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A superior public university with personality to spare.
Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation's top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs and accessible faculty attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Over 10,000 undergraduates and approximately 1,000 graduate students at the College enjoy a small-college feel blended with the advantages and diversity of a mid-sized, urban university. They work with exceptional professors who love to teach, who are focused on student growth and who help them succeed. And the city of Charleston – world-renowned for its history, architecture, culture and coastal environment – serves as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, technology, teaching, the humanities, languages and the arts.

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Overview

Applicants
11,675
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average HS GPA
3.93

GPA Breakdown

62%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14.5:1
Total Faculty
958
with Terminal Degree
647

482
Women
476
Men
133
Minority
17
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Exercise Physiology.
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Project Management.
  • Real Estate.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Public Health Education and Promotion.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Historic Preservation and Conservation.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Meteorology.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Archeology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Arts Management.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


Students Say

Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston provides its 10,000 undergraduates a mid-sized liberal arts experience within the boundaries of one of the south’s most thriving cities. Good academic advising, a strong focus on writing skills and interdisciplinary studies, and a reputable business program are just some of the school’s many perks, and many classes incorporate non-traditional types of learning such as “lots of field work and field trips around the city.” “A tour of the city for my hospitality class really brought the material to life,” says a student. The school “caters to everyone, not just a single department or major,” and the quantity and breadth of courses offered is appreciated by students. Academic diversity is a huge boon at CofC, and within each major “there are plenty of students from different perspectives and the curriculum in class encourages the sharing of ideas from those perspectives.”

Professors “care how well their students perform and help them find opportunities through networking and general encouragement.” The ideal size of the school creates “a great student to professor ratio.” Faculty are “engaged, knowledgeable, and passionate about the subject matter they teach,” and they are “eager to engage with students that are excited to study and learn.” The location and the school’s reputation make for tons of internship and professional opportunities, and everything the school has to offer is available to all. If you need anything from academic advising to counseling or career planning, there are people here “with the passion and resources to help.”

Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


John C. Fremont (1836)
The "Great Pathfinder? and first Republican presidential candidate.

J. Waties Waring (1900)
Judge who set stage for desegregation and Civil Rights Movement in the South

Arlinda Locklear (1973)
First Native American woman to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court

Michelle Asha Cooper (1995)
President of the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Nafees Bin Zafar (1998)
A two-time Academy Award?winning visual effects artist.

Cary Ann Hearst (2001)
Folk/roots rock musician and half of award-winning duo Shovels & Rope

John Tisdale (1986)
Pioneering doctor/researcher in the treatment of sickle-cell anemia.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
70%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Students who want to hone key leadership skills can opt into The College of Charleston's Leadership Certificate Program at any point during their college career. Over the course of three or four semesters, students customize their own leadership development by combining a number of the Hidgon Student Leadership Center's many offerings. (Leadership roles through other organizations on campus like an orientation intern or an officer position in a student club also can count as credit toward the certificate.) A capstone project completes the experience. As the Leadership Center's director Michael Duncan explains, the CofC's leadership programming is truly focused on honing life skills. He said, "We try to get at leadership beyond a positional model. It's a set of characteristics and traits that a person can identify, learn, develop, and strengthen over time. We define leadership beyond just holding a title." 2016 graduate Warren Steele told us that he was "extensively involved" with the Leadership Center throughout his tenure at CofC, and he explained why his leadership training has been so valuable: "Knowing the difference between leading and managing, how to facilitate positive change, and understanding the philosophy that sometimes some of the most influential leaders do not have a title all are concepts that contributed to my success in my undergraduate experience and are also aiding in my graduate studies."

