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  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 out of 39 people found this review useful. 1 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CofC is wonderful for students looking for a school that is not too big or small yet has a homey feel. Also, it is great for students looking for a good education but want to always have something to do after their school work is done.

    Tips for prospective students

    To anyone even slightly interested in the College of Charleston, I would highly suggest you visit the school and city. I would be surprised if you did not know almost immediately whether or not Charleston is for you. Be sure to check out the many on campus organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    The College of Charleston is an excellent school with several new buildings, knowledgeable staff, and an A+ location. The price is a little steep for out of state students but being one myself, I can say it is well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I could not imagine a better college for me. I am in love with not only the gorgeous school but also the city. There is always something fun to do in the Holy City whether it be walking down to the battery, visiting the many historical sites, or relaxing on the beach. One of the only negatives is that with so much around, it can be hard to focus on your studies.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors at CofC are truly invested in their students. They urge students to get help during office hours and do their best to make sure you are learning the material. The majority of the courses I have taken are challenging yet interesting which is an excellent combination.

  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 14 people found this review useful. 2 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    College of Charleston is great for the student who wants to be in the city, but also does not want to feel overwhelmed. Charleston is a small city, so it has many great attractions and plenty to be involved in, but still has a homey and comfortable feel. The students at CofC are well known for having laid-back personalities and no-rush, worry free attitudes. Everyone is very friendly, and I found it easy to make friends in my dorm and in my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to check out the website at Cofc.edu. Also, look at the many academics and classes that are offered. I found it very helpful to email the department head of my desired major/academic area that I wanted to study and ask questions about the program. The staff are all very friendly and willing to answer any questions. Be sure to visit the city and enjoy walking the beautiful campus of CofC as well as exploring the attractions of downtown Charleston to know if it is the kind of location you are interested in.

    Bang for the buck

    College of Charleston is definitely a great buy. It provides excellent housing, dining, professors, and many modern buildings that are all comfortable and conveinent. There are many great organizations and clubs to be a part of as well as sports. CofC has a fantastic location in the heart of Charleston that provides its students with endless entertainment when they are not studying.

    Am enjoying being here

    I could not have found a better school for me. I love being fifteen minutes from the beach, and I enjoy the mild winters. I love the historic sceneray and aritechture of the city as well as its true southern history and flair.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at CofC are willing to work with their students in any way possible to make sure they are learning the material and understand how to apply it to everyday life. Small class sizes of about 20 students per class are really helpful in providing one on one time with professors if desired. It's also helful that the professors learn every student by name. Professors are readily available via email and set office hours. Also, most of the professors are willing to meet with students outside of office hours if the student is not available to meet with them during the set hours. CofC also has a tutoring center that provides labs in Spanish and French, all mathematics through Calculus, and a writing lab. CofC also provides supplamental courses weekly for the most challeging courses, and private tutors for most other courses free to students.

  • 01/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 3 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    C of C is great for most everyone, especially people who like Spanish moss or want to pretend that they’re Quentin Compson. (That is to say that the campus is incredibly Southern-looking.) You will find a place where you are happy socially and educationally, I promise.

    Tips for prospective students

    BE VERY PROACTIVE ABOUT THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS. Call the Admissions office to check in with your application every so often; ask them to go into CougarTrail to check that everything is in order. They messed up my application at first, but they were FANTASTIC about fixing it, so if you just call occasionally to make sure that things are going well, things will go well. If you need to take Physics 101/102 or Physics 111/112, take 111/112. 101/102 are supposed to be easier, but if those are the classes you choose to take, you’ll be learning from a collection of PowerPoint slides put together in a book by your professor instead of from a book put together and designed by professors and instructional designers for a major textbook publishing company. 111/112 have been very good for me. Take those classes. If you get the chance to have a class with Dr. Francis, do it. It will be one of the best experiences of your educational career.

    Bang for the buck

    THIS IS IMPORTANT IF YOU ARE A TRANSFER STUDENT: Financial aid for the first year or so is not really easy to get, but if you look around for scholarships and harass the financial aid folks you’ll probably be able to cut the cost of attendance down. Housing for transfer students is also not easy to get for the first year, but the college has a lot of resources for off-campus living. If you’re an in-state student, the cost of attendance is fairly low; if you’re out-of-state, not so much. But it could be worse: at my former school, tuition was about $10,000 more. Because the classes are great and I’m really enjoying it here, though, it’s definitely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I’m really enjoying myself here. There are all sorts of clubs and events where you can meet people and have a good time; there are regular movie nights; there is a lot of stuff going on around Charleston. Because there are so many different clubs, it isn’t difficult to find a place where there are like-minded people with whom you get along; for instance, I’m in the Society of Physics Students and it’s wonderful, and I’m in Japanese Club and it’s really fun. In order to not make friends and enjoy yourself, you have to actively avoid people or be monumentally unpleasant, and even so you still may make a friend or two despite your best efforts.

    Am learning a lot

    The majority of your educational experience will likely be fantastic. My professors have ranged from very good to excellent, and my classes have all been very interesting and well-taught—although, this is partly because most of my gen-ed stuff is done, and so I get to focus on what I’m really interested in. But the gen-ed classes offered are incredibly diverse, so if you shop around, you’ll find some very interesting classes taught by good professors. You will, I promise, take one or two classes that you don’t like, because the professor is less than great, or because you just can’t get into the material. This has nothing to do with C of C. This has to do with how school works.

  • 01/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 4 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    artsy students, musicians, athletic students, and people who enjoy living in a historic city, with THE BEACH 10 minutes away. The only downfall is not having a football team, but most of the students at CofC are fine with that, and it makes CofC unique.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips would be to definitely check out the campus and try to spend a weekend here. Also, really read into what your major requires. Look at the requirements for graduation as well, because CofC is a liberal arts school, there are more requirements than a different university would require.

    Bang for the buck

    I think CofC is definitely worth coming to!

    Am enjoying being here

    What's not to love about Charleston? From soaking up the sun in Marion Square, to walking down King street and enjoying the multitude of shops, to taking a jog down to the battery, or simply hanging out with friends among the beauty of this city..it couldn't get any better.

    Am learning a lot

    Due to the variety of classes CofC has to offer, I have been able to take several interesting classes that not alot of people have the chance to. The professor are GREAT and are always willing to work with you. CofC also offers the Center for Student Learning in which you can get FREE tutors for anything you need help with...it is awesome. They really do want you to succeed.

  • 06/07/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 10 people found this review useful. 5 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    excellent traditional college. campus more spreadout in downtown Charleston. good value, nice campus.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 10 people found this review useful. 6 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    people who like history, partying, or interested in business, hospitality, or Marine BIO. It's primarily a girls school with the 70:30 ratio, works for me :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Balance homework with partying, grades come first. Get involved on campus, one great organization is Enactus, it teaches Entrepreneurial skills with different projects that range from sustainability to financial education.

    Bang for the buck

    Charleston is a lot of fun, you are right in the middle of down town so fun is literally a block away.

    Am enjoying being here

    Great school, beautiful girls, and awesome weather. its a great college experience. oh and does the ratio 70:30 girls to guys sound good?

    Academic Rigor

    classes tend to be a lot of fun, i never really, except for math, do not want to go to class.

  • 01/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to meet lots of friendly, new people! I think that every type of person can find their niche at CofC, but they may just have to search a bit. If you are outgoing and want to meet people from all walks of life, come here for sure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of office hours with your teachers! If you don't understand a topic covered in class, visit your teacher during their set office hours and I can almost guarantee that they will help you immensely. Also, try to get involved with at least one on campus activity, especially as a new student, and the number of friends you make will probably double instantly!

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student, this is hard to decide. For someone from South Carolina, this school is such a great deal and I would 100% recommend it! If you are out of state, getting financial aid is definitely needed in order to make it more reasonable. However, one point that puts CofC above many other schools is that teachers are the ones teaching the classes. With the exception of labs, TAs hardly ever teach classes, and if they do it is only to help out the regular teacher. With the number of opportunities available through CofC, I would definitely say it is worth the money, even if it does mean that out of state students should look for additional aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    This school is so much fun! The classes are interesting and not too difficult to manage, and there is always something fun to do both on and off campus. There are tons of clubs and activities on campus, including intramural sports, academic clubs, and greek life. There is something for everyone for sure. Also, the city of Charleston is filled with stuff to do, from the historical aspects to the beach. Never boring for sure, plus the people are so nice!

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers at CofC definitely are invested in their students. For the most part, they are more than willing to help with any questions or concerns their students have during class, as well as during office hours. If you spend the time going to class and seeking out your teachers for help if you are struggling with a subject, it is easy to do well and really understand the material.

  • 03/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people interested in living in a lively city and a city with tons of history. If you enjoy beautiful weather, and having tons of fun opportunities to engage in then this is the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    College of Charleston is a great place to study I would recommend this school to anyone. It is a wonderful experience living in this beautiful city. The college provides many fitness options and I suggest you take full advantage of all of them. The food on campus is good, but if you live on campus and have a meal plan the options can get boring after a while.

    Bang for the buck

    I am paying out of state tuition so I am paying an extra $6000 a semester to come here. If I were paying in state tuition it would be an even bigger bang for my buck. Especially with the many South Carolina scholarships available to resident students.

    Am enjoying being here

    This campus is gorgeous. Living in the center of a beautiful city with great shopping, close proximity to the many beaches here, and a lot of opportunities for fitness and outdoor activities, is an amazing experience. Dorm life is nice and there are many off campus apartments that are 5-10 minutes away from campus it's perfect for those who don't want to bother having a car to care for. The down side however, is that being in the city always means there is a bad side of town, which isn't that far from campus, but for the most part the city is safe, and on campus is extremely safe.

    Am learning a lot

    I transfered to CofC from my hometown university, University of Texas El Paso, The courses here at CofC are more challenging than UTEP but the quality of the material and the professors is far superior than UTEP. I have been challenged in all of my courses but have been very successful in all because of the interest all of my professors have taken in my performance in class. The professors truly care about you and want you to succeed.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student really. Goes everywhere from rigorous science courses to great business classes, and easy classes for the partiers.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you or your parents are worried about C of C being a Party School, it is, but that's really easy to stay away from if you don't go looking.

    Bang for the buck

    College of Charleston is relatively affordable I suppose. It is as far as colleges are concerned at least. I've found that many of the students here are kids with rich parents from out of state, just coming to party.

    Will enjoy being here

    I think I'm going to enjoy it here very much! However, I've had trouble getting everything sorted out up to now, particularly housing. Other than that, it's a beautiful campus with friendly people. Great food is everywhere which could end up to be a bad thing for broke college students.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm learning so much here. The teachers are all challenging, but eager to teach and very interesting.

  • 01/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are security systems all over campus and a 24/7 security guard on call.

    Greek Life

    Charleston prides itself on having southern greek life that involves parties, dances, dinners, balls, and gatherings of all kinds. Some fraternities will go to beach week while a sorority may have mountain weekend, there is always something going on and always someone to do it with.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is any and every sport imaginable along with art and theatre clubs. There are clubs for anything anyone can think of, and if some how there is no club yet then you can be a founding father and create your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back people who are enjoyable to be around and know when to study and when to party. Charleston is not out of control, but it is a fun place to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The historic value around the college is amazing, students can live in a 200 year old house instead of a dorm. Few colleges can offer this commodity.

    Bang for the buck

    Charleston is a beautiful historic area, and therefore the money can become short, but if you know where to go and what places to eat to save little bits of cash here and there it is not a problem for a college student with a weekend job to support himself.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do, a nice tour of the battery while the ocean breeze washes over with a soul mate, family member, or new friend is always relaxing along with lounging in the park or doing some shopping on King st. or at the northern outlets. The beach is only fifteen minutes away and if you know some one with money Kiawah is a beautiful island that offers luscious golf courses and tranquil beach lounging.

    Food and Dining

    All food everywhere in Charleston is delicious, being a New Olreans, LA native I am picky about good food, but the cuisine here has surpassed my standards.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are no different than any school but it is the people who live in them that continues to amaze me I love them all and being in this town is a treat.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a liberal arts school, the college requirers students to take foreign languages and other classical classes that would normally be left out of a biology major. While these courses do take time and energy they provide the student to discover new areas and interests that may not have been noticed prior to attending the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and make sure to set up a visit to take all that the college and the city of Charleston has to offer.

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston is well-rounded, beautiful school that rests elegantly on the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by delicious food, intelligent professors, and interesting people; there is no better place to attend school. Any student enrolled at the college will tell you of how wondrous and exquisite it is, and how much of an honor it is to attend.

  • 05/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is the best for students looking in: Marine Biology, Hospitality and Tourism, Art, Theatre, History, and also those undecided. But overall this is a great place for anything students could want, especially because of the many choices of majors and minors to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great school especially if one is undecided. They offer a great variety of majors to prospectively choose from, and if you want to go on to graduate school they also have great branches to pick from. Or it can even be a great launching point for you to get into other schools. Make sure to always see your advisor, they are always there to help with any decision troubles, and to send you to the right places for anything else you might need. Be warned though! This is a school that prides itself for getting students involved with campus life. Many students just want to wisp by, but you should take advantage of this opportunity from the school as it can provide a balance of: fun, friends, and an opening to not just get by in life, but to enjoy it also.

    Bang for the buck

    For being what I believe to be a wonderful school, This is their only set back. Being a public school for the state does not seem to deter them from making one feel like their paying for a private one. And with freshman year the school requires these students to pay for things like a meal plan, or even 15 pages of printer paper that if not used up by end of semester/year will not be rolled over next time for use. Its all of these small, but collective fees that the school does that makes it irritating for students and parents. But even with these costs the school makes up for it in other ways.

    Am enjoying being here

    The college is set in such a beautiful city with great history everywhere you walk, and it is a great plus that a beach is near by. Even the citizens of Charleston are involved with the college, just like when exams are commencing a local church will set up a free food stand for studying students, also wishing them good luck. Its so great to see how involved everyone gets with companies hiring students/graduates to help further themselves, the local residents wanting to give back, to even students who also want to get involved with the community with tons of volunteering. They have so many options for students besides just school work with the many provided centers for anything such as finding volunteer opportunities, religious life, crisis assistance, substance abuse/counseling, multicultural student programs, and a career center for those needing aid in searching for a job. This school helps so much in transitioning into the college life its no wonder that not only myself but other students always seem to be happy. And with so many activities going on for students to get engaged with its so easy to find not just career builders, but long lasting friends too. All of these factors make College of Charleston an enjoyable place to learn, live, and grow.

    Am learning a lot

    You learn many things from not only the classes, but the staff as well. With a wide variety of classes that can help any student find what direction one would want to find themselves in. Students that are even undecided get a good feeling of no pressure for not deciding. And all of the staff have no qualms about answering any type of questions a student could have. They always do what they can to help students understand the goals they want, and how to achieve them with their abilities.

  • 05/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! We have a lot of diversity with students from all across the United States and all over the world. We have a vibrant Greek community, if that's of interest to you, that is smaller than many state universities, however, this allows you to really feel connected to other students in Greek life. Great art programs, as well as science; overall a great choice for those who want a well-rounded education

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your professors know your name and think of you as hard-working. Have fun, but not too much. It's easy to get too caught up in the fun to be had in Charleston and forget that you're here to learn. Love living in the most beautiful city in the world and appreciate your time there.

    Bang for the buck

    While the cost of the College of Charleston is high for out-of-state students, I believe that the quality of education you receive as a student at the College is well worth it. I have been away from the College for the semester, and the quality of education at my other university could not compare to what I was used to at the College.

    Am enjoying being here

    Charleston is a fabulous city! There is so much to do here, no matter what your interests are. I love being involved on campus and have made great friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are reasonable, knowledgeable, and experienced. If you make an effort to go to their office hours for help, stay involved in in-class discussion, and overall try to perform well in the class, everyone is very willing to help and listen.

  • 07/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get out and have fun. Don't just stay in your room, the library or stick with your friends. Go to the many events on campus that are being held by the many organizations we have on campus. It definitely makes your time here much better and you will have fun, while making new friends.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is very nice and so are the professors. I really enjoy coming ere and being ale to call myself a College of Charleston Cougar!

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never encountered a problem with the campus safety. I regularly walk across campus to my friends' dorms at night and have never been bothered. There are campus police on bikes and segways usually patrolling the streets at all times. You'd think being in the city, the college wouldn't be that safe but it indeed is very safe.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved with greek life myself but I have many friends who are in fraternities and sororities here and they have only had great things to say about it. One of my friends in Kappa Alpha Theta said she is having the time of her life and she is so glad she decided to join a sorority. Also, greek life is very big here, even though it is only around 20%, there is always something going on with a fraternity or sorority.

    Great for these types of students

    The college is great for anyone who enjoys beautiful, warm weather in a city setting. The College of Charleston has the best of both worlds, being in a city setting, while surrounded by a beautiful waterfront, and only 10 minutes from the beach. If you enjoy tanning, shopping and always keeping busy, the College of Charleston is right for you.

    What to do for fun

    The College of Charleston is located in the middle of downtown Charleston so there is never a shortage of fun things to do. Charleston is one of the most beautiful historic cities nationwide. There is every store imaginable located minutes from the dorms, and just a 10 minute walk from the famous city market. Also, there are a plethora of different restaurants to choose from. Not to mention, the college is just a short 10-20 minute drive from the beach!

    Food and Dining

    The food has good days and bad days, however on a bad day, there are always several different options to fall back on. There is always a salad bar, pizza bar, American food station, fruit, sandwiches, soup, cereal, and a dessert bar. So one could argue that everyday is a good day.

    Dorm Life

    I live in one of the most expensive and up-to-date dorms on the campus and I have no complaints. I love my room, it is very clean and I've kept it nicely decorated. I share my room with one other person and my bathroom with three others and I've never seemed to have a problem with that. Liberty dorm is much nicer than most dorms on this campus and it is conveniently located to our dining hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming from a college prep private school with 8 classes at a time, The College of Charleston has definitely been a contender. I never anticipated that it would be as hard as it is. I study almost all week for the 16 credit hours I am currently enrolled in. However, I believe my high school prepared me very well for this college.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're even considering the college, make sure you give it a shot! College of Charleston has great academics, and the city is unbelievable.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the college. I continually fall in love with the city and beautiful campus on a daily basis. The campus atmosphere and the college in general is tough to beat.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at CofC. Emergency call boxes are placed conveniently throughout campus. CofC has a very low crime rate. Statistics can be found here: http://studentaffairs.cofc.edu/annual-security/annual-crime-statistics.php

    Greek Life

    I don't currently participate in the Greek activities on campus. Here is a list of sororities: http://greeks.cofc.edu/how-to-join/sorority-recruitment.php Fraternities: http://greeks.cofc.edu/how-to-join/fraternity-recruitment.php

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a huge variety of clubs and activities at CofC. Unfortunately, during 18-credit-hour semesters, I have no time to participate. Here is a list of available clubs: http://www.cofc.edu/campuslife/clubsandorganizations/clubsandorganizationslist.php

    Great for these types of students

    CofC is great for commuting students. The Carta bus service makes the commute from many areas of town easy. Carta Express delivers students to the heart of the campus. The Express Bus gets me to my class in the same amount of time as driving my personal vehicle. CofC provides students with free Carta bus service.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The graduation ceremony at CofC is quite unusual. Caps and gowns are not worn. Instead, spring graduates wear white dresses / dinner jackets. December graduates wear black dresses / tuxedos.

