What is it Like to Attend Covenant University?

Oge earned her bachelor's degree in French from Covenant University in Nigeria. She specializes in Greek tutoring, French tutoring, and a number of other subjects. Below, she shares her experience at Covenant University.

Describe the campus setting and transportation options. 

Oge: The university’s campus is about an hour and a half from the metropolitan Lagos area, and is very safe. The transportation system within campus is such that students don’t require a car; buses are usually available every 20 to 30 minutes.

How available are the professors, academic advisers, and teaching assistants?

Oge: The professors are usually available before and after class for consultation, as well as through appointment. Teaching assistants are usually available to talk with students after class.  

How would you describe the dorm life – rooms, dining options, location, socialization opportunities with other students?

Oge: The dorm life was exciting. We were paired with our coursemates, so that meant that we got the opportunity to know our classmates more beyond classroom interaction. The dorms are not co-educational; being a Christian university, the male dorms and the female dorms were far from one another. Dining options were restricted to the student cafeteria and the snack shops. Students were not permitted to cook in the dorms.

Which majors/programs are best represented and supported? 

Oge: The majors that are best supported in my university are engineering majors—electrical, mechanical, information and communication technology (ICT), and management information systems (MIS). I majored in French, and minored in German for two years because I have a passion for languages. I think my university did a great job supporting my course of study, from the study abroad opportunity we were given to the modern language lab we had.

How easy or difficult was it for you to meet people and make friends as a freshman? Does Greek life play a significant role in the campus social life?

Oge: It was difficult for me to meet people and make friends as a freshman, because I was extremely shy. We didn’t have Greek life, but we had chapel service groups where students could join and interact, regardless of their majors or classifications.

How helpful are the Career Center and other student support services? 

Oge: The Career Center was integrated into the student affairs department. They organized career fairs with several reputable companies (Unilever, Procter & Gamble, McKinsey and Co).

How are the various study areas such as libraries, the student union, and dorm lounges?

Oge: The library is well equipped with materials ranging from print to digital. The busyness of the campus library ranges depending on the time of year and proximity to tests and finals.  

Describe the surrounding town.

Oge: The surrounding town is industrial, with small and medium sized businesses. Fun places in the town are local restaurants, movie theatres, and shopping malls. Most weekends, students go to the downtown area to eat and spend time with their friends.

How big or small is the student body? Were you generally pleased or displeased with the typical class sizes?

Oge: The total student population ranges between 6,000 and 9,000. Typically, the class size in my program of study was relatively small, with a student to teacher ratio of about 1:20.

Describe one memorable experience with a professor and/or class. Perhaps one you loved the most or one you regret the most.

Oge: A memorable class I had was with my favorite professor, Emmanuel Kwofie. He was teaching us French linguistics and was moving from row to row, ensuring that all of us pronounced each word the right way. When it got to my turn, I pronounced the word slightly wrong, and he snapped in a very funny way. He repeated the right pronunciation up to ten times, until he was satisfied with my pronunciation. It was a very funny experience!


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