From the School

The College of Charleston is a highly respected student-centered public liberal arts and sciences university located in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1770, the College prepares nearly 10,000 undergraduate students for a lifetime of change through an innovative and practical liberal arts and sciences experience combined with professional preparation in a wide variety of fields. At the College, learning is not confined to the classroom. Students are encouraged to study abroad, participate in independent research projects, and engage in experiential learning opportunities that typically would be available only at the graduate level. The city and its environs are critical components of a College of Charleston education. Students can take advantage of a beautifully preserved historic city, a vibrant arts community, a diverse natural environment, an innovative business climate, and a consortium of area schools. The College is first and foremost a teaching institution. Students work closely with nationally recognized faculty and are valued as an integral part of the College's close-knit community of scholars experiences that are usually associated with small liberal arts colleges. They can select from among 44 majors, 80 minors, and 39 concentrations, many of which take advantage of Charleston's distinctive location and history. Graduates of the College receive excellent preparation for further academic study or entry into the professional world through an education that combines a comprehensive general education program and intensive study within a major field with opportunities for faculty-student collaborative research and off-campus internships. Students, faculty and alumni agree that the College of Charleston provides an education that is without equal a creative and intellectually stimulating environment where students are challenged by a committed and caring faculty, in an incomparable setting, and at an incredible value.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 620
SAT Math
510 - 610
ACT Composite
23 - 27


April 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
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State Residency


From The School

To succeed in a complex world, tomorrow's college graduates will need an education that gives them the confidence to think creatively, explore new ideas, challenge themselves, and work collaboratively. A College of Charleston education is fundamental in the shaping of successful individuals who are knowledgeable, flexible, and versatile; it produces good citizens and confident leaders. A College of Charleston education offers both breadth and depth. To earn a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree, students are required to successfully complete a core curriculum that introduces them to the principal areas of academic inquiry and teaches them basic intellectual skills. These courses provide students with a solid foundation for further study and are an essential part of their undergraduate education. Students can choose from 44 majors and complement their major course of study by selecting from 80 minors and 39 concentrations. Every academic program at the College that has been reviewed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education has received a Commendation of Excellence, which cites the program's overall quality, quality of instruction, student-faculty research activities, number of graduates, success in job placement of graduates, facilities and equipment, and uniqueness. The College of Charleston has received more Commendations of Excellence for its academic offerings than any other institution of higher learning in the state. The College prides itself in fostering a close student-teacher community that is dedicated to engaging in original inquiry and creative expression in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom. Whether students choose to attend graduate or professional school or embark on a career following graduation, their undergraduate experience at the College of Charleston places them at a distinct advantage. .

Students Say

Situated on a “beautiful, historic campus” in one of the South’s most charming cities, it’s no wonder that College of Charleston has such satisfied undergraduates. Indeed, students report that a “welcoming” vibe permeates the school and it’s truly evident that the “supportive staff [want] to see...their students [succeed].” Many undergraduates also appreciate that the school is generous with scholarships and provides “lots of opportunities for travel and research.” Students benefit from “small class sizes” and “a student-teacher ratio of 16:1.” By and large, professors here are quite “passionate about their subject [matter]” and their enthusiasm is often infectious. Most instructors “encourage discussion” and seem to really “love student involvement both inside and outside of the classroom.” Undergrads also happily report that many professors make themselves “accessible” and are “happy to talk to any students who are interested in their class.” And one political science major even brags that “every teacher I’ve had has known the name of every student.” Finally, this blissful sophomore concludes, “The College of Charleston consistently provides great academics, meaningful experiences to engage with the city, and fantastic people who want to do fantastic things.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Frank Blair, 1934
A newsman and anchor of NBC's The Today Show

James B. Edwards, 1950
SC governor, US Secretary of Energy, Pres. MUSC

Nafees Bin Zafar, 1998
Academy award-winning visual effects artist (Pirates of the Caribbean)

John Charles Fremont, 1836
Explorer of the West; first Republican pres. cand.

Arlinda Locklear, 1973
1st Native American woman to appear US Supreme Ct.