    Bang for the buck

    Since my GPA and SAT scores were high enough to qualify for the Life Scholarship, my tuition is around $5,000 per year. I find this to be very reasonable, especially since I don't have the expense of a dorm room and a vehicle.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy attending musicals at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Since I work part-time at the local movie theatre, I see several movies each month. I also enjoy local festivals, such as Piccolo Spoleto.

    Food and Dining

    If you plan on living on campus, I highly recommend the meal plan. http://www.campusdish.com/en-US/csse/charleston/

    Dorm Life

    I live at home with my parents, and commute to school via Carta. CofC students don't pay for bus passes, and the express bus gets me to school in 30 minutes. Here is some information on CofC dorm living: http://reslife.cofc.edu/housing-and-rates/index.php

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor depends on your class selection, as well as the number of credits taken each semester. This spring, I loaded up on 18 credit hours. It was stressful, but rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Taking college courses at your local technical college can give you a big head start. I graduated high school with 24 college credits, and they all transferred to CofC. This means that I will graduate from CofC a semester early. South Carolina offers the Life Scholarship, which contributes $5000 per year toward expenses. Remember to keep your GPA up and study hard for the SAT. Here are the requirements: http://sc.edu/financialaid/life.html

    In three sentences

    I enjoy my undergraduate classes at CofC. Class sizes are reasonable, and my professors are approachable and helpful. I appreciate the large selection of electives.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Impecable.

    Greek Life

    Best decision you will ever make.

    Clubs and Activities

    Stay active in college, it keeps you well rounded.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love a city atmosphere with a historic background then Charleston is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Graduating from the college is one of the most awaited for traditions. Girls in white dresses with a dozen roses, and the guys in white tux jackets and roses pinned to their jackets; what could be more classy?

    Bang for the buck

    The school is worth every penny, but CVS is not. Their prices are 5x higher because it is so convenient, and be careful on King Street, it can get you in trouble!

    What to do for fun

    It's Charleston, what is there not to do?!

    Food and Dining

    City Bistro is the way to go!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in three different housing facilities freshman year. The dorms are fun and definitely safe, but living in my sorority house was the best! I was really able to connect with the other girls living in the house and it was such a homey experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not easy, especially the bio department! But if you manage your time and study hard, everything will work out just fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Keep five to ten dollars of cash always on you. 2. NEVER forget your cougar card, it's your life! 3. When you see a professor on King Street, don't freak out! They are normal people too! 4. City Bistro is definitely better than Liberty, but the workers are all so so nice! 5. Don't be scared of a guy walking around in a uniform...it's probably just a Citadel student. 6. Folly is your friend. 7. Greek Life is a wonderful opportunity. 8. Always walk with a friend when it is late. 9. Invest in a bike, you won't regret it! 10. You are attending one of the most amazing schools in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, take a few minutes to actually take it in each day.

    In three sentences

    The College is a great place to open your mind and see the world for all of the wonderful things it has to offer. College of Charleston professors welcome students with open arms and the student body is more than enthusiastic about being a cougar. I would never want to be a student anywhere else.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 123

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    What to do for fun

    Everything! Charleston is a wonderful place. The dining experiences are numerous!

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should be prepared for a fun, yet educational experience! It's a wonderful city with a beautiful campus. Be ready to take it all in on your first visit!

    In three sentences

    I think the COllege of Charleston is an excellent institution. Administration is very helpful and wonderful to be around.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    No matter where or when you are walking or jogging around you feel safe.

    Greek Life

    greek life sucks, only sororities are popular and most of frats are looked down upon.

    Clubs and Activities

    Bars are awesome! if you are into more hip or high class places, you can pick and choose from many options.

    Great for these types of students

    self motivated, science or art driven, and any other independent souls trying to make sense of this crazy place called life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each person who goes to cofc can find his or her own special place in the city for studying or relaxing. Some might enjoy the view of the water, others might just prefer to lay down and just take a nap under gigantic oak trees in one of many parks.

    Bang for the buck

    Instate tuition is totally worth it. Ten thousand is great price, however the living expenses can add up quickly.

    What to do for fun

    beach is always a first choice, club 99 (comedy club) is great. going out to the bars (if you are 21) or just going to dance clubs if you are under age is best choice. Walks along the battery and just touring historic town is also great

    Food and Dining

    Food outside of school cafeteria is amazing! Schools cafeteria is extremely questionable.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on tier one two or three, dorms can be nice or god awful. You are in the south, so palmetto bugs are common. However, with that being said, most dorms feel like apartments and are extremely conveniently located in middle of the city.

    Academic Rigor

    Science is great at CofC. Not easy, but fair and teachers are truly dedicated to their jobs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you manage play time and study time well. Its easy to loose priorities first year. If you can concentrate and separate those two well, you will be just fine.

    In three sentences

    I love it. Great location combined with souther hospitality makes optimal learning environment. Definitely recommended for serious students especially seeking science oriented degrees or pre-med.

  • 08/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 123

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    Great for these types of students

    It's great for Greek Life students, education majors, business majors, communication, psychology, and classics majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for early acceptance and re-take your SAT.

    Bang for the buck

    It is not that expensive for as nice of a school as it is. Only about $11K for in-state.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a lot of Greek Life at CofC so if you're not into that, you won't love CofC.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the teachers are great.

  • 09/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 123

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    Will enjoy being here

    College of Charleston has an amazing feel to it. Everyone seemed really nice and the fact that it is in downtown Charleston adds to the appeal. When I was walking around I just felt welcome. The dorm rooms are really nice and larger than ones I've seen before. Their library system is incredible and high tech.

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 123

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    What to do for fun

    every night, literally, there is something going on. you do not have to be a part of the greek group to have fun. they are not exclusive or rude, they have fun in their own way and with everyone else! not to mention, the beach is so close, as well as a ton of bars.

    Food and Dining

    wherever you go, cafeterias or not, the food is typically amazing down here. have to enjoy the southern cooking!

    Dorm Life

    definitely necessary as a freshmen because you meet your closest friends there and a sense of community develops.

    Academic Rigor

    if you take challenging classes, they will challenge you. if you take only easy classes to breeze through, then breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    enjoy living in the dorm for a first year, you meet so many people! and do not get too distracted by the beauty of the days or areas around you, keep up with your grades! go do homework in marion or the cistern.

    In three sentences

    professors are amazing and classes are small enough to develop a relationship with them. the atmosphere of life is incredible along with the continuously, typically warm weather. the people are awesome and the social/night life always has something going on!

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 123

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    Great for these types of students

    anyone interested in teaching, biology and pt.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    located in a very historial town.

    What to do for fun

    tour downtown charleston and only minutes from the beaches.

    Tips for prospective students

    take a tour and you will fall in love with this school

    In three sentences

    this schoool has a beautiful campus and is in a lovely town. i am looking forward attending cofc. you can walk anywhere you need to go and they offer my program.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe.

    Greek Life

    very strong greek life but plenty to do if you opt out.

    Clubs and Activities

    running club and photography are favorites. sailing is fun too but too many to mention all.

    Great for these types of students

    alot of art and culture

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    great art department

    Bang for the buck

    many major opportunities and very helpful faculty.

    What to do for fun

    greek life is amazing as well as many sporting opportunities. great town for cycling and running. the beach is close also.

    Food and Dining

    many options for any taste palliate.

    Dorm Life

    several options for on campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    very challenging but manageable with the right discipline.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early! go to tours offered for a test drive.

    In three sentences

    the perfect size and close to everything. downtown presents many dining choices when you want an off campus meal. charleston sc is very rich in history and intrigue.

  • 03/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 123

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    What to do for fun

    i attend plays, go to the beach and sit in the park and read.

    Tips for prospective students

    search for the right college that is going to achieve your overall goal.

    In three sentences

    the college of charleston is one of the best colleges that gears you towards a brighter future. i love the distance between the living and college classes. the teachers are very professional and extremely talented individuals.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Guards at the dorm desks at night and emergency alert buttons all over the place.

    Clubs and Activities

    Rowing club! There are over a hundred clubs and clubs are very easy to start. If it isn't here yet then just start it.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who doesn't need a big school or a hardcore party school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cistern yard is a beautiful area where graduation happens. On sunny days student lounge outside here.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a private school feel for public school price.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, play video games at stern center, swim at stern center, go sailing, go biking, go for a run, sun bathe, explore downtown, take a ghost tour, take a horse drawn carriage ride, go to the tea plantation, go see the angel oak, go to the aquarium, go to fort Sumter

    Food and Dining

    Charleston has awesome food for those that can afford to eat out. The dining halls aren't bad and the variety is there.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice but most upperclassmen live off campus. Off campus life is more exciting provably but the dorms are there.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough but the professors are almost always good. Most of my professors even acknowledge life outside the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the college! Spend some time on campus and off in the city. Its worth the trip to see if this is the place for you. Once I visited, i knew it was the right choice.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston has something for everyone. Its a beautiful school in a historic and vibrant city. The amount of happy students speaks for itself.

  • 03/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 123

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Being downtown, the campus has very good campus safety

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is not extremely overpowering on campus, but there is involvement from a lot of students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities throughout campus each year. These range from language clubs to political clubs. There are also club sports available for non-varsity athletes.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers, critical thinkers, and students that want to learn are perfect students at the College of Charleston.

    Bang for the buck

    College of Charleston is definitely expensive, especially for out of state, but students get a lot out of their money with the fantastic academics and the good dorms and food.

    What to do for fun

    Charleston is a perfect city for outdoor activities. There is the beach, the water, and the market as well as the beautiful downtown. There are many bars downtown that are 21+ as well as house parties every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeterias are better than many other schools, but it gets old after a semester. The two cafeterias have fresh food at all times, and the student center has a variety of quick restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are the places that people meet other students and residents of their dorm. I live in McConnell and love it. A lot of people are very outgoing and welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very hard depending on which classes you take. The introductory classes are a little bit easier than the 200+ level classes, but they are still challenging and require a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to keep your grades up during the second semester of your senior year, because the school will be looking at your final transcript. Continue to be involved in clubs and organizations, as well as some leadership opportunities.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston has a great atmosphere and a variety of people. Everyone is genuinely very friendly and outgoing to newcomers. The classes are hard and require a lot of work outside of the classroom.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    because of the downtown location of cofc's campus, safety is taken very seriously. there are always public safety officers nearby for assistance as well as an on-campus public safety office students can go to either for an emergency, to report something stolen, or any other safety concern they may have.

    Greek Life

    greek life definitely has a presence on campus, but there are several who are not involved as well. and for those who aren't, there isn't a social pressure to feel the need to be in a sorority or fraternity, because there isn't a big devision between those who go greek and those who don't. greek life is an extra social opportunity students have, but it's not the only option to spend their social lives. events hosted by greek life isn't completely exclusive, either, because non-greek students are able to attend and enjoy themselves as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    as mentioned above, cofc has a great number of organizations for students to join, ranging from spanish and french clubs to americans for informed democracy, the visual arts club and the international club, to the running club and real estate club, and more. there are opportunities for all types of athletes, and an outdoor adventure club that takes frequent kayak and camping trips. there's something for everyone, and those who are active are dedicated to what they participate in and accomplish a lot throughout campus.

    Great for these types of students

    one of the great things about cofc is that there are so many different personalities among the students, faculty and staff. this is not a school where everyone you meet is the same, where everyone has one of two majors, or where everyone comes from the same place. people at this school come from all fifty states and several different countries, and we all have different plans for during and after our high school careers. cofc is great for the types of students who are looking to mix things up.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the cistern is a favorite place for many of cofc's students. it's a very open space in the middle of campus full of grass and trees and some of cofc's most beautiful and oldest buildings. here is where graduation is held, where several art classes are taught, where frisbees are thrown and students nap and more. it's an unusually quiet and peaceful place in the heart of a busy city.

    Bang for the buck

    although cofc is pricey, especially for out-of-state students, the overall price includes fees that are often additional at other schools, such as laundry, student health fees, using cofc transportation, attending campus performances and art shows, etc. also, especially for living in a city as popular and exciting as charleston, the price to live here is exceptionally low when living on campus as a student. cofc does a really good job of looking after its students and making sure their academic needs are met, as well as providing them with some of the best living spaces. cofc also has some of the most advanced technology for learning purposes, as well as additional resources in the library and student center.

    What to do for fun

    there are hundreds of clubs and organizations for students to participate in, and every sport has both club and intramural teams in addition to the official school team. charleston has an exceptional night life and both the college and city has a great time. there are also on-campus activities such as frequent art exhibits and festivals, movies are shown in the auditorium, and there is always a cofc performance or sports game. band concerts are often showing either on campus are nearby in charleston, which are always a huge hit. also, the beach is just a few minutes away and is always a good time. and with charleston's year-round temperate weather the beach is almost never out of the question.

    Food and Dining

    cofc students are very fortunate in that meal plans include a lot of variety in where to eat and the types of food offered. there are take-out options as well as sit-down dining. the dining staff is very friendly and they work really hard to prepare food for students that they can access at multiple locations. the only downside is that the city of charleston is known for having really good food, and a meal plan limits how much a student might be able to spend eating out at restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    there are several options when looking to live on campus. there are a variety of dorm styles to choose from: suite style, community, apartments, historic houses, and more. all dorms are located right on campus close to the main buildings as well as some of the best parts of the city of charleston. the dorms all feel very safe, without being overbearing or invading privacy of students. another major plus is that all dorms include multiple laundry rooms that are no extra charge for students to use.

    Academic Rigor

    cofc is not the school to go to if you're looking to slack off and still get a's. you really need to put in the effort and study a lot to be successful. especially if you're in the honors college, the courses are rigorous and challenging. however, the faculty is very helpful and willing to work with students outside of class to make sure they understand the material. also, there are several tutoring labs in the library, such as the writing lab, spanish lab, math lab, and more that are very accessible and helpful to all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you have an idea of what you might want to major in, definitely look into the college's department of that area, and waste no time getting to know professors and department leaders you may be working with. part of what makes cofc such a great school is the incredible city of charleston--make sure you don't just tour campus, explore the city and really get to know the place you might be living in. it's also important to really be comfortable in all corners of campus, especially places you might use often such as the library and dining halls and gyms. walk around on your own, apart from a tour, and see if you could see yourself there on a regular basis.

    In three sentences

    in addition to a gorgeous campus, cofc has an intelligent and experienced faculty that is dedicated to its student and their success. because of the college's mid-size student population (10,000 undergrad), there's a good balance of plenty of people without feeling lost in a crowd. the college is very expensive, but the great experiences and opportunities (such as the diverse study abroad and internship options) are worth it for everything you learn and the connections you make--both socially and in the working world.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    charleston is a very safe city to begin with, but the campus location, and its security staff are top notch.

    Greek Life

    i never pledged, so i have no idea.

    Clubs and Activities

    everything from skydiving to ballroom dancing. i was a member of the c of c fencing club!

    Great for these types of students

    anyone looking for a smaller student body, or a great liberal arts education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the cistern is the heart of campus, it's a beautiful park in front of randolf hall, which was one of the original dorms, dating back to the late 18th century. everyone graduates here, the men in white dinner jackets, and the women in white dresses. it's an old tradition, and makes for really special graduation photos.

    Bang for the buck

    as i said before, college of charleston is considered one of the best values for the money, especially for south carolina students in good standing. the palmetto life scholarship will go a long way toward covering costs.

    What to do for fun

    there's always something to do. charleston is known for its thriving food and art culture. there are art walks, spoleto festival usa every may, parks, etc. there are also plenty of activities available on campus any given night of the week.

    Food and Dining

    the food in charleston is amazing (husk was named #1 restaurant in america by bon appetite magazine), and there are great restaurants around and near the campus. caviar and bananas is a gourmet food shop and deli is right across from one of the main campus buildings.

    Dorm Life

    charleston is a fun town to live in. the dorms are in the heart of the city, so there's always something going on. the dorms themselves range in quality, and some of them can be pretty nice, depending on your budget.

    Academic Rigor

    like any school, there are certain programs that are known for being tough (biology, i hear, is one of them for c of c). overall, i felt challenged in my classes, but not overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the campus, and talk to students and professors to see if it's a good fit for you. also, this goes for any school you attend: balance your schoolwork with the fun and freedom of being out on your own. believe me, a little discipline now will pay off later!

    In three sentences

    college of charleston has a beautiful campus, and a wide variety of extracurricular activities both on campus and around the city. it is also considered a great value in terms of the quality of the education you receive for the money you pay. it's a school worth looking into.

  • 02/04/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    they always have activities on campus so stay aware of what's happening.

    Food and Dining

    many places on or close to campus to get food.

    Dorm Life

    i didn't live in the dorms myself, but i used to visit a friend that did and i liked that the dorms were so close to campus. and the way they were set up gave each person his or her own space.

    Academic Rigor

    i like a college that challenges me to be my best and cofc did that for me.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved in clubs and get to know your professors for recommendations and extra help. don't be shy about asking for help, so take advantage of the free tutoring services available. make sure you visit the campus and take a tour.

    In three sentences

    cofc is a school full of history and beautiful scenery. the instructors are very helpful and the class sizes aren't overwhelming. the campus is an urban setting with many activities to get involved in.

  • 03/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    i like to salsa dance, hangout at marion square and read, shop, go to parties, the movies, bowling, and play tennis. there's plenty to do!

    Food and Dining

    there are so many places to eat, you won't believe it! anything you want, sushi, mexican, thai... it's there! there is also an amazing off-campus meal plan so you can eat at amazing places without spending money.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are super safe to live in. you can choose rooms with up to five other people and it's a great way to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    it's a competitive college to get in to and the courses are only as challenging as you make them. study and you'll succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    it's a wonderful place but be prepared to spend all your money. king street is shopping central and it's only one block from campus!

    In three sentences

    college of charleston is absolutely amazing. the people are nice, the town is beautiful and the professors really care for your education. i love it and wouldn't leave for anything.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are always parties going on whether they are on or off campus so if you like to party you can always find one. on the other hand, if parties are not your thing, there are usually school sponsored events going on that are fun.

    Food and Dining

    food on campus is not the best. sometimes it is great but usually it sucks. plan on eating out often. the food off campus is always good.

    Dorm Life

    the upper upperclassmen dorms are pretty nice. the freshmen dorms are disgusting. if you don't like to share i suggest you move off campus or into the upperclassmen dorms asap. but living on campus you are always in the middle of everything and you get to meet lots of new people.

    Academic Rigor

    if you are a math or science major, you will be challenged. some of the other majors are not that difficult. the gen. eds are a lot and will take up at least a year and a half but they are not that bad. they give you a chance to explore other options to study so don't think of them as a waste of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to visit the school and if possible, spend a weekend so that you can get a feel whether or not the school is right for you. also, talk to prospective students and teachers in your major to find out what they like and don't like.

