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College of Charleston
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  • 4 Year
  • CHARLESTON, SC

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Report Card

grade B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B+
  2. Value
    grade B
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade A minus
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade A+
  7. Professors
    grade B+
  8. Location
    grade A+
  9. Dorms
    grade C+
  10. Campus Food
    grade B minus
  11. Student Life
    grade A
  12. Safety
    grade C+

About

66 GEORGE ST
CHARLESTON, SC 29424
About College of Charleston...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Colonial Athletic Association
From College of Charleston

Located in historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. The beautiful, historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities and cutting-edge programs, attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world. Our 10,000 undergraduate students enjoy a small-college feel blended with the advantages of a mid-sized university. They work with exceptional professors, who love to teach and are focused on student growth. The city of Charleston – renowned for its history, architecture, culture and coastal environment – serves as a living/learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, technology, teaching, the humanities, languages and the arts. Please explore our website to learn about everything we have to offer. Or come see for yourself – schedule a visit today!

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College of Charleston Rankings

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

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
78%
SAT Range
1080-1260
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$19,764 / 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
$10,802 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
83%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 120 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 141 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 141 responses

Majors

HONORS COLLEGE

The Honors College expands on partnerships between faculty & student by creating a vibrant living-learning community. Motivated students pursue their unique interests – study abroad, internships, research and service projects at home and globally. Students take one-third of their classes through the Honors College – courses that are small, seminar style, and led by preeminent faculty members.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    26%
  • On Campus
    73%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,762 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
838
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 89 responses
  • Friendly for the most part
    36%
  • Motivated
    20%
  • In search of something
    16%
  • Lazy, many aren't willing to work hard
    11%
  • Friendly and willing to work hard
    9%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Entitled
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 185 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 228 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 103 responses
  • Historic
    41%
  • Very welcoming and hospitable
    22%
  • Amazing
    21%
  • Unique
    6%
  • Cliquey
    3%
  • Dissapointing
    3%
  • Family
    2%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,700 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 84 responses

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Rating 3.68 out of 5  2,172 reviews
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