College of Charleston Reviews
College of Charleston is a strong public university in South Carolina. The university pushes students to engage with the community as well as the world. My degree program of International Business gave me a strong understanding of the various components of the business world. The fact that the school is a liberal arts college allows students to have a wider breath of exposure to different classes and topics. The elective and general education requirements were a complement to my core studies and truly enhanced my worldview. I had the ability to double minor in Latin American Studies and Spanish which gave me a robust understanding of international development between the business and political science courses. The school experience is what you make of it, but if a student takes advantage of the opportunities given, they will be able to have a phenomenal experience.
My experience at the College of Charleston was absolutely amazing. Academically, the school school of science and mathematics, through which I earned my degree in Biochemistry, was both very rigorous and incredibly helpful in their instruction. Socially and culturally, the college's liberal arts education gave me access to a wide range of topics from psychology and philosophy to music and art. I sincerely feel that studying at the College of Charleston prepared me exceptionally well for my current role as a Neuroscience PhD student at Florida Atlantic University and my goals continued success in neuroscience research.
College of Charleston is a liberal arts school dating back to 1770. There is a charm in this small town that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. I visited the campus and was immediately enchanted by the architecture, the laid back attitude, and the quality education available. I learned from incredible professors beneath sprawling live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. I was asked to push myself, to think, to question, to step out of my comfort zone, and look at things a different way. As a member of College of Charleston student government I worked with a school administration that really placed a lot of control and trust in the students, especially when it came to club organizations and events. The administration wanted us, the students, to have major input in the extracurricular activities on campus that help shape the college experience. I transferred to College of Charleston my sophomore year. People would ask me if I was glad I transferred, the response from me was a resounding yes. This school was challenging and engaging in every way, it is everything you could want out of your college experience. I highly recommend this institution.
The education you receive at the College of Charleston can vary greatly depending on what kind of student you are. While some challenging courses are unavoidable for any given major, many rigorous courses can be substituted for alternative classes or taken with more lenient teachers. However, the quality of education is very high granted that you actually do the work (like any college) asked of you. You will grow as much intellectually through your personal research as you will in class, but the feedback you receive in person will be invaluable. In my personal experience I was required to research and produce dozens of papers on a variety of topics throughout my four years at the college and I feel prepared to use the stylistic and argumentative skills that I developed as a result in the real world. The professors in my major were extremely available and willing to help. I completed multiple independent study courses with teachers who volunteered their free time to help me, and I maintain contact with several of them still. I am very satisfied with the education I received at C of C and I would recommend the school to anyone who is seeking a well rounded, liberal arts-style education.
The college is fantastic, as are the professors. I didn't expect to have so many professors that are so engaged with the students. Plus, most of them have sincere desire to see you excel and graduate in your chosen field. The campus is overwhelmingly female, last I heard it was a ratio of around 9/1. So, for a guy it can be a bit distracting. Just keep your focus, and you should get a lot of help from places you would never expect. I recommend CofC to anyone.
I learned a lot, but honestly don't feel prepared for this job market. Very few of the skills and knowledge that I learned are not really applicable to positions that are desired in my field. Also, employers are looking not only for a bachelors degree but also PAID previous experience. This is somewhat of a "catch 22" situation, seeing as you can not achieve previous experience without the paper saying you have a degree and without someone hiring you in the first place in order to gain previous experience. Overall I am glad I went to College of Charleston and achieved my bachelors degree, but if I could redo my experience I would go to a technical school first to save on the general education classes there(that are exactly the same as at a 4 year college) and not have to take out loans for a bachelors degree that won't get me a job.
it was a fun time to live with minimal responsibility. for me, it was more of an education in living on my own than specifically applied academic education.
Beautiful campus, great location. Challenging, timely, and thoughtful coursework, but not overly rigorous to the point of obnoxious, so you can actually enjoy and absorb your course of study. Great cultural and social activities, and well rounded school culture.
The college uses the phrase "Every major comes with a free minor in history," and it's cheesy but true. Charleston is the only place where you can be on vacation and at home at the same time, and it is a wonderful place to study. The size is perfect for those who enjoy personalized attention and access to professors when needed.
CofC was amazing in 2009 and is even better now - better dorms, facilities and resources. My four years in The Holy City were truly special, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. The type of people that this school attracts are top notch, the beaches are clean and close, and you'll never have a hard time getting a buddy from out of town to visit YOUR school. Go Cougars!