    In three sentences

    an easy school for some majors and very challenging for others, especially math and science. most professors are very willing to help you in any way that they can. the city is one of the best in the world.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    seriously, our campus safety is like a ninja army. if you need them, they are there in no time like ants to honey. they take their job really seriously, because this is a city and there is a greater risk living here then if we were a school separated from everything. they will always help you.

    Greek Life

    greek like is a big deal here, but only in the sense that everyone has friends in sororities and frats, and everyone knows something about greek life. greek life here is a great thing, and the people i know who are in it really love it, but there are so many people who don't that there is absolutely no worry that you won't find friends unless you join.

    Clubs and Activities

    we have a wild amount of clubs and club sports, and everyone is involved in something, whether it's a club that has something to do with their major, a service club, or recreational. all the clubs are welcoming, and you can try any out that you want. as a history major, you can still go to the aquarium with the biology club, and even if you have never rowed in your life, you can join club crew (beware...they operate like a varsity team). along with clubs, there are also tons of organizations off-campus to get involved in and volunteer for.

    Great for these types of students

    -anyone who is seriously up for an adventure -the southern gentleman -anyone who has a love of history and/or old beautiful buildings -people who love the heat (if you don't like nearly sweating your brains out, you should probably go somewhere up north)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -we graduate in white dresses/white dinner jackets! when students graduate, they look like something out of a delightful southern family portrait. and our rings haven't changed since we became a school. on everyone's charleston bucket list: -watch the sun rise over the water at the battery park. -get a slice of pie the size of your head at kaminsky's. -sit on the francis marion statue. -do homework at the cistern (or just hang out). -get pizza at norm's. -run the cooper river bridge -learn how to longboard -take yourself on a field trip to the aquarium (say hi to the sea turtles for me) -go sailing -take a yoga class or a zumba class (provided by the school!)

    Bang for the buck

    when you pay for the college, you're also paying for the history, the tradition, the charm, the city, and the ability to have a class in a civil war-era charleston single house (look it up). much like a gourmet restaurant takes there atmosphere just as seriously as their food, at the college you get a gourmet education with a five-star atmosphere.

    What to do for fun

    everything is fun here (even walking to class), but some highlights include: any of the many beaches that surround the peninsula, cheap live music events at one of the city's many venues, shopping on king st. and at the market, frisbee in marion square (or sunbathing!), a basketball game at carolina first arena or a soccer game at patriot's point, a bike ride down to the waterfront, or one of my favorites - a good walk in the historic neighborhoods of the city. you will not be bored here....ever.

    Food and Dining

    wow! our dining halls are absolutely spectacular. they take lots of pride in fresh ingredients and a variety of options, from sunday dinner-type meals to made-to-order stir-fry. and even better, it's all you can eat. you won't need ramen if you come here, although i still eat it because it's delicious.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are great and come with some pretty lucky amenities, including free laundry and cable. the dorm staff are great and take good care of everyone, and every room has the potential to become home. mine certainly has.

    Academic Rigor

    the college is challenging, and the liberal arts curriculum makes it possible to take all sorts of classes on all sorts of subjects, but the classes aren't so difficult that it's impossible to take a class in a subject you have no background in. that's the beauty of our school.

    Tips for prospective students

    everyday there is a stampede of wonderful opportunities to see and do things you've never done before. my advice to you? watch out! take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for sure, but don't get caught up in them so much that you forget you're in school! it's an easy thing to do in a city like charleston.

    In three sentences

    charleston is the coolest place to go to college, and everyone knows it. the city is beautiful, and that reflects upon the attitude of everyone here. the school is rich with history and southern charm, as well as the city, and the whole peninsula is your playground.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always security around and emergency boxes all over campus.

    Greek Life

    You should definitely rush to see what it's like and if you like it. It is worth it no matter what you choose. Greek life is pretty big because it is a Southern school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs to do, and intermural sports as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to go out, like warm weather, and love the beach.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cistern is the best to study outside, the Marion Square Park too.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a little expensive for out of state students.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun. The beach is 15 minutes way and there are always concerts and events going on downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeterias aren't horrible, there are lots of off-campus options as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all pretty nice. Living off campus is something to look forward to though with all of the pretty houses.

    Academic Rigor

    Focusing is always important, but there are definitely times when the beach is needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like the beach and warm weather, come here.

    In three sentences

    I love the College of Charleston. It is a great school to go to.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is very protective and will walk with you late at night if neccessary.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very opened and everyone will welcome you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities on this campus and all of them are welcomed to new members.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great fro ALL students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year we have an event called Cougarpolooza and famous artists come down to party and have fun with the students.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is not expensive at all. It's worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    events, parties, clubs, shopping and touring Charleston's beautiful sites

    Food and Dining

    College of Charleston has really talented chiefs in the cafeterias and dining halls. There are some pretty delicious local restaurant that are not far from the campus.

    Dorm Life

    You will meet some very cool peers living in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The easiness of the classes depend upon your major but all of the teachers are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    I will suggest that you should get to know the campus and the buildings before starting classes. You should not be afraid to join organizations and groups because everyone is very welcoming.

    In three sentences

    This school is amazing. There is so much to do and the teachers are really helpful. The school is not very diverse but you will not feel like a number.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    liberal!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    people who graduate in may must wear white and walk across the cistern. it is BAD LUCK to walk across the cistern before graduation.

    What to do for fun

    again you are downtown charleston so there are a lot of shops, restaurants, bar and clubs. there are hundreds of clubs and organizations also that plan a lot of fellowships for added fun

    Food and Dining

    in the heart of downtown there are so many restaurants if you do not like the on campus dining.

    Dorm Life

    Depends what dorm you live in but great options downtown near campus.

    Academic Rigor

    College of Charleston had a some of the best departments in the nation. We have NASA on staff, ex CIA agent, Hootie & the Blowfish singer on staff. Outstanding staff who know their students and challenge their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. study hard the first semester - a lot of freshmen lose scholarships from partying too hard and enjoying new freedom 2. have fun! meet new people an join organizations. there is a lot to offer at college 3. make sure you choose a school that fits you - not your parents or friends. YOU have to go there the next four years+ so make sure you love your school

    In three sentences

    Great area, right in downtown charleston. Near great shopping and restaurants. Park nearby and the curriculum is outstanding!

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is excellent. They offer free services to transport you to your home if you have been drinking. There are several emergency press boxes all around campus, that are easy to get to in the event of a crisis.

    Clubs and Activities

    Several clubs to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Art Majors, History Majors, Science Majors.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, tuition has been rising each year but if you LOVE living in one of the most beautiful and historical cities in our Country, it's definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    It's always wonderful to walk around downtown. You feel like you're literally walking through a time capsule. The Campus is right downtown, so it's very easy to go exploring. It's also very easy to walk down to the Pier, and extremely beautiful and enchanting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though you are required to live on campus the first year, i highly suggest finding housing off campus after your first year. Dorms are extremely expensive at College of Charleston, and you'll save a lot of money if you can find a place elsewhere. A prospective student should consider that Charleston is rather expensive to reside in, but the Beauty of the city is definitely worth it.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is a great College for students wanting a liberal arts degree. The campus is absolutely beautiful and relatively easy to get around. I've really enjoyed taking classes here for the past 3 years and highly recommend it.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety on campus does a good job. I constantly see police officers patrolling the campus on foot, bike, etc. I generally feel safe even though the school is located in the heart of the city.

    Greek Life

    Greak life is small on campus but also influential. Many students are satisfied with making friends outside of greek life. But those in greek life, enjoy their experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and club sports to get involved in. For example, I was both a rower and coxswain on the Rowing Team (Crew).

    Great for these types of students

    The school is generally known as preppy. Many southern bells and boys who dress like they are in a frat attend the school. 65 Percent of the school is girls, and there are many homosexual males at the school. However, the culture in the city is absolutely amazing and all types of people from all over the country attend the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cistern is an important and central place on campus. It is located in front of the oldest building in the United States that still has classes being held in it. Graduation is also held at the Cistern. Many students love to sit, study and relax at the Cistern.

    Bang for the buck

    While the school is expensive for out-of-state students, it is fair priced for in-state students.

    What to do for fun

    Many students can explore Charleston as a tourist. The city is rich in history. There are three beaches near Charleston, and they are only 15 minutes away. The city also offers many good restaurants and shops.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at CofC continually gets better every year. They just built a new cafeteria that not only is a buffet but it offers students the opportunity to take a box to go and fill it up with food if they are in a rush.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good for freshmen. It's a great way at CofC to get to know other new students, because all freshmen have to live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Generally, science classes are very difficult at CofC. However, humanity courses are fairly easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school and explore the city as a tourist. Try to talk to a department while there in order to learn more about your interested major and what the school has to offer.

    In three sentences

    CofC is a wonderful school located in a historic and beautiful port city. The school is rich in culture and is the 13th oldest college in the United States. In addition to a great education, experience life in Charleston by visiting historic sites or hitting the beach.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Well, we live in a city. So there are obviously safety hazards. CofC does everything it can to keep you safe. Just be aware, make good decisions, maybe take some self defense classes, and you should be just fine. I wouldn't walk around at night all by yourself, but I also wouldn't flinch at every shadow here, is what I mean.

    Greek Life

    I know some people that really love Greek Life. I chose not to get involved. It's just a lot of obligations. It's a big commitment, and very much a lifestyle.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many. I'm really involved with behind the scenes theater stuff, and I love it. I know about a lot of other clubs and activities. If you are passionate about something, then you should find other people who are passionate as well, and bond over your shared interests. That sounds like a pretty solid fun time.

    Great for these types of students

    Every single type of person can find something to love here. The only kind of person I can see not enjoying their time here, is the person who is constantly wanting to go home. If you're not ready to leave home, then by all means, you should not leave just yet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some restaurants do trivia nights. Those are fun, though not exactly unusual. I like to go up on rooftops of parking garages and look around the city. It's an amazing feeling.

    Bang for the buck

    It is so worth every penny you spend to go here! (Maybe not as far as that meal plan goes though...) Try not to miss any classes, keep your grades up, be involved as much as you see fit, and you will not have wasted a dime here.

    What to do for fun

    Oh my stars- There is so much to do here. I used to go to a different school, where it felt like there was nothing to do ever. I truly felt trapped on the campus there. Here, at CofC, I am never bored. There are people doing things all the time. There are constantly shows being put on, clubs meeting, places to explore. I love to just ride my bike around and listen to music, or just go for a walk down to the Battery (which is beautiful). You can feel the incredible amount of history in Charleston just oozing out of its historic buildings, and that creates such a charming atmosphere. I have never once felt bored here. It is so easy to make your own fun here, there are so many adventures to be had. The students here love to have fun, so its never too far off.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the food is stellar. A lot of the food is subpar. The meal plan is kind of a waste. I, personally, opted not to get it. (I never lived in the dorms, otherwise I think you have to.) But who picks a school based on what they serve in the cafeterias? That should not be high on your priority list when picking a school.

    Dorm Life

    I actually never lived in the dorms here, but my friends who have seem to truly enjoy it. They met some of their best friends here because they lived in the same dorm. It's truly like a community in there. Not like some hotel where everybody just keeps to themselves. People get to know each other. It's a great way to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers want to make it easy for you here, but they don't want you to get nothing out of your lessons. They expect you to give it your level best, and they provide a lot of opportunities for you to prove to them that you deserve a good grade. Sometimes classes can be boring, but if you do everything you can to stay interested in the topic, then you'll be fine. Maybe find some specific aspect of whatever you're learning that you are truly fascinated by and read further into it. That's what I do, and it seems to work. Just don't let things pile up, try to work ahead. Projects sneak up on you, and they all seem to be due at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    College of Charleston is a really great place to do a lot of things and to meet a lot of people. Try out a variety of activities when you get here, see if there are any clubs that tickle your fancy. Go random with the roommate. You might wind up with a horror story, but you just might as easily wind up with another best friend. It's completely worth the risk.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is really great. The faculty and staff here are extremely helpful, and the environment, in general, is really friendly. Everyone that works at the college genuinely wants to help you succeed, and that's something that I think is rare.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus is very safe. Campus security does agreat job of keeping everyone safe, and you can be secure in the knowledge that you are secure no matter where you are on campus or at what time.

    Greek Life

    We have an awesome Greek community on-campus. Unlike a lot of schools our Greeks aren't separate from the rest of campus. Greeks and non-Greeks alike hang out together having fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and organizations on campus. Whether you love sports or politics or even Quidditch, there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Charleston's great for any student who is looking to work hard at what you love but loves a laid-back lifestyle. In Charleston we are all about making time to work and to play and on Fridays you will find most everyone hanging out at the beach relaxing and having fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of our best traditions at College of Charleston happens at everyone's least favorite time of the semester, exams. During exam week when everyone is stressed out and studying like crazy, we have a crazy rave... in the middle of the library. Its a great way to take a break, wake up, and de-stress a little so you ca get back to work.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something fun going on on campus. There are so many clubs and organizations everyone can find something they like to do. Also, being right in the heart of downtown Charleston gives you easy access to all the festivals and events happening in the city.

    Food and Dining

    College of Charleston has differently raised the bar on dining halls. The staffs are always so friendly and the food is so great. My favorite is Liberty which always has lots of different choices so no matter what you're in the mood for, you can probably find it in Liberty.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are are great. They are all so special in there own way; so everyone can find somewhere that they feel comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are differently challenging and engaging. But they keep you interested in figuring out what you want to do in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay on top of everything. There's always so much going on that it's easy to be distracted from working.

    In three sentences

    I would give College of Charleston a ten out of ten. I love my school; its so diverse and located right in the heart of the city. The faculty is always ready to help you however they can to help you succeed and there' really nothing you can achieve here.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is relatively safe for being in the middle of a bustling city like Charleston. There will always be incidents but the Public Safety program on campus is always working hard to keep College of Charleston safe. The cougar shuttle is incredibly helpful for getting home at night if you are walking by yourself.

    Greek Life

    I do not participate in College of Charleston's Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Though I mostly participate in off campus activities I have seen that this school has more clubs than I can count and regularly schedules activities such as a showing of the new Harry Potter movie in the Physician's auditorium.

    Great for these types of students

    College of Charleston is great for artistic students and people who are interested in integrating themselves in the school's thriving campus life. Social people will flourish in this environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At College of Charleston we have what we call the cistern which is a large, circular, raised platform of grass with a concrete walkway through the center. When you graduate from College of Charleston you cross the cistern via the pathway. If you cross the cistern before graduation it is said that you will not graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    College of Charleston is expensive, for in-state students it is reasonable but for out of state students the prices are just appalling.

    What to do for fun

    Charleston is a city full of things to do in your spare time! Through the college there are innumerable clubs and activities to enjoy. If you are not enthusiastic about activities through the school, then there are many other ways to have fun in Charleston as well, such as bike races, lounging in Marion Square, and shopping in the stores lining the streets around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The only thing about this school that I cannot stand is the dining services. They are never open when you need them and they all have horrid attitudes. I am always more than polite with the people in the dining halls and still receive awful service, attitude, and substandard food.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in College Lodge for my first year of school at College of Charleston. Living at lodge was one of the reasons I felt so integrated and accepted at this school. I have met people who have lived there for the past four years and still adore it. There is an intense bond between all of the people at lodge and it is something special that everyone should have the chance to experience.

    Academic Rigor

    College of Charleston is challenging while at the same time allowing opportunities for the students to enjoy all of the aspects of college life, including having a life outside of class. The classes are difficult but with a bit of effort anyone can do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plunge into campus life head first! There are so many vastly different clubs, activities, and sports that it is almost impossible not to find something you like. If you worry about not being able to find people with the same interests you simply must attend a club geared toward a subject you like!

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is a unique school not only in the fact that it is nestled right into the heart of downtown Charleston but also because everyone here, students and staff, strive to make new students feel welcome. In my first days at College of Charleston I was uncertain if I would find a place where I fit, with like-minded people and activities that I enjoy. The whole atmosphere of the school and the attitudes of the people in it assuaged that fear easily and I have never been happier in my surroundings.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The beach is only 20 minutes away by car, there is also the outlet mall, and regular mall that can be reached by bus or car. Everybody usually hangs out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeterias and food amenities for the College of Charleston are great. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the places and the people. However, they close too early for college students, maybe if they had some sort of midnight snack place.

    Dorm Life

    I would suggest living in the dorm your freshman year just to see how much you would hate it. Its very expensive and cheaper to live off campus. The rules in the dorms and some of the dorm managers, RA's and RHD's abuse their power and have the idea that they have some sort of power over you. They forget that you both are around the same age.

    Academic Rigor

    College of Charleston's academics are one of the best in the country. They have great professors and wonderful classrooms, they also have great way to get help if your struggling in any subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get caught up in all the parties and activities so much that you do not get your work done. You are in school to get an education first and to hang out last.

    In three sentences

    A great option for instate and out-of-state students. College of Charleston is a school for someone who needs or wants a school that has an open campus but still the luxury of it being close. This school is a great opportunity for anyone in any age group wanting to further their education beyond a diploma or GED.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are so many cops around campus, on bikes, on foot, even on segways!

    Clubs and Activities

    It tickles me that we don't have a football team but we do have a quidditch team.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a cougar statue that the students rub for good luck.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is surrounded by downtown Charleston. There are plenty of restaurants and shops. There are also many clubs on campus, so finding something fun to get into is easy.

    Food and Dining

    I love the chocolate chip cookies!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seem really fun and they take great care in matching you with a compatible roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    There are so many interesting classes to choose from. I like the First Year Experience classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. The city around the school can be intimidating but if you know your way around it's great.

    In three sentences

    I really love the campus. The people are so nice and help you out any way they can. The students are down to earth and look out for each other.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus is a great place to learn new things. For instance, I learned to long-board which gets you around faster than you think and also gets you into shape. There are many clubs to occupy your time with; and if they don't have the club you're looking for, feel free to create it and get it going. The college is all about letting your creative energies flow, and by all means, get your wheels turning.

    Tips for prospective students

    The classes aren't necessarily hard, but you have to go to class to actually do good. Don't party too much, but have fun or you won't enjoy it. Make friends with as many people as you can and you will go places you never imagined.

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston is an amazing school with so many opportunities. The campus is beautiful and the student body is generally very accepting of each other. Overall the college is a wonderful environment to learn in and I would recommend it anyone.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security in some of the major buildings, like the library, at all times with monitors and guards by the entrance . There are emergency phones located frequently around the campus, and the campus police patrol the spaces. Given the fact that the location of the campus is downtown, this is the safest place to be in the city.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are several gyms around the campus that are discounted for students, and even courses you can take that will help you get active and fit. Many musical festivals and inspirational speakers tour the campus. Most classes give extra credit for attending local events as a way to encourage the students to explore the area.

    Great for these types of students

    If you enjoy the outdoors, history, and humanities. Lots of activities in this area, and many different people from a variety of backgrounds.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Very historical campus; many of the buildings have plaques that indicated special features during the early period of this country, such as the civil war.

    Bang for the buck

    It tends to be expensive. Living off campus and the eating out instead of using the galley will cost a fortune. Also, there is no parking for students in the dorms; most students have a bike, if you have a car you have to pay to keep it in the parking garage.

