As with each new semester in Charleston, a fresh crop of students are learning the benefits of attending the College of Charleston. Well, CofC hasn’t gone unnoticed by the team at the Princeton Review, who included the school in their most recent list of Best 381 Colleges.

Surveying 143,000 students from across the country, the 2017 edition of Princeton Review’s annual college rankings also asked undergrads to assess their school’s standings in more than 60 categories, so let’s see where CofC stood out.

In the category of “College City Gets High Marks,” the College of Charleston ranks at No. 13. CofC is also included in the top-50 list of “Colleges that Create Futures,” which is a collection of schools that “empower students to discover practical applications for their talents and interests through experiences that complement their classes and coursework.”

But while you are working on creating your future, it is also important to be able to unwind a little.

Coming in at No. 15 in the list of top “Party Schools,” CofC managed to beat out the University of Maine as well as the University of Florida and Florida State University. Now don’t take this the wrong way and assume that life at CofC is some debauched four-year kegger. While there may have been a few recent rumblings about off-campus celebrations ruffling a few feathers, it’s entirely possible that all those surveyed were able to enjoy their time at CofC while remaining well within the letter of the law and maintaining a strong focus on their studies.

As CofC President Glenn McConnell said in a recent statement released to the student body, “As always, the College will continue promoting and funding late-night alcohol-free events and enforcing College policies and local laws. We welcome you to join the vast majority of students who avoid alcohol or drug misuse. Perception is one thing; facts are another. It is our goal to provide an environment for students that is as fun as it is enlightening, and as supportive of rich social lives as it is of your boundless futures.”

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