College Prowler sees more than 30,000 student reviews each month, which can sometimes be pretty intimidating to parents. When you’re getting ready to send your child off to college, you want to make sure they are in good hands, and when you read some reviews that talk about everything from academics to partying to dating, it can be overwhelming.
Here are some tips on how student reviews can help parents:
1. Wondering what kind of technological amenities to send with your child? The Computers section provides reviews from current students about what IT services will be like. If you are wondering whether to buy a printer, read reviews on the availability of printing in computer labs, in addition to the print cost (some schools don’t charge, while others do).
2. Any parent wants to make sure their child is safe on campus, so the Health & Safety section is definitely worth checking out. This section will provide you with reviews on what kind of safety systems are in place (text notification, blue-light boxes, etc.) as well as health services (physicals, equipment, etc.). This is all good stuff to know—plus, it gives anxious parents peace of mind.
3. You’ve provided a home for your child their whole life, and now you’re sending them on their way. Local Atmosphere is a section that will let you know more about the atmosphere surrounding the school, including sketchy areas of a town, popular places to hang out, stuff to do, etc. This will give you a good idea of the neighborhood your child could be living in come next fall. It will also give you a good idea of town-and-gown relations (whether the town embraces, rejects, or tolerates students).
4. Is your kid begging you for Grandma’s old car to take to campus? They may not even need it! The Parking and Transportation sections will let you know whether freshmen are allowed to park on campus (sometimes they aren’t) and also whether there are shuttles students can take around town. Many schools provide free transportation (with a student ID) to places like Walmart and Target.
5. In sections like Drug Safety, Nightlife, and Guys & Girls, parents might be reluctant to read these reviews, as CP users are frank about dating, drugs, and partying aspects. However, these are all factors in college, likely to be found at every school, and while user experience varies, the best way to prevent harmful experiences is sitting down with your prospective college students and talking with them about possible future experiences, outcomes, and preventative measures.
College Prowler also has Discussion on each school’s page so if you have a question that you don’t see answered in the reviews, you can spur discussion right then and there with one of your questions!