St. Joseph's College-New York
Brooklyn, NY, USA

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St. Joseph's College-New York
3.68 Average Rating

Christopher from Brooklyn, NY

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
This college is in an urban area and well-suited for students seeking a smaller sized school. Current enrollment is estimated to be 2,000 students on the Brooklyn campus (there is also a Long Island campus). BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) offers multi-cultural dance, and music, shows to the public and is located within walking distance of the college.
Tips for prospective students
This is not high school! Be prepared to become fully independent (e.g. no more parental notes written to teachers). The only communication to teachers will be through the students themselves. Also, learning how to properly manage the weekly schedule and to UTILIZE the free time in between is crucial for the college career. Completing assignments during free time is sensible and so other time could be used for studying. Become involved with a maximum of two clubs/activities at first. I mention two because joining an exorbitant amount of activities may withdraw students from academic time. The benefit of joining clubs is to find social connections that could alleviate the stress of being in a new environment, while allowing friendships to be built on those connections. Students will be assigned to academic advisers who will be very helpful in the search for classes, so be on their good side! Also, help is always extended by professors throughout the semester as long as students seek it (meet them halfway).
Academic Rigor
I just completed my first semester and felt overwhelmed by the homework load, but I know that it will become progressively harder. Complete and hand in homework assignments in a timely fashion. Professors, as previously mentioned, will always lend help during office hours if students are encountering problems with any homework assignment.
Dorm Life
I do not dorm, but know that it is located in the St. George Hotel in Brooklyn Heights (an area within walking distance of school). My school's dorms co-exist with other NYC colleges' dorms in the hotel. Bus transportation is offered between school and the dorms for students and the rent for dorming ranges between $13,000 and $14,000 per year.
Food and Dining
Like any other commodity, lunch prices tend to be a little expensive. But, with a little shrewdness, a sandwich, for example, could only be bought without a side dish and could be a sufficient serving of food. There are many refrigerators and microwaves throughout the school to use.

Also, freshmen students receive food tokens worth five dollars after they meet during Freshmen Year Experience every Monday. During this meet, groups of freshmen meet with mentors and discuss how to properly manage during a college career. Tips that freshmen learn are how to relax, how to manage time, where resources are located in school, and how to become socially active in school.
What to do for fun
I am currently a member of Social Thinkers, a newly created club on campus. This club is ideal for Sociology majors, but students with different majors are welcomed to join. This club allows students to become in touch with extracurricular affairs. For example, a few other members and I volunteered at the New York City Coalition Against Hunger Foundation to fill up folders with poverty awareness pamphlets and statistics. These folders were to be distributed to politicians during a political event in order to encourage them to pass anti-poverty legislation.

There are nearly forty clubs and many other sports to be involved in. One major club is the Child Study Club. My college is known for producing teachers so this club encourages the teaching profession.

There are many Common Hour events. These events occur between 12:40 P.M. and 1:30 P.M. every day. Events include dances (the '90's dance) and comedy shows, plus soothing events that are scheduled during finals week in order to alleviate the stress of students. Many clubs, especially the Campus Activities Board, organize these events. Common Hour is the free time for students to eat lunch, complete assignments, or enjoy entertaining events.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
A very special thing about my college is that FREE food is always guaranteed to be provided at social events.
Campus Safety
There are approximately eight buildings that are part of the school. Security guards are stationed at the entrances of each building daily. Every student and faculty member are required to swipe their I.D. cards at the front desks when they come into the buildings.
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Michael from Schenevus, NY

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
i love this college. it is full of so many opportunities, and is located in the best area.
Tips for prospective students
come in with an open mind.
Academic Rigor
some of the professors are not the most intelligent; however, you will have that any where. most of the professors are highly knowledgable in their individual fields.
Dorm Life
freedom. the only thing that is unfortunate about the dorms is that it is two miles from the school. to avoid public transportation expenses, i ride my bicycle daily.
Food and Dining
i usually tend to go out for lunch, there is way too much fried and unhealthy foods available.
What to do for fun
always something going on around the school to become involved in. many clubs and activities always.
Bang for the buck
cheap
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
the red room hang out spot or the cafeteria. you can always seem to find who ever you are looking for in one of those two hangout spots.
Great for these types of students
athletes and open minded
Clubs and Activities
so many options.
Greek Life
i will be the first to pledge in our national frat that will be coming next year. there are local greek clubs; however, the national one will be joining.
Campus Safety
i have never heard of a problem occurring on campus ever. it is ran and secured very well.
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