Location
Charleston, WV
Undergrads
993
Tuition
$19,681
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 106 total reviews with an average rating of 3.1

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Security is very strict on alcohol and drugs, but students get away with it more than they get caught. It doesn't cause problems on campus though.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, they act like you're going to get a lot of money for coming here, but most of us end up paying way more than we can afford just to attend another high school.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys on campus are mostly athletes. Basically as a whole all of the teams are douches and jerks, but there are some who don't fit the stereotype. Most of the guys aren't looking for anything serious. The ones who are though, are worth your time.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a shuttle, but most students have their own cars.

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus crime is very low. Very rarely happens and when it does it is something minuscule. Security is basically useless. They say they are willing to help but are really just glorified rent-a-cops. There is no campus health center. At all. I'm not kidding.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is very diverse. Lots of international students and students with varying view points.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining here is awful. The hours are very limited. Depending on which meal plan you chose you only have so many meals per week. That being said if you have 14 meals a week, you have two meals a day. However, if you choose to eat lunch at 4, because thats when you get out of class for the day, you've just used your dinner meal. Therefore, you have no meal for the rest of the day. Lunch runs from 11-4. Dinner from 4-11. So even though you have two meals that day, you have to use them at certain times or else you lose them. Food is overpriced. Students almost always spend more than their meal plan. The starbucks is only open until 7pm, and not at all on weekends. So there is no place for students to get coffee at those times. Unacceptable. The Food Court has 3 stations, subs, mexican, and the grill. However, mexican is only open until 2, and only one of the other stations will be open after 6. The other option is the cafeteria where they serve a meat (usually bleeding beef, chicken, or pork), with some sort of steamed vegetable, and some form of potato. In the fusion line, they will create something with the leftover food from yesterday, bake it in a pasta and call it cuisine. But hey, theres always the variety of off brand cereals to choose from if those options don't appeal to you. Oh, and If you have a food allergy, or IBS, or any type of food related problems, forget about eating on campus. Almost everything there "may contain nuts" and literally EVERYTHING will do terrible things to your stomach.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most of the money is funneled into the sports teams tuition.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: When the weather is nice, students are out socializing and having a good time with each other. When the weather is cold and dreary however, everyone stays inside and the campus is basically dead.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid office is one of the biggest complaints of this school. They have recently added a new campus to UC, but have not added any more financial aid employees. Therefore there is only one office running two campuses. If you call and leave a message, do not expect a call back. They frequently do not know what they are talking about, and will confuse or screw up your financial aid when given the chance. Tips for anyone about to start this process? Go there in person. You might have to wait a while to see someone, but you will be better taken care of this way. Also, ask for Michelle, she's the best one they have there.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Typical city selection. Some fancy restaurants. All fast food options. You can basically get whatever you want to eat here, but as with any place, the selections get old after a while.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The only computers that all students have access to are in the library or in each dorm. The dorm computers are reliable, but the printers in the dorms rarely work. Printing costs money. Each student is allotted $50 per semester, but if they go over this amount they will have to pay for it themselves. The wireless network is fairly quick, however it often goes down. This year it was down for 3 days and the school chose to send us emails about it informing us what was going on... which we could not receive because we had no way to access the internet. While they tell you it is not necessary to bring a personal computer, it most definitely is. The library is only open certain hours, and having your own computer eliminates all problems except for the network issues.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into the Radiology Program is not that difficult. You must pass both of your intro level classes, have a decent GPA, and fill out an application. It is a pretty normal criteria and application process. Tips for admission: ask a lot of questions about the program before you apply. A lot of people don't truly understand what they are getting themselves into, and it sucks to see people wasting their time. Keep your GPA up, take all your classes seriously, and learn how to study early.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The Radiology program is difficult, but rewarding. The problem isn't getting in, it's staying in. You can only fail 3 of your radiology classes (which you'll have to take over until you pass) before you fail out of the program. There are tests in clinic called categories, if you fail it once, you can retake it. If you fail your retake you are out of the program. The grading scale for the program is stricter than normal grades. You must have an 80% to pass. A 79% is failing. A 92% and above is considered an A. The program is fairly hands on. Students put in a lot of time at the hospitals doing clinical rotations. This is where they learn the most about the field. Most of the professors are helpful, but some seem like they are rooting for you to fail. None have any sympathy for the work you put in, even though this program is a 4 year degree, and most of them only went to a 2 year school. The x-ray lab if very useful for students to begin working with the technology, but most of it is outdated.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is decent. Security is too strict about it

