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Virginia Intermont College Reviews

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  • 04/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college has good equestrian, photography, and english departments in particular.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a fan because there is currently no air conditioning system in the dorms.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a fairly old college and the buildings are definately showing it, however there are a lot of renevations being done and more planned for the future.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do between the intermural sports that are hosted, the plays being done by students, and the random student sponsored events that are done.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a whole lot as I attend this college.

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    family oriented people people who easily get a long with others people who enjoy art, the mountains, small towns or that are mellow and kind of laid back. Equine photographers art

    Tips for prospective students

    The dorms do not have air conditioning (one of the down sides of being in such old buildings) for fear that it will cause a power outage, so I recommend getting some serious fans (which really doesn't make much sense to me because they have to be plugged in also but whatever..) for the summer months. Once it gets cooler in the fall and all the way until about the last month of school you do not really need them since the weather is nice/cold. You can get a window unit if you have asthma or allergies and receive a doctor's note. Go to convocations when you can throughout the year, so you don't have to worry about having enough credits when graduation comes.

    Bang for the buck

    I will admit, VI is rather expensive. The thing you have to rememeber is that it IS old. There are a few things that could use some serious renovations, but this summer (2011) the Science hall is being completely renovated along with the bathrooms in Main. Our President is hard at work making improvements each day. We have an incredible president who is kicking butt and taking names! She gets things done, does them well, and still finds time to attend games, horse shows, and events. Mind blowing!

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it here. In general people are VI are very nice. The professors often go out of their way to help you in any way that they can. Some of them even invite you over for a home cooked meal! (Always rewarding for a college student.) Every town has a few sketchy areas, but for the most part Bristol really is a nice place to live. There are tons of resturants and stores at Exit 7 and historical downtown and State Street are within walking distance of VI.

    Am learning a lot

    College is completely different than high school, in a good way I'd say. After my first year at VI, I have definitely learned a lot. The classes are usually pretty small, which is nice because I get easily distracted. The professors are really great about offering you help in and out of class. They really care.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are almost zero crimes on campus. Security is on campus 24/7 and is reachable by mobile all of the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a school Newspaper and a Green Club. There is a SGA and Poetry Club along with many others.

    Great for these types of students

    Great of outgoing, determined students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus was built in the late 1800's and is haunted. No one has ever been harmed but the spirits are known to be pranksters.

    What to do for fun

    The school is located within walking distance of the Virginia/Tennessee state line/state street. There are a lot of restaurants, antique stores and art galleries along state street along with other small hometown shops. Bristol is part of the Tri Cities (Kingsport/Johnson City) and theses place offer other shopping and activities options.

    Food and Dining

    Virginia Intermont does not offer much variety in food but the food they offer is usually good and its all you can eat. The school offers a choice of two or three meals a day depending on the purchased meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms in the Main building are large and spacious but there is not elevator, just stairs. The dorms in Intermont hall are somewhat small but have a nice view and an elevator. Both buildings have common bath areas and are separated by sex by floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses offer a decent amount of out-of-class work, though it's considered quality over quantity. The student is in charge of getting the work done on their own time. Partying is fun but with an average of three to five classes a day it is easy to get behind on work and most teachers will not offer chances to make up the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    The dorms are your home away from home but you do not need to bring everything. Over packing causes clutter and disorganization (remember you will have to live with another human being).

    In three sentences

    Virginia Intermont is a small but friendly private liberal arts college. The School offers a decent selection in courses and majors. Along with academics, the school and its surroundings offer plenty of activities for young adults.

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The security guards are awesome!

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of different groups ranging from religious affiliation to photography and equine!

    Great for these types of students

    Academic focused but also likes to indulge in fun activities sponsored by our Student Activities Board

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Vera's room is a common spot everyone wants to visit at least once. She's our resident friendly ghost!

    What to do for fun

    State Street (5 minute walk) has tons of little stores and coffee shops. Exit 7 is also really popular with food and a movie theater. Johnson City is only 30 minutes away which is good for shopping. Gatlinburg and Boone are both an hour and a half away which are nice for weekend getaways.

    Food and Dining

    The food has gotten much better since I started here and I hope it keeps improving!

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are big compared to some of the others that I've seen at other major schools (NCSU, UNC) but the bathrooms (community style) have some to be desired.

    Academic Rigor

    It varies depending on the classes and teachers you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be comfortable with being yourself and be prepared for a very tight community. This place is just like home.

    In three sentences

    A great school for individualized attention. The campus is okay but it will be even better with planned renovations. The staff is wonderful and always looking to help students!

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security guards are on duty 24/7. The do rounds and are very available.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lot of clubs and activites going on. If you don't find what you are interested in, you can start your own club, like Paintball and recycling did over the past 2 years.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for a small school, VI is a pretty good one. Class sizes are usually very small and professors will get to know you as a person by name.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are tunnels that go underneath the campus. Back in the day when VI was an all girls school, the girls had to travel through the tunnels to the swimming pool.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little more buck for your bang. I'm not really sure why it costs so much other than the historical upkeep.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities provided by student activities each month. There are bowling allies, NASCAR and drag racing, a movie theater and drive in movie, restaurants, concerts, Rhythm and Roots festival, State Street, frozen yogurt, Bristol White Sox games..ect. A lot of people attend our sporting events and support our athletes.

