I personally like the quarter system. I had less courses to deal with at the same time (4 instead of 5) and thus it was easier to focus for me. However many course are taught at faster pace and so good discipline and time management skill is important. Courses here are not cut-throat and people are not known to be very competitive with each other. Grade inflation does exist, esp in the schools of music, education, communication. However, there's no grade inflation in premed courses such as orgo and bio (the mean for orgo was B- when I took it) and they are all curved. So it's definitely not easy to get good grades in those since there are many smart students (my friend got a C in one quarter and decided to do the next sequence in easier school near her home over a summer and got an A there). I doubt other peer schools are any easier though. The good news is premed courses are not taught at faster pace unless you take the accerlated ones. A one year chem/bio in quarter system is the same as one year chem/bio in semester system.
Last edited by Sam Lee; 12-24-2005 at 02:36 PM.