After applying to go to college and receiving acceptance letters to a variety of different schools, there are so many things you consider before making the big decision. I, for one, had a difficult time deciding what school was right for me. What influenced my decision the most was other people’s personal thoughts and experiences with the different universities. In this blog, I’ll give you my take on the 5 most common misconceptions that come up when hearing people talk about Cabrini.
- Cabrini is an “all-girls” school.
In 1957, when Sister Ursula Infante was the founding president of Cabrini, she welcomed the first 43 students to campus. My Aunt Tiny was one of them and did, in fact, graduate with all girls in 1961. In 1970, however, the first male students enrolled. Since then, Cabrini has been a co-ed institution.
- Cabrini students must be Catholic.
I’ll admit it. One of the things that drew me to Cabrini was the fact that it was a Catholic University. I’ve attended Catholic school my entire life, and I wanted to go somewhere that provided me the opportunity to continue practicing my faith. You DO NOT, however, have to be Catholic to attend Cabrini University. Only 37% of the class of 2019 came in Catholic. When I take people on campus tours, I tell them the experience is “as religious as you want it to be.” Mass is never mandatory. Only three religion credits are required in the curriculum, and the classes offered vary across all religions and spirituality topics – not just Catholicism.
- Cabrini is “too small.”
Our size is something I find most unique about Cabrini. When comparing Cabrini to other schools, it is small, but there is no such thing as “too small.” If anything, Cabrini has given me more opportunities to get involved than my friends get at other schools. My experiences here have been so personalized and intimate because of the close-knit community Cabrini fosters.
- Cabrini has nothing to do.
Speaking from personal experience, Cabrini has plenty to do. Over my 4 years here, even during the pandemic, I’ve managed to work in the Admissions office, participate in the Cabrini Theatre, intern in the Cabrini Marketing Department, take private voice lessons, enter a scriptwriting contest, join the marketing club, attend sports games, lead freshman orientation, and make endless memories on campus with my friends. I can assure you there is always something going on! Looking for what's going on? Events are always listed on the Master Calendar.
- Cabrini is a suitcase school.
Now that the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, and most things have returned to normal, Cabrini is as lively as ever. Cabrini does have a decent population of commuters, but anyone who lives on campus loves spending weekends here with their friends and making memories. Aside from on-campus, there is also a lot to do in the nearby King of Prussia area and in Philly, which is easily accessible by train on weekends. Again- I’m speaking from personal experience!
My experience at Cabrini has been nothing but amazing all four years that I’ve been here. I can’t imagine my life after graduation in May. Regardless of what you hear from other people, choose what you think is best for you and listen to the people around you whose opinions you value most. And at the end of the day, college is what YOU make of it!