I'm a sophomore ENG student and I would have to say that is somewhat true and somewhat false. The EK131/132 classes are ABSOLUTE ********. Do not expect to learn anything in depth in those introductory classes.(Human brain mapping is fun and an easy A! Do not take Auditory if it available. Voigt teaches material far beyond a freshman's comprehension.) A lot of the teachers that I have encountered have a passion for helping their students out. As you said they do not hand hold, but they do their best to help you understand. If you really needed to, some of the professors/teachers will setup extra office hours to help you understand the material. For each class that is taught, there are always amazing teachers, good teachers, and bad teachers. What you end up depends on how you plan your classes and luck. For chemistry try to get Abarams or Rubio (depending on what chem class you take) if he is teaching. (HE IS AMAZING!). If you are taking calculus DO NOT SIGN UP FOR POTTHARST. He is an sweet and brilliant man, but he cannot teach yet because he has only just started his teaching career. If you can, sign up for Chung. While people rave over Chung, I found his teaching methods to be useless. He is the most callous and uncaring teacher I have met so far. For physics try to get Ludwig or Butler. (preferably Ludwig, but avoid the third professor, I forgot his name, but he is a very confusing man.)
Hopefully I helped, good luck freshman year!