Hiram College
Hiram, OH, USA

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Hiram College
3.70 Average Rating

Jay from Cleveland, OH

a current student here
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In three sentences
Hiram College offers a tight knit community where it is easy to meet people and make friends. With small class sizes, your experience is personalized and fit to your specific needs. Hiram offers a variety of clubs, activities and opportunities to do extra curricular activities or become involved.
Tips for prospective students
Come to Hiram with an open mind that accepts different people of different cultures.
Academic Rigor
Hiram offers a challenging bachelor of arts program that allows you to focus on all aspects of learning. Instead of going to a large school that only focuses on one thing, you will leave Hiram with the ability to write, public speak and look at the world from a different perspective.
Dorm Life
During the week you will never find yourself with nothing to do. Most people hang out with their doors open and are very inviting to meeting new people. There are always activities going on throughout the week.
Food and Dining
The dining hall offers an unlimited meal plan that always has burgers, pizza, deli and salads. There are specialty foods that are offered everyday that are made by actual chefs.
What to do for fun
The intramural season at Hiram College is intense. Every sport has a league and if you would rather spectate then come watch any of the varsity teams. If you go to a Hiram College Terrier event, expect free stuff to be thrown into the stands at almost every game. If you are not into sports, check out the music or theater department and watch a performance or join a group. Let's say you don't have any talents, the residential and student life department is always offering activities each and every week so students have an opportunity to get involved and win free prizes!
Bang for the buck
More than 85% of Hiram College students receive financial aid. Because of the generous endowment from the college any student from any income is able to get a top tier education that is affordable.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Springfest every year is the most coveted event at Hiram College. There is the annual dodgeball tournament where the winner gets a cash prize, a dance, the concert that has a well-known headliner and the free carnival on Sunday.
Great for these types of students
Athletes, Musicians, Public Speakers, Activists, Outgoing, and but not limited to culturally diverse.
Clubs and Activities
See above.
Greek Life
There are 3 sororities and 1 fraternity on campus but the greek life is growing as of late.
Campus Safety
There are multiple officers that are always on duty and strive to keep a safe environment at the campus.
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Samantha from Boardman, OH

a current student here
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In three sentences
Hiram college has the most intense nursing program. This college is filled with some of the best professors I have gotten the chance to know. The people here are very friendly and get along very well.
Tips for prospective students
Be prepared to put in a lot of time into your work, especially nursing students. Make sure you bring a lot of warm clothes for the winter. You will meet a lot of new people, everyone is friendly.
Academic Rigor
Hiram college's academic programs require a lot more time and effort than the ones at the school I previously attended.
Dorm Life
Living in the dorms is fun. Everyone leaves their doors open so that everyone can get a chance to know each other.
Food and Dining
Other than the dining hall being down a steep hill, the food is pretty good and the facility is very nice.
What to do for fun
For fun I usually hang out with friends and we can usually figure out something to do.
Bang for the buck
This school is very expensive and as of right now I am having some trouble paying for my education.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
On the weekends most people hang out around the townhouses.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for any student that is willing to do the work and have a little fun.
Clubs and Activities
There are tons of clubs, sports and activities to do on campus. I am going to pledge for one of the sororities in the spring.
Greek Life
There are three sororities and three fraternities.
Campus Safety
Campus safety is good about doing their jobs.
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Janae from Novelty, OH

a current student here
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In three sentences
Hiram, my school, is goal orientated. Both the faculty and students are eager to help when need be.Our campus reminds me of a family because Hiram focuses on you as a person not as a number.
Tips for prospective students
Be prepared to learn, get involved, and get to know the other students and faculty.
Academic Rigor
The teachers will put you to the test. They challenge you on a concept through real life examples not based on what you remember. A lot of hands on experience.
Dorm Life
The Dorm life here is fun. You get to know everyone on your floor and most likely in your dorm. Each dorm will bonding experiences. There are range of different types of dorms. 24 hour quiet dorm, if that is what you would wish to do, or The Quad, rawdy if that is what you like, and everything in between.
Food and Dining
The dining hall has various stations. Pasta, Sandwich Bar, Ice Cream and Dessert station, International Food dish, Waffle Station(During the Breakfast, and so on)
Inconvenient dining hours depending on your schedule and sometimes the food can become boring.
The Bistro you have to pay for with your own money but the food is fantastic. Healthy options like smoothies, fruit salads. And they have coffee and tea!
What to do for fun
Hiram has various campus activities to do. Soccer games, football games, and etc. They also have a lot of intramural sports like zumba, zombie vs. humans, campus involvement day, get involved in sports, and much much more. Private music lessons are available.
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Angela from Rome, OH

