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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
    C+
  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 liberal arts and sciences 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
February 15
Acceptance Rate
84%
SAT Range
1000-1190
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$18,877/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,818/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,241/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,699/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,653/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,674/ year
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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
56%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.128 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.128 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,524Undergrads
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 77 responses
Report
  • Friendly for the most part
    35%
  • Motivated
    23%
  • In search of something
    17%
  • Lazy, many aren't willing to work hard
    13%
  • Friendly and willing to work hard
    6%
  • Lazy, unmotivated, careless, ignorant
    1%
  • not diverse, very priviledged
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.172 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.215 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 90 responses
Report
  • Historic
    40%
  • Amazing
    24%
  • Very welcoming and hospitable
    21%
  • Unique
    6%
  • Cliquey
    3%
  • Dissapointing
    2%
  • Family
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.84 responses
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Currently, I am a rising sophomore at The College and so far my experience has been amazing! I would not have picked a better college to go to. The food is great, the students are friendly, the classes are challenging but fun and Charleston is just beautiful! The dorms are very neat and clean, also, everyone working in the building, i.e., RA’s, staff, and the dorm director are all happy to help you with any problems you come into! The College is in the heart of the city as well, meaning the beach is only an uber away! Student Life are constantly having events to promote unity and we have many different clubs and organizations to join, from the cheese club to the Harry Potter club. Even if you feel like you are not the type to fit in, there is something for everyone! I hope you pick The College of Charleston as your new home for the next phase in your life! And remember, Go Cougs!
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CofC is great! There are awesome people and nice amenities and resources available. The disabilities office is extremely helpful and most professors are as well and want to see students succeed, but there are also professors who want to see students fail to prove their class is the hardest. The library has a section in the back that is called the CSL where students can get tutoring for free by other students who are majoring in the particular subject they tutor in. There are also tons of spots to get away from the crowds to study other than the library. The dorms are fully furnished and secure with a public safety officer in the building at night.
Coming to CofC was the best decision I’ve ever made. I feel safe on campus, my classes are small and my professors care about me personally, the city is rich with history and there is an endless list of things to do. I came to The College thinking I hated the idea of Greek life, and after 2 months I joined a sorority that I love on campus! The College offers so many different opportunities to every student, it is so easy to get involved in something you love. Mental health is valued as much as success in academics and free counseling services are offered 24/7 for students. The transition from high school to college can be tough, but CofC makes it easier. I found my home here at College of Charleston.