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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
66 George St
Charleston, SC 29424
About College of Charleston...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Colonial Athletic Association
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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!


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
May 1
Acceptance Rate
79%
SAT Range
1070-1250
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$19,649/ 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
$9,683/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
82%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
82%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.120 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.137 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.137 responses

Majors

Arts Management

The Arts Management Program prepares students to become leaders of arts organizations. The courses in the program emphasize management and problem-solving skills in the areas of fundraising, financial management, marketing, artistic programming, policy, governance, and volunteer management relevant to the unique world of the visual and performing arts industry.

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
    18%
  • On Campus
    81%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,103Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
777
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 84 responses
Report
  • Friendly for the most part
    35%
  • Motivated
    21%
  • In search of something
    17%
  • Lazy, many aren't willing to work hard
    12%
  • Friendly and willing to work hard
    10%
  • Entitled
    1%
  • Lazy, unmotivated, careless, ignorant
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.181 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.224 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 99 responses
Report
  • Historic
    40%
  • Amazing
    22%
  • Very welcoming and hospitable
    21%
  • Unique
    6%
  • Cliquey
    3%
  • Dissapointing
    3%
  • Family
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $40,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    71%
    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

    College of Charleston Reviews

    2,136 reviews
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    Charleston, South Carolina was voted the number 1 city in the United States of America for the past three years. The campus holds so much of Charleston's history since it was created in 1770.The College of Charleston doesn't have a football team but, its students show a great amount of pride towards there school! There are many activities and clubs to become apart of right in the center of campus! A really good part about attending the College of Charleston is how many connections the College has with businesses and universities. A good example would be the Medical University of South Carolina! If you plan on doing anything in the medical field, MUSC and CofC are for you! Some of the classes you will take at the College are affiliated with MUSC! This is a great opportunity to get a real life experience in the medical field before even attending medical school!
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    College of Charleston has given me access to so many opportunities, including MUSC research, job experience, and volunteer services. Faculty and staff are generally nice and make an effort to assist students in all avenues of service they might need. There is always something to do on the campus and many great things to see around Charleston. The only suggestion for improvement I would make, is incorporating more diversity into everyday campus life, truthfully acknowledging ALL aspects of history that the college has, and remodeling most of the dorms. Other than that, it's a great school!
    CofC wasn’t my first choice in schools, but now I can’t imagine myself having gone anywhere else! The city is beautiful with so much history to explore right off campus. Class sizes are small, so professors know you by your name rather than a number and they are very willing to help if you ask. There are so many opportunities for students from free tutoring centers, internships, on campus jobs, a wide variety of student organizations, and great programs for international education.