a current student here
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In three sentences
A small town area with a personality-diverse population. Generous with financial aid. Caring and courteous staff and students.
Tips for prospective students
Don not let the price tag fool you. Hiram is very generous with aid. There is a wide variety of study abroad trips. If you have never done athletics but would like to, coaches here are willing to train you. Also an admission interview is possible though not mandatory, but I highly recommend it- it gives you a chance to explain things better and make a great in-person impression.
Academic Rigor
Depending on the strength of your high school curriculum and your major it varies. Nursing students have harder classes and more requirements to graduate. The classes can be hard but professors are willing to help- along with a multitude of free outside resources on campus.
Dorm Life
There are a variety of dorms, each with a personality. There is an all-girl dorm, townhouses for upperclassmen, etc. Dorms vary from 24 hour quiet to 12 hour quiet, and varying quiet hours on the weekend. Some floors are upperclassmen, female only, male only, first year only, etc. They aren't to shabby either.
Food and Dining
The dining hall has a good selection that changes often. Also, when you get a meal plan it is a flat-rate. A set price for unlimited dining all year and buffet style eating. Commuter students can by a different meal plan that limits the amount of swipes. If you live on campus a meal plan is required. A co-op is available on campus for people who are vegetarian/vegan or have food allergies through an application for free.
What to do for fun
A multitude of clubs are available and you are bound to find one you like- you are even more likely to find so many that you have to choose which ones to join. It is easy to create a club if one you want isn't existent already. Akron, Cleveland, Youngstown, and Warren are all about 45-90 minutes away.
Bang for the buck
You really don't pay the full price tag, a lot of people only pay 5-10% of it. A really nice gym, extensive library and good food are great rewards.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Stealing trays from the dining hall(no longer used) to go sledding, first year students during Institute Week attend a square dance.
Great for these types of students
Science Majors, people who want a diverse education or 'just for fun' classes unrelated to their major, people who want to live in a small town area.
Clubs and Activities
Many more than can be counted and easy to create new ones.
Greek Life
Sororities and Fraternities are not allowed but their are greek clubs.
Campus Safety
It is a small campus and the campus security are always around. Crime is nonexistent on campus.
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Jessica from Windsor, OH

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Will learn a lot
The academics here is what really drew me to the school. They have small class sizes and the professors really care about student success.
Will enjoy being here
The atmosphere is really friendly. The dorms are clean and the campus is well kept.
Bang for the buck
It can be a bit pricey unless you are eligible for scholarships, which they give a lot of. The great academics are worth it.
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Corey from Ravenna, OH

