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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    A-
Charleston Southern is a private, Christian university located in North Charleston, South Carolina in the Charleston Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,804 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Charleston Southern acceptance rate is 56%. Popular majors include Nursing, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration. Graduating 35% of students, Charleston Southern alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,100.
About Charleston Southern University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big South Conference
Address
9200 University Blvd
Charleston, SC 29406

Charleston Southern University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
56%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1010-1090
ACT Range
20-22
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$17,858/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$19,077/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.56 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.56 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,804Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
257
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
44%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
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  • Christian and friendly
    49%
  • Christian
    36%
  • Friendly
    10%
  • Nerdy
    3%
  • Stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
79%
Poll
47%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.64 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.66 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • Faith-based
    48%
  • Christian gear
    35%
  • Small
    15%
  • Conservative
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
35%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.39 responses
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Charleston Southern University is a cute little college nestled in Charleston, which gives its students access to just about anything they could want. The campus is beautiful, but small. The facilities are new, and the campus is constantly growing with new buildings and new staff. The students are kind and diverse, which enables everyone to walk among other walks of life. The best parts of the college are the little nooks and crannies, which can be the secret lounges, the shady walks around the reflection pond, and the gorgeous hiking trails. The campus is very safe, despite being so open, and the security staff, administration, and the president, Dondi Costin, are wonderful people and incredibly good-hearted. Great Christian environment, and they are always willing to help you succeed.
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Great school to get your education at, while also becoming closer to the Lord. However this school treats its students like children! They are bunk beds in the dorms for grown people to sleep in. The dorm room is fit for one person, maybe two, but they shove three people in there. The dorms are old, molded, and have been there since the 1920s. Being a female, having to share a small room with two other girls is bad, but having to share a bathroom with five other females, is worse. Not only are the are the living accommodations horrible, but the food is just as bad. The food is unseasoned, inedible, and sad. The wifi doesn't always work, there's not enough parking, and there's not enough washers and dryers for three floors worth of residents. For the money I'm paying to attend this school, it's not worth it!
I have had a rough transition with this school. The majority of the people are very snobby. The food is always disgusting and there are hardly any activities. Especially on the weekends, the campus is lifeless. Other than that the teachers are pretty decent!