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Charleston Southern University

Charleston, SC, USA
3.40 Average Rating

Originally founded as Baptist College, Charleston Southern University is a Christian school in the greater Charleston area and the only Christian college in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. CSU grants undergraduate degrees in over 50 academic programs integrating Christian faith into learning. As a Christian university, CSU holds biweekly chapel services in Lightsey Auditorium and attendance is required for all students. Furthermore, CSU sponsors missions on spring and fall breaks to provide service opportunities.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Baptist
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city

0
100
56%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

The college has rolling admissions, which means applications are accepted any time throughout the year.

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
77%
Out-Of-State Students
22%
73%
Submitting ACT
64%
Submitting SAT
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Master's
Total Number of Students
3,492
Total Number of Undergrads
3,061
Academic Calendar

Four-one-four plan

Classroom Sizes

0
100
24%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
35%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
15:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$17,858
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$24,840
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$24,840
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$9,900
Books and Supplies
$1400

Aid & Grants

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
99%
Average Aid Per Year
$19,077
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
99%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,764
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$12,171

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
69%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,066
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$27,000
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$287
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
38%
62%
Student Organizations
40
Size of Town
Small city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
No
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Buccaneers
School Colors
Blue/Gold
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Big South Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Charleston
Columbia
Greenville
Charlotte
Atlanta
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$36,900
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What Students Are Saying

3.40 Average Rating
Charleston Southern University has completely changed my life. They have encouraged me to grow not only academically, but spiritually as well. I am so thankful to attend such a wonderful school.
Heather from Blackstock, SC
This school is fantastic if you are looking for a college with a small Christian atmosphere. Everybody knows everybody. The teachers are great. they know you by your name and personality not by your student id number.
Shelby from Charleston, SC
CSU has an excellent location close to stores and eateries ,two minutes from a water park and close to downtown Charleston and the beach. The campus is BEAUTIFUL and peaceful, and sized just right! And the campus is still growing, to accommodate students and new activities.
Angel from Sumter, SC
csu is an awesome university. it offers outstanding courses and does just as the university's mission states, integrating faith in learning, leading, and serving.
CSU student

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