Charleston, SC
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$25,304 ($9,918)
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Reviews 1608 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Because of charlestons great nightlife, the school does contain parties about every night

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are lot of different opportunities that can help me with my major. We have study abroad that would be great to understand and learn more about other cultures and at CofC we are required to take language classes which help me become trillingual.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are a lot of study sessions and tutoring sessions that the school provides you with and the professors are usually there to help.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Charleston is known to be South Carolina's most beautiful and historic city. There are bunch of known stores and there are also some unique boutiques. There are a lot of historic places that families can visit, and there are also great beaches. Nightlife is great, because there are so many different options that you can try something different every night

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I hate that we dont have a football team, but our baseball team is great! We have a lot of unique sports that other schools do not have like equastrian, sailing, and rowing. As a school, we all support all of them equally.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: King street is right next to the college, providing it with tons of different restaurants. Yes some restaurants are very expensive but there are others with reasonable prices

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love how all the dorms are close to the library, King street, and all the classrooms. In my opinion, some dorms are really small and they get really hot. Fitting 8 girls in a suite is really hard and it can get really crowded at times.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There's isn't a lot of Greek options to begin with, but the few that we have are all known for all the parties they throw. Greek life does do some volunteering and they have a lot of fundraisers to raise money.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living in Charleston is very expensive and it is always hard to find a parking spot especially near the school. The traffic in the mornings are crazy so people living off-campus always have to leave earlier and they risk being late to class.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I love how there are two cafeterias, because at times one of them can be really packed while the other is almost empty. The meals at the cafeteria vary by days, some days they have a lot of different stuff, but then other days they repeat a lot of the same food. I love chickfila and starbucks, which are both almost on every corner of the campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: My college does not have those poles with the blue emergency button that can be pressed if someone is in danger, which in my opinion is extremely important to have. There is a special service we can call to come pick us up, if we feel like we are too intoxicated to get back to our dorms safely.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The library at College of Charleston is great and very organized! There are different levels at the library and depending on which level you are on is the amount of talking you can do. The librarians are very strict about the noise level on the "No talking levels", which is great because it gives a chance for students to have a peaceful atmosphere with no distractions to study.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: For those who like getting an MIP for having a fake ID, going to the bars is a great way to spend weekends in downtown Charleston. For the rest of us, there are still concerts, campus events, comedy clubs, and other non-Greek house parties to go to during nightlife. There's a good music and arts scene here that lots of the partiers overlook.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Berry as a freshman, which was not the best in being communal, but it was very spacious for being a freshman dorm and I enjoyed how central it was. The cost probably the best for it's size as well.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Computing In The Arts is a rare degree and was formed uniquely by faculty who are extremely passionate and hopeful toward the major. It is a great fit for people who want to go into technology, but have a passion for art, theater, or music and would like to integrate their art within computers. I had no idea I would want to major in CITA.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: In my first year, I have never had a teacher that was less than enthusiastic about what they teach and yearning to help their students.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Being located in the middle of downtown Charleston may seem frightening, but it does mean that not only is the college covered with campus safety officials and zones, also Charleston county officials and zones. The entire campus is lit and people are usually always around. I have never had a problem walking home at night from the library to my dorm with the campus having so much closure.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The College as a whole as an extreme lack in diversity. It is easy to get lost in the numbers, but it is still possible to find a niche of diverse and inclusive people, which does exist on campus. In my first year, I have met a community of people in the LGBTQ and POC spectrum that is extremely active and trying to change the numbers at CofC.

3 College Senior

Diversity: You may not realize the diversity unless you're affiliating with it. I never realized how many exchange students we had, until I started socializing with them. Its easy to be unaware, unless you're looking for it. I feel most people are very accepted, and accepting. It is the administrative staff and legislation that are the challenge. Recently CofC has been cracked down on for our liberal aspects towards our education, most notably sexual orientation, recently.

College Senior

Campus Strictness: Depends on the officer. Some are lenient others are not. Don't act sketch, and you probably will be fine.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Its a great way to make friends, and all the dorms are right on campus so access to class is the absolute best. Housing for specific dorms fill quick, so apply as early as you can. I found myself as a "third" in a two person room, and got transferred, as well as got a new roommate out of the blue in my new room months after my other roomie moved out and into a sorority house. I miss living in a dorm.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Start the search early. Its a hit or miss price wise, you can find gold for 400$ a month or 1200$ a month. Driveways are nearly nonexistent, most get an on-street parking pass, but these are limited per household.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Its Charleston! The city is beautiful. Go to the battery and watch dolphins, or Waterfront park to splash in the fountain, or walk Market Street. Shop the numerous boutiques found on King Street. Go dancing at the various bars found around the peninsula. Take a ten minute drive to three different beaches. Bump into Bill Murray. Attend the several events during the Picolo and Spoleto festivals.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: As part of a club sport, we don't get nearly as much attention to our facilities as the varsity teams, whether or not we have the same size or success. School spirit is fairly high, always see students wearing school logos, and attending sporting events.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Its a liberal school for the most part, so most people's attitudes are fairly open. Large girl:guy ratio. Majority of the people like to party and have a good time.


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Most students acknowledge the fact that at the College of Charleston, they’re experiencing something unique and rare. Not only is the city an interesting and fascinating place, but the years students will spend at CofC will be radically different than they would be at most other schools. Many schools are not located in the heart of a city as Charleston is, and many schools do not preserve the old while combining it with the new, the way the College of Charleston strives to. Although CofC may not have a well-known reputation for superior academics or sports, both the latter and the former are among the greatest in the nation, and many students come to care less and less about the acclaim that Charleston receives.

One cannot truly understand the appeal and rarity of attending the College of Charleston until they have been here awhile, and though students do transfer out for various reasons (including simply not being happy as a CofC student), those who do remain here for all of their college years look back on their memories with nothing but contentment and pride. Charleston does its best to encourage its students and residents to enjoy the time they spend here, and students here will never be lacking in opportunity for their career or education goals. Though it may be small and laid-back, the College of Charleston has many different qualities to be proud of and the students themselves have said that Charleston has become their home.

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