Eastern University Reviews
As an undergrad, I enjoyed my time in Eastern's Psych and English departments; but, now as a graduate student, I am immensely grateful for the preparation I received during my time there. The professors are brilliant and compassionate, constantly working to build up the whole person of students rather than simply focusing on academic development. They are also committed to providing students with a thorough education. I've been able to walk into my graduate school classes feeling like I had a leg up on students from some other universities because of the solid foundation in psychology, APA, and writing I gained at Eastern. And, as an alum who is frequently asked back to campus to speak in classes, I have witnessed the continual willingness of professors in both departments to evaluate and update the curriculum to better serve the needs of students. I'm not particularly fond of Eastern's overall administration and some of the policies they have maintained, so I would advise any student considering Eastern to do a full assessment of the school to see if they feel the rules and administration are worth dealing with. Five years since graduating, I feel like it was worth it for me.
I would highly recommend attending Eastern university for Social Work. This program prepares you well for life after studying. There are two internships incorporated in the degree ensuring that you leave with experience. The faculty are very supportive and highly knowledgeable. It is a very supportive environment with a great space for discussion and learning.
Eastern's academic strength resides in the exceptional faculty. Because it is a rather small school your professors not only remember your name, but they know who you are and are always available to meet and discuss your studies. This strength of faculty members more than makes up for the poor administration of the university and the limited course offerings. My main complaint is that, aside from Templeton Honors College, the gen. ed. requirement classes are easy (and can be boring). However, as I mentioned before, once students get out of gen. eds. and into classes for their major they are really in for a treat! Additionally, the small student body makes for close bonding and community building, which is wonderful. And it's proximity to other colleges and Philadelphia means you will never run out of things to do!
Eastern's Social Work program provided a thorough introduction to the Social Work profession. Classes were small which led to tailored instruction and personal advising. The program was intensive and equipped me to begin professional work immediately. I was able to secure a post before graduating with the knowledge and experience I gained in the program.
The social work program at Eastern University was fantastic. The small sized classrooms make for great conversations between fellow students. Whenever you are struggling with classwork or internships, the professors are always there to be a support no matter how small you think the problem is. When I entered into the professional work force after graduating, I felt completely prepared for what I was beginning. Also, Eastern offers many wonderful study abroad programs and I 100% recommend taking advantage of one.
Eastern is a good college overall. There is a great community, the campus is safe and beautiful, and the professors care about each student personally.
Eastern's BSW program is one of the best you can get. My education fully prepared me for working as a social worker in the field and I made some great connections through my BSW program. After the 600 hours of field experience I completed through 2 internships, I felt that I was prepared to work as a social worker. Eastern is also connected with many study abroad programs and within my BSW cohort of 16 students, 11 studied abroad in various countries across the world.
For all college students, I think getting an internship or volunteering in your chosen field is REALLY important, to be able to experience the day-to-day requirements and get a feel for the work that you might be doing. I think it would really help those students who aren't sure what career they want, or even the students who have chosen but might not realize what is included or which positions require which degrees.