Allen College Reviews
They continually add extra fees such as Typhon or security systems that they take down eventually because no one knows how to run them. The whole experience seemed like the staff could care less about their students and were insanely unorganized. Don't call the school between 11:30 and 1:00 pm because no one will answer. There's better and cheaper schools in the Iowa area.
Allen is a small nursing school, but the professors are all dedicated to helping their students succeed.
I am happy to be a student at Allen, I feel that we learn "more" than what other colleges have to offer (just by working with non-bsn RN's)... The first and second semesters were difficult, but Allen does offer excellent support, and your instructors are more than willing to individually help you out, all you gotta do is reach out and ask!! (push push push that communication!!!) I wish we had some more vending machines, but, Allen does cater for free lunches for us often, and the SNA group and faculty are pretty awesome with setting up snack tables and little activities to relieve stress during mid-terms and finals! Being a private college increases the chance for scholarships, Allen also offers clubs to join which provide scholarships as well. Overall, I love it here at Allen, and I will be proud to add my Allen College BSN-RN degree achievement to my resume soon :)
I think that Allen has some good teachers that know how to set the students up for success in the future. The clinicals are hard to get a lot of different experience out because the bigger problems or situations go to the bigger hospitals. The small class sizes helps you to create good relationships with the students as well as the teachers. This is good because then you can ask them questions as well as use them as references on resumes. There isn't a cafeteria which does suck. There are a few local fast food places in walking distances.
A difficult workload and study options are available for certain classes. Generally the classes that are more difficult on average will offer special study options.
The courses are difficult and need major effort to get good grades but good study habits will definitely help. Yes, variety of classes offered and class size varies.
They offer alumni networks and encourage students to come back and visit after they get done with college.
Special security is available if one feels the need for it.
I live off campus with three roommates to save money from the expensive dorms they offer.
Do not pay attention much with the social atmosphere on campus involving Greek housing.
Just starting up at this college
There are no athletics at my school for Allen College. It is a private college for students looking to go into a health field.
Haven't spent much time there
Allen College is somewhere I feel safe and healthy.
Most students choose to live in Cedar Falls or around the transition area into Waterloo. This provides a safer housing opportunity and the commute between cities isn't a hassle.
Allen has a partnership with the University of Northern Iowa. This partnership and closeness makes the use of their night life and activities very easy and accessible.
Computer access is not necessary but the wireless internet availability is very excellent when using your smart phone in between classes.
Allen College is very small. It doesn't have much of a "campus-life." It is very welcoming and close knit though.
Allen College is a great school to further your career in nursing. They truly care about your success and want to do anything they can to aid in your success.