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The College of Charleston

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB- Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkB- Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessB Creativity/ InnovationA-
Individual ValueC- University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeA-
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsB-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Arrogant, Self Absorbed

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Date: Jan 13 2012
Major: Biology (This Major's Salary over time)
I remember going to the College of Charleston campus tour and being thrilled by the campus. It was certainly the prettiest I had ever seen. The women WERE beautiful and the academics seemed very traditional and solid, which I liked.

Well I spent my full four years here. My first year was spent drunk or in the library. The second year I did in fact expand my horizons a bit and found myself doing cross country, dating hot women, and enjoying my classes a bit more. I studied abroad one semester, then finished a year and a half later here. In the last year I even met a few science professors that really did challenge me intellectually. In addtion, I did land an internship in microbiology at a school in NJ (near my home) one summer and found another professor that let me do research with him. Also, students were reasonably friendly, though many were extremely racist and closeminded. My father is Jewish and I once had a girl tell me the Jews brought the Holocaust on themselves for not accepting Jesus as their savior. SERIOUSLY! Oh yeah, and be prepared to be publicly yelled at if your religion is anything other than Christian.

Professors were pretty good, especially in the humanities. I found my science professors (aside from one) to be aloof and only interested in research, but that's probably true at many schools. I had to struggle to get on a research project with one however; few professors here are open to having the students work with them on independent projects, which are a necessity for grad school/some jobs.

So what's the problem? The Colleges' ability to get you a job. The College is continually increasing its tuition (esp. out of state) at something like 14% a year. The career services are a joke, and virtually everyone that stays ends up working at a hotel front desk. If a student decides to leave SC they will find nobody has heard of this school and thinks it's on par with University of Phoenix/Devry. Tell an interviewer in the northeast you went to

College of Charleston
and theres a 99.8% chance nobody has heard of it. Also the school is very very slack about getting their students internships. I got one, but I had to struggle to get it, and it was ironically near my home in NJ, not in SC. To rub salt in the wound, I'm pretty sure the career fair had every branch of the military show up, to try to allay students of impending unemployment. I literally know of nobody in my class so far, that has gotten a solid, permanent job. My guess is virtually all will go back to school at some point, however to try to fix this (myself included)

I really regret not going to Rutgers and saving some $$ and having a real career network upon graduation. Once the dust settles you realize there is nothing special about this school other than the campus location. Hot women can be found at any college campus, and the entire city's economy is based on bars. Alcoholism is a serious problem here, even among people over 30 (significantly worse than other college campuses). There's also a lot of crime (robbed twice, had a friend get shot) and homeless people. Moreover, the downtown has recently replaced every single movie theater and cool store with overpriced clothing venues. Charleston's a great place to vacation, but not to live, and most certainly not to go to school.

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