helpful and your problems are theirs and they will do whatever they can to help you it's called the personal college for a reason. With classes no bigger than 20 students you make a personal connection it's like being in high school again.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 15

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Just hanging out with friend. There are many great restaurants close by if you want to get away for a while.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has top grade food, plus it is located on the river which makes for a great view.

    Dorm Life

    I commute.

    Academic Rigor

    The school has a Honor Program, which I am in. To stay in this program a student must maintain an GPA of 3.5.

    Tips for prospective students

    A school with a location you have to see in person. The cafeteria sits right on the lake. A great place to study or just hang out with friends.

    In three sentences

    The nickname the personal college is true. Everyone is willing to help, you just have to ask. Love the school.