    What to do for fun

    College of Charleston is located downtown, so there are a lot of amazing historical sites located within walking/biking distance. Also the aquarium, restaurants, and beach are all very close. The campus has a lot of extracurricular activities and even some classes that travel out to explore the surrounding area.

    Food and Dining

    Again, not much experience. I try to save money and time by bringing my snacks and lunch. I have eaten in the galley once before and it was amazing. Lots of food to choose from and always the option of a warm meal; plus there are many restaurants and fast food shops that cater to those who enjoy local produce and a healthy diet.

    Dorm Life

    I am a transfer student living off campus. I don't have experience with this topic, but I can say the buildings are nice and located all around the campus. Within 15 minutes you could bike or walk to class, the galley, or even the convenient stores.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses can be very challenging and stimulating. I really enjoy the fact that every class I have had so far has opened my eyes to something I never realized. I can honestly say I have learned practical and beneficial teachings in every course I have enrolled.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map, they are free and located in most of the campus buildings. It's a beautiful campus, but the buildings are spread out, so make sure you know where you're going ahead of time so you're not late to class. Take the library course, most people don't know about it, but it will help with your research papers for all subjects.

    In three sentences

    I would rate this college 8 of 10. The teachers are very helpful and available for questions outside of class. However, the advisers are very difficult to track down so make sure when you do get a chance to talk to them, you go over your entire degree plan with them for the entire school year.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    Warren Place and George Street are the best resident halls, but they are reserved for upper classmen

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the unexpected and do not take what others say about the college lightly.

    In three sentences

    CofC is a great school, located in a great city, with great people. I highly encourage students both in and out of state to visit our campus. It truly does immerse each individual in a rich local history.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Frequent email and text updates from the Security Office to any register number/email. Assistance is provided to any student for late night study sessions.

    Greek Life

    UNKOWN

    Clubs and Activities

    Wide variety of clubs in the area but mostly fine dining and restaurants that provide some form of entertainment.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are undecided about a major or want a university degree but less of the sometimes overwhelming university campus feel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every college has a superstition, the college has a cistern in the courtyard of the first original building of the college. This is where students will walk to receive their degrees, so the superstition is for every time the student walks across the the cistern is a year of graduation delay. A unique tradition of the college is the attire of the students graduation day. It is customary to wear all white with a red flower attached to the attire for the special day as it is a southern tradition to wear lighter attire due to the heat and humidity during the summer months of Charleston.

    Bang for the buck

    In comparison to some of the other universities in the state the cost is excellent but it is dependent upon the degree desired.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of outdoors activities and buses to activities outside the school for cheap, nightlife- clubs and swing dance classes, the historic open market, carriage tours, shopping and tons of history museums.

    Food and Dining

    Surrounded by some of the best restaurants in the U.S but meals are provided by the school services if purchased by semester. However, 2 grocery stores are only a few blocks away for the conservative student.

    Dorm Life

    Wide variety but mostly simple and small.

    Academic Rigor

    Attendance is required; take lots of notes and dependent upon the teacher, read your books a few times.

    Tips for prospective students

    #1- register everything as early as possible because Charleston is a very busy during the summer months and your first visit could be an unpleasant one if all your ducks aren't in a row prior to arrival. #2- if you plan to live downtown do not bring a vehicle, invest in a moped or a bicycle. #3- for your first semester live in the dorms, make a friends, do very well in your classes so for next semester you can A) get more financial assistance and B) get an apartment and split the rent. #4 go to the college events, they're cooler than you think!

    In three sentences

    The college is located in the heart historic downtown meaning you can walk or ride a bike virtually anywhere and there is always a view worth seeing. As it is a liberal arts college, the subjects are varying but the student- professor ratio is about a 20 student average. Overall, it's a great college for someone who wants to go to a good university and try a variety of courses but not be overwhelmed by a large campus.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is really good, I'd say. A big part of staying safe, especially in a city, is being aware of yourself and your surroundings and making good decisions.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life here is very active. Very very active.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many. Name anything you're interested in, there's probably a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid-back, interesting, passionate, fun, lazy, active, any kind of student. To be honest, anyone could find a niche at CofC. You could have a ton of friends, or just a small close-knit group. You could go out and party every night, or you could stay in and chill every night. You could be really into the art scene, or greek life, or the stoner (let's be real, stoners exist everywhere) scene. You could be into activism, sports, fashion, etc. You could be a part of all of those groups too. You are free to be whoever you are here. There is a place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Charleston is full of unusual traditions and locations. The history here is extraordinary. It's a great city for just walking around in.

    Bang for the buck

    I'd say that CofC is really well priced for in-state students, but it would be a bit pricey for out of state students. A lot of getting the most bang for your buck is dependent on the student. If you utilize that which is made available to you, then it is absolutely worth every penny. Just don't come here and do nothing. That would be a royal waste of your money.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything. There's always something happening in Charleston. It's a great scene for people who love art and music and things like that. There's all sorts of festivals and things that go on here. Not to mention, the school is about 20 minutes from the beach. Also parties. There is always a party going on somewhere.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many great restaurants in Charleston. If you don't have to get a meal plan here, I wouldn't. But if you do, the food services the school provides isn't so bad. But definitely get the cheapest meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms here, but the people I know who have all really liked it. They made really great friends in their dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be hard, yes. But the professors are always trying to help. If you're struggling, they will work with you to help you succeed. Most of them are open to the idea of extra credit. Just don't let yourself fall behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can't let yourself get too caught up in the social scene here, which is easy to do. Definitely participate in it, but if you go too hard at it, your grades will suffer. Don't be afraid to go to your professors with questions, they make themselves so accessible for you because they want to help you. It's their job. Do whatever it takes to stay engaged in a class, find ways to keep it interesting for you. Even if that means doing some extra research on a specific area of study pertaining to a specific course that you find intriguing.

    In three sentences

    CofC is a really friendly environment in which learning is made worthwhile. Everyone here wants to see you succeed, and they're very willing to work with you to achieve your goals. CofC is a great school for making lifelong friends and memories, and will prepare you for whatever lies ahead.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is on call 24-7 and is always there if you need them. Do not hesitate to call or ask for help.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big but not too big. You can join if it's something you think you will enjoy. If not, there are still many opportunities to meet people. It is not the only source of social activity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs for every interest. Clubs within majors and just in general. Get out there and join whatever you can. It is worth it.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a fan of basketball the cougars have a great gym and student section. Basketball games are a lot of fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Graduation is an amazing tradition where it is outside in the cistern area underneath beautiful palm trees and everyone is wearing all white. Attending the school was such a treat, and graduation just secured that decision for me.

    Bang for the buck

    Charleston is expensive, but if you go to Moe's Monday's they have great deals on food.

    What to do for fun

    There is too much to do for fun in Charleston. There is lots of shopping, food, the beach, bars, houses, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are great to have because there are cafeterias all over campus that you can use them in.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm that I lived in was very nice. They have been renovating alot so it is not your typical college dorm. They are almost like apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    It was tough depending on your major. The core curriculum was something you had to work at. You could not just slide by.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only go to the beach on the weekends. Keep your priorities in line, do not get distracted by the city. Try to experience as much as you can!

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful city to live in, but can be a distraction. The business program is strong, but could use some work. Overall, I loved being there.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is constantly campus police riding around campus whether it be on bike, foot, segway, or car. Also, notifications are immediately sent out when an altercation occurs.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty big on campus like all other school. However, one does not have to be Greek to enjoy their college time.

    Clubs and Activities

    Most clubs go on adventures a lot.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students because there is a variety of things to do. Artsy students, healthcare students, business students, introvert and extrovert, hippy students, and beachy students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of people go to Marion Square to lay out during warm months. Also, we have Cougarpalooza during finals that is extremely fun to keep our mind off of stressful things.

    Bang for the buck

    It can be expensive, but it is definitely worth it. The quality of life there is very high.

    What to do for fun

    It is close to a beach and you can lay out at Marion Square. The aquarium is close by also. At night, the nightlife is great with plenty of places to go and hang out. There are also many school trips planned such as going kayaking and stuff.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright.

    Dorm Life

    I truly enjoyed my time in McConnell Dorm. This is how I met most of the people I know.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging, yet it is not overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, even though you might want to head to the beach or Marion Square.

    In three sentences

    It is great academically. It is a beautiful campus. There are many opportunities.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is good campus safety but it's also important to walk with a friend or a group o friends at night and to not be afraid to call the Cougar Shuttle which is a transportation service done by the school that picks up students at night if they need a ride home.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres a great variety of clubs such as the Quittich club, art activism club, to the psychology club to a meditation club!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the friendly, creative and curious.

    Bang for the buck

    Even if you choose not to stay in Charleston all four years I assure you the friendships and memories that you make if you choose to make them will last you a lifetime.

    What to do for fun

    Because the campus is immersed in the heart of Charleston there's a lot to do in a relatively close distance such as the a park called Marion Square where people go to get sun and hang ou, concerts at the nearby Music Farm is a great place to for a good time as well as exploring the shops and restaurants around King Street and Market Street. Also students can walk to the Battery which is the water by the pier which isn't the beach but the beach is a relatively short drive for those students who have a car.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Liberty cafeteria and City Bistro are good with decent variety between pastas, a vegetarian station, soups, salads etc. but the best are the cookies! Everyone loves the cookies! The smaller cafeteria (City Bistro) opened up last year (2011) has allowed for students to get food a little closer to some dorms and to take food to go which is really helpful if you're a busy student on the go.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be awesome and quite eventful but there are also dorms that aren't everyone's favorite such as Berry, the all girls dorm which experiences frequent morning fire alarms. In fact several of the dorms experience frequent fire alarms where everyone has to gather outside of the dorm which can actually be a time where you meet and get to know other people in your dorm that you haven't been able to chat with before. My personal suggestion for a dorm from personal experience would be the College Lodge which was an old motel from the 70's that the school bought and changed into a dorm which from my findings have had a diverse and very chill group of people.

    Academic Rigor

    From my personal experience and from stories of other students the academic rigor can range from easy going to very challenging but all is doable. Honestly, just make sure to give yourself the time to work through assignments and if you're encountered a challenge that you've tried to work through and can't quite figure it out done be afraid to go to the Center for Student Learning where other students tutor or to the professors during their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise prospective students to mix general education classes with other classes provided so you dont get behind on your gen gives hike exploring what other topics have to offer. It'll be important to give yourself at least a little time to study everday and stick to it so homework assignments dont creep up on you at the last minute. Also, review notes and do homework in a place that you don't associate with your downtime (like the dorm room) because you'll likely find yourself distracted and end up procrastinating.

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston is an enchanting place to study not only because of the lovely, colonial architecture that's interwoven throughout the city but also because of the types of people who are attracted to come live and study here. A large majority of the students and teachers that I've encountered are of a creative and vibrant nature with interests in a variety of fields. The College of Charleston is a great place to go for an interesting college experience because of the friendly community feel like in a small school but at the same time you always meet someone new with a population of around 10,000 students.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The City is amazing, you can find something to do almost every single day just by walking around. The city is full of history as well, and it is a very cultural place.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY! this city has alot to do so it will be easy to get distracted from your work.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is very laid back and doesn't come off as hard as some might think. If you're greek, that's cool but if you aren't, that's fine too.

    What to do for fun

    The most popular place for students is going down to the beach after classes during spring and fall. The Aquarium is a couple blocks away and is a lot of fun too. King Street has a lot of options for shopping and food too. Charleston never gets boring.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are necessary for freshmen but more students tend to pick the options that include more dining dollars. The food itself isn't bad but like at any other college, make sure to switch up where you get your food from. Also, since the school is downtown, there are lots of great places to eat on King Street.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are great and almost all of them come in an apartment style. Although the popular option is for upperclassmen to move somewhere off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    If you apply yourself, the academics here are not too tough. The curriculum and general education requirements form the students to become more well-rounded in their education, no matter their degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Introduce yourself to everyone at orientation, you never know who you're going to hit it off with. Take classes that actually interest you. If you're looking for a creative atmosphere with a beach scene and laid back people, this college is right for you.

    In three sentences

    The diversity is excellence here, I've met all sorts of different people. The atmosphere is really great, its definitely for people who like urban areas and downtown life. Almost everybody enjoys the dorms here.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    During the day, you're perfectly safe. Campus police are constantly roaming around, as are the city of Charleston's policemen. After nightfall, however, stay away from the edges of campus. It's been the hot zone for stabbings, shootings, and rapes for years. Keep away from King Street and the streets branching directly off it as well. And MEMORIZE the locations of the police call boxes spread around campus. Once the emergency button has been pushed, campus police take an average of two minutes to arrive. Keep safe at night. Call the Cougar bus service if you need to.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life at College of Charleston is a thriving chunk of the student population. They help raise money for the College, themselves, and worthy causes year round and often throw parties worth the sound ordinance violation.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you've ever been an active, social person, College of Charleston's for you. Not only are you in the country's nicest city (Seriously. We've been rated America's nicest city for years in a row now) but the College absolutely loves student run organizations and events. The College will even sponsor you if you want to make a new club all your own for up to a $1,000 dollars. The only thing you need is a small group of your fellow students to back you.

    Great for these types of students

    Marine biology majors must go to this college. College of Charleston is known as one of the best marine biology colleges on the East Coast.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The only location you need to worry about is the Cistern. It's a widely known curse around the College that those who walk across it are bound to never make it, one way or another, to their graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    Along with getting your Cougar ID, your identification card for your years at the College, you get free access to the thirteen locations of ESAC (East Shore Athletic Club). Not all of the locations are in, or even near, the Downtown vicinity, but it's still a great perk. Also, free admission, is a first-come-first-serve manner, is offered to all College of Charleston students to every College of Charleston sporting event. Get there quick if you want a seat. Or join the Maroon Mayhem club, which has you pay a small fee for guaranteed spots at every event. As for transportation around campus (at night mostly) and the city, the College provides the Cougar bus service. Call the number and the bus will come pick you up and drop you off at a safe location on campus grounds.

    What to do for fun

    As I've said, College of Charleston is at the heart of Downtown. There is constantly something going on, whether it be Farmer's Markets or roller derbies or Piccolo Spoletto. Not to mention all of the student-run organizations and, though it's not school related, the Music Farm.

    Food and Dining

    Beware of the Liberty Fresh Food Company. And the sushi.

    Dorm Life

    Though I don't live in the dorms myself, my friends at the College do. The complaints that I remember hearing the most are that elevators never seem to be working very well and that College Lodge is a good dorm for parties and not being able to sleep.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, the academic rigor of any institution differs on which major is being chased after. Personally, my experience majoring in Biology has greatly well-rounded and I would have to say that if biology is your passion, College of Charleston is the right place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips: 1) If you commute, don't get a parking deal with the College. There are other parking companies in the city. Choose them. 2) Charleston and its surrounding areas really only have two seasons: summer and winter. Don't pack for fall or spring. Pack for the beach and sunburns and rain, and freezing wind and ice and rain. 3) Make sure to check out RateMyProfessor.com and LISTEN TO THE REVIEWS! As far as I'm concerned, it's your number one tool to success. 4) Be quiet and courteous of others in Addlestone library. WE'RE NOT JOKING.

    In three sentences

    What makes a college is its professors, and College of Charleston's staff is fantastically knowledgeable and completely willing to work with their respective students to make sure they succeed. As for the campus, it's intermixed about the heart of Downtown Charleston. As with everything else, College of Charleston has its negatives, which can be simplified into three things: parking (if you drive), lazy elevators, and city traffic.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    College of Charleston takes their student's safety very serious. Not only do they have campus security which patrols the grounds but there are also campus security boxes spread throughout campus in case you find yourself in a bad situation. You can even call campus security if you need a escort to your car in the wee hours of the night. With security being so on point, many of the students including myself feel very safe on campus no matter the time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The college has a lot of historical sites right on campus grounds and there are even some good ghost stories about the campus if your interested in that kind of thing! ;-)

    What to do for fun

    The college is right in the middle of downtown Charleston so everywhere you look there are boutiques for shopping, great restaurants to grab lunch with friends, and parks to hang out, do homeowrk or catch some sun!! The beach isn't to far away either!!!

    Food and Dining

    One of the dining halls is Liberty which has whatever food your in the mood for and you can even pick and choose if you want a little of everything. Also it won't break your wallet especially if you have dining cash!

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers won't cut you slack but if you put forth the effort and complete your assignments it isn't very hard. Just make sure to budget your time wisely and learn what you need to do to be prepared for each class because they are all different and some might need more focus than others!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Budget your time (WISELY) 2. Ask for help (the teachers like to see that your trying) 3. Get assignments done early (then you have more time for YOU) 4. Apply what your taught from class to class 5. Talk to your teachers so if your late/absent you can explain 6. Get involved and meet people!!! 7. Get to know Charleston, it is pretty great ;-)

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is an amazing college that really caters to all types of students and people. The teachers are there for you; they want to help you succeed just as much as they enjoy watching you succeed!! Who could ask for more: teachers that make you think, classes that challenge you, and all surrounded by a great city that is full of life!

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always campus cops in sight.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life but many students on campus are.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am in the Alliance for Planet Earth Club which focuses on sustainability.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for social students who like to try new things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For graduation the girls where white dresses and the boys white suits. It is a very southern graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    College of Charleston is definitely a bang for it's buck!

    What to do for fun

    Go down to the battery, go shopping on King Street, or go out to dinner with friends at one of the hundreds of restaurants downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The food was not bad but it was repetitive and needs to be changed up more.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was not too bad except for the fire drills in the middle of the night.

    Academic Rigor

    The College of Charleston is a 5 star school!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to try new things and challenge yourself. Always set high standards for your self. Always do what you love.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The staff is extremely helpful. The city is full of history and there is never a dull moment.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, walk downtown and go shopping, walk to the harbor.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great you can never get tired of it. May need a little old people food but it is not ever bad. Always has different options for food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing you get to meet so many new people. Most people will say hey to you if they remember you from class. You can go to each others rooms and study and just have a good time.

    Academic Rigor

    The library is a great place to go and study but definitely not the only place. People go down to the park and lay out in the sun to study. They may even go to the top of some parking garages and sit and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always get to know your teachers and ask for help. Everyone is so nice and willing to tell you how to get to class.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is interactive, fun, and great place to figure out who you are. The classes are small and the teachers get to know you by name. Also the campus is small enough for you to get around and not get lost, everything even grocery shops are in walking distance.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Carry a cell phone at the bare minimum and I wouldn't advise going out alone at night, right on campus you should be fine but if you go to the other parts of downtown you might not be as safe. Never had any problems and they email you/tell you in someway about anything locally that occurs. There's officers out and about at all times and they're really dedicated to keeping students safe.

    Bang for the buck

    I think that the dorms and food plans are over priced for what they are. The only explanation I can give is that you're in the middle of downtown and it's expensive. Still think the prices are ridiculous, especially when compared to other colleges. The education is worth it though.

    What to do for fun

    All sorts of Charleston based events go on throughout the year. There's a beautiful ocean to see and a beach nearby. Going and laying out in Marion Square or by the library is great. They did salsa lessons once a month last year which was a lot of fun.

