Am I? No. But I did- I'm not a freshman; I'm an upperclassman just throwing my two cents out there. I took two Honors Chem courses- Honors Chem I/Chem 141- which is the Honors equivalent of Chem 111 (I believe it has a different course number because it moves slightly faster/covers more material, but I could be entirely wrong about that), and Honors Organic II. I took Chem II and Organic I as non-honors classes.
embers - you are right about chem. 141 was described to incoming parents this year as a course designed for students who maybe had AP chemistry but not really wanting to jump into organic (which they don't recommend) so it's kind of a bridge between regular 111 and organic.
mark - check the honors college website to see list of courses. Especially as a freshman, if they fit right, you would be in all honors since the list includes intro level english, math, history, science and some languages plus other like psych, anthro. If you come in with lots of AP, there are also a good number of the next level classes. As you get further into your major it would be harder, depending on major. You can look at the department you are interested in and then look at honors site to get a better idea.
I think it depends on your major if you're able to take all Honors level classes. And if you're coming in with a lot of AP classes, you may not be taking very many general ed classes to begin with which account for a lot of freshmen honors classes.
I'm not in the Honors College, but this year I'm taking U101, a general ed math course, and three major courses (French 309, Theatre 201, and Theatre 270).
I have a friend who is a Theatre major and she's in my 201 course. I think most freshmen end up taking at least one non-Honors course just because you have to take major pre-reqs and what-not.
If you want challenging classes though, you can definitely take them, even if they're not "Honors". For example, I'm probably taking a 500 level French course next semester.
Yes, I'm taking all honors this semester. My adviser told me that it would get more and more difficult to fit honors classes into my schedule every semester (I'm a chemical engineering major), so I'm trying to get a bunch of my requirements out of the way now. For example, my ChemE class now is honors (it's not all that much different from the regular one), but next semester the ChemE class I have to take only has 1 section, and it's not honors.
I'm taking Honors Chem 141. Mostly all the people in it are Science or Engineering majors who need to honorize AP credits. They won't let 1st semester freshmen take organic, so a lot of people take this for a refresher course (it's pretty much AP all over again) and easy A.
The two times I've flown to Columbia have been out of PHL. If you don't want your flight to be really expensive, you'll have to connect somewhere (Atlanta is usually the best option, though I've done D.C. too and that's not bad). And you definitely need someone to pick you up at the airport or get a taxi.
...Chem. 141 was described to incoming parents this year as a course designed for students who maybe had AP chemistry but not really wanting to jump into organic (which they don't recommend) so it's kind of a bridge between regular 111 and organic.
That is one of the nice things about some departments at USC. They do offer those "in between" classes. I have noticed that they have those also for math, music, and several foreign languages.
Like they have some "intensive" classes that might be an extra credit hour or two for people who have a basic understanding of a subject, but not quite enough understanding to jump into the next level. So instead of having to start out as a beginner taking the 101 level class and then the 102 level class for three credit hours each, they may be offered an opportunity to take an alternative 4 hour class which may replace both the 101 and 102 class.
Depends on who you ask, what specific program you are asking about, and a lot of other factors. The answer could range from "it's a top academic school" to "it's not very good" just depending.
I probably shouldn't even been answering, but your post has been ignored for a couple of days so I figured I would jump in.
It would be nice if some of the freshmen would be willing to share in detail their first semester experiances. Describing their typical day, living condition/situation, and how they feel about the quality of their teachers and if the level of academics is meeting their expectations and needs.
I do know that my son feels that the academic level of the classes he is taken is just about right for his capabilities, and that is satisfied with of his current teachers. He did drop one class though, due to the fact that the professor had such a strong accent that he had a hard time following the lectures.
I agree with imagep that it depends. If you're talking overall, then as with many large schools, quality varies with department. For instance the international business is top rated (as is the grad Program). Now if you are a top academic student and are competitive for Honors college, I would say it's very academic and gives the students the benefits of some smaller colleges, like the best professors, small classes and extra advising and support. Definitely check out the Honors College page and contact them if you feel it would be a fit. I don't think there's a specific tour for honors, but I'm sure someone would meet with you to answer your questions.
For example, University 101 is supposed to be an "easy A" class, but there are something like 300 sections of it, so there's a lot of variety. I just happened to end up in a class where the teacher takes it very seriously and it's one of my most stressful classes. But most of my friends have an easy class.
I took AP Statistics in high school, did well in the class, but I didn't do well on the AP exam. So I'm in Stat 110 right now and it is mind-numbingly easy for me, but for a lot of the students, it's really hard. One of my friends actually failed one of the exams.
I think that it is a fairly good school academically, but it very much depends on the classes you take and the professors you get.
For me, coming from a demanding private school, I find college to be a lot easier so far, but some of my friends are always, always studying so it might just be the classes I'm taking this semester.
I think if you want the challenge, it's there, but you can definitely skate by as well.