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The College of Charleston

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA- Faculty AccessibilityB
Useful SchoolworkC+ Excess CompetitionD
Academic SuccessB- Creativity/ InnovationA-
Individual ValueA University Resource UseC+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyF FriendlinessB
Campus MaintenanceF Social LifeA
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsA
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Self Absorbed

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Date: Mar 13 2011
Major: Undecided (This Major's Salary over time)
College is what you make it, but it is good to know what options and environment you need in a school before you go. Your experience at CofC can be what you make it, but if you love cozy dorms, brilliant classmates and academia, this might not be your best fit. If you love sunshine, art, food, and living in a city (and if you like to party, even better), then this may be the place for you.

I chose CofC for the campus- when I toured the school, after many, many other tours, it just "felt right." But intuition actually isn't always the best indicator- sometimes I wished, especially first semester, that I looked at schools more objectively, based on their rigor (something CofC kind of lacks) and of the quality of certain programs. CofC is a good school, but if you are interested in Journalism, for example, you may be better of attending a school with a top program like UGA rather than just doing Communications and writing for the George Street Observer, although that isn't such a bad option. Anyway, I like CofC for the campus, the fun city and for the friends I made (albeit first semester was rough). I read these StudentsReviews almost religiously before choosing a school (although they often gave me more doubt than reassurance), so here are some of my personal pros and cons of The College of Charleston:

The good:

  • The photography department is amazing. GREAT facilities, great professors. We offer just 6 courses that can fit into a minor or concentration, but if you are interested in becoming a photographer, you would do well coming here. One of my professors who went to CofC (one of my best professors yet) actually followed her undergrad work with a masters at The Art Institute of San Fran, where annie leibowitz went. The art department in general is strong, and it's growing.
  • The options of the city- internships and art festivals galore. Plus there is really good food. Shopping is good too, although sometimes all the consumerism can be stifling. There is a coffee shop called Kudu near campus, which has a nice and cozy feel. Basically, it is fun to make the city your neighborhood, and to find places to come back to.
  • The academics are good- I've had a handful of bad professors, but in the upper level classes they're good. I suffered no grade deflation- classes aren't too easy, but if you are determined to get straight-A's, you definitely can.
  • The Bad:

  • Freshman dorms suck. Liberty can be fun, I guess, but it feels very institutional, like a posh hospital. That may be one of my least favorite things- ResLife. I've heard Honors dorms are better for meeting people, and some people do make lots of friends in the dorm. It doesn't even compare to small school dorm life though, and there are no cozy lounges. Most people don't talk to each other between rooms- the set-up makes it more like mini-apartments rather than communal living. And windows in liberty face windows of other rooms through an open space over the first floor, not to the outside.
  • The guy to girl ratio isn't great, but if you like the school, then you'll get used to it. Girls dress up though, and there is pressure to wear cute outfits a lot because of that, sometimes annoying. There are a lot of gay guys and jerks, and then a small population of really attractive guys. There are also a lot of hipsters too, not a bad thing though.

    And another thing…GET INVOLVED like crazy. There are a lot of choices. Basically, if you have goals going into CofC then you will do fine, and the environment will be great for your college years. But if you don't go in with goals you could just get lost in the shuffle of the party scene, or just be miserable, even when it's sunny out.

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