Xtreme's College Profile features a school from a student's perspective. This week, 1993 Academy of Richmond County graduate Anita Lamb talks about Voorhees College, in Denmark, S.C., where she is a senior computer science major.
Q: Why did you choose Voorhees?
A: Several students who had graduated before me in high school had attended Voorhees and recommended that I attend the school. The school had my major, which was computer science. I went to Paine College my freshman year, but instead of going to two different schools for the major I needed, I decided to switch to Voorhees.
Q: What do you like best about Voorhees?
A: The faculty. If we have any problems, they're willing to help. It's an open door policy, so anytime they're in their offices, you can come on in.
Q: What do you dislike about the school?
A: I don't think there's anything, but there are some things I'd like to see improved. With technology changing so much, we need to update the classes and curriculum, especially in the computer science department.
Q: What kind of student would fit in well at Voorhees?
A: Any student who has determination, discipline and the willingness to work.
Q: What's dorm life like?
A: It's really nice. You have so many sisters in a sense because they're your next door neighbors, and if you need anything you can go next door. There is no cooking permitted in my dorm, but they've built a single-parent facility, which is more like an apartment.
Q: How would you describe the school?
A: An experience.
Where: Denmark, S.C.
Enrollment: As of fall 1996, 810 students.
Cost: For 1996-1997 school year, $7,490 in tuition, fees, room and board.
Application requirements and deadlines: High school transcript, two letters of recommendation, SAT or ACT, four units of English, two units of science, three units of mathematics, one unit of history, social studies and physical education. Deadline is rolling, and application fee is $10.
Chances of getting in: Last year, 1,200 applied for the freshman class and 67 percent were accepted. Of those, 5 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school class, 12 percent from the top quarter and 25 percent from the top half.
Athletics: Member NAIA. Sports include men's baseball, women's softball and volleyball, and men's and women's basketball, cross-country, and track and field.
Housing: Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus housing is required through sophomore year.
Security: Late-night transport service, student patrols, 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols.
Popular majors: Sociology, criminal justice, business administration/management.
Campus clubs: Thirty, open to all, including four national fraternities and four national sororities. Most popular organizations are White Rose, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Culture Club and Panhellenic Council.
Financial aid: 563 need-based scholarships (average $4,200), low-interest, long-term loans from college funds (average $1,100), loans from external sources (average $3,640), Federal Work Study and part-time jobs.
Student-faculty ratio: 20:1.
Note this: Voorhees has a joint engineering degree program with Clemson University, which allows students to earn a bachelor's of science degree from Voorhees and a bachelor's of engineering from Clemson.
College information is from school representatives and Petersons Four Year Colleges '97.
For more information: Call (803) 793-3351 ext. 7302 or (800) 446-6250 if in state. Write Mrs. Roe B.W. Kemp, Director of Admissions, Record and Registration, Voorhees College, Denmark, S.C. 29042.
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