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are two sororities on campus and one fraternity. The sororities are both just local and the frat is national. Both of the sororities have bad reputations, but they are constantly changing as the people that are in them change. The fraternity is small, but generally a group of really nice guys. The school has a strict no hazing policy so they don't do anything crazy, although there have been some rumors. Overall, greek life is not a huge deal here, but the people that have gone greek seem to really enjoy it.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some of the students are forced to live on campus for scholarships and sports, so off campus housing is not always an option

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are only 3 dorm options to choose from. One of them is the freshman dorm, Brotherton. The next is Middle Hall, which is probably the quietest and most clean building. The last is Ratrie, the only "wet" dorm on campus, although only one floor of it is considered wet, and both roommates and all visitors must be 21 for that rule to apply. Ratrie is probably the dirtiest and loudest. People are always partying there. Brotherton is the smallest, but the newest and strictest. Apartments and suites are offered in middle and ratrie, but you basically have to be an athlete or a suck up to earn one of those. Most of the people who live on campus are friendly. You tend to bond with the people who live on your floor the most. The "lounges" on each floor are basically a joke as there is nothing to do in these lounges but study. The cost of living is outrageous for what it is. If something breaks it will take maintenance at least a week to fix it. The elevators are frequently breaking, as are the washers and dryers that cost students more money to use on top of the thousands of dollars for room and board. Basically, you could stay in a hotel for cheaper than living on campus. As far as convenience, it is literally across from the academic buildings, so everything is well within walking distance. The housing process is a little outrageous. You must sign up two weeks ahead of time for a roommate, then go stand in line with that person for over an hour just to get the room you want.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you are not 21, your options are limited. Either stay in to drink and hang out with your friends, and risk getting caught by an RA or security (which means a boat load of community service or fines), or you go downtown to the local gay bar, Atmosphere, and watch the drag show. Atmosphere can be interesting and a lot of fun if you're open minded, but the same scene every weekend gets old. If you are 21 and over there are a variety of bars you can go to, all of which are a fairly good time, however crime at these bars has been increasing. Some parties can be found at the sports houses though, if you know the right people, but sometimes these parties get busted as well. Cabs are fairly cheap and easy to get.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The radiology program is challenging, but teaches the students everything they need to know about their field and more. Some aspects of the program are unorganized, leaving students confused and often fending for themselves. Also, when told about the program, they fail to inform you all of the many ways you can fail out, which can happen right up until your very last day of your senior year. Many of the professors seem determined that their students will fail, and don't seem to care when they do. Not what you would expect out of a small private school with only 20 students in a class. Overall, the information they provide does sufficiently prepare the students for their careers, but a lot of what is being taught is taught by the students themselves.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Charleston is your typical small city. There are plenty of options for dining, and a few for shopping, but not much else. The Clay Center or the Civic Center will rarely have things to offer, but when they do they are usually pretty interesting. It is very easy to get a cab, or catch the bus, so transportation is not an issue. As far as nightlife goes, if you are 21, you are sure to have a good time. If you are under 21, there is no where for you to go out to except the gay bar, Atmosphere, which if you are open to, always promises a good time, however it can get old after a while. Violence around the over 21 bars has been increasing lately, so people are starting to feel less safe.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: For the amount of money students pay to attend this University the strictness is a little out of hand. The Student Life staff that has control over the residence halls claim they do the things they do for the safety of the students, but they are really just power hungry. If you get in trouble in the dorms for noise, alcohol, etc. you will be "written up" and will receive and email in a few days asking that you come to the Student Life office to speak with the dean of student life. It is very similar to going to the principle's office. There is very little freedom on this campus and not all students are treated equally if they do get into trouble. The campus would be wise to revisit their policies and their choice of staff.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Its pretty basic, Wal-Mart, target, the mall. Nothing to fancy but you have the essentials.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: I know a bunch of people who wish the school was bigger, but for the most part the school is fun sometimes boring but its livable and I have fun living and learning.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Some teachers really care, the school is starting to crack down on teachers not doing their job well enough so its pretty helpful and I'm hoping for a better semester with more enthused teachers.

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