    Food and Dining

    It isn't bad. If you can afford it the Stern center has some good places if you have cash or dining dollars. Liberty and City Bistro are decent most days, meal plan swipes work at these two locations ONLY, everywhere else takes dining dollars. Breakfast is good no matter what, lunch and dinner it depends. They usually have SOMETHING you can eat. Around campus has great dining, again if you have the money... just right down on King St. if you're looking for something a bit different once in a while.

    Dorm Life

    Eh... I had a bit of a bad experience because of all the construction they were doing last year on my dorm, hopefully the incoming students for that dorm won't have a problem now. Overall, they aren't too bad from what I've seen. Don't expect anything fantastic and breathtaking, it is a dorm afterall and some of it depends on how well people can pick up after themselves. Biggest complaint is that most of the dorms are wired, bring a nice long ethernet cable, and you can't control the temperature in the rooms so you just have to bundle up, bring a fan, open a window, whatever to adjust as you need.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the class and the professor. You'll be challenged overall but if you're willing to study and seek help, there's a plethora of help and tutoring available, then you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep checking everything over.. and over.. and over.. Check for overlapping class requirements for general education and your majors and minors, you'll save yourself a lot of time. Look for a schedule right for you, don't take 8ams if you can help it if you are not willing to be up and moving, don't take late in the day classes if you can help it if you'd prefer to just work and relax in the evening. Talk and be open with your adviser and professors, they are awesome and willing to help you.

    In three sentences

    CofC is in a gorgeous area with the campus fairly compact right in the middle of downtown Charleston. You are part of the city and it is fantastic.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    they are everywhere !

    Greek Life

    I really think it is a great opportunity to meet new people and experience something different

    Clubs and Activities

    sports clubs, science, politics, a lot for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    People who like to meet people who are different from them

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Francis Marion Square, when it is a nice day you can lie out in the sun or play soccer

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive city

    What to do for fun

    Go to the battery which is on the water, or walk downtown through the market, go to the beach or go shopping, or even admire the historic history behind the city of Charleston

    Food and Dining

    food can get boring sometimes but there is a variety and two cafeterias , but that is what all the restaurants in town are for.

    Dorm Life

    McAlister is the best dorm ... they are a lot nicer than any college I've ever been to , you have a lot of space

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful, inviting, homey, diverse school

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus- campus police are always present.

    Greek Life

    It is what you want to make it, but not too exclusive.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone into the arts, anyone looking for diversity in personalities and not just ethnicities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During exam time we have stress relievers like puppies to play with in the library!

    What to do for fun

    Incredible nightlife, the beach is extremely close, tons of shopping and amazing food, culture, music and history!!

    Food and Dining

    Some nights feel like home cooked meals - because they are! Parents can send in recipes for our dining halls to try. Food is delicious and only getting better.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm became my family. I can honestly say we are all the best of friends

    Academic Rigor

    If you want a challenge you can find it here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school, allow yourself to experience Charleston and all the other places you are looking before you committ.

    In three sentences

    The city of Charleston, the culture, the people, the beautiful surroundings and the incredible academics & opportunites- there's nothing better than the College of Charleston! I love it!

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Poor be street smart.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cistern is a calming and beautiful place take advantage of it.

    Bang for the buck

    Be focused, stay off campus, and don't do what others do. Be a leader an individual who has self worth.

    What to do for fun

    Shop, movies hang with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Has a lot to be desired.

    Dorm Life

    There is no life in a dorm unless you don't care about your safety. Most of the kids who stay in there dorms are not there for an education.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes and studies are very enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay off campus!!!

    In three sentences

    Like the professors but dorm conditions and quality of students are not impressive. Staff does not help you and public safety is a joke.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely well organized safety structure

    Greek Life

    varies organizations....Alpha Kappa Psi

    Clubs and Activities

    cabs, sca

    Great for these types of students

    extrovert

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Who is Clyde?

    What to do for fun

    Beach, shopping, arts and culture

    Academic Rigor

    4 star

    Tips for prospective students

    At the College of Charleston you should take advantage of the tutoring aid. It is designed for the student to be successful. There is also a lot of fun campus activities

    In three sentences

    The location of the College of Charleston is great. I also feel that i can a lot of opportunities by attending this college. The atmosphere of the liberal college is one that i can excel in.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is good here. They are quick to respond to calls and always seem to be hanging around campus 24/7. They are friendly and easy to approach if you need help. Be aware of riding your bike or skateboard on the sidewalk or the wrong way on a one way street. They are very strict about that.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is good at CofC, although its not as popular as it is at other schools. Greek Life is a great way to students to meet people who are interested in the same things. Fraternities and Sororities are very involved with the community here. They also host a lot of fun events on campus for everyone to enjoy. Students involved in Greek Life and students who are not get along really well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and activities to get involved in on campus. There are numerous sports clubs that include sports from kite boarding to lacrosse. There are also many activities and volunteer organizations for students to participate in and give back to the community. Green CofC is a great club to be involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    CofC is great for students who are interested in arts and biology. Both of these majors are very big here, and have great programs that help the students get the most out of their undergrad years. CofC is also a great school for students to get involved with the community and participating in activities on and off campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is said that you should not walk across the Cistern until the day you graduate, if you do it before, you will not graduate on time. It is also rumored that Berry Residents Hall is hunted on the 4th and 6th floors.

    Bang for the buck

    The bookstores on King Street and Calhoun street offer coupon booklets for free at the beginning of every year. The booklets are filled with coupons for many different restaurants, shops, salons, and much more in downtown Charleston.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of sports clubs, organizations, fraternities and sororities to get involved in on campus. You just have a look for what you want to do and go for it. There is also a student organization called CAB that plans social events throughout the school year, such as Cougar Carnival and Cougarpoolza. They also run open mic nights, play movies, and set up concerts.

    Food and Dining

    Liberty Fresh Food Company is the main freshman dinning hall on campus. It has a good salad bar, where you can make your own salad, sandwhiches, and serve youself a bowl of soup. The stir fry there is not bad either. The deserts are very good. There is a good amount of seating space and TVs near the front of the dinning hall. Stern Center food court has lots of different options like Quiznos, Chick-fil-A, Jole Mole and fresh sushi prepared on site daily. You can only pay with Cougar Cash or a credit card though.

    Dorm Life

    Overall the dorms are pretty nice. The best dorm is Mcallister. The rooms are set up for a four person suite with a kitchen and living area. It also has an outdoor court yard with benches and a swing for students to hangout in. The next best dorm would be Liberty, which is very clean and is right above the Liberty Fresh Food Company, the main freshmen dinning hall on campus. All dorms are located very close to campus, which is a plus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends what classes you take, some are easier than others. I also think it depends on what professor teaches the class. Talk to other students who have taken the class before and see what they think. You can also look on RateMyProfessor.com and see how high that teacher ranks.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring rain boots and an umbrella or rain jacket. It rains very unexpectedly here. Parking is very hard. It is easier to get around the city and campus on a bike, walking, or on a skateboard.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston has a very friendly, helpful, and approachable overall faculty. There are a ton of activities, clubs, and organizations to get involved with on campus and meet new people. Campus is located right in the middle of downtown Charleston, giving students easy access to shopping, going out to eat, walking along the battery, and lots of other activities the city has to offer.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety goes a great job for the students. Downtown Charleston is a little dangerous but the campus security is always around to help.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs but they are not as accessible as they could be. The athletics for this college is poorly organized and prioritized and could be enhanced greatly. I think that with this college being liberal arts it could work on this area.

    What to do for fun

    There could be more things offered to do for fun. There are plenty of clubs but not a lot of athletic teams. Activities offered during exams are great. Athletic teams don't offer benefits like most other colleges.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dinning offered at this college has pros and cons. The cafeterias are in close walking distance with great staff, but the hours for meals are hard to work with. The Off-campus meal plan is the best aspect offered for food at this college.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms life is not as nice as other universities at College of Charleston due to the historic buildings. All of the dorms are downtown and built in the 1900s. There could also be more activities to get the freshmen in the dorms to interact. There could be more to get the different dorms to interact.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor for this school varies with each professor and class just like other colleges. A unique aspect about this college is the small classes that enables the students to voice their personal perspectives. Sharing your opinions during a class lecture is not always an opportunity with other giant classes at other universities and it enriches the college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Incoming students should take advantage of the small populated classrooms. By using this to their advantage, creating relationships with fellow classes mates and professors makes the class more beneficial. Incoming students should also take advantage of the amazing historic buildings and landscape every time they step outside!

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is an institution that stands alone from all other colleges in South Carolina. This college is gives students the best four years of their lives with small, personal classes, devoted professors, and an enchanted historical campus. College of Charleston gives students an education while giving them the opportunity to find/be themselves.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is spectacular. As a freshman we are given the number for campus safety in case we ever feel uncomfortable. Given that College of Charleston is in the middle of a city they will even pick you up from the library and take you back from your dorm if it's late.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of Greek life but those who I know that are part of it really enjoy it. They have a lot of mixers and hold other fun events between other members of greek life. Here at CofC Greek life makes up less than 15% of our students but that is not to say that it is different in the way it coordinates than other larger schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have all sorts of clubs. Most sports have a club team (lacrosse, soccer, tennis, crew, etc.), habitat for humanity, student government, peace club, water sports club, and much more. We even have a quidditch club.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, people aspiring to go greek, hippies, over achiever (we have an honors college), nature lovers, historic admirers, culture fiends, music lovers, beach bums. Pretty much anyone can find a niche here and be very happy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a number of unique spots here on campus. We have multiple beautiful gardens with little tables which are perfect to study in or even set up a hammock and relax. In the Stern Center (and education building) we have an indoor pool that has times for free swim, and the building also houses a game room with arcade games and pool tables. One special tradition off the top of my head is for basketball games. Each year we have a white out game when we play Wofford where everyone literally shows up in white. We also have certain movements we do to start off each basketball game.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is worth every penny. As is said before, the staff is so awesome and there is always something to do around here.

    What to do for fun

    The school offers many sources of entertainment. We have concerts that come various times throughout the year, baseball games, soccer games, basketball games, and on campus events (tie dying, oyster roasts, ect.) Also, being in the heart of downtown Charleston allows for a multitude of other activities. We have the farmers market on saturdays in Marion square, the Spoleto festival, patriots point for concerts that are held outside of school, and amazing restaurants. Here, ive even gone stand up paddle boarding and kayaking.

    Food and Dining

    Each year we have more and more dining options. We have a number of on campus cafeterias that have a wide variety of food that is buffet-style. We also have an on-campus chick-fil-a along with burritos and sandwiches. Our meal plans offer a wide variety of options. The off-campus meal plan allows you to eat in various places on king street such as Caviar and Bananas and Moes. Now, almost every building has some sort of snack or food bar also which is fantastic!

    Dorm Life

    Most of the RAs here on campus are more of a friend than they are a rule maker. The dorms are an incredible place to meet people. Since this campus is much smaller than other Universities it is likely that you will see a lot of familiar faces throughout your years here which is very unique. There are also many options for dorms and if you sign up close to the time you are accepted you are extremely likely to get the housing you prefer.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is challenging in some classes and pretty simplistic in others. It is by no means anything that a person cannot handle. We also have a student learning center that is, for the most part, a very helpful resource here because it is free and you are one on one with students just like yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say to experiment with classes along the way. Electives are they best way to become a well-rounded individual and there are so many options here. Also, join a club! I have made so many friends by doing so.

    In three sentences

    The staff here is fantastic! There are so many classes available and the entire administration is eager to help students find great fits in classes for students. There is also many great opportunities ranging from volunteer work to studying abroad to a variety of clubs, and I feel so lucky to go here.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It seems pretty good. But DO NOT walk around alone here at night, even if your a guy, its not a good idea.

    Clubs and Activities

    Its still early in the year, so no much has gone on yet. Put they are promising much more to come.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cistern is very pretty! The cougar mall is nice too!

    Bang for the buck

    Apparently for in state students its super cheap... But for out of states its a total rip off.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of school organized clubs and fun activities.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options on campus included Eisenstein bagels and chick filet. The cafeteria is also super good. I had red velvet pancakes for breakfast this morning!

    Dorm Life

    My roommates are awesome, but for the outdoor dorms its hard to get to know your neighbors. Plus, if something is broken in your dorm...good luck getting it fixed.

    Academic Rigor

    I came from a very challenging high school so the work load is not new for me, but I know some kids from less-challenging high schools who are struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its never too late to get involved! Most organizations are very welcoming.

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous! There are a lot of class options. There a lot of party's though, so if that's not your thing it can be hard to fit in.

  • 09/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go swimming, work out, play a sport or intramural sport, go watch one of the teams play, go shop on King St, go to parties at local spots downtown, eat at the restaurants downtown and go to whatever event the school is having.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whatever help the college offers take advantage of it. They are there to help you and will if you ask for it.

    In three sentences

    Loving, caring, exciting

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This school really has a beautiful campus, and visiting College of Charleston with my sister made me open my eyes to the possibility of attending. It's a great city and the college has tons of options!

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Activities such as family weekend are costly for the few things to do with your familly when they visit so best odds are to just go out with your family instead of doing family weekend.

    What to do for fun

    Go out and people watch, hang out at the library, the park, the beach, or ghost tour.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of variety of places to eat though City Bistro would be my last choice due to their limited amount of items on their menu.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Berry its quite outstanding though the inside of the dorms can seem small and the walls are not as nice as they could have been (having holes and covered with plaster). But overall I would say apartments are the best choice.

    Academic Rigor

    There are majors and minors for just about anyone. Even for those pre-vet majors you can still get a chance to get in a club that helps you get to vet school. Now thats outstanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never go anywhere downtown alone! This is a big city and this is a open campus though its a great location near downtown doesn't mean it you can walk by yourself anything can happen. Also maps come in handy when your a freshmen...Trust me.

    In three sentences

    Its a beautiful campus. There are so many clubs and organizations to join you can easily make friends. The college is quite lively.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Market street.

    Food and Dining

    Better than you think.

    Dorm Life

    Live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Never had to study like I do now. Stay on top of it and you can handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready for the humidity.

    In three sentences

    I am a new Freshman here but so far so good. Is a very nice college and has alot going on. Really feel like they want you to pass and learn.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Walking around campus late at night, you will see campus police pass you every 5 minutes.

    Greek Life

    There is a great greek system here on campus, and a good variety of Fraternities and Sororities .

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many ways to get involved. Every week, Campus Activities Board sends out an email about upcoming events and club opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Graduation is held on the Cistern, which is in the center of campus and the girls wear white dresses, and the guys wear white tea coats. If you walk across the Cistern before you graduate, you add another year before you actually graduate.

    What to do for fun

    The whole city of Charleston is around you. You can walk down King Street for a day of shopping, or take the CARTA to the mall. You can also hang out in the three starbucks within a mile of campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok. Its good for cafeteria food, but not top of the line. There are however many restaurants a block away on King street

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are spacious and fun to be in. They are all suite style rooms, so you do not have to worry about hall bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are very easy to approach and reach when you are in need of help. The classes can challenge you but can be easy if you work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply right away. Get to know the department heads because they will be able to tell you what do chose for your classes.

    In three sentences

    The college offers many opportunities when you graduate the college. It is a well rounded school with exceptional and personable professors. The College of Charleston offers more than the college itself due to the location within the city.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always campus police officers walking around, and emergency call posts in sight.

    Greek Life

    I'm not in a sorority, but the girls I know who are seem to really love it. The fraternities throw good parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    It's pretty easy to get involved with something of your interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, people who like warm weather. Also, students who aren't afraid to talk to professors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Notebook, Dear John, and The Patriot were filmed in Charleston. Some scenes were even filmed on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is affordable, especially with in-state tuition. Scholarships are fairly easy to get, also.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach! King Street has great shopping. The Battery is beautiful and a nice walk.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria workers are somewhat rude and there aren't many options. However, the food is fairly good quality.

    Dorm Life

    In my dorm (Buist Rivers) there are community showers and mold in the walls.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes will, for the most part, challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your intended major is offered at this school.

    In three sentences

    The school is small, and some feel that makes it intimate. Students and professors are friendly. Academics are average.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is an array of different things going on such as festivals, concerts, clubs, and it you want to cool down there is the beach, which is walking distance from campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining services offer a wide variety of fresh foods and healthy choices for students to pick from.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is never boring with dorm gatherings that help to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The College of Charleston is a academically rigorous school but with the right amount of studying and hard-work, the classes can become less difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students would be to get to know people because that can make the transition for high school to college a lot easier.

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston is a vibrant school that mixes the old and new. The professor help students understand the material that is being taught and they care about how you are doing. The College is fulled with numerous activities that can help you meet new people and make new friends.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the police officers on campus aren't trying to get you in trouble, they just want you home safe, first hand experience.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is awesome on campus, even if you aren't in one they don't hold it against you

    Clubs and Activities

    if we don't have it, you can start your own club

    Great for these types of students

    anybody it is a melting pot of everything awesome

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Marion Square (not on campus but its close)

    Bang for the buck

    Charleston is expensive, sorry :(

    What to do for fun

    CAB (charleston activity board) sets up alot of cool things (like casino night) , and GO TO THE BEACH!!!!!!!!

    Food and Dining

    Java City is the best place on campus, its a little coffee shop in library (Blueberry Lattes are amazing!!!!)

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are so much fun! Definately live in one your freshman year and then move off campus :)

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are preparing you to use the information in real life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus, you will fall in love!

    In three sentences

    Great city! Great school! Great weather!

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Fair. Caution and common sense should be exercised. The campus is well lighted after dark and security is rigid for walking to evening classes and library.

    Greek Life

    Not involved, but many national organization reside here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fraternities, sororities and clubs for every interest abound.

    Great for these types of students

    History enthusist, pre-medical, fine arts.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Stepped in tradition as the oldest municiple college in the United States. There are many traidtions and historical events and peolpe who have touched this campus.

    Bang for the buck

    A moderately price state supported school makes competitive tuition for in state students.

    What to do for fun

    While the College of Charleston does not have a football team, there are many things to do with multiple area beaches. The campus is located on a harbor with boating, fishing, sailing, paddling and wildlife viewing. Cultural events and concerts are endless. Spoleto Festival in the spring is marvelous.

    Food and Dining

    Marvelous 4 star restaurants throughout the city. A near endless selection of pub grub and college eateries near the campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am not qualified to speak to dorm life because I have always been a commuting student and lived nearby in an apartment. The popularity of this school puts dorms at a premium. Apply early for these.

    Academic Rigor

    The forgein language requirement is a challenge for most students. I suggest taking all laguage classes in succession without skipping any time as this, like mathmatics, builds on itself. For most majors, if you attend classes and labs and complete all work and prepare for exams, it is no more difficult than my previous school USC Beaufort SC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and you'll fall in love with it and the beautiful historic city of Chraleston.

    In three sentences

    A great location to attend school in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Small school atmoshpere with many faces and friends sharing warm Southern hospitality. Marvelous Chemistry and Biology departments which serve to feed the Medical University of South Carolina, also located in Charleston.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I don't hear about too many incidents on campus, maybe one or two a semester. We have an organization that sends out a couple people to roam the streets at night on weekends, and they watch out for any unsafe conditions that might be happening. If they see any, they can stop it or call someone else to. That's helpful.

