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5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Before Attending Cleary University


Cleary University has two campuses; on in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the second in Howell, Michigan. They have a lot to offer students who want to focus on business related fields, like myself. While I stayed at Cleary for my BBA, there are a few things I wish I had known before choosing to attend.

1.) The system they have in place for taking classes is both appealing and disappointing.

Classes are generally taken in specific order and if you deviate from the plan it can be difficult to get back on track. They do this so that you are with the same group of students through out your time at Cleary. Often you will work with the same people over and over on different team building exercises and group graded projects. Personally, I like to get credit for my work I do and I do not like being penalized for the laziness of others, which can happen frequently with the amount of group work.

2.) The time frame for completing a class.

Cleary does not offer standard 15 week courses like typical universities. Each class is 6 weeks long. While you still take four courses a semester like a regular university; the classes are divided so that you only take two classes at a time. This can be both convenient and overwhelming.

3.) Students can take half of their classes online.

Cleary sets up schedules so that students go to school one night a week for 4 hours, or four credit hours. The second class is completely done online. While you must login at least once a week to participate, you to complete work when it most convenient for you.

4.) Cleary University is a nonprofit school, not a state university.

While the idea of a private nonprofit school sounds appealing, there are a number of financial drawbacks. Though the classes are not much more expensive than some public universities, there are a number of services not offered. One thing that is important to know is that there are no dorms. There are affordable apartments in Ypsilanti which neighbors Ann Arbor, but it is important to do some research before choosing where to live.

5.) The DROP/ADD Period is short.

Cleary does not have the typical period allowing students to change classes, add or drop, or withdraw. Because the classes are only six weeks, the period to add or drop, get a refund, or make any changes is swift. Financial aid distributions are not given out at the beginning of the semester and are broken into two payments. This is the students’biggest complaint. Cleary University is a very fast paced school, which can be both good and bad, depending on your personality and work ethic.

Stephanie AnnisRecieved a BBA in Business Management from Cleary U on 2007. She ia an entrepreneur and lives in Las Vegas.

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