Callie Shell, 1983
Time Magazine photojournalist; White House photographer

Kevin Summers, 1991
CIO for Lowes


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 10

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

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Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

The College of Charleston combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts and sciences institution with those of a mid-sized, urban university. Although this state-supported liberal arts and sciences university is home to approximately 10,000 undergraduate students, classes are kept small, so students can enjoy close relationships and one-on-one interactions with their professors. The College's location in the historic center of Charleston, South Carolina, with surrounding lands and waters rich in flora and fauna, is ideal for study, work, and play. When students are not occupied with their studies, they participate in a wide range of activities. They are encouraged to be involved in the more than 149 clubs, organizations, and co-curricular programs that are available. From business and educational organizations to Greek and health and wellness, international and multicultural organizations to honor societies, intramural and club sports, political, service and leadership, to religious, and student media organizations, there is a way for everyone to participate in the student life of the campus. Students also benefit from the many opportunities social outlets, jobs, and internships that the City of Charleston and surrounding areas offer. Situated in the historic downtown area, the College is only a few steps away from numerous historic sites, streets lined with shops and art galleries, and a vibrant nightlife. Consistent with its public mission, the College takes pride in its community ties. Students can volunteer or intern with a wide range of educational institutions, governments, businesses and industries, and community agencies. If a student is interested in a less urban setting, there are world-class beaches, a national forest, and the pristine landscape along the Lowcountry's marshes and rivers just a few minutes away. For the College of Charleston student, each day is the beginning of a new adventure. .

Students Say

When walking around C of C’s campus, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that the typical student here is “a young white female who comes from a wealthy family and is into sorority life.” However, don’t be fooled! The college is actually home to “a wide array of people from different places in life.” A sophomore tells us, “We have a diverse student body of preppy southern belles, hipsters, sorority girls, frat stars, skater boys, and beach bums.” Indeed, there’s a range of personalities, “and you can find someone like you.” Importantly, looking beyond stereotypes and broad social categorization, the College of Charleston seems to attract a student body that’s “smart, well-rounded, and willing to work hard.” And while “there are definitely cliques,” many undergrads are able to hop around differing social groups with ease. Perhaps this can be attributed to the fact that, “in general, the typical student absorbs the Charleston spirit: they’re friendly, open, and generally happy.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



63% female
37% male
92% are full time
8% are part time


Students Say

Life at College of Charleston is simultaneously “stressful [and] fun.” Therefore, these undergrads very quickly adopt the work-hard-play-hard mentality so popular among college students everywhere. Thankfully, there’s plenty to take advantage of when they want to kick back. To begin with, fraternities and sororities are “a big part of campus life.” Indeed, “people are always excited for Greek events; although only 20 percent of [undergrads] are active members it [still maintains a visible] presence.” Moreover, students admit that C of C does have a healthy drinking culture. As one political science major shares, “House parties in cramped historic homes are popular, as are the bars downtown.” However, a psychology major quickly follows up by emphatically stating, “While there are quite a few parties that go on, none are really out of hand. People stay safe and watch out for each other mostly.” Of course, opportunities and activities outside of the party scene abound. Students with a penchant for the outdoors can enjoy “going to the beach, kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, surfing, and hiking.” And the “Cougar Activities Board always [hosts] great [events].” Finally, students simply adore their adopted hometown. “There’s so much history here in Charleston, you’re guaranteed to learn something new all the time.” The city is also home to “hundreds of renowned restaurants” and many “festival, concert” and “shopping” options.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Center for Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Bobbie Lindstrom

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
A current evaluation administered by an appropriately credentialed professional that includes a measure of intelligence, achieve

Documentation Requred for ADHD
a current evaluation administered by an appropriately credentialed professional that includes a comprehensive developmental hist

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

17% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Cougars)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Cougars)
14 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The Gay Straight Alliance is conducted as a social-service organization whose purpose is to develop friendship, leadership and association among all Bisexuals, Gays, and Lesbians in the College of Charleston community. It serves to promote the equitable treatment of all individuals as well as to educate the community and enhance the Bisexual, Gay, and Lesbian community by providing dignified social, service, and recreational activities. The SafeZone Program is also another outreach initiative for gay, lesbian, and bisexual students. Http://

