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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I attend the College of Charleston, and I am so proud of my decision.I would choose College of Charleston again in a heartbeat. The College maintains its emphasis on tradition in the historical city. Not only is CofC a welcoming place, but it is also safe. I never feel like I am in danger. Everyone in Charleston is so welcoming and friendly, and the community of Charleston is a major draw to the College. Charleston has been through a tremendous tragedy as many of you know, but it has only strengthened my views on the city and my college. The community banded together in this time of tragedy, formed a union on Ravenel bridge, and truly supported one another. I could not be paid to go to school somewhere because Charleston isn't just where my college is it is where I will always have a support system. I love the College of Charleston, and I am so thankful I have the opportunity to go where community and intellect flourish in such a historic city.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I grew up near the campus. My parents attended college here and my father taught here for a few years. I spent most of my time in the arts building and watched it grow into the Simons Center and CATO building. That being said, as a child, I never saw much of the rest of campus. After attending college here for four years, I am still seeing and learning new things about the buildings and areas around campus. There is always something new to see, learn, or experience. It is better to live nearby or on campus, if possible, for convenience, safety, and financial reasons.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I really enjoyed my time here. Its defiantly a different experience than most state schools but i wouldn't trade it for a thing

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The College of Charlston is the best school I could have chosen. For me, the location alone is reason enough to go to CofC. I think Charleston is a city finally getting the recongition it deserves. There is always something to do, wiht great shopping, food, and people. It gives off a very friendly and welcoming environment. The school makes it very easy to get involved and I feel your involvment is what makes or breaks your college experience. The College of Charleston is my home away from home and I am so happy with my decision to go here.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Interacting with the professors is always valuable. They take the time to meet with students and talk about anything with school or personal problems.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've had no real problems at my university!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: i love this school. the atmosphere is great and its everything that I wanted in a college.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love CofC it's in a great location to find yourself and if you love history it is the perfect city! Once you find a group of friends you can be yourself with you will have a great time.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It can be very expensive to get off campus housing that's in walking distance. There is also high demands for off campus housing which can make the process difficult.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are a lot of parties going on which is nice but you also need to pick your parties carefully.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Although it can be expensive there are a ton of options downtown.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: The policies are enforced but also fair. They usually follow through with the rules they put in place but are also open to discussion.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food and options are average, however I believe it's that way because there are so many options to eat at in Charleston and the school knows a lot of students won't be eating on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Finding and winning scholarships can always be a slight challenge, but my overall experience has been average.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Having campus housing directly in downtown Charleston is amazing. Although sometimes the housing feels cramped, the social environment and access to the city is great. Everyone is very friendly and sociable in the dorm, no matter who your talking to.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: If you start looking in early January, late december for off campus housing the process is a lot easier. It also helps if you know people who are graduating or no longer living in their houses for the next year. It's really all about chance and who you know, you should be careful about moving into historic houses because sometimes things are falling apart and the landlords don't care.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: There is a multitude of options, you can attend a house party, a bar, or a small social gathering of friends.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: We have restaurant week in January where all the high end restaurants offer deals for the entire week. There will also be nights that restaurants have options for 5 dollar burgers or pizzas.

3 College Senior

Administration: The school policies affect those students that are on scholarships. The campus police are very strict because of our location within the city. Attendance is very strict as well. Most classes only allow for three unexcused absences before they deduct from your overall grade.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Being an out of state student I wasn't able to receive any scholarships for my academic achievements from both high school and community college. That was the only frustrating experience for me, but honestly this school is so incredible that I would still do this experience all over again.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: The off campus meal plan is an incredible option for students. It allows for them to eat at all the restaurants on King Street.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: It's incredible being three minutes away from both your classes and the historic King Street. The dorms instill an incredible sense of community and most people make their life long friends in the dorms. The social atmosphere is really positive and if you ever feel alone or secluded you can simply walk over to the cistern and sit down there, or head over to the stern student center.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: FAFSA definitely makes it easy to apply.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I usually try and make my own food, but I tend to eat at the restaurants in the city.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They did what they needed to do to keep the students safe in a city.

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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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