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Minerva Schools Reviews

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  • 12/12/2017

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded, hardworking people People who like to take initiative People who like to travel

    Bang for the buck

    Most students are on financial aid also.

    What to do for fun

    Students come from all sorts of backgrounds, so there are little bounds on "what to do for fun." If you want to make something sweet happen, like have a soccer club, you can. But keep in mind that because Minerva doesn't own the buildings the residents live in (plus the residence halls are in cities), there are additional constraints on aspects like "partying" compared to a traditional university.

    Food and Dining

    Students are on their own for food, but they are given a stipend to spend through each city. So, it is what you make of it.

    Dorm Life

    It is hard to define because Minerva doesn't have an actual campus. Students generally feel very close to one another.

    Academic Rigor

    It is different, but the academics are incredibly difficult. There are no exams. I would give the academic rigor more stars if I could.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you get accepted, try to go to Ascent! Otherwise, feel free to contact a current student. If this experience sounds cool to you, apply! You have nothing to lose by doing so.

    In three sentences

    Minerva is a new accredited liberal arts institution trying to revolutionize the higher education system. Students go to 7 different world cities and and the student body is filled with amazing people. It is a rich experience, but it is also very challenging.

  • 02/28/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Residential Assistants and Student Affairs Supervisors are always on-site, and we've got 24 hour security and access to emergency services.

    Greek Life

    Non-existent. We have fun through other means!

    Clubs and Activities

    Since we're such a young institution, students have an opportunity to design and create their own clubs and activities, with support provided by the Minerva team. As of right now, we've got: MORE - philosophical hiking and adventure; Q3 (Quantum Quest Quenchers) - a philosophy club that transcends verbal discussions; Skillshare - (self-explanatory); MiCo Lisa - A club for artistic and creative expression; Write Night - students visit a historic bookstore here in SF and engage in creative writing.

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous, mission-driven, who want to do something valuable and important to society with their educational experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are way too many inside jokes to list here. But, questions, comments? ;)

    Bang for the buck

    At USD 10 k for tuition a year, this is probably the cheapest, most high-quality education you can get.

    What to do for fun

    The city is your oyster. We've gone to (and performed at ) poetry slams, visited art galleries, gone on road trips, hikes, built sumo robots..the Minerva on-site team will curate activities and experiences for you, and if you've got creative and adventurous classmates, even better.

    Food and Dining

    We have access to the best food in the city, and have our pick of cheap grocery stores. This is entirely up to you, but I gave 5 stars because my classmates cook REALLY good food!

    Dorm Life

    Super fun! All my classmates and peers are great to get along with, and we sing, dance, have philosophical conversations and intense debates. Traveling across the world with a group of tight-knit friends is, well, amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough, but what we're learning here is practical knowledge - designed to facilitate critical + creative thinking, effective communication and effective interaction. We learn habits of mind and foundational concepts in these areas - ways of thinking that are a both automatic, combined with concepts you can build on. These are continuously practiced (through spaced repetition) over 4 years until they become natural. This is unlike academics at traditional schools, where most of the concepts you learn to pass exams will likely be forgotten within a couple of months. The professors give great, detailed feedback and continuously challenge us.

    Tips for prospective students

    Relax before the tests, be academically excellent in high school, and demonstrate traits of creativity, leadership and initiative. Be excellent at one thing and good at everything else.

    In three sentences

    A Global Liberal Arts College designed to train students to solve complex global problems and move the world forward. Minervans take all classes seminar-style and travel to 7 different cities over 4 years. It's fun, challenging and