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Very small school. More focused on money than students. It's better if you find the few professors who actually care
Thomas More College is an amazing college. The class sizes are small, scheduled is flexible, and perfect of full and part time student.
I am enrolled in TAP (The Accelerated Program) It is for adults who have been out of school for awhile and have lived a little bit of live who have decided to finally go back to achieve a higher education. I love it! This was the only school I found that fits perfectly with my wants and needs. I only go to campus once a week and the rest I can do online. It is speedy so I will be able to earn my BBA by 2020. And all the teachers and staff are super friendly and helpful. They are a little more expensive than most schools but I figured since I'll be in debt either way, might as well go for the best!
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Great small school. Individualized attention. Beautiful campus. Helpful staff. If you're looking for a small, tight knit community, this is a great choice.
I like Thomas More because it's a smaller school and you meet a lot more people and I think it's so much nicer than going to a big school and only meeting a couple people
The academics at Thomas More have been great so far. Some of the services need improvement, such as housing and the cafeteria.
This is my first year so I really can't say a lot.
It's okay for my first year
The school has upgraded it's entrance process since I've been there. Now you have to be a student or register with your ID to get into any part of the school.
They have a lot of workshops on campus, and any professor/staff related to your field is willing to help, too.
There wasn't a big support system for the sports teams there.
I liked going to CCP. However, I didn't like that some professors barely taught the students and allowed open-booked tests, and some showed special attention to some students over others.
The curriculum at Thomas More can be and is tailored to each student and their personal needs. Despite this, there is a base set of classes each student must take that does not pertain to their major or minor. Each student at the school must take a class from each other larger majors (math, social sciences, fine arts, English, foreign language, etc) and pass each in order to graduate. While it can help some students really decide what they want to do as a major, and make for a well-rounded student, it can also take up schedule space that would have otherwise been used for a student's major or minor courses. Many classes are available online and in person as well. The instructors and professors are on average, very knowledgeable in their field and teach well. The curriculum is heavily weighed upon writing skill and ability, no matter your major. As a first-year freshman, you are put in a "Freshman Seminar Class" with the subject of your choosing, In these seminar classes, you are supposed to learn the basics of writing and researching for a paper along with the theme of the seminar you chose. However, some seminars fail to teach or completely ignore teaching the skill of researching for a paper which hinders the students in later courses with heavy writing assignments. Thankfully though, there are many resources to get help from, including the writing center, student life center, and the library. There are many places students can go to comfortable study such as the hallway known as "couchland" where there is a collection of couches and chairs, as well as the three-story library with outside balconies, the student lounge with tables, tvs and game consoles, and the student life center. There are also several study rooms and spots within each of the 4 dorm buildings.
I came from a neighbourhood and high school in which there is a great number of diversity and non-white students. Thomas More College proved to be somewhat of the exactly opposite and so, for anyone like myself who is used to being around more minority rich schools, it can be somewhat of a culture shock. There are a number of minority students and foreign exchange students, but they are far outnumbered by the white student population. There haven't been any nefarious plots of hate or racism going on and students and staff are generally respectful and friendly to others regardless of background or culture. There is also the Culture and Diversity club that often has events and activities centered around inclusion, representation, of and education on different races and cultures. There is a moderately good enough mix of races within the student body, but unfortunately, there is only maybe one or two non-white staff members if that (including the administrative offices, student life, and campus safety offices), which some may find unfair or uncomfrotable.
The campus itself is a "Tobacco Free Campus" and there are reminders everywhere that you will be charged and have consequences if you are caught smoking. I have personally only heard of one instance where a student brought hard drugs to campus (crack cocaine) and he was immediately dealt with the first week of school. Other than that, it's oddly a pretty drug-free school save for the occasional whiff of marijuana from some students.

Alcohol is prohibited from the dorms and campus. Dorm safety checks are done periodically to check for any substances as well. Campus events typically just have pop, water, and other non-alcoholic drinks. However, art gallery openings often have wine and beer which are offered to anyone around at the time of the event, sometimes unmonitored, and are easily assessable to underage students.