    Greek Life

    Not as big as some might hope, but they are pretty prominent.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 150 clubs and organizations on campus. You can find your niche somewhere, without a doubt. Or you can have lots of niches and lots of friends!

    Great for these types of students

    Those who like the night life, Theatre kids, science students, those into the fraternity/sorority life, any LGBTQ people, beach bums. Not good for people who really want a football team. We don't have one!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not ever, EVER walk across the Cistern before your graduation day! Sit on it, sure. Walk across it, you're doomed.

    Bang for the buck

    College of Charleston is rated as one of the most valued colleges in the state, for good reason. It isn't terribly expensive, and you get so much when you come here. The town is so lively, there's new experiences everywhere, and you live five minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do around the College, it's ridiculous! Not including the night life of downtown, there's tons of volunteer activities, clubs, organizations, free athletic activities like kayaking, racket ball, swimming, tennis, karate, yoga, etc. Not to mention, there's always stuff going on downtown. The aquarium, Market Street, the BEACH. The fun literally never stops.

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes really good, sometimes really bad. The meal plans are awesome, and so so useful, meaning as long as you have one, you'll never starve. The food court workers are so friendly, they're wonderful.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms have their ups and downs, but they're good deals as far as places to live downtown/near campus. I miss living in a dorm!

    Academic Rigor

    It can be challenging, but if you manage your time well, you can get enough sleep!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get distracted by all the partying that goes on. Take advantage of volunteer opportunities and all the activities that go on. If you have a small budget, stray away from King Street!

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston really does have excellent professors who are concerned with your education and getting you ready for the job market, along with guiding you to a career you'll love. Every department and program is fantastic in its own unique way. The diversity is less than one might hope, and the cafeteria food isn't always top notch, but I think being so close to the beach makes up for that!

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is public safety that you can call or go to for any emergencies there are also these emergency boxes that are on a pole with a blue light on top can you can press if you feel like you are in danger while you're walking on the streets. And if you ever need a ride and you do not feel that it's safe to walk on the streets, you can always call the cougar shuttle to come and pick you up. It is recommended that you try to not walk by yourself at night if possible.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many types of clubs and activities to do. One of the clubs I am involved in is Volunteer Corps. They meet once every week and go to different places to go volunteer at.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Apparently, there is a place that is called, Narnia. And there is a tradition that if you cross the cistern, you will not be able to graduate on time (within four years).

    Bang for the buck

    There are always some type of coupons for food here like for frozen yogurt and cupcakes.

    What to do for fun

    I am not much of a party person, so I usually try to avoid partying. So, for fun, I usually hang out with my friends, walk around the city, shop, eat and etc. This my seem pathetic, but my friends and I would just get together and play board games during the weekends for fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are two places that offers all-you-can-eat dining. Food there can occasionally be good but after a while, you will get tired of the food. The campus also offer other places to dine at where you can either buy the food there with your own money, dining dollars, or cougar cash. And since the campus is near King street, there are always a variety of foods you can try if you do not feel like eating food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life also depends on which dorm you go to. There are some dorms who have the majority students who like to party way too much and can be very loud even during the nights on the week days. Walls can be quite thin, so you are able to hear what happens outside even if your window isn't open as well as the people that are staying in the room beside you and above. But if you are a deep sleeper, like me, this should not be a problem for you.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what professor you have. Some do not take attendance and other do. But even if you do have a professor who do not take attendance, I recommend you go to class every day or at least try to.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's always tempting to go out and party all the time but please try not to. Make sure to always keep schoolwork a priority but be sure to take breaks off and go hang out with your friends. And try to stay in touch with family.

    In three sentences

    School can be overwhelming sometimes but I am so glad that I came to this school! It is a lot of walking but I don't mind since it's so beautiful here. The weather can occasionally be abnormal

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are several campus police to ensure the students safety.

    Greek Life

    I am not in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Students have plenty of chances and events to participate in and attend.

    Great for these types of students

    People that enjoy learning the history around them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has so much history behind it.

    Bang for the buck

    College of Charleston is very expensive for out of state students, but is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, shopping on king street, or go play pick up sports games.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options for food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are coed, so it gives us the ability to make all sorts of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are very fast paced and extensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time very well. Study early, rather than late. Also, be on time to all your classes.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful, Fast-Paced, Fun

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    *** It's kind of expensive here. Save as much money as you can before coming to College of Charleston.

    What to do for fun

    The city is a really fun & exciting place to explore, & the beach is close, too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Send in dorm requests early. Get ready to meet tons of really nice people.

    In three sentences

    This college has a variety of students from all over attending here. The professors are great. Enjoying this wonderful city is definitely a bonus.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is always around on campus. There are blue posts all over campus and if you push the button on it campus police will be there in six seconds of less. They provide a shuttle from 11-2 every night in case you need to be picked up from anywhere as well.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a part of campus but it is not in every aspect of the school. The people in Greek Life feel a sense of community and belonging but if you are not in Greek Life you do not feel left out. All Greek Life organizations support other organizations on campus as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    If there is not a club at Charleston that you want, you can make it happen. They have everything from Latin Club to Running Club and everything in between. They also have alternative spring break so you can represent CofC while doing community service.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for any one really. If you enjoy nice weather and a city with no limits, this place if for you. The campus is open so you have to feel safe where you are.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At graduation, all the girls wear white dresses and the boys wear tuxes; no gowns. Also, it is bad luck to walk across the Cistern before graduation. They say it will take you an extra year to graduate if you do.

    Bang for the buck

    There is always something to do here. Campus puts on a ton of free events in the dorms and around the school so you definitely get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    I like it hang out at Marion Square Park or walk along the water at the Battery. Shopping is always a good time since it is right outside my dorm!

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options for on campus dining but it gets very repetitive. Off campus there are hundreds of places to eat so it never gets boring.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm is a lot of fun. I have bonded with everyone on my floor and we hang out all the time. It is a great way to meet people although it is loud frequently.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not overly exhausting but the effort needs to be put in in order to get good grades. Just see your teacher for help if you need it. They are always willing to give feedback.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a lot of fun, but be prepared to work hard too. Teachers make you work for your grades but it is worth it when you get that paper back.

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston has it all; great faculty, refreshing atmosphere, challenging courses, and a city of endless opportunity. There is no other college or university that encompasses the diversity that is found here. With a myriad of things to do, one can never be bored.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I am on the college of charleston track and field team. I am also a part of the Water sports club.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like a small school the college of charleston would be great for you.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is a great school. They have perfect class size and plenty of help in the classes.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    very fun and competitive

    Great for these types of students

    anyone, the college is so diverse

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Biannual rave in the library during exam week

    What to do for fun

    Beach, mall, bars, clubs, athletic events, volunteering events, academic talks, theater plays, musicals, in door rock climbing, bike riding, THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO HERE@!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate! Go to the teachers' office hours to get help. Utilize the library and the school tutors, they are very helpful.

    In three sentences

    It is amazing, the teachers generally care and are willing to help you learn and understand and enjoy the class. The work load is difficult, but manageable. I have met amazing people here from all over the world and will be sad to graduate in May.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I wouldn't recommend Greek Life. You don't need it to get to know people here

    Great for these types of students

    Stated above. The laid back smart kid that doesn't want to kill themselves with an impossible work load while in college. Learn and play.

    What to do for fun

    There are endless things to do in Charleston, the only advice I would give is get out and explore! That's the best way to get the most out of this city. There are many different neighborhoods that all have a little bit of a different feel.

    Food and Dining

    Better than most colleges I have been to, but it gets hard with so little variety. They usually have the same things.

    Dorm Life

    I had the most amazing experience in the dorms last year. Most of my closest friends are those that I met in the dorm and even though some have moved on to other places there is still a really strong bond between us. College Lodge in my opinion is the best dorm, I didn't say the nicest (it's an old Moter Inn Motel) but it attracts a very interesting, artistic, and fun kind of person.

    Academic Rigor

    As stated above, if you are not in the Honors College, you might find that some classes aren't as challenging either due to the overall calibre of student or professor. If you are looking for rigor, just make sure you check ratemyprofessor.com first.

    Tips for prospective students

    The perfect school for someone that wants to live in a city, but not have something overwhelming such as New York City. It's a very close knit community as you will find that for having about 10,000 students you'll meet people and almost always will find some kind of connection. Life really couldn't get better here as you have the downtown, which is safer than most cities and you will usually run into someone you know and living off-campus in historical houses. It's a cool city where many people ride their bikes and skateboard and people are very liberal and green. I would, however, not recommend College of Charleston to students who seek academic rigor and prestige. Don't get me wrong, CofC is a great school, but I have found that students here aren't as serious about their school work. Most people that end up at CofC come here because they fell in love with the city and lifestyle, so school is not the utmost priority to them. It's a great school, but it can be very distracting living downtown.

    In three sentences

    One of the most beautiful college campuses in the heart of downtown. There's a lot of history here, but don't let that keep you from thinking that Charleston is a sleepy town--there is tons to do. For being a Southern city, Charleston is very liberal and the professors I have had here have had a lasting impression on me.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I loved campus safety!!!! I worked late every weekend and there was always an officer to walk (or drive) me home.

    What to do for fun

    You are in the middle of Downtown Charleston, there are historic sites everywhere, the beaches are a short drive from campus, there is plenty of night life, shopping, and eating locales. You are in a city, there is never a shortage of something to do!

    Food and Dining

    The school's cafeteria is pretty decent, but there are also several options about campus for added variety. There are also so many eateries within walking distance that you will never starve...the freshman 15 may be grossly under-exaggerated!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm, historic housing, and the senior apartments. All were great. The dorms, new when I lived there, were typical dorms, share a bathroom between 4, full kitchen at the end of the hallway, washer/dryer too. The historic houses were the best! each room was turned into a 2/3/4 person housing unit washer and dryer available, kitchen, and right on campus. The apartments were 3/4 student units, each had individual room, washer/dryer, and kitchen. Overall I loved living on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    Gen ed courses are typical, but the major specific courses made you work for your degree! The professors are knowledgeable and create classes that are challenging and worth the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy rain boots and flip-flops!

    In three sentences

    CofC is in a wonderful location, Charleston is a great place to live, beaches, shopping, and food! There is great academic variety, and the professors are knowledgeable and approachable. It is a great school to be a part of!

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus Safety is really good, there is cops all over the campus and in the dorm's lounge at night. I feel really safe there.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is not good. I know they say racism is at a all time high but at College of Charleston only the Caucasian kids get a Greek house and activities, the NPHC has nothing at all except one little house.

    Clubs and Activities

    College of Charleston has alot of Clubs and Activites that are very interesting, it is hard to pick one because there is so many to choice from.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for really smart and organized students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the main traditions of College of Charleston is to walk across the cistern whenever you graduate, until then you can not walk across it.

    Bang for the buck

    It is really expensive to go there, but as i said before it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    It is downtown Charleston, their is alot of things to do on your spare time.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining areas are really nice and clean, it is just that the food is not always good and they should put a little more effort in preparing the food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice, every single one of them. I do not mind staying in either of the dorms in downtown charleston.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is hard, and you have to make sure you stay on it: but it is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you come prepared because this establishment is very difficult but it will help you in the long run.

    In three sentences

    This college is absolutely amazing. I give this college a A+. If your looking for a good establishment, this one should be your choice.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are Safety Boxes located around campus with buttons that say Push For Emergency. There are campus policemen and student health services. There is also a Cougar Cab Service that will pick you up when it is too late to walk home safely. NEVER WALK THE STREETS ALONE AT NIGHT.

    Greek Life

    Only 20% of the College is Greek, so it's not mandatory at all!

    Clubs and Activities

    We have an internationally ranked Quidditch team and a nationally ranked sailing team and lots and lots of basketball! But no football team.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who appreciate historic cities with a great nightlife and don't care for snooty university titles.

    Bang for the buck

    C of C offers great scholarships for great students!

    What to do for fun

    Take a walk on the Battery or Waterfront Park, join a sports team, take a Zumba class, go to the gym, go swing dancing, shop on King St., hang out at Marion Square, eat out, or go to the Pantheon.

    Food and Dining

    All freshman are required to have a meal plan. The two cafeterias, Liberty and City Bistro, offer fried comfort food, cereal/bagels/waffles, pasta and pizza and salad stations, and dessert bars. Vegans have severely limited options.

    Dorm Life

    The Honors Freshman dorm offers a spacious single room with HUGE closets, loft beds, plenty of desk and drawer space, a microwave/mini-fridge, and a community hallway bathroom that you don't have to clean. However, the ResNet Internet connection is terrible and you are not allowed to have your own router.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a student in the Honors College, and there is always plenty of work to do! The good news is, it is not busy work, and you will actually learn from it.

    Tips for prospective students

    To get here: get that good SAT score! Once you're here: learn how to manage your time and how to not-sleep when an assignment is due. Because you WILL pull all-nighters on a regular basis, but the degree of sleep you do get is up to you.

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston has friendly, beautiful people and plenty of fun things to do. It has rigorous academics and plenty of out-of-state students to prove it is not a last-choice school. It is a large school with a small-school feeling, especially if you are in the Honors College.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    sometimes walking around downtown at night can be kind of creepy so i always walk with a friend. but i've never seen or heard of anything going on on campus.

    Greek Life

    I love greek life. we have a great variety of people and fraternities/ sororities

    Clubs and Activities

    no matter what your interested in they have a club. we even have a quiditch team!

    Great for these types of students

    it's great for liberal arts majors and anyone interested in biology or the medical field because it is so close to MUSC

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the Cistern is beautiful and hosts so many large events but is also where people just go to hang out, study or relax. Also, a lot of people like to hang out in marion square. sometimes even in their bathing suits trying to get a tan.

    Bang for the buck

    so far i've enjoyed my time there and love it. if you aren't a huge football fan then i would suggest touring and looking into it. we do have a great basketball team!

    What to do for fun

    theres always something to go. i love greek life. i always have some type of event to look forward to and it keeps me on track with my grades because you do have to have a certain gpa. But outside of that there are so many shops, museums, galleries, music, and amazing places to eat. and of course the beach is only 15 min away!

    Food and Dining

    the food really isn't bad. despite what some might say, its pretty good and has a ton of options. the only thing is that after a while you get tired of eating in the cafeteria. but there are so many restaurants around that it's not a big deal at all.

    Dorm Life

    I love being in the dorm. I've met so many people and I love being able to walk across the hall and visit. Sometimes people do have unfortunate living situations and do not get along with their roommate(s) but i was lucky enough to have a great one!

    Academic Rigor

    I came into college knowing that it would be difficult. If you have that mindset and study to the best of your ability. It won't seem so hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Don't let your first semester fly by and wish you had studied harder. 2. Try and take classes that will count for multiple general education requirements. 3. Go out and meet new people, try new things, and be open-minded.

    In three sentences

    It's a perfect setting. Everything is within walking distance and not to mention all the beautiful scenery. When I chose CofC I wasn't 100% sure about my choice, but now after my first semester I know I made the right decision.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The College is very safe. There are boxes placed around campus with a button on them. When they are pushed campus police will come and see whats wrong.

    Greek Life

    The college does have Greek life. They always host events and parties around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The college has plenty of clubs and activities for everyone here. The college always says Get Involved by getting into clubs it allows you to meet new people and make new friends.

    Great for these types of students

    The college has a wide variety of students. Anyone can attend here and feel like they fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cistern is a famous place on campus. Many movies have been filmed in Charleston such as the Notebook.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of places around campus will offer discounts to to college students to help save you a little cash.

    What to do for fun

    The college always has events going on around campus. Charleston also has plenty of events going on. Shopping on King st, going to the market, playing in Marion Square or running at the battery are also fun things to do downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The college does have a wide variety food in the dining halls. The food is good and the desserts are even better. But if you're tired on dining hall food their is plenty of restaurants downtown to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    The underclassmen dorms have security/RA's at the front desk 24/7. you must swipe your college id to get in these dorms. No one is allowed in with out an id and if the student has guest in the dorm they must be signed in at the front desk.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here expect a lot out of their students but they give you the materials you need to be successful in college and life after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    I love this college. It has a small town feel even though it is located in the heart of downtown Charleston. If you attend class and do the work you will graduate here.

    In three sentences

    The college has a wide variety of students. The college is located in beautiful downtown Charleston, close to restaurants and shopping. The college may be big but it has a small college feel.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safest campus I have ever been on!

    Greek Life

    There are many sorority and fratenity groups of all kinds to join.

    What to do for fun

    The College is located directly beside King Street which is where many shops are so it is fun to go shopping. The College has many athletic teams and they have games throughout the week and on the weekend so there is always a game to go to. the games that are held at fields off of campus are easy to get to because the college provides transportation to and from the games. The College is just a short walk from the Harbor; where cruise ships dock, The Market, and The Battery. Charleston also has a bus system called CARTA that runs throughout Charleston and goes to places such as The Citadel Mall, movie theatre, and the outlet stores.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but sometimes it can be a hit or miss. The College offers a variety of food choices and various ways to pay for it. The dining halls can get old after a while so there are other choices such as Chick - fil- A, Java City, Burger Studio, etc. They offer meal plans for the dining halls and dining dollars and cougar cash for the other food and dining places on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The College of Charleston has many dorms throughout the campus to choose from. Liberty dorms are the nicest and the most quiet. The RA's on the halls really keep things in the dorm in order and the RA's are always doing activities through the week in order for residents to meet other residents. Quiet hours are observed from 8pm-8am which is really nice. the dorms provide washers and dryers for each hall or the whole dorm itself. There are study rooms and activities rooms on each hall of the dorms. Dorm life is really nice and the people are very friendly. The dorms are the safest places to live.

    Academic Rigor

    The College of Charleston offers classes of all kinds. The classes can be easy to hard and also depends on what professor you have. The professors challenge you to do your best and expect you to your best. The library holds helpful labs for each class offered by the college except the physical activities to help students with difficult material. The academic programs is one of the best in the state.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join as many clubs and activities as your schedule will allow to get yourself involved with the school and to meet new people. There are different class sizes for every class so choose the class size that best suits you. Do not stress out when you are having trouble with classes because the library offers labs for every class the college offers.

    In three sentences

    The College is beautiful, fun and has the best academic programs in the state. There is always something going on throughout the the campus both educational and fun. College of Charleston would receive a 10 out of 10 rating for the best College in the state factoring in academics, athletics and activities.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    strict

    Clubs and Activities

    over 400 organizations

    What to do for fun

    bowling, Bar and Club (21), Beach, Sports (free home game transportation), site seeing, frequent student activities,

    Food and Dining

    2 different cafe and various campus restaurants

    Dorm Life

    i live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Very Moderate not hard, if you study

    In three sentences

    I the love the college, it is full of life, located in the heart of Charleston; the people are really nice in and outside of the classroom. The College Of Charleston has big reputation and is well respected by the citizens of Charleston.Out of State Tuition is expensive but believe the experience is worth every penny,

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is wonderful. There are little blue boxes everywhere in case you are walking alone at night, or even during the day. There are security officers who manage the dorm rooms at night also. I always see a couple even roaming the streets at night. There is also a great policy if something gets stolen. They are always willing to help and they have great success rates.