Minority Support Groups: The Multicultural Student Services and Programs coordinates the campus-wide plan for the retention of African American, Asian American, American Indian, Latino and other historically under represented students in higher education. The Center oversees a summer transitions program for incoming freshmen (SPECTRA), a peer mentoring program (LINKS), the South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation in Science and Math Program (SCAMP) for students desiring to major in the field of science of mathematics, as well as academic advising, supplemental tutorial services, workshops, seminars, and leadership development opportunities. Please see our web site

Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Charleston Southern University


In addition to being a signatory of ACUPCC, the College of Charleston has distinguished itself as a committed leader of sustainability efforts. The college's Office of Sustainability acts as the hub for research, teaching, and operational management of sustainability. Here, they are working to cultivate a sense of connection between people, culture, and place as the foundation for building a resilient and ultimately sustainable community. Throughout its existence, the Office of Sustainability has been focused on important initiatives, including the installation of water-bottle refill stations around campus, localized food purchases for the dining halls, bicycle ride-share programs and a garden apprenticeship program. In addition, students at CofC have a variety of opportunities to become actively involved on campus—via paid and unpaid internships, funding for creating their own projects as well as a variety of sustainability-oriented student groups.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Hailey Ezekiel
Visitor Services Counselor

Office of Admissions
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Cistern Yard
TD Arena
Liberty Fresh Food Company and City Bistro
Addleston Library / Java City / Rivers Green
Cougar Plaza
The College's Halsey Institute of Art, Natural History Museum, and Emmett Robinson Theatre are popular venues for events that serve both the campus and local communities.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Folly Beach / Isle of Palms / Sullivan's Island
Marion Square
James Island County Park
Patriot Point Sports Complex
King Street Shopping District
Near this urban campus, there are three beaches (each 25 minutes away) and 62 city parks, music and art venues within a few blocks of the campus, and some of the best restaurants in the country - all serving a population of 664,607.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, limited Saturdays
9 am - 4 pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30 am, 11:30am, and 1:30 pm during the academic year.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

9:30 am, 11:30am, 1:30 pm during academic year.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Complete the online request form. Visit is not confirmed until you receive a response from our office.

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Charleston International Airport is the nearest airport to the campus and is located about twenty minutes from the campus. This airport is serviced by Delta, Northwest, American, Continental, and US Airways airlines. A cab must be taken from the airport to campus. A Greyhound bus station and an Amtrak train station are also located about 20 minutes from campus. Both the Myrtle Beach Airport and the Savannah, GA airport are about two hours from Charleston. There is a bus service that allows for travel around the city. The Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority (CARTA) sponsors the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) for travel in the Charleston peninsula. CARTA also sponsors a bus service that allows for transportation in downtown and in the surrounding areas.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-26: Take a right at the Meeting Street Exit. Follow Meeting St. to Calhoun St. Take a right onto Calhoun St. Follow for two blocks and the heart of campus will be on your left between St. Phillip St. and Coming St. From Hwy 17-S: Take the Lockwood Dr. south (right) exit. From Lockwood Dr., turn left onto Calhoun St. Follow Calhoun St. The heart of campus will be on your right between Coming St. and St. Phillip St. From Hwy 17-N: Follow Hwy 17 over the Cooper River bridge. After the bridge, exit on Meeting St. Follow Meeting St. to Calhoun St. Take a right at Calhoun St. Follow for two blocks and the heart of campus will be on your left between St. Phillip St. and Coming St.

Local Accommodations
The following are hotels in the historic district: Hampton Inn (Meeting and John Streets, 800-426-7866), Days Inn (Meeting Street at the Market, 800-729-7466), King Charles Inn (Meeting and Hassel Streets, 866-546-4700), Francis Marion Hotel (Calhoun and King Streets, 800-756-2121), Doubletree Guest Suites (Church Street, 800-222-8733), Embassy Suites (Meeting Street, 800-362-2779), Charleston Place (King and Market Streets, 800-611-5545), Mills House (Meeting and Queen Streets, 800-874-9600), The Elliott House Inn (Queen Street, 800-729-1855), The Lodge Alley Inn (East Bay Street, 800-845-1004), The Courtyard Marriott (Lockwood Drive, 800-321-2211), Marriott (Lockwood Drive, 800-228-9290) and Renaissance (Wentworth Street, 800-462-9511).
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