    Food and Dining

    Food at VI is not horrible. Some days are better than others in the dining hall, but its edible. We also have a cafe in the student center that will pretty much cook up whatever you wish. (Burgers, sandwiches, omelettes..ect)

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty large compared to a lot of other colleges I have visited. The major downfall is that there is no air conditioning. In the late fall and spring this is not really an issue, but during the hotter months it can be miserable. If you have asthma or allergies you can maintain a form with housing that allows you to bring an AC window unit and get it installed. Since the dorms are so old, the electrical is not made to support AC window units in each room. You are more than welcome to bring as many fans as you would like though. (One would think this requires as much power as a window unit....) There are also community bathrooms. You never know what the bathroom will look like.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the courses are challenging and engaging. After you get pat your core, the real fun begins, even if it is difficult. The professors will push you because they know what you are truly capable of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Treat others the way you want to be treated and use common sense. VI is a small school, so everyone (students, teachers, and administration) knows your buisness in a short amount of time.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Intermont is a small close knit family. Every body knows every body, for the most part, and professors will often go out of their way to provide additional resources and help. Just like any college, it is what you make of your time there.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is very efficient and gets to know the students pretty well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activities going on at VI all the time between convocations, theater productions, student activities, art shows, equine events, and sports, there is always something going on.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who want to be in a tight society. Nothing goes on at VI without everyone knowing about it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The dining hall will bake you a cake on your birthday, and there is a campus cat named Bubbles.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of the school sounds like it's way up there when you first here it. However the price is definitely worth what you get out of the school. The professors will go out of their way and bend over backwards for you, all you have to do is ask.

    What to do for fun

    VI probably has more to go see rather than to go do off-campus. There are caverns and beautiful places to visit nearby, but I'm not sure how much there is to go do for fun. You can always get to know a local student and see what they have to say. There are plenty of movie theaters, including a handful of drive ins. VI always has a student activity going on.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is usually pretty good. They mix it up well enough, and if you can't find what you are looking for there, there is a restaurant for it nearby.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't bad. Some of the buildings are old and need some maintenance, but it's nothing too major. Floors are separated by gender and there are no rules about opposite genders on the floor other than bathroom usage.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are as challenging as you make them. If you are lazy and don't do the work, the teachers know it. They aren't dumb. They know what you are capable of as compared to what you do. If you try, they will make it worth the while.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit the campus. You will know if it is right for you once you arrive. It is a small campus with close knit relationships. It has a gorgeous view and is worth the trip, even if it is a long one.

    In three sentences

    VI is a small college that is like a family away from home. The friendships you make go deep and professors really care about each individual. Everyone is on a first name basis, even with the professors.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 9

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many campus activities such as intermural sports and movie nights hosted by the school. They even plan trips to other cities for sporting events and to simply get away for the weekend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get to know your teachers, it will go a long way towards your future at the school.

    In three sentences

    Virginia Intermont is much more than a school. It is a close knit family that not only builds your mind but also your character. Though it is a small school it has a big heart.

  • 07/27/2012

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

    8 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    its alright

    Clubs and Activities

    SPORTS!

    Great for these types of students

    Small town students wanting to maintain the local knowing everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is always a freshman tradition it involves a slip and slide and tug o war.

    Bang for the buck

    Perfect!

    What to do for fun

    There is a local drive in movies, and the downtown life is right around the corner.

    Food and Dining

    They have a cafeteria inside the school they serve great food. There is also fast food and a Walmart about a mile down the road.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are old school. The bathrooms are moldy and need to be updated. But this school defiantly wants the education to come before living which is awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    They have the best science and math and equine services. I recommend highly!

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is great for students who want the small town feel of a college. All prospective students will find it easy to apply with a great staff ready to help.

    In three sentences

    This college is in the most serene locations. It offers so many majors and sports for students to enroll in. The are small and are very in tune with the neighbor hood around them.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 9

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The security team here is wonderful, and there really isn't too much need for them unless you've locked yourself out of your room. This campus is very safe and very friendly!

    Greek Life

    We have formed our first sorority this semester and we will see where it takes us. With around 700 students attending, there is a certain difficulty in greek life. But we are trying!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everyone! From equines to photo majors, to GSA members to quiz bowl-ers! There is something offered for everyone, and if there isn't something for you yet, create it!

    Great for these types of students

    VIC is a perfect place for equine students! The theater program is also marvelous and the Honors Program is top-notch! This is a very good school if you are looking for a small town atmosphere with friendly southern hospitality!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is one room on the third floor of Main Hall that is haunted, but Vera won't mess with you if you respect her space. Trust me, I live on her floor.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a little more costly than I'd like to admit, but this school is WORTH IT! You definitely get a lot of bang for your buck here. There is so much to offer and every penny is worth it. Just be careful about your allotted Cobra Cash. You'll spend it faster than you think.

    What to do for fun

    If you are an equestrian or someone who has ever wanted to be one, this place is amazing! There is a wide array of sports, extracurriculars, and clubs on campus, and the surrounding towns have a lot to see and do. It will only take a week or two for any non-locals to know the area well enough to call it home!

    Food and Dining

    For school cafeteria food, its actually really good. The meal plans are very reasonable and there is also a cafe that is open whenever the dining hall is not until 11pm, except on weekends. There is a wide variety of food served in the dining hall and they even have vegetarian and vegan choices!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not as small as you'd think. Communal bathrooms and the internet is a little spotty sometimes, so bring a router and don't expect internet until the second week of classes once everyone has plugged in! But even with a roommate, the rooms don't seem too small, and once school actually starts, you won't spend all that much time in it anyway. Speaking of roommates, the staff is very good at matching people together based on the survey you complete upon accepting admission, ad very accommodating if their match was off.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are actually CLASSES. You do have to try and you do have to work, but its worth it. Our school prides itself on its academic quality and takes a vested interest in students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to VIC, get in touch! The admissions staff is so extremely friendly and they really do know practically everyone by name. Come and visit for one of the quarterly open houses so you can see this beautiful campus! Our school may be small, but it makes this place that much better.

    In three sentences

    This school is AMAZING! There is so much for anyone and everyone and the town around us is beautiful! Totally worth moving across the country!