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
I am currently going into my fourth semester at Hiram College and have been learning every step up the way. The fall of your freshman year you take a first year class where students learn about a particular topic and while doing so learn how to write, speak, and give presentation at a college level. I found myself in need of this class and have it to thank for allowing me to make the Dean's list, which is 3.6 or high GPA on a 4.0 scale. In addition to this class I found the Writing Center happy to work with my skills each and every time I needed help. There was even a time during finals when the center was closed but still had the ability to e-mail one of the students I met there for help. In addition, the bond I formed with my adviser was amazing because he was there every step of the way to show me how to design my class schedule to prepare for law school.
Am enjoying being here
I have fallen in love with Hiram College as most people due once they begin walking around the beautiful campus and interact with the students, faculty, and staff. The school is in country side of northeast Ohio where all four seasons can be seen in a single day. The autumn leafs are painted orange and red and give the blacks squirrels native to the region a fun place to play. With traditional ceremonies as the freshman walk, country ho-down, homecoming week, Run for Grace and Andy, Institute week, Campus Day, Springfest, and many other activities the fun never stops. Springfest is one of the most famous traditions at Hiram because it is the division between twelve week classes and a three week class where students can really unwind. Events consist of a comedian, live bands such as Asher Roth, Tray Songs, and Trapt, hot tubs, inflatables, and more. The students on campus are great and since it is a small institution every one knows each other and it is common to say hello to everyone walking around campus.
Bang for the buck
If you ask students around campus, Why did you come to Hiram College, a majority of them will save they were the cheapest? Even though the sticker price for a single year at Hiram College is $34,000 with room and board it is only there to scare people. A majority of the students pay under $11,000 with room and board and that is less then most state colleges. Rather than going to a college which crams three hundred students into an auditorium to meet with a professor who will never even know your name Hiram prides itself on classes smaller then twenty-four students from day one. The college has been ranked in the Princeton review for having the best college experience and most for your money. This is a liberal arts college and because of that a lot more experiences are offered such as three week study abroad trips. Due to the availability and affordable price to study abroad over fifty percent of students do so by the time they graduate. Also, there are many opportunities to learn about other cultures with twelve to fifteen percent of students being international, a large international forum club which is open to everyone, a program put on yearly to display the different cultures, and Bowler dormitory putting on a tribute to a different country on the first Friday of each month. In addition, there are forty-five active clubs on campus which can be joined along with fourteen varsity sports most of which allow walk on try outs.
Tips for prospective students
Things to use around campus are the Writing Center, Career Center, professors, and library on a regular basis. Professors seems like an odd thing to list but at Hiram College the teachers are approachable and always willing to help. They will give out multiple forms in which to contact them including their home phone and in most cases none of them are needed because students can just stop by their office. At most universities there are waiting lists to see a professor and times have to be scheduled but their is always an open door policy here. Furthermore, something people should not miss out on is the involvement fair which takes place each fall. This is a lay out of booths which showcases each active club on campus and is a great way to meet new people. Lastly, each spring there are leadership applications in which students can become resident assistants, teaching assistants, orientation leaders, community council members, and international tour guides. These positions are a great way to be role models, make money, and stuff resumes.
Great for these types of students
A majority of Hiram students are first generation college students and that is something the college prides itself on. This is because when students graduates, which they will because the school has a ninety-five percent graduation rate, the whole family is moved by the experience. Also, this is a liberal arts college so it is along the lines of the movie, Accepted because Hiram is run by the students. Rather than the city making the college, the college makes the city in Hiram, OH. Also, this is a great time for any type of students because so many programs are offered and the college is expanding. In the last two-three years a new dorm has been created, an entrepreneurship, ethics, public leadership, and nursing program started, a new dinning hall, townhouses, an institution for public leadership, and additional parking so that all students can have cars. Before that a brand new athletic facility and art institute. All of these with out touching upon the buildings which have been remodeled and furnished. In 2009 when most schools were worried about cutting professors and cutting funds Hiram College listed all time high donations in the millions.
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Ashley from Middlefield, OH

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
At Hiram, you learn inside and outside the classroom. There is a lot of room for people to grow in this environment. It is great to see all the staff and faculty and students believe what this college does.. The size allows students have a more personal relationship. The nice thing about that is, the professor learn what your strengths are and help you enrich both your strong and you weak abilities. They are opportunities for students to learn a lot outside of the classroom. With a little over 1,100 students it has over 70 clubs.
Am enjoying being here
The campus is beautiful and even though the older dorms aren't super, they each have their own personality. 99 % of the people who go here are very nice and fun to be with. Food is not bad,which is nice, because it is all you can eat. The professors and staff are terrific people who are ready to help the students. I have gained so much from Hiram, and I have enjoyed the time I have been here and looking forward to the years ahead!
Bang for the buck
My tuition is 36, 000 dollars. However, my financial aid package was 28, 000 dollars. That leaves room for 8,000 dollars, which is a lot of money. However, this is cheaper than most state colleges in Ohio and typically any where in the United States. There are many opportunities to go study abroad, join clubs, meeting a diverse group of people, and getting a great education. The experiences are worth every penny.
Tips for prospective students
If you are more of a country/rural kind of person this is great. It is a small community of people in Hiram and Hiram, while expanding, has an average of 1,100 students.

If you are afraid of gaining the freshman 15, no worries, Hiram is on a hill and you have to walk up and down a hill. It really is not that bad, but it is great form of exercise. If you are worried about the fact you ate 2 hamburgers , a piece of cake and a ton of soft serve ice cream at our all you can dining hall , you will have other opportunities to walk it off and enjoy the beautiful campus.

