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The Ringling College of Art and Design

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC- Faculty AccessibilityC-
Useful SchoolworkB- Excess CompetitionD-
Academic SuccessC- Creativity/ InnovationB-
Individual ValueB University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessD-
Campus MaintenanceC- Social LifeF
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsD
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

Not so bright
Lowest Rating
Social Life
Highest Rating
Campus Aesthetics/ Beauty
She cares more about Friendliness than the average student.
Date: Oct 27 2012
Major: Art & Design Department (This Major's Salary over time)
Grr! It makes me angry that there are not very many good reviews of Ringling online. It is hard to do research before attending this school!
I'll start with the curriculum itself. It's hard. No, not just hard, but GRUELING. Ringling seems to pride itself in being a very demanding school and teachers seem to just assign a lot of work simply to keep you busy most of the time.

Ringling recently scrapped their entire program and started a new one. They made many changes to the already difficult curriculum, including placing an incredibly difficult perspectives class (cleverly named a "drawing" class THAT USED TO BE A JUNIOR AND SENIOR ELECTIVE) into the mandatory freshmen media arts curriculum. If I had known I would be forced to take a very advanced perspectives class as a freshman illustration major, there is no way in hell I would have chosen this school. To make matters worse, you never know what teacher and students you will get for your perspectives class. If all of the other students have had perspectives before, you can bet your teacher will move very quickly through the class and if you didn't understand the basics from the first day FORGET passing. On top of that, the school only offers group tutoring for this class which is completely useless and ON TOP OF THAT if you don't pass, you fail. Fail the class and take it in the spring or summer like at a normal school? NOPE! You fail OUT OF RINGLING. That's it. Game over. Over one class that shouldn't even be in the freshmen curriculum??

Another absolutely idiotic change they made is lumping freshmen into classes with the same people all day long in what they call a "freshmen family." As if the majors and floors of Goldstein and dorms weren't already segregated enough at this school through the extreme security system? These "freshmen families" also start a domino effect for all four years encouraging little cliques to form starting day one. It also encourages people to judge you by your work all day long every day. If you aren't already very good at drawing, forget ever making friends because yes, they will judge you as a person by your work and what you get done. They will label you as a slacker even if you work very hard and are unable to get all work done.

Campus life is work and sleep. Having "fun" at Ringling is going over to someone's dorm room if they are there to let you in, and working while watching a movie (or just working). "Parties" at Ringling are anime or dress up parties with no alcohol involved whatsoever. With the work load you may not even be able to see other people without falling behind. The only people who have time for clubs, activities, Quidditch (the only sport they offer there), and working out, are the machines who came in very skillful already and are extremely fast at getting their work done and good. Not that the clubs are any fun anyway.

There is no nightlife off campus whatsoever, unless you want to be attacked. The campus is located right in the middle of a disgusting ghetto. If you walk out at night alone prepare to be stalked or at least yelled at constantly. I was once followed to three separate stores by a man in a very big van. CREEPY. Even if you do dare to venture, the only things located nearby are shady bars, some dollar stores, a Goodwill, a Wal-mart, and a drug store and they all close at-get this-10:00 PM. That's right, a Wal-mart that closes at 10:00 PM.

Don't waste money on the meal plan! It goes by time of day, meaning if you accidently use your lunch for breakfast, you can't eat again until 5 PM. The food served in the cafeterias at Ringling is just aweful. You can go to Hammond's and get unhealthy food that will make you gain weight very rapidly, or you can go to Harmond's and get soup or a sandwich, that will make you gain weight slightly less rapidly. Those are about your only options, aside from the Outakes cafe which is way over priced, and your meal card will only get you about $3.50 which is like, a muffin. As I said there is nowhere to eat off campus without a car or taking a bus, aside from a ghetto Burger King.

Ringling is not for everyone and it definitely was not for me. If you expect work, no sleep, constant stress, and worry but don't expect a college experience whatsoever, then choose Ringling. If you would like to have a social life, make some good friends, and make memories you can always look back on fondly and cherish, do not go to Ringling. Think long and hard before you decide on Ringling, because once you are sent to this jail that you are paying 40 grand a year for, it is very hard to get out of it!

responseI meant to say, GRR! It makes me angry that there are not enough BAD reviews of Ringling online, even though there are a lot of disgruntled students. Don't be fooled by the good reviews!!!!
questionIs it really that bad?
responseYes it's terrible. You have to be a prodigy to pass at this school. The students are downright evil btw I got harassed by a girl on Facebook for speaking out against this place.
responseA car or willingness to use public trans, or even a bike, will definitely make life more enjoyable by allowing freedom to get around in this area of Sarasota, which has a safe, vibrant and eclectic mix of day and night offerings-and beautiful beaches.
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