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.
Key Admissions Stats
Not for Profit
This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission
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.
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.
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.
Books and Supplies
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.
Average Aid Per Year
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.
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
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.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
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.
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.
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.