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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
About College of Charleston...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Colonial Athletic Association
Address
66 George St
Charleston, SC 29424
Website
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
February 15
Acceptance Rate
80%
SAT Range
1070-1230
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$19,790/ 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
$9,018/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
79%

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.133 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.133 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,083Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
812
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 82 responses
Report
  • Friendly for the most part
    34%
  • Motivated
    22%
  • In search of something
    17%
  • Lazy, many aren't willing to work hard
    12%
  • Friendly and willing to work hard
    9%
  • Lazy, unmotivated, careless, ignorant
    1%
  • not diverse, very priviledged
    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.177 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.220 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 95 responses
Report
  • Historic
    40%
  • Amazing
    23%
  • Very welcoming and hospitable
    22%
  • Unique
    5%
  • Cliquey
    3%
  • Dissapointing
    3%
  • Family
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $40,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    69%
    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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    College of Charleston Reviews

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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!
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    This college is awesome! They have a wide variety of Asian culture-type things for me to pursue and advance in my studies on...On top of this, my advisor/mentor at the Honors'College is so incredibly helpful that she is allowing me to successfully double major in Computing in the Arts AND English Language Teaching...not to mention the fact that I will be able to continuously study Japanese and potentially Chinese throughout my years here. All in all, I know this college will help me achieve my dream of becoming an Anime voice actress in Japan :) Not to mention the fact that this college has consistently been rated one of the top ones in the nation for foreign exchange...so I can go back soon! Or visit China, or Korea!
    College of Charleston is a very unique, fun school filled with countless opportunities. I love the location, as it is centered in downtown Charleston near beautiful beaches and numerous shops and restaurants. The food is also outstanding, as there is a wide fresh variety to choose from all around. One thing I would like to change about the city, though, is the parking situation. Charleston is growing and expanding exponentially but there is simply not enough space. Parking is very limited, especially downtown, and if you want to park, the costs are fairly expensive. Overall, I am very proud to be a student of the College and if I am lucky, I may get a shot at graduate school right next door. The Medical University of South Carolina is right down the road, so if I decide on taking that path, I will be a Charleston resident once again for another four years!