    Great for these types of students

    College of Charleston is great for people who want the feel of the city life and also for people who absolutely love to shop. It is ideal for those who love to party also. Overall, it could be ideal for anyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, the College of Charleston is AMAZING! I wouldn't want to change my decision no matter what. There is always something going on whether it is associated with the college or not. It is a really fun school, and if you are worried about partying too much, don't worry, there are always other alternatives.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun. You could always join a sorority or a fraternity. But just being in the middle of Charleston has its perks. Shopping, or just a trip to the beach is always fun. The beach isn't far at all. Even just going to the Battery right down the street can be fun. There is always some kind of sporting event going on, and a lot of activities hosted by various clubs. There are free movie night Monday's where they play very up to date movies and even offer free food and sometimes prizes.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. A lot of people will say the food is disgusting, but I am going to be real. Depending on what kind of food you get, it can be really good. For instance, don't go into the dining hall and get a crab cake and expect it to be top notch. All of the food is cooked right in front of you, so it's not like it's mystery meat or anything. Also, there are tons of choices. On holidays, they have big feasts!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. They may seem a little pricey, but that is the price you are going to pay living in the middle of a city. There is one disadvantage though. The dorms aren't very open so, you don't really have close contact with the people on your hall. On the bright side, anyone can visit you at any time of the day or the night.

    Academic Rigor

    If you come to the college expecting to work hard for your grade, then you should be wonderful. Some teachers are very easy, but some can be extremely hard. It is definitely a hit or miss situation, but that is like with any college you go to.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on going to College of Charleston, I would suggest to get used to walking a lot. It is very important to make at least one friend that has a car. Get involved with as many things as you can. The college is so spread out that it is hard to keep up with what is going on.

    In three sentences

    The college of Charleston is located in beautiful downtown Charleston SC. If you don't want to gain that freshman fifteen, it is ideal because of all of the walking to and from classes and just all around downtown. Everyone is very welcoming and willing to go out on a limb for pretty much anyone.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    College of Charleston's campus safety is well organized and very effective. We have campus police who make sure every is going smoothly around campus during the day and mostly at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at the College of Charleston is very small. It is a great way to meet friends and be automatically involved in the school. If you are not a Greek life person, then that's okay. There are so many other clubs to do to meet friends and be involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    College of Charleston has so many clubs and activities to do just about every day of the week. There is never a boring day in this school with everything going on all the time.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student can immediately get involved in something on or off of campus and have a great time at this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    College of Charleston has a status of the mascot, Clyde the Cougar, in a central spot on campus. One of the traditions is if you rub his nose, then he will give you good luck. Another thing students always say is don't cross the Cistern before you graduate. As a freshmen, you walk across it one way to represent entering the school. When students graduate, they walk across it the opposite way to exit the school. It is said that if you walk across it before you graduate, then you will add another year of college to your life.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do at the College of Charleston for fun. The school is located in the middle of Downtown Charleston so there are great shops and locations to go to. Many students love just taking a stroll to one of the nearby ponds or parks to hang out.

    Food and Dining

    College of Charleston offers two buffet style cafes. The school always has various other little campus run stores to satisfy food and drink needs of students throughout the day. The food in the cafes is always different and they always have a wonderful variety to choose from so students are continuously eating the same foods.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very convenient. The dorms are pretty spacious and offer a chance to meet new people right away. It is a big part of building community around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are almost all based on the students particular major and interests. The classes are fairly challenging to enhance knowledge but not difficult where students are unable to do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    For someone who is looking at this school, I would say the main thing is to make sure they offer the major they want to be in. We have a large variety of majors but there are some that we do not offer. I also know that many people are scared to go to a school if they do not even know a single person. At College of Charleston, it is okay because everyone and every club is so inviting that students quickly meet new friends.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is a school where everyone can find what they love and find a community that they will fit into. The environment of the school is peaceful, spacious, freeing. The classes the school offers are unique and professors that teach them are wonderful.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never feel unsafe on my campus. There are call boxes with bright blue lights to call campus security if you ever need help.

    Greek Life

    Personally, I am not involved in Greek life, but it is a very big deal. Many students are involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    The College offers activities from anime club to sailing to snowboarding.

    Great for these types of students

    If you enjoy being in the middle of a big city, but love the small town feel also, definitely consider the College.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school is located in downtown Charleston SC. This offers many things for people to experience. One tradition would be that one is to not walk all the way across the cistern less one will not finish school in the normal four years.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is a bit pricey, but I would not choose another school over it. It is a fantastic place of learning. Along with being in the heart of a beautiful city, the school offers many opportunities to push yourself into further learning.

    What to do for fun

    The college offers many clubs and organizations that host many activities to keep on entertained. Things such as movie nights or block parties and even concerts.

    Food and Dining

    It's a cafetiere. Well, there are two. It's not terrible, and the college offers other little places at which you can use 'dinning dollars.' Also the college is in the heart of Charleston, therefore there are fabulous eating places less that two blocks away.

    Dorm Life

    A dorm is a dorm; however, I very much have enjoyed living on campus. I have made many friends and it has definitely been and experience living on my own.

    Academic Rigor

    The College of Charleston promotes a deeper leaning in everything that is taught. Many of the professors I have been under insist not only what we are learning but why. Promoting the 'big picture.'

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely consider attending this school. It is absolutely fantastic. You will be challenged and you will learn loads of information that help to better yourself.

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston is a wonderful institution. I feel very challenged in this school which I feel helps me to learn way more than if I were to attend any other school. My studies here so far, a semester and a half, have been tremendous and I have retained much information.

  • 03/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a great way for one to get to know more students. This college has a lot of students from all over so greek life lets students get to know people from all over!

    What to do for fun

    The city offers so much to do for fun! My favorite thing to do is walk around the city, down to the battery. It is a great way to escape from the stresses of school.

    Food and Dining

    In the past couple of years the college has really worked on improving the food services.

    Dorm Life

    The college offers a wide range of living spaces depending on price.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been able to challenge myself academically but also been able to be involved in a lot of extracurricular activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend time exploring the city when you visit. The more you walk around the city the more you fall in love with the college.

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston is in the beautiful city of Charleston. The college embraces the history of the city! I would recommend this college to any one who is looking for the perfect college inside of a city.

  • 04/21/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    lots going on

    Great for these types of students

    type A personality, social but want to do well.

    What to do for fun

    the list is endless. charleston is amazing. Art walks, beach, bike riding, running, library, shopping, movies

    Food and Dining

    vegetarians will never go hungry

    Dorm Life

    Very fun. Easy and everyone is friendly

    Academic Rigor

    Not too difficult

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bike and be ready for the most amazing place you will ever live.

    In three sentences

    The city is amazing. The college is great. The students are okay.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can stand at any point on campus and make a 360 turn and see a blue light for our emergency boxes. Also, our campus police are very helpful and friendly. We also get notified when crimes happen on or near campus so people know to be cautious and stay away from certain areas.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is here but it does not take up a majority of the students. If you're in one, it's fine and if you're not it's also fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have tons and tons of clubs on campus that are very easy to join and constant activities being put on by CAB (Cougar Activities Board)

    Great for these types of students

    Art students, historic students, and students who love being outdoors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not cross the Cistern before graduation or you won't graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    CofC is definitely a rising school and with the price of tuition not being as high as many others, you're getting a great education and a degree from this school will look amazing on a resume.

    What to do for fun

    Go to shows at the Music Farm, play a sport in Marion Square, etc... The best thing about being in Charleston is you can go for a 20 minute walk to the battery and see 15 historic things on the way.

    Food and Dining

    We have many options of places to eat on campus but sometimes the food can be repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very fun except for when there are people yelling late at night and fire alarms (mostly in the beginning of the year). Make sure you get along with your roommates or your experience won't be as great.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are challenging and rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overwhelm yourself trying to take 18 credit hours and work full time each semester. But don't allow yourself to take the easy way out and do the bare minimum. Find a good balance for you.

    In three sentences

    We have an absolutely beautiful campus as well as an amazing staff. Class sizes are for the most part small and focused and the professors really do care about you succeeding and are always willing to help students who are also willing to help themselves.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I am a junior in highschool and I love Charleston. CofC is my number one choice, if I get accepted. I have just been wondering how people liked the school, and if it was worth the money.

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CofC is fairly safe. There are officers at night and you can always have one walk with you if you feel unsafe. Some theft does occur, so don't leave belongings unattended.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is 15 minutes away, shopping and restaurants are nearby on King Street, and there are always events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is mediocre, but King Street is close by and offers some decent restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small, but you make many friends.

    Academic Rigor

    CofC is fairly challenging, so make sure you devote enough time to your studies. The Honors College is a great option for students looking for a more challenging curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you don't mind the humidity. Pack a lot of layers!

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston is located in a beautiful historic city. It is close to the beach. You can always find like-minded students through clubs.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never felt unsafe on campus ever. In my two years here we havent had any safety issues at all. The public safety officers are typically nice and very helpful.

    Great for these types of students

    History majors Arts majors Science Majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Cistern for sure. It is an area outside of Randolph Hall, the ldest building on campus and home to the oldest major at CofC, Classics. Upon graduating you walk from one side of the raised grassy platform in the cistern to the other, doing so before graduating is considered bad luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Kind of. The school is pretty good, but being able to say that you graduated fromn COFC is the big ticket item. it isn't so much that the school is so superior as much as it is that you managed you graduate with a degree after spending four years in one of the busiest non-college town cities.

    What to do for fun

    It's Charleston. There are more things to do than one can hope to touch on. The beach is close by, tons of shopping, lots of parks, art galleries, house museums and more.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good at some of the cafe's on campus, the best feature though is the partnering with local businesses for student prices and the use of dining dollars in certian restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay. It is a great experience that every person needs, but most of the COFC buildings are older and somewhat problematic. For one there are more students than the scholl can house. This isn't really the school's fault as the city will not allow the school to expand any further so there is no room for growth.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is pretty heavy here. Many professors expect a lot of their students, which would be fine if the students were capapble of affording school without needing at least a part time job. You definately need good time management skills to prosper here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always know what you want before you ask a question because the faculty will do their best to talk you out of needing their help. Don't take no for an answer, if you have to get in someone's face to get what you need, its necessary. The workers at this scholl don't respect polite people, you almost have to be rude to get anything done.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is a great school for certain majors, mainly the humanities and arts. The science program at COFC isn't bad but it is mostly popular to the proximity of MUSC. The faculty can be a bit touchy and lazy.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    From what I've herd about it, it seems like a really good school to attend. About there sports i don't know how they are but i hope that they are a good team. I hope to attend this school soon.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything that you want for you have land to just relax on, water near by, historical buildings to explore, and other interesting things as well.

    Food and Dining

    It is very good and if you don't like it they have multiple of other options and seeing as it is in Charleston you have a lot of eateries if you don't like campus food.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know because I am going to be commuting.

    Academic Rigor

    I have yet to participate in any of the classes; however from what I hear it depends on the subject and your participation because the teachers make time to help their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply the scenery is great and the people are excellent and willing to help you every step of the way. They really helped me get past all of the transferring problems that a lot of college students go through.

    In three sentences

    This school from what I have seen and experienced on my tour is very clean, preserver of History, and very forthcoming with its students. They work well to help take away the problems with transferring to their school. Lastly, they help you see the importance that history plays with the present and the future by using historical buildings and old houses for housing, club and help resources.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there is much to do being that your in the city. there are many shops and restaurants to enjoy.

    In three sentences

    I have had such a great experience so far and I am only going into my sophomore year so there is much to look forward to. Its a unique school that has so much to offer. The location is so great, you can go to the beach or stay local and shop or go to dinner with your friends.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is amazing

    Clubs and Activities

    They have tons of clubs and since it is a d-1 college the sports are amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for country students and down to earth students who know how to work hard for what they want.

    Bang for the buck

    College of Charleston is very expensive but its beautiful and very friendly.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can walk around the streets. You can go to marion square and just relax You can go to the beach also

    Food and Dining

    The food is not very good. The food is very bland.

    Dorm Life

    They are very secure and safe. The rooms are huge and its on bathroom for every two students which is even better. The rooms are air condition also which is great.

    In three sentences

    The student life of college of Charleston i rate a 10 out of 10. The food at college of Charleston i rate about a 5 out of 10. The classes at college of Charleston i rate an 8 out of 10.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe and if I do face any issues then I just call Campus Safety and a Campus Police is by my side within minutes.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at CofC is a fun and inspiring experience, but you do not have to be a part of it to enjoy your time at The College.

    Clubs and Activities

    Depends on your interests, but they have just about anything and everything.

    Great for these types of students

    I believe that the College of Charleston has something to offer all students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On any given day, you can walk by Marion Square and see anything from students tanning and studying to students playing a pickup game of football or baseball.

    Bang for the buck

    As much as a college can be worth the tuition, the College of Charleston is.

    What to do for fun

    The whole city is a playground! If you like to be outside go play at Marion Square, walk down to the battery, splash around in the Pineapple Fountain, or, of course, visit one of the many beaches. Even if you like to stay inside or need some fun on a rainy day, catch a movie and a meal at the Cinebarre, knock over some pins at the bowling alley, or try being a kid again at Blackbeard's Cove.

    Food and Dining

    Some people say that the Freshman 15 comes from alcohol, but I know that it comes from the dessert bar in the Liberty Dining Hall.

    Dorm Life

    No matter if you're in the newer and cleaner Liberty Hall, or the older and bigger McAlister Hall, there is always a sense of home and community to be found.

    Academic Rigor

    The Professors have high expectations for all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Embrace the history and the peaceful environment that the campus provides.

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston provides its students with a highly distinguished degree in their major of interest. However, it also gives them a view of what they could become and accomplish one day. All of downtown Charleston is our campus, in which we are surrounded and inspired by a variety of professionals, from retail and food management to doctors and entrepreneurs.

  • 08/15/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    College of Charleston has many different activities that are offered to students. The activities are a good fit to students with all interests. Students are not limited to school activities, downtown Charleston also has activities for everyone to enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    College of Charleston has four different cafeterias, each cafeteria specializes in a different foods. There is a buffet cafeteria that offers a variety of food. There is also cafeteria for students to take out packaged food, for students who are looking for a quick bite before heading to class. Since College of Charleston is in the center of Downtown Charleston, students are not limited to school cafeterias. There is an Off Campus Meal Plan for most of the restaurants and students have the opportunity to try different meals.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different dorms at the College of Charleston, there are co-ed dorms and single gender dorms. Students who are rooming together are required to sign a contract to adjust to each others way of living. It makes it easy to adapt to the college life. There are curfews to all students living in dorms, which makes it a safer environment for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    It mostly depends on how many credit hour you take, but to be considered a full time student you must have more than twelve credit hours. There is a fair amount of work for every class. But if there is a correct amount of time management, there is time to excel in class and also have a social life. Teachers always have office hours for students who need extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students is to attend all of the orientation sessions, accepted student weekends and any freshman information sessions. Also, when you receive e-mails of information regarding your freshman year, make sure you keep track of deadlines. And always, do not ever procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    The College of Charleston campus is extremely convenient for all type of students, ranging from athletic, social and shopping. The students are very diverse and open minded to new ideas. The faculty and staff go out of their way to help students in need and set a friendly environment for students to settle in.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police, if needed, will come quicker than you know it. Also they are at the front desk of the dorms, really late at night, to make sure that you are safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Each club is always hosting a new event every month. this allows others to get to know each other as well as decide what clubs that they may want to join in the future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year there are a few back to school events as well as Club based events for the whole campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do here. The main thing to do is go shopping on King St. as well on Market St. Shopping cleanses the soul. If you are not a big shopper, it's best to walk the battery or hang out at water front park. you could also ride with friends to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. Unlike in many high school, where you only had one choice, at College of Charleston their are multiple choices and multiple dining hall to accommodate your needs. Whether vegetarian, vegan or a big meat eater, you will always find something to your liking.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty good. some dormitories are small and very tight knit, but that will allow you to get to know others in your suit better. If you are a person who loves space, their are dorms out there that will be to your liking. this I promise.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging. This is not in away to cause failure, but in a way to make you a stronger student. As well as making you into a stronger individual. Because you are still in school, you might say that you hate the time you have to get up, but the information you receive will be worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not look any further than College of Charleston. You may seem very skeptical at first, due to either the distance or whatever you might have heard, but i am telling you, that College of Charleston is the place to be. You will not only meet wonder people to hang with, but will also meet amazing people to work with or even to be taught by. College of Charleston is the best place to consider as a home away from home.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is a wonderful school and not only is the campus beautiful, but it is rich in history. Every building used for living, or class purposes tell the story of Charleston's past, through its appearance. I was drawn by its appeal as well as the food and shopping opportunities.

  • 09/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything.

    Food and Dining

    Being a downtown, there are multiple restaurants around.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on the professor, but the academic is mostly encouraging to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active. This college will give back twice the amount you give in.

    In three sentences

    It is located in a historical city, and next to MUSC. All the buildings are fairly close to one another, therefore it is not hard to get around. A lot of sports club including quidditch.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Walking alone anywhere at night is not smart in any city, that being said we have a very active public safety. They are commonly patrolling outside Campus since they are aware most students lives off campus. We also have many emergency boxes with a blue light you just press.

    Greek Life

    I'm not in Greek life nor do I ever plan on understanding it. It's a very small part this school, it's there but not necessary.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are go many clubs here I can never choose just one. They are also really good at getting involved with the community.

    Great for these types of students

    If school spirit and hanging out on campus isn't your plan but rather living in an awesome place that has more to offer than just an amazing school this place is for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk over the Cistern or else you won't graduate!!

    Bang for the buck

    This is the perfect school for me, but it won't be for everyone. When you come to CofC you are not only attending a wonderful school you are also living in one of the coolest up and coming historically rich cities in America.

    What to do for fun

    SO MANY THINGS (and most of them aren't on campus) If you want to have fun on campus join the Geology Club or visit the Halsey Art Gallery. Day time activities include: beach (Folly or Sullivan's), Magnolia Plantation, the Battery, the Market, King St Second Sunday, and many parks. Night activities: lots and lots of bars (tourist and college bars), SOOO many restaurants that ROCK, Pantheon, Music Farm and Poor House for awesome concerts at smaller venues.

    Food and Dining

    I will be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of our cafeteria. Granted it's changed a lot since freshman year and I haven't been in since. I am also a very picky and healthy eater. I'm gluten-free and vegan(I cheat sometimes) and also mostly eat raw so a school cafeteria is kinda my enemy. There are many choices and many of my friends loved the food.

    Dorm Life

    I am a junior and I only know one or two people Who live in the dorm after freshman year. Off-campus living is where it's at, but living in the dorms is a must as a freshman. You get the freshman experience and it is important for meeting people and making friends when you are new. Even if you are coming instate and know a lot of people, there are so many newbies to meet!