There is virtually no peer pressure to do drugs or drink, and students are generally respectful of those who are underage and/or simply just chose not to drink.
All classes take place in two buildings connected by a skyway/catwalk. Each major has its own department and floor or section of the building and all classes pertaining to that major take place there. Being a liberal arts school there is a general collection of classes each student must take, no matter their major. This can help and hurt because, while it gets the student experience and exposure to other worlds besides the one of their intended major and/or minor, it can also prolong the education experience (and raise your debt) by clogging up your schedual each semester and taking up time you could use for classes in your major or minor. Many teachers advise taking some of these required classes over the summer, but each summer course is $999 or more, and not covered by financial aid. So it's a matter of deciding if it costs more to have summer classes, or to take the classes during the fall and spring semesters and spend perhaps an extra semester or two if needed. There is a wide variety of classes offered, but many of the special topics classes are only offered every 3 or 4 years sometimes, or only taught if enough students are interested in the course. There is a good selection of online courses, however, during the fall/spring semesters and during the summer. The administrative and student life staff seem to all genuinely care about the students and there's a lot of resources to go to for help (such as the writing center and math lab). There is a lack of diversity in the staff, however, all are nice, respectful, and seem to care about their students. Also, all books and class materials are included in tuition, which means you just pick up everything the first week of school near the library.
This is a small school and most everyone knows everyone else. It's generally safe and there is always little to no loitering that goes on around campus. All academic and student buidlings are typically open as well as the campus chapel, if shelter is needed.

However, there are negatives. Sometimes the main acadmic/adminastrative building has locked doors for no speicifc reason, and there has been a number of staff members who have been charged, fired, and/or arrested due to sex-related crmes or charges over the decades. Most notibly (and ironically), is the campus safty director who was fired and arrested on suspension of child pornography. However, this was an off-campus situation and there weren't any reports of him attacking anyone on campus or anything. The entire student body recives constant emails to any type of potential threat (including weather), which I have found helpful and comforting.
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There is a varity of housing at Thomas More College, including co-ed and gender specific housing. The cheapest is the Marian and Howard dorms and the Ackerman building. Both Marian and Howard are connected by a communal lounge room, and both are gender specific to females, but I believe Howard has some male tenents. Howard used to be all-male, but the Ackerman building just a few yards away is now the all-male dorm building. Marian and Howard are 1960s style buildings both of which have small, square, cellblock-esque rooms with one large window. The unfortuante part is that each room is barely enough room for one person, and they will often try to squeeze three people in one of these rooms (sometimes there are even empty rooms still in the building). Ackerman is nicer, featuring carpeted dorms, larger in size than the Marian and Howard rooms, and more up-to-date furniture and lounges. A few yards from Ackerman, across the street going through campus, is the co-ed dorm room of Murphy. It is more expensive than the other 3 buildings, but it's worth it. It is much larger and each dorm room in turn is much larger. There are 2 bedrooms in each dorm room, arranged in a suite style, with 2 private bathrooms and a private livingroom per suite. There is a full fridge and loungeroom with computers as well. It is still a bit gritty and dirty at times though. Strangely enough one of the biggest negatives about Murphy is how dim the lights are inside. If you are someone who has to write by hand or draws a lot, it might be hard to get work done without extra lighting. There is always dorm specific events going on (movies, activities, etc) and RAs are typically friendly, although some have groups of friends with them at the RA table and they can get pretty rowdy.
The school in general has a very nice atmosphere. It is pleasent and peaceful and as a short, small female, I feel safe when walking around at night after nigth class. This is a great school for those who are either less independant or those who like a small and tightknit community. The finacial aid, administrative, and student life offices are very helpful and 80-90% of the staff in those departments honestly care about your education and life while at the school. I cannot speak much on all teachers and instructors in every education department, but I can say that all of the art department instructors are very well knowlegable and genuinely want their students to succeed. The student life over all is typically welcoming and there is a good number of clubs and groups that anyone can join in, no matter their major or minor. Students are generally nice and friendly, just as staff tend to be. However, sports tend to take a prioirty in both student life and adcademic life and, if you are someone who is not into sports, it can become annoying to constantly get emails and see promotional posters and newsletters about every game and team.
If you enjoy basketball, softball, football, and soccer, then you will most likely enjoy the sports life at the school. However, if you aren't one into sports, it can get annoying to constantly hear about every single game. You get constant emails for games and they always talk excessively about them in the school's social media sites. It seems people tend to care a bit too much abou the sports life at the school and a lot of attention is focused on the sports as well.
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