Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T21:30:40Z
I am a recent BSC alum, and I loved my time on the Hilltop. I highly recommend you check it out.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T21:30:02Z
It gets very hot and humid in the summer, but that beats the bitter winters that most liberal arts colleges face.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T21:29:17Z
There is ample parking with short walks to most of the housing on campus. Few parking options close to academic buildings, but given the size of the campus this isn't an inconvenience.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T21:27:50Z
Students often describe BSC as a "work hard, play hard" kind of school. Lots of students hang out at the fraternity houses on the weekend, which are often hosting band parties or other social events. There is a decent bar scene downtown.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T21:26:14Z
Birmingham has some great restaurants in town. I recommend Momma Goldberg's and Dreamland BBQ, both of which are local favorites. You won't find a ton of variety, but what is here is very good.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T21:18:17Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Police are an actual trained police force, and do an excellent job of maintaining a sense of safety on campus. The college has a nurse on staff and assists students in getting doctor's appointments, when necessary.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T21:13:47Z
A thriving Greek community that makes up around half of the student body drives the social scene on campus. They are also actively involved in community philanthropic efforts and perform well academically.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T20:31:43Z
Most of the buildings on campus are either on the newer side or have been recently renovated. Some of the highlights include a state-of-the-art science building, recently renovated student center, and brand new admissions building.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T20:30:16Z
Campus Police are vigilant about keeping drugs off the Hilltop, and they aren't an issue on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T20:28:34Z
Many describe the campus as being very WASP-y, which is not inaccurate. The school has long been working to increase diversity, but it remains an area for growth.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T20:27:41Z
There are plenty of computer labs with newer desktops, all with access to WiFi, printing, Microsoft Office, etc. Lots of students have laptops, but you would be fine for four years without one.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T20:26:36Z
The administration and Campus Police are usually very good about walking the fine line between keeping an eye out for students' safety and being nosy.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T20:25:43Z
Most students live on campus, due mainly to the convenience and overall quality of the housing options. The dorms won't blow you away, but they are all well-maintained, clean, and roomy. Some of the newer options, including two brand new green-friendly dorms and on-campus apartments, are more expensive but very nice.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T20:23:28Z
Recently renovated cafeteria, affectionately dubbed "the Caf," with buffet-style dining is a social hub for many students. The main drawback is that it is the only major option on campus. Subway and convenience store on the dorm quad provide solid alternatives.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T20:19:39Z
Division III athletics with Division I facilities. There isn't a huge amount of student support at most of the games, which is a bit disappointing. Great programs with great coaches for a school of its size, though.
Recent Alumnus 2013-10-17T20:17:37Z
Rigorous enough to challenge even the brightest students, but not it's not overwhelming. BSC's no Harvard, but it's far from a cakewalk. Be prepared to write. A lot.
College Sophomore 2013-08-13T01:36:46Z
BSC has a lot of athletes but the fact it is a D3 school prevents serious athletes from attending BSC due to the lack of sport scholarships.
College Sophomore 2013-08-13T00:41:37Z
An Education "Internship" is really your senior project where you will go out into two different schools for a period of time and teach a lesson here and there in a classroom. It sounds sort of scary but by that time you will have observed in several classrooms and will be experienced.
College Sophomore 2013-08-13T00:38:55Z
Getting into the Education field is relatively easy, you have to take a basic skills test before the end of your sophomore year and be finger printed by that time as well. Other than that all you do is sign up for your classes.
College Sophomore 2013-08-01T00:14:47Z
Parking is fine as long as you get there really early. Most of the close spots are reserved for the faculty, and it's really frustrating to get there and have to park so far away when the faculty spaces are completely empty.
College Sophomore 2013-08-01T00:12:52Z
There are computers in most of the buildings, and WiFi. A lot of people bring their own computers, but it's not usually necessary unless it's finals week. Printing usually isn't a problem either.
College Senior 2013-05-28T00:37:48Z
Choices limited and often repeated but all things considered they're edible and they have theme days!
College Senior 2013-05-28T00:31:32Z
Campus Police is relatively strict about drinking, etc. but only if you're being a nuisance.
College Senior 2013-05-03T13:36:39Z
Our school is modest in size but still manages to pump out record-breaking teams and athletes who exemplify drive, determination, and worldly friendships.
College Senior 2013-05-03T13:34:57Z
Birmingham-Southern markets a well-rounded, inclusive Greek environment. However, that is not always the case. The social atmosphere is often clouded by assumptions and rumors about different Greek organizations, and there is often hostility and judgement within the sororities. Having been an active member of a prestigious sorority for 3 years at BSC, I dropped my Junior year and only wish I had done so sooner! I've been able to get involved with so many other campus groups that really focus on what I am interested in and the service-learning opportunities that I want to be involved with. Being a Greek member severely limited my time, as well as my self-esteem on more than one occasion. It's expensive, it gets crazy competitive and often hostile, and you are more than a few letters across your chest.
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