Great for these types of students
It is great for all sorts of learners. Whether you learn better listening, visually or through doing, there are many classes in which you can learn through. Hiram, wants to help develop a student. So if you are not the best student but you did well on your ACT and did community service, they work with you to help give you the best education you can have.
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Rima from Youngstown

a current student here
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In three sentences
Hiram is a terrific place for meeting new people, that is my favorite part about the college. No matter what type of personality fits you best, whether you are athletic, outgoing, or shy, you will find the right group for you that will make your years here the best you have ever experienced. This small campus welcomes everyone with warm and open arms, literally!
Tips for prospective students
Make sure you come to Hiram with ambitions and goals in order to have a successful future (just like at every college). If you are not sure what you plan to do with your life yet, that is fine! You will have until the end of your sophomore year to choose a major and an advisor for that specified major. There is no rush, just make sure to explore all possibilities, be social and respectable with the students and faculty, and enjoy your time at Hiram. Also, Hiram is a very small school, make sure to keep it classy and avoid drama, unless you want your business to be quickly spread around the campus, and I mean quickly.
Academic Rigor
The professors are excellent at Hiram. What I love about them is that they truly engage the students in lectures and in learning. To them, a student is not just a number, like how you see in most major universities. They see each student as a person with a name who deserves attention, guidance, and an experience to lean in a successful academic environment.
Dorm Life
There are a number of options to pick from when choosing a dorm, all depending on your personality. For example, if you are a jock, you would be best in the Quad, where it is filled with athletic students who not only cheer in the fields, but also in the dorm. If you are a quiet, more laid back person, Miller, Booth, or Centennial (Centennial is an all-girls dorm, but it is connected with Booth, a co-ed dorm) is the perfect choice for you. Whitcomb isn't a bad choice either if you want to get close with the people on your floor. And Henry is the perfect dorm for those who defy the 'social norm.'
Food and Dining
The dining hall is fairly new that serves food during breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours. There is a salad bar that is open during all hours and it is pretty delicious. There is also a dessert and ice cream section for those who have a major sweet tooth. All of this is included in the price you pay for the meal plan. But if you choose otherwise, you may be welcomed into the Co-op: A Vegetarian Kitchen Cooperative located in the heart of Booth-Centennial. In order to become a member, you must apply (the application process takes place every semester during fall and spring). If accepted, not only do you take part in consuming outstanding vegetarian and vegan food that is either organic or local grown, you must take shifts to cook and clean up as well. The Co-op is great for making new, long-lasting friendships and not to mention, you become almost like a family with these people. If you have a meal plan at the dining hall, you won't pay an extra dime because a part of the money from your meal plan goes directly to the Co-op. But if you are a commuter without a meal plan, then you must pay a fee each semester (fall and spring). Remember, once you've been accepted, you will always be a member!
What to do for fun
Even though Hiram is a small school with a small campus, there are activities that go on every week or weekend. You can pick from participating in square-dances, an African-drum ensemble, choirs, theatrical plays, and much, much more. There is even ghost hunting that goes on with an actual ghost hunting club! And, if you find that your favorite hobby or activity is not found on campus, you can start start a simple petition and start it yourself with your new group of friends!
Campus Safety
If you plan to stay out late, whether it is for the purpose of studying or hanging out with friends, and you may be worried about being outside, have no fear! Hiram is considered one of the safest campuses in the United States. No serious problems have occurred, and just incase something were to happen, the campus security is excellent. The crew patrols the grounds on a constant basis, especially during the night time, taking constant patrols around campus and through the buildings until dawn approaches. So fears and worrisome thoughts are not needed when coming to Hiram.
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Sarah from Wadsworth, OH

a current student here
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Am learning a lot
Hiram College is giving me a great education with professors who care about my academic success. The class work is beneficial to my major and I can take the knowledge that I have learned from every class and apply that to the current classes that I am in to help me in problem solving and critical thinking.
Am enjoying being here
Hiram is a small campus, so everyone knows everyone. The friends that I have made here are very supportive of me and are very accepting of me.
Bang for the buck
The tuition is very high, but students can apply for financial aid and receive a lot of money through the school and other sources.
Tips for prospective students
If you are thinking about applying here, do it! If you're still unsure, take advantage of the overnight system. This way you can stay with a current student and explore student life and what goes on academically and in the extracurricular realm.
Great for these types of students
Great for students who want a cozy atmosphere and who want to have a relationship with their professors.
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