    Academic Rigor

    It definitely also depends on your major here but I am a CITA and Studio Art double major with a minor in Geology and that is challenging. College of Charleston may not be regarded as one of the toughest schools academically but it is definitely challenging. It is a smaller school so your classes rarely exceed 40 people, which create for a very rich and prosperous learning environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here ready to learn, teachers don't mess around when it comes to the beginning of the year. Bring rain boots, it floods here ALL the time. Be sure to check out the city and make sure you have a friend with a car because Folly Beach is only a 20 car ride away.

    In three sentences

    A perfect school for a student that doesn't want the typical college experience. The focus is less on the school and campus activities and more on all the amazing things you can do in the city. The city is amazing and it's what makes College of Charleston stand out from the rest.

  • 10/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In every underclassmen residence hall, there is a front desk being secured 24/7. There is always a security officer walking around or driving. Even in the library, there is an officer on every floor.

    Greek Life

    There are all different types of Greeks. There are IFC, NPHC and Panhellenic greek organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a little over 180 clubs/organizations. A person can never get bored at College of Charleston.

    What to do for fun

    There are always programs being thrown by CAB (the school's activity board). Shopping is huge here since we are located by King Street (the shopping street that has all the restaurants and stores). If you are into Salsa dancing, there's a salsa club.

    Food and Dining

    CofC is surrounded by restaurants. There are plenty of dining halls you can choose from. Students don't have to worry about gaining the freshman 15 because there is plenty of healthy choices. The on-campus dining halls caters to vegetarians too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are called Residence halls at CofC. Res life make residents feel like they have a home away from home. Even though we are at the heart of the city, there is security 24/7. You actually get freedom, like having opposite sex in the building and you can have overnight stays. Every month there are different programs in each residence halls.

    Academic Rigor

    College of Charleston pushes you beyond easy work. Professors give their students a challenge. At first it is a little scary with the work, but as time goes by, you actually learn things and get to apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to study. College of Charleston challenges your mind everyday. You can not do what you did in high school; you can not procrastinate. You are going to enjoy the atmosphere. College of Charleston will turn you into a more open-minded person and prepare you for the 'Real' world.

  • 12/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This isn't just a college town. A lot of people live here.

    Greek Life

    Has been taken over by northerners

    Clubs and Activities

    eh not really that many to join.

    Great for these types of students

    super smart kids.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Citadel games are not fun, don't waste your time going to one. Long board may look cool but bikes are easier to ride to class. Don't get hit by a car either, they don't care about bikes or anyone in the way.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a great place.

    What to do for fun

    The beach, bike around town, go shopping, weather is usually nice, go sailing, parties aren't fun because the police force here is ridiculous.

    Food and Dining

    the restaurants around campus are great! Dinning on campus is good for a while but it gets old.

    Dorm Life

    It just depends which dorm you get. Some are very old and gross.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an average student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try hard.

    In three sentences

    College Of Charleston is located in one of the best cities in America. The classes are difficult and the professors are worse. It is a very challenging school.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very Safe!

    Greek Life

    Again, Sororities and Fraternities are very propionate on campus. I am in a sorority and I love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sororities and Fraternities are very propionate on campus. There are clubs for everything anyone can find something to get involved with

    Great for these types of students

    There is such a variety of people that attend but the only thing is if you are really into having sports teams be a priority for your college years look somewhere else.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you want to graduate from CofC do not walk across the Cistern until your graduation day!

    Bang for the buck

    A little pricy but worth it for what you learn

    What to do for fun

    Its Charleston there are a million things to do there, its really hard to find yourself bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good and a lot of variety at Liberty

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in Berry my freshman year, it wasn't too bad and not as bad as many people make it out to be. I lived in Warren Place my Sophomore year and loved it there.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are challenging but it is easy to maintain a good GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early, Apply for housing EARLY if you want a good room, Have fun because it is the best college ever

    In three sentences

    CofC is wonderful to go to because you are attending a wonderful school that is in a wonderful city. There is always something fun to do within the city and through the college. The professors are great and very informative.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Living in a city, campus safety is a huge deal. College of Charleston's campus safety is awesome. They have a program called the Cougar Shuttle, which runs every weekend until 2 AM. This program sends shuttles to pick up College of Charleston students, free of cost. If that is not enough there are public safety stations all around campus. All you do is press a button that calls directly to campus police and they will be there in a heartbeat, for almost anything.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is pretty big, and pretty cool if you have the time for it. Rush week is insane and a lot of fun, and joining Greek Life is a great way to meet new friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anyone at the College of Charleston. I know people who are in the Belly Dancing Club and Republicans Club. There are so many clubs to choose from, and the college makes it extremely easy for people to create new clubs as well.

    Great for these types of students

    The college is great for any type of student. I am friends with people who are going pre-med and also friends with people who are studio arts majors. There is such a mix of people that go to the college that really anybody would enjoy attending here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My one favorite tradition that the college has, that actually made me want to attend, is the graduation tradition. The graduation is known as a rose ceremony. Instead of caps and gowns, the graduating class wears all white. Men wear white suits and women wear white dresses. Each student graduates and earns their rose. All of this takes place in the Cistern; one of the most historic places in Charleston.

    Bang for the buck

    I pay 35,000 a year, out of state to attend the College of Charleston. Is it a bang for my buck? In my opinion, yes it is. If I had not attended College of Charleston, I would probably be commuting to Seton Hall University, which is 18,000 dollars more per year. I do not mind the hefty college fees though. Every semester during finals, the college provides many services to relieve the stress, called The Cougar Countdown. They do everything from moonlit pancake breakfasts to puppies behind the library. The college also has a lot of cool events and opportunities including: endless study abroad options, Georgestock (a live concert in the center of campus), hundreds of clubs, and the list can go on.

    What to do for fun

    Being in the middle of a city, there is always something to do. If you are 21 there is always a bar or ten that are crowded, and if that is not your scene, a fraternity in greek life is always throwing a party. Thankfully there is more to do than just drinking and partying. Charleston is known for Sunday morning brunches and its giant farmers market on Saturdays. You can always find a hipster cafe such as Kudu and enjoy latte art competitions while listening to live, local music. There is almost always and event going on, and there is never a boring day in the city of Charleston.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeterias here is okay. What people really go to the cafs for are the addictive cookies and to catch up with their friends. The dining halls are always swarmed with new people and eating at them forces people to make new friends and socialize more.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not something to write home about. They aren't exactly well kept up and clean. The really outstanding thing about the dorms on campus is that they are small, and almost everybody in each building knows each other. Living on campus, at least for freshman year is the best thing to do. It helps you make friends and connections that will last you through your entire four years. For example, if I had not lived in the dorms my freshman year, I would never have met the kid who invented the front flash for snapchat.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors will be really strict and have tests every week, while others do not believe in tests and exams. This school is a Liberal Arts college and the professors all have different ways of teaching. Some classes you will feel like you are working nonstop for while others are a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    If there is one thing I have learned through my college experience it is that it is okay to not know what you want to do. I went into the College of Charleston undecided and have not been set on a major until recently. Going into college undecided is actually a good thing, it gives you the opportunity to take different classes and see what you like the best. My other suggestion is to stay on top of your studies. While going out and partying in the most beautiful city in the world is fun, you are there for the education, not just partying. So limit your fun so that you are not hurting your education.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is a small college with a lot to offer. The college has one of the most beautiful campuses and is located in the number one travel destination in the world. The college offers a wide variety of majors and minors and the professors are all extremely professional.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In over two years I have never felt unsafe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a great range of clubs and organizations on campus. We have dance groups, academic groups, political groups, and sports groups. Finding a niche is not very hard here at the College.

    What to do for fun

    Charleston is filled with fun things to do from the arts and comedy clubs to local sports events such as the Riverdogs baseball team. Charleston is also know for great restaurants and tourism so it is great fun to check out the touristy and historic stuff and some great restaurants on a normal weekend. There's also swing dancing almost on campus that's great fun for Saturday nights.

    Dorm Life

    Most people live off campus after freshman year but the dorms are nice and there's plenty of room.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join organizations. That is the best way to adjust to life in college. Find something you're interested, something you might be interested in, and something you know absolutely nothing about and just immerse yourself in the idea of learning both in the classroom and outside it.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is a wonderful school with such a rich history that it's hard not to love. The professors treat me as a person and genuinely want to see me succeed in life after graduation. The combination of city and academics make this a wonderful school to attend.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since CofC is right in the middle of down town Charleston, the possibilities are endless. We are always walking on King Street to shop, eat, and have fun! There are also plenty of college held events that are a ton of fun!

    Food and Dining

    I feel like CofC could work on their food choices, but the meal plans are very well set up.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. They are suite-styled. There is only one dorm that doesn't have this set up. There are no community bathrooms. They are also very safe, someone is always on guard.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you study and do what you are supposed to do, you should not have trouble with your classes! You set your own schedules so you completely control your work load. Even if you are struggling in a class, the College of Charleston provides free tutors and subject specific labs that will help you personally with any of the problems. Teachers have office hours where you can go ask them questions, and there are also student-led study/information sessions.

    Tips for prospective students

    College of Charleston is very fun and you have so much to do. It is important to take advantage of all the help that is given to you. It's important to stay active, take part in the events provided for students. Get involved with the community service efforts! Study hard, don't forget why you came to college .. FOR EDUCATION. And finally, have fun!

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is such a great experience! You meet so many new people and there are so many opportunities for you to take part in! Also, the academics here are excellent, the teachers are very helpful and interactive.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Its a super pricey school and they sometimes cheat you on the money, but its helpful to know other websites for buying books and sometimes you can find an apartment for less than housing. It all depends on the way you live and what you use.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do and so many places to go. If you're lucky enough to have your car you have your choice of three different beaches.King street is one block over and the battery is always a refreshing walk. Or if you don't have a car, its 100% socially acceptable to lay out, chill, read, play football, or even soccer in Marion Square.

    Food and Dining

    It depends on the day and time. Sometimes Liberty has the most delicious and perfectly cooked foods, but other days the food seems old and dry.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are not as nice as others, but the nicer dorms are not as open to making friends on the halls. Dorms with an open door policy and better for making friends but usually not better for getting sleep. They usually encourage the upperclassmen to get on off campus house or apartment which really isn't my ideal scenario.

    Academic Rigor

    The college has wonderful professors who are always willing to help. If you work your hardest and ask for help, there is no way you wont pass/

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and be sure to tour the college. If you want the city feeling, small classes, and exciting campus, this is the perfect place for you. Be sure to get involved in a ton of clubs and get to know your school. Make use of the library and stock up on coffee for those late night cram sessions.

    In three sentences

    I love that the College is in the middle of the city making it easy for students to get around and experience the city life. However, I am not fond of the fact that the school doesn't have the campus feel to it. At the end of the day though, I love the school and the history it contains.

  • 02/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do in Charleston. Wether it is simple things like sitting in the cistern or strolling down King Street (street with all the shops) to going to a concert at Music Farm. There is so much in Charleston, let alone, at CofC. CAB puts on a lot of events. They usually host game nights or movie nights. There are always sporting events. On saturdays there is Swing dancing, salsa dancing, zumba. There are many different markets and festivals. There are concerts put on by the schools accappella groups as well as concerts by up and coming artists in the area. There are always shows being broadcasted by the theater. You can always find something to do! Not to mention be a foodie and try all the different restaurants on the peninsula.

    Food and Dining

    Liberty Fresh Food Company is the big dining hall on campus and is located underneath Liberty residence hall. It has the most options. It also has the best cookies because they are always warm and soft! There are about 12 different stations for food options. Other places to eat are City Bistro which is small with very limited options especially if you are a vegetarian or gluten free. The only down side is that only Friday night and all Saturday, Liberty is closed, therefore, City Bistro is the only option for meal swipes. Thankfully it is only once a week, but it is the negative side to dining at CofC. Otherwise, there are places to use cougar cash, which is basically prepaid dollars on your student ID. Which is good at places like Chick-fil-A, the Stern Center(sports complex), Java City, Einsteins Bagels, and the Market (which is a mini grocery).

    Dorm Life

    I live is Berry Dorm, which is currently all female. However, in 2014-2015, it will become the Honors Dorm. The rooms are quite long and L shaped. The dorms are nice, the only complaints people have are dependent on their roommate issues. Make sure to fill out the questionnaire and email people, even though it is awkward and like online dating! My room mate and I did it and we are best friends and have never had a single problem or fight! The dorm also has a joining bathroom. The mirror is huge, that is the bonus! The windows do not open in Berry. The walls are drywall, you are not allowed to hammer in or hang things, however, there are holes and everyone hangs pictures anyway. Also the drywall makes it feel homier. Bring plenty of lamps and extension cords because there are no ceiling lights and there are only two 4plug outlets in the corners by the beds. Also bring a shelf for your desk because there is no shelving or drawers connected to the desk. The common room comes with a mini fridge and unless all 4 or 6 people are going to use it, there is really no need to bring another fridge. Other than that, Berry is nice!!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be rigorous. In general education credit classes, Professors are less rigorous because they know students are required to take these courses. Once pre-declared or declared as a major, classes intensify and become quite rigorous. However, although material is tough, all of my Professors have always offered help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out the roommate search and email as many people as possible! If you do not find a room mate, at least you will know some people to hang out with. ALSO, Take all of your most disliked general education course the first semester. You probably will begin to start slacking as time progresses. You are always the most productive and eager the first semester. So if you hate Biology, get it out of the way!

    In three sentences

    CofC is one of the most welcoming and laid back colleges in the US. The school has roughly 10,000 students. The school is located right in downtown sunny Charleston, SC.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For an instate student I feel like you really get your bang for the buck but out of state is paying a lot of money for the college.

    What to do for fun

    Everything! Charleston is one of the best cities I literally live a block from King Street it's so great!

    Food and Dining

    Could be a lot worse, if the dining hall has one good day the next day won't be so great but it could still be worse.

    Dorm Life

    My favorite part about College of Charleston is my suite! My suite mates are like family, I live in a suite with six other girls and McConnell just feels like home now.

    Academic Rigor

    More academically trying than one would expect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are willing to put in the work that a liberal arts school requires. I promise you will love the city it is one of my favorite places and one of the most beautiful places I have been. Most importantly do not underestimate the work load and when choosing classes for your first semester be careful because the my first semester was one of the hardest times of my life.

    In three sentences

    Honestly not what i expected college to be like. Very little school spirit makes it feel much less like a community. Liberal Arts school so make sure you know what you're walking in to.

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in Greek life.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach. Go out to eat. Walk around the city.

    Food and Dining

    There are two main dining halls, the food gets pretty awful by the end of the semester. Most students eat off campus. But this requires a lot of money.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are very nice. The best to be in is McCallister. All other dorms are very anti- social and everyone keeps to themselves.

    Academic Rigor

    College of Charleston is an easy school to get into. Freshman year general education classes are very easy. Once you get into your major's classes, classes get harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to look at the percentage of in to out of state students. Should just Greek life at this school. Not a lot of parties on the weekend, cops either bust them very early, mostly bars.

    In three sentences

    College of Charleston is set in a gorgeous city. There are many activities around the city to take part in, but one must have money. It is an easy, non- challenging school in a laid back atmosphere.

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has more cameras on it than any campus twice it's size. It's extremely safe, and the worst crime there is is bike theft.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is about the same as at any school I terms of population percentage, and if you're friends with Greek people, they can typically get you into the parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can find a group that fits your wants or needs for whatever you like.

    Great for these types of students

    The college is perfect for any type of student, especially arts and hospitality majors, as the city has a large artist population and it's biggest economic revenue source is tourism.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our graduation ceremony doesn't use caps and gowns. Instead, in grand southern fashion, we wear white dinner jackets and dresses.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price you pay it's definitely worth it, especially if you're an in state student.

    What to do for fun

    The beaches are 15 minutes away by car and easy to bike to. The student center rents out bikes, so even if you don't have one you can find one to use. There's also a lot of fishing to do, and the city always has fun things going on.

    Food and Dining

    The good is actually really good, and it's tough to be southern comfort food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms range in style, but they are all suites, which makes it a lot easier to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough, but the professors are very accommodating and want to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to trying new things an meeting new people. Also, don't be afraid to go to office hours or schedule an advising appointment, they're really helpful with any questions you have.

    In three sentences

    The college of charleston is an ideal place to get an education and have a full college experience. Small classes and helpful professors assist you in the academic forum, while friendly students make the transition from high school to college an easy one. The city of charleston is also a great place to live, and the college is right in the heart if downtown.

  • 03/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Eat or shop.

    In three sentences

    The campus and surrounding area is absolutely beautiful. Most of the professors act like it's Harvard and make everything harder than necessary but other professors are really cool. The college is full of sorority girls who love to party if that's your thing, but the diversity is getting better.

  • 03/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Good 24/7 campus is being safely monitored

    Greek Life

    Lots of different fraternities and sororities you may chose to join if you'd like but you don't have to join to find friends you don't have to spend money to buy friends

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of different clubs and hundreds of activities to do being downtown the beach is 10 minutes away

    Great for these types of students

    Students wanting to go into healthcare or business

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cistern never walk across it on the path in the middle until you graduate it's a tradition

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive as it is it needs to be free

    What to do for fun

    Downtown is always fun plenty of things to do the beach is 10 min away tanger outlets is close lots of things to do

    Food and Dining

    Lots if nice restaurants around town plenty to eat if you don't want to buy dining services too expensive anyway

    Dorm Life

    Living off campus in a house with some friends is ideal for the most fun but they have on campus dorms that are nice as well but get ready to spends 1000 dollars a month or more

    Academic Rigor

    Very good healthcare and business programs are main concern challenging course hands on activities stuff you need to be successful in life college itself isn't a breeze you should know that though

    Tips for prospective students

    Parking is so hard to fine if you don't buy spaces in parking garages. Campus is relatively easy to move around. Be careful when walking though campus is basically downtown so cars are driving and you don't want to get hit.

    In three sentences

    The college scenery is beautiful. They have a great science program. The history program is awful all the professors for it stink and 2 history classes should not be required as a gen ed

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    SHOPPING

    Tips for prospective students

    Do you have any tips for getting in?

    In three sentences

    CofC is currently my #1 school and I can't wait to attend in the fall of 2015. The campus is beautiful, the shopping is great, and can you say beach?

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The cafe food is really good! They have quite a bit of options if you like barbecue, vegan or healthy foods.

    Dorm Life

    Since it is a liberal arts school, you see a lot of artistic dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to campus tours and events(for incoming freshman) they're having down there. It definitely helps you decide if this is the school for you.

    In three sentences

    CofC is an awesome school with a historical feel to it. Everyone was quite welcoming when I came to visit both times. The class sizes are small, and the environment is breathtaking.

  • 04/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very secure without being overbearing. Even at night students feel safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love extracurricular activities, the south, warm weather and friendly people.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is located in downtown Charleston. Its full for museums and brand name shops. The college has a lot of extracurricular activities to participate in as well.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has two dining halls. Both have many choices but average food. Luckily, we are in the heart of Charleston. Take out and other restaurants are never far.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fun and interactive. Plenty of special events and activities to keep someone occupied.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes tend to move at a fast pace, but there is plenty of help to be found on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and keep up with due dates. Do not skip class.

    In three sentences

    The college is fun, while still being academically challenging. The people are wonderful and the atmosphere is gorgeous.