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Reviews 408 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most people do not find the need to live off campus unless they already live in the city. Therefore, the campus does not have the need to organize this. It is not suggested to live nearby off campus because of the reputation of the Arkadelphia and 3rd Avenue area.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Birmingham-Southern student has the great advantage (unlike many schools in the same conference) of being in a city, while maintaining a small town feel on campus. Off campus options are numerous, and have an excellent range of cost and quality. Student discounts are present at a few local restaurants and rumors suggest an expansion of BSC's panther buck system to include a wings restaurant nearby (although it is just a rumor).

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: 'It's the best' meaning that if you want a party, you can easily find one on the weekend. However, if that is not your thing or you need to study, you can distance yourself from them if wanted. Parties usually are located on the east side of campus, while academic buildings and dorms are located on the west side of campus. Everyone is friendly on campus, so parties are not usually exclusive (the only exclusive parties are Greek date parties, which an independent can still be invited to).

5 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration responds well to student interest, and handles any school violation fairly. Campus police does an amazing job of maintaining a safe college atmosphere despite its surroundings. Our current President, General Krulak is a gifted leader who is regionally revered. Krulak is charismatic and selfless, and has helped this school out of an economic struggle. Dean of Students, Ben Newhouse, also does an amazing job at keeping student disputes at a minimum. The result of this well organized administration is a wonderful college atmosphere that me feel at home.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The admissions office as a whole is very efficient and professional. They truly reflect the friendly atmosphere of the school community.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: -The only 'good' choice on campus is Subway. This becomes quite tiresome and expensive considering that you must pay for a meal plan as well. With the amount of panther bucks you receive, you would only be able to eat at Subway on the weekends without moving to out-of-pocket expenses.

-The restaurant list provided (excluding Subway) is misleading. To be clear, restaurants such as the Pizza and Pasta restaurant are, in actuality, segments of the cafeteria. They are not independent restaurants. There is a Starbucks coffee machine in the c-store, not a Starbucks coffee shop.

-Cafeteria meals are usually consumed with great reluctance; do not be fooled by nicer tour day cafeteria meals. While it is not terrible the first year, it gets old quickly after due to a lack of extended variety. I do not suspect this is due to administration or cafeteria employees, rather Aramark (whose contract may or may not end soon). In light of this, improvements have been made in the past year and hopefully will continue on this path. You can get by on these meals, however, it is not an excellent experience.

-The convenience stores on campus are grossly overpriced. You will pay 50% to 300% more in the name of convenience (as viewed by a student; the reason for this extreme pricing may be due to Aramark's management costs or something entirely different, but the outcome is not changed). Many students are unable to go off campus and purchase supplies due to the nature of the surrounding area (it is often viewed as a bad part of town, however, campus police does a stunning job of keeping everything inside of the campus gate well protected). Whomever profits from these stores must make quite a bit of dough.

-Despite these things, the quality of education and community far outweighs the quality of food at BSC. Just keep in mind that food expenses per year will be a higher than expected.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing placement is simple. It works through a fair lottery system that is based upon GPA, year, and culture credits (an additional requirement of attending BSC - essentially 24 official presentations must be viewed). Housing quality fair to excellent depending on what you would like to pay. A downside to housing would most likely present itself in the fact that first year students are required to live in dorms in which the quality is completely dependent upon how each student treats it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty basic. there are different fast food and other restaurants down the street.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is secure, but not restricting. It allows students to have their freedom, while still keeping everyone safe.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: there is a lot of school spirit. Especially around homecoming. its not unlikely to see students in school gear and sales in the bookstore.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are fairly spacious. it's got decent closet space and the atmosphere is pretty friendly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The education is strong. School's familiarity outside of Alabama is limited. Highly recommended for students interested in the arts or the medical field.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Overall the campus is quiet and beautiful. Very much caters to the students' needs.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Internship requirement could be better.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Very strong academic program. Rigorous with a heavy workload. Internship and job opportunities are plentiful in the right fields.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academic offerings are not unlimited but are very good for a small school.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I took a job outside of the school's typical career focus, meaning I had to do a lot of the foot work individually. However, the alumni network and career center are very helpful on average.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: It's a small school, the administrators are visible and connected with the student body. The president of the school greatly impacts the experience. The president deeply cares about the students and their academic career. He makes the BSC experience life-changing by himself.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The food will get you by but off-campus food is much preferred. 4 years after leaving, I still avoid Subway.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I married someone from BSC, so I'll lead off with that. On average, BSC doesn't have a lot to chose from but the guys/girls are good people. Most people at BSC find long-term relationships at the school or they don't. Casual dating is less prominent.

Recent Alumnus

Majors: BSC's Business Program had no specific application process.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The Business program at BSC is one of a kind. It provides a rare critical thinking approach to the business world that is invaluable in modern business. The curriculum builds a foundation that allows students to excel in any business related career. The program is designed to teach students to learn-to-learn from a business standpoint. That said, the technical skills taught are minimal but students are given the tools needed to learn those skills on the job.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: BSC's housing runs the gamut from small, old and dirty rooms to new, spacious and clean rooms. Overall, the freshman dorm experience is the worst but options are plentiful beyond the first year.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Football is only just beginning to become a part of BSC culture while Soccer and Baseball are the mainstays. Even so, sporting events are thinly attended.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Only a minority of students chose off-campus living. The most viable options for off-campus living are 10-15 min away (or more during high traffic hours). I would recommend staying on-campus all 4 hours.

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When people reflect on their college experience at Birmingham-Southern, they usually talk about what great opportunities they have access to, and what an outstanding education they're receiving. For the price of the school, there's got to be some kind of long-term benefit. It's no secret that if you graduate from BSC, then you're pretty much guaranteed to get a job in the metro area right out of college. Students also talk about the lifelong friendships they formed, and all the different kinds of people they met while at Southern. It's the kind of place that alumni love to come back to and reminisce about, as well as encourage their kids to come.

The whole school feels like one big family. While there are struggles, it seems as though everyone at BSC is looking to improve upon their mistakes and make it a place that everyone can enjoy. The administration is always changing curriculum to fit the needs of the students, and the students are always challenging the faculty in order to improve upon the status quo. Academics are a high priority at Southern, but it's still possible to have a life while you're here, as well. BSC is an exception to most of the stereotypes for the region, because it is always growing and changing. Some people come to the South and expect to find people in the Dark Ages. At BSC, however, it's clear that people are looking towards the future.

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