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Academics

A liberal arts college located in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, which students describe as "the perfect mix of urban [with] small town," the College of Charleston "is a place where everyone's unique [talent] or interest can shine through and be fostered for growth." Students describe their fellow Cougars as "passionate intellectuals [who] at the same time know how to have fun." The Honors College, a big draw for CofC, has "incredible" professors and allows students to take advantage of all of the opportunities the [larger] college offers." Students say that, for the most part, Charleston professors "are always accessible outside the classroom and they want to see you succeed." Most are "engaged and experienced" educators regardless of the subject they teach. Since the College is not affiliated with a larger research institution, "professors are dedicated to helping undergraduates excel, leading to strong professor-student connections and many more opportunities to conduct undergraduate—as opposed to graduate— research." The school as a whole, says one student, "is a prestigious institution, making significant contributions in academia as well as making a positive impact in students' lives."

Student Body

While some current students say the school has a "surprisingly unique and diverse group of people for such a small liberal arts college in the South," others note that "the diversity at this school is not the best," but add that "the college is striving to fix that." On the whole, one student notes, "while many in-state students are from varying backgrounds, out-of-state students are largely uppermiddle or upper-class white people. Minority [students] are becoming more common, but there is a long road to go with that." On the political side of things, "Many of the students at this school are very liberal and accepting of others. Of course you'll find some people who are the opposite of that, but college life would not be as valuable if you were surrounded by people with the same ideals as you 24/7." In general, students say, "The student body is very friendly and everyone is always willing to help others out." Since it's a liberal arts school, one student notes, "People aren't really divided by major. We all mingle together and are friends with people in all different fields of study and age groups."

Campus Life

As one student sums it up, the College of Charleston is "in downtown Charleston—what is not to love? Good weather, good food, good shopping, and good opportunities." On campus, Greek life is a significant part of student life. About 25 percent of students join a fraternity or a sorority, and as one student explains, social status "can seem very divided by whether you're in Greek life or if you're not," but either way, "most people have groups they can fit into." Outdoor activities are popular—CofC is only "four hours from the mountains" and "most people go to one of the three beaches" when the weather is nice. In addition to fun in the sun, "students engage in extracurricular school-sponsored activities and trips as well," praise that the school "provide[s] such a broad range of speakers, clubs, and activities" where most students will find their niche. The party scene is prevalent, with "most students [going] out on the weekends," but "the party atmosphere is nothing like the reputation makes it out to be."

Overview

Applicants
10,828
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
3.90

GPA Breakdown

57%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 590

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 610

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — April 1


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
15.4:1
Total Faculty
952
with Terminal Degree
656

480
Men
472
Women
113
Minority
35
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

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

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • 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 and Materials Management
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

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

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • 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

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Public Health Education and Promotion

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • 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
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
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, first Republican presidential candidate.

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

Matt Czuchry (1999)
Actor known for starring roles on The Good Wife and Gilmore Girls.

Hugh Howey (2000)
Writer of best-selling sci-fi series "Wool."

Dominique McClain Barteet (1983)
Founder of One Sole shoes and Shark Tank entrepreneur.

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

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

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."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 10

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$2,775

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$2,609

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,587

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
48%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,203

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$2,775

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,386
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$29,544
Required Fees
$460
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,159

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,732
Transportation for Commuters
$2,342

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
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
10,375
Foreign Countries Represented
61

Demographics

2.12%
Asian
7.76%
African-American
5.22%
Hispanic
79.03%
Caucasian
1.01%
Unknown

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

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
32%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
88%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Center for Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Bobbie Lindstrom

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

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
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
No

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
14

18% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

19% 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)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: The Gay Straight Alliance strives to develop friendship, leadership and provide among LGBTQ and Ally students in our community. The Gay-Straight Alliance will promote the equitable treatments of all individuals by educating the community. Weekly GSA meetings are a safe place of any student to ask questions and receive support from their peers. The SafeZone Program is another outreach initiative for gay, lesbian, bisexual students, transgender, queer, questioning, allied, asexual or intersex. The SafeZone committee meets regularly within the Multicultural Students Programs and Services office. Http://safezone.cofc.edu.

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/

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.

86/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
8%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
200

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
87%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, SC State Contract Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

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, 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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