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| Charleston Southern is great academically. The class sizes are small and the professors are extremely helpful and want you to succeed. If you want to be a teacher, this place is great. The education program here is awesome. I've also heard that about athletic training and nursing programs. |
Aside from the academics, there is not much else I like. If you aren't a Christian I HIGHLY recommend not to come here. You will be looked down upon and the closed mindedness of the the students here will drive you crazy. Even if you are a Christian, if you're not a conservative Baptist, there's a good chance you won't fit in. I am a born and raised Lutheran and I did not come from a very conservative family. My faith is important to me but a lot of people here don't see you as a Christian if you don't have some kind of story to tell about the day you got "saved", and that really bothers me. Not all, but the vast majority of students here take their Christianity to just crazy extremes. I am a Christian but my views compared to the people here are very different. People here are usually nice for the most part but definitely judgmental and closed minded. My New Testament professor even said to the class that baby baptisms aren't real and I was pretty offended. People here don't see me as a Christian just because I don't talk about God 24/7 and that is just very upsetting to me. I wanted a school that was small and didn't focus on parties. I'm not a goody too shoes but partying just isn't my thing. I definitely got that but it's too much of an extreme opposite from a party school. The only way to make friends here is to be an athlete or join some kind of religious club. It is VERY hard to make friends if you are just in the middle like me. There are people here that I get along with but I feel like if they were to know my opinions on some things and how much they differ from theirs, they would either want nothing to do with me or try to "save" me.
As for Location, Charleston is beautiful. I'm an SC native and I've always loved Charleston. But I definitely like visiting more than actually living here. It is very high in crime rate and I definitely don't always feel safe. The location of the school is nice though. It's only 15 minutes from downtown and 20 from the beach. It is close enough for having fun but not close enough to distract you from your school work every day.
All in all this place has it's ups and downs. Academically, I love it. Socially, it's the worst place ever. It's dead on the weekends, because it is very much a suitcase school where everyone goes home when the school week is over. If you stay here on the weekends there is absolutely nothing to do.
So I just recommend really looking into a school and get opinions from students before you decide on one. I hope this helped!
|Jan 19 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| The school is wonderful and classes I have taken so far was been okay. Most professors are very friendly and are happy to answer any questions you have. There are a small handfull of professors who don't really care what you do. There are some required classes that are simple to pass, but can be annoying as there is almost no point to it. Security is good in the daytime seeing them walking around campus, but after a certain hour at night like 1 or 2am you rarely see them at all. The cafe on campus is okay if you like salad, pizza, and ice cream everyday. That is the only constant good tasting food on campus. The cafe likes to try new food and dishes from different cultures, but sometimes the creativity falls short with the nasty taste. However, there are some good food like chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers, turkey wraps, and etc. If you are someone who likes to stay up at night, like me, make sure to buy all your snacks before 8pm or so because the cafe and edwards (optional food choice on campus) closes at 7 or 8 on weekdays. On the weekend, your only choice of food on campus is the cafe that closes at 6:30pm and its seems that most of the cooks are gone because the food is .....Moving on to the dorms. Freshmen beware russell east and west are the worse dorms on campus. Mold in the bathroom and crowded rooms. If you lucky you only have 1 person to share a room with. But if you are unlucky like me you have 2 people to share with and it gets crowded fast and you'll spend most of your time avoiding the dorm. There is at the most 5 people sharing a bathroom, which is great unless your classes time are similar. Women's North and South are better...Men's Quad...well IDK. The surrounding area is okay with a mall down the street and a couple of good places to eat in the area if you get tired of cafe food. If you really want to have fun, go downtown where some actions is at. Activities in campus is okay, but unless you love sports, its kinda boring. Fines are terrible... and costly for little stupid stuff. $100 for improper check-in, I came back to campus late and had to get my key the next day and they tried to charge me. I got rid of it because I wasn't informed that I had to email security and tell them that I'll be back late. (RA's fault)Overall the university is great course-wise, but other than that well its best to live off campus. |
|Feb 18 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| Charleston Southern, Although not the biggest school, is exactly what I wanted from a school. It is expensive but worth it in the end. Athletics were one of the main reasons I chose this school. Our athletics are on the rise and therefore are making more facilities academically and athletically. This School is growing and is not at the level of South Carolina or Clemson but it also has a different view. If you do not get involved (like any other school) then you will not like it. Plain and simple. Make college no matter where you go, your best years by getting involved. |
| Starting Job: Football Coach (CSU), Preparedness: A+, Reputation: A+ |
|Oct 24 2012|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |