College of Charleston campus


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

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


Early Action
November 1

April 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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


  • 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

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • 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

  • 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

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 15:1." 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."


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


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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures

Hands-on Coursework

Students told us that “because [CofC] is not a very large school there are more opportunities for hands-on learning and one-on-one instruction.” Well, it doesn’t get any more hands-on than this: School of Business students are applying the theory they learn in class to the real world—and it is paying dividends. The Investment Program looks and feels just like a Wall Street firm: Students manage two portfolios of investments and build relationships with local, regional, and national investment communities. The program operates just like a top-tier investment firm, complete with market analysts; Europe, U.S., Asia, and Latin America economists; an accountant and an operations manager; and asset managers covering the whole spectrum of financial instruments and investment classes (derivatives, ETFs, fixed income, private equity, and real estate). They even have an audio/visual specialist. All the while, they are learning to work as a team under the same conditions that they will be subject to when they enter the workforce. They also work with an advisory committee of seasoned investment and business professionals who have many years of experience as corporate executives and close ties to the College. These motivated students also have leveraged their experience with the Investment Program to intern as junior analysts at major firms analyzing global equity markets, study in language immersion programs, and secure internships at corporate law firms. When they graduate, these students will not only have a host of soft and hard skills for a competitive résumé, but they will also be able to list details about the portfolios they have been managing as an undergraduate.
Practical Experience

The College of Charleston has done away the traditional “University Life 101” that so many colleges and universities require their first-years to take. We talked to Dr. Christopher Korey, the director of the CofC’s revamped First-Year Experience, and he told us that, instead of a “transition to college course” that lacks academic content and student enthusiasm, CofC offers First-Year Experience courses that give first-years a chance to interact with professors who are experts in their field, participate in dynamic learning communities, and step into the academic community with some of the college’s brightest upperclassmen as mentors. First-years even have the option to spend some time studying abroad. One FYE option is participation in a Learning Community, classes that combine the efforts of two professors who are experts in two separate fields into one interdisciplinary experience. Dr. Korey told us that these classes are particularly good at connecting students to faculty and for getting students to begin thinking about career options. For example, the course “Measuring the Impact of Tourism in Charleston” connects faculty in hospitality and tourism management and in mathematics. Charleston is a top international tourism destination, so faculty bring in local business leaders to discuss how they use statistics to measure and capture tourism revenue. The class takes outings to local businesses, including a cruise line, to further study the tourism sector. These connections to local business leaders can lead to internships or even jobs for interested students, Dr. Korey told us. Other learning communities include “Biology and Chemistry for Pre-Med Majors,” for students who have a career track in mind from the start, and “Gateway to Neuroscience,” a class that combines molecular and cell biology with psychology for students interested in neuroscience. Whether they choose a seminar or a learning community, FYE students also participate in a Synthesis Seminar where they learn valuable transition-to-college skills while discussing their classes with an upperclassman who is a top student in the subject. This gives students a convenient way to get perspective and advice on the challenges and opportunities of college life—especially because everyone in the Synthesis Seminar is also a first-year.
Leadership Opportunities

The Higdon Student Leadership Center (which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2015) offers students a number of different leadership development opportunities from “one-time workshops to a whole six-day immersive experience,” according to the Center’s director Michael Duncan. Signature programs run the gamut from retreats—including a Cougar Excursion retreat for incoming freshmen—conferences, lectures, networking events with community leaders, and a Leadership Certificate Program. One option, Leadership CofC, offers a monthly all-expenses-paid outing for students to meet with local leaders while they learn about a diverse range of leadership approaches, network, and develop their own group dynamic and communication skills. “They’re able to get some real world experience from people who are out there leading beyond the College of Charleston,” Mr. Duncan said. Another, The Institute, a weeklong event run by the not-for-profit leadership development company LeaderShape®, is an activity-based retreat through which up to sixty students participate in “team-building [experiences that teach] the concepts of trust, communication and group problem solving.” Mr. Duncan revealed that the experience is “all about developing a passion and learning to lead with integrity. . . . It’s a very intensive process that ends with a blueprint for action. They’ve identified a vision—whether it’s in their own major, life, community, or anticipated career—and they’ve come up with an action plan to get to that vision.” This “highly interactive program” pulls students out of their comfort zones and gets them to interact in a variety of group sizes and activities that creates a diffuse learning environment where “everyone is a teacher and everyone is a leader,” according to the Center.
Students looking for greater leadership growth can opt into the Center’s Leadership Certificate Program at any point during their college career. Over the course of three or four semesters, students who pursue the Leadership Certificate Program customize their own leadership development by combining a number of the Center’s 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 Mr. Duncan explains, the Leadership Center programming is truly focused on demonstrating “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.” According to an alumni survey cited in the Center’s 2013-2014 annual report, 100 percent of the 150 alumni who participated in multiple Center-sponsored events during their time at CofC reported they have been able to apply what they learned at the Center to aspects of their life post-college.


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

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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 Methodology

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

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



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

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."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

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.

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

18% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division I

19% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cougars)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Cougars)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports

Student Services

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://

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

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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
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:

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, SC State Contract Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Heather Chipley
Director for Admissions, Vis. Serv.

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 / 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

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

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).