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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B-
  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 2,729 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Charleston Southern acceptance rate is 52%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Business. Graduating 42% of students, Charleston Southern alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $30,100.
9200 University Blvd
Charleston, SC 29406
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big South Conference

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.

CSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
52%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1020-1200
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$17,013/ 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
$20,441/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.59 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
7
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
7
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    22%
  • On Campus
    68%
  • Online
    10%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,729Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
216
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Christian and friendly
    51%
  • Christian
    36%
  • Friendly
    13%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
72%
Poll
48%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.67 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.69 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 49 responses
Report
  • Faith-based
    49%
  • Christian gear
    33%
  • Small
    14%
  • Conservative
    2%
  • Underrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
42%
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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I took one online class (before COVID) and we didn't have much of actual teaching. It was mostly textbook reading and quizzes and then turning in assignments, so it didn't feel much like I was being taught very much. We had access to a few powerpoints, but it was mostly stuff that was in the reading. I think my professors adapted well to online teaching during COVID this past semester (spring 2020). My teachers either lectured through the video chat or uploaded videos of lectures. They also adapted assignments as needed to the circumstances.
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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.
Overall Charleston Southern University had a great transition in to an online experience. I finished out my first year second semester online. I feel like both the professors and administration made sure to provide students with an experience as close to regular in person class as possible. Using video calls and open availability for office hours, I was able to have a in class interaction with other students and professors, while still having opportunity to ask for help as needed.