Considering a college can be a daunting task for anyone, let alone high school students. Many are faced with the objective of finding a school that fits all of their criteria and checkboxes that they are looking for in a higher education institution. During this stressful time, I’m sure you may have tons of questions that need to be answered before you make that leap to continue your education here at Cabrini University. As a senior who has been in this same position, allow me to answer some frequently asked questions about Cabrini.
How big/small is the school?
Cabrini has around 1,500 undergraduate students currently enrolled and this translates to the majority of classes having less than 20 students per professor. If you’d ask me personally, I believe that Cabrini has more recognition since we transitioned over to a university a few years back. I can honestly say that this school is small enough where you could get that one-on-one dynamic with your professor if you wanted it, but also big enough where almost every week that I’ve lived on this campus, I’ve seen a new face that kind of made me wonder, “When did they start going here?”
What are the weekends like?
Many schools, including Cabrini, may have the reputation that there is never anything to do on the weekends and I’m here to refute that claim. Student-run organizations like the Campus Activities and Programming Board (CAP Board) and the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) office keep the campus vibrant with events, many taking place on the weekend like Big Prize Bingo, Community Carnivals, Open Mic Nights, and so much more. Not to mention, other student-run clubs host things events like dances or a speed friending event to meet new people on the weekend. In the rare case when SEal or CAP Board doesn’t have anything planned on the weekend, there is also Residence Life, specifically the Resident Assistants (RAs). One of the jobs of an RA is to plan at least 8 different events or programs, as we call them, for their residents. These programs can include movie nights, video game tournaments, interview workshops, and many more. I feel as though there is always something to do on the weekends here, you just have to be open to it.
How is the food here?
There are several options for food for Cabrini students
Cavs Corner in Founder’s Hall offers a buffet‑style option with many hot-food stations, made-to-order sandwiches, a grill, pizza, cereal station, waffle bar, salad bar, soups, desserts, frozen yogurt, fresh fruit, and more.
The Cabrini Bean, in the Widener Center, offers a-la-carte bistro-style salads, sandwiches, and soups and brews Starbucks Coffee.
Sandella’s Flatbread Café in the Widener Center (My personal favorite!) offers great-tasting wraps, paninis, pizzas, flatbreads, and quesadillas a-la-carte.
Late Night at Cavs offers a special late-night menu seven days a week with black Angus burgers, hot wings, mozzarella sticks, milkshakes, and more.
The Cav's Shack, located in the Nerney Pavillion at the Dixon Center, provides a healthier alternative of options on the go. It is a great place to grab fresh fruit smoothies, protein bars, and simply to go salads.
Of course, nothing beats a home cooked meal but the food here isn’t all that bad. One thing I really like is if Cavs Corner is serving something that you might not like there are other ways to use your meal plan. I feel like there is something for everyone.
What’s so special about Cabrini’s curriculum?
Cabrini’s mission statement revolves around an Education of the Heart which goes beyond just your typical university mission statement. At Cabrini you are not just being taught the material in your major or minor, Cabrini is set out on educating your heart as well. This is evident in Cabrini’s core curriculum. All students have to take 3 Engagements in the Common Good (ECG) classes during their time here. These classes tackle issues like domestic violence, immigration, race & identity in pop culture, and so much more in order to make Cabrini students more well-rounded leaders.