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 10

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,404

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$3,184

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,561

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
51%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,256

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,404

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$12,418
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$31,600
Required Fees
$460
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,218

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,853
Transportation for Commuters
$2,221

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
9,880
Foreign Countries Represented
61

Demographics

2.17%
Asian
7.91%
African-American
5.83%
Hispanic
77.56%
Caucasian
1.14%
Unknown

64% female
36% male
34% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Students Say

While many people here are from “white,” ”middle to upper middle class backgrounds,” “there are many diverse viewpoints and backgrounds,” including students who identify as LGBTQ+. Students “can express themselves freely and openly with little to no judgement.” Charleston may technically be an urban environment, but “the city lends to a cool sort of blending where every group overlaps and coexists.” This is a “small school with large school energy,” and everyone at the CofC “is welcoming to new students and freshmen.” “People are always willing to help each other out and general class culture is very positive and uplifting.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
32%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
87%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

The school has a “love of its own history,” as well as one for the “booming” city of Charleston. People enjoy “shopping on King Street or going to events hosted by the city,” and on weekends, “many people head to the beach or socialize at parties.” “Restaurant culture is very popular here,” and many students work in the food and beverage industry. In between classes, students are found “grabbing food, studying in the library, or working out,” and they often gather at each other’s dorms or apartments to relax and study together at night. There is something for everyone at the college with “tons of different groups on campus,” and most students are “extremely involved” and “participate in multiple clubs.”

Whether it means having the chance to work near campus or being close enough to walk to class every day, “the location is a perfect fit” for just about every student (particularly the many who surf). “Just going on a walk around town and seeing all of the beautiful houses and their history is extremely entertaining.” The college “really does have a beautiful campus and we take pride in keeping it up,” and students can just as easily live on-campus as rent nearby.

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Center for Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Deborah Freel Mihal

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

A current psychoeducational evaluation administered by an appropriately credentialed professional.

Documentation Required for ADHD

The student must submit a report that meets the following guidelines: 1.Completed within the last three years 2.Administered by one of the following: Licensed psychologist or neuropsychologist Licensed school psychologist Psychiatrist M.D. specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficits Please Note: Evaluations administered by a relative are not accepted. 3.Includes: A diagnosis of ADHD based on the DSM criteria (code required) Comprehensive educational, developmental, and medical history relevant to the disability Results/copies of a Continuous Performance Test (CPT) or a set of norm-referenced behavior ratings from the student, and preferably a parent, spouse, teacher, or significant other Assessment ruling out or addressing potentially confounding conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression, hyperthyroidism, substance abuse) Results/copies of behavior ratings or CPT An explanation of the current functional impact of the disability The evaluator's signature, credentials, and licensing number

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
225
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
19

11% join a fraternity
24% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

22% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cougars)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Sailing
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Cougars)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Sailing
Sand Volleyball
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Prism Prism (formerly Gay-Straight Alliance) is a student-led organization at College of Charleston. Prism aims to provide a fun, welcoming, and educational environment each week. Our goal is to support and foster a close community among LGBTQ+ and ally students on campus. Email: prismcofc@gmail.com Facebook: Prism-College of Charleston Twitter: twitter.com/CofCPRISM Instagram: @cofcprism

Minority Support Groups: Multicultural Student Programs and Services 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/employee mentoring program (Mentoring Matters), affiliates with 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 providing academic advising, supplemental tutorial services, workshops, seminars, and leadership development opportunities. Please see our web site http://msps.cofc.edu/

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: The Citadel
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Charleston Southern University

Sustainability

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.


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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, SC State Contract Vendors

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Heather Chipley
Director for Admissions, Vis. Serv.

Address
Office of Admissions
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424

Phone
843-953-4977

Email
admissions@cofc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Cistern Yard
TD Arena
Liberty Fresh Food Company and City Bistro
Addlestone Library / Starbucks / Rivers Green
Harbor Walk
The College's Halsey Institute of Art, Natural History Museum, and Emmett Robinson and Sottile Theaters 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
SC Aquarium
James Island County Park
Patriot Point Sports Complex/Yorktown
King Street Shopping District
Near this urban campus, there are three beaches (each 25 minutes away) and 62 city parks, music, historic 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
843-953-4977

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30, 11:30 & 1:30 on most weekedays; 10:30 on select Sat.
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
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

Transportation

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, American Airlines, Allegiant, British Airways, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest, and United. 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 just some of the hotels in the historic district: Holiday Inn (Meeting Street), Francis Marion Hotel (Calhoun and King Streets), Embassy Suites (Meeting Street), Charleston Place (King and Market Streets), Mills House (Meeting and Queen Streets), and The Courtyard Marriott (Lockwood Drive).


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