College of Charleston

Charleston, SC, USA
3.87 Average Rating

The College of Charleston, founded in 1770, is a public university and is the oldest campus in South Carolina. The university offers 61 undergraduate majors and 78 minors from six schools, plus 24 master's degree programs and 10 graduate-level certificate programs. Located in coastal, downtown Charleston, the campus features brick walkways and offers a 15,000-square-foot fitness facility, two new residence halls, a 5,000-seat athletic facility, and the completely renovated Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center, which has 77 new research facilities, and a modern observatory with star-gazing stations on its roof.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • 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
79%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. November 1, 2019
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. December 1, 2019
Fall Regular Decision February 15, 2020
Spring Regular Decision November 1, 2019

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
58%
Out-Of-State Students
41%
47%
Submitting ACT
54%
Submitting SAT
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Master's
Total Number of Students
10,783
Total Number of Undergrads
9,880
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
39%
20-39 Students
50%
40-99 Students
9%
0
100
55%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
67%
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
$19,649
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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.
$12,943
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.
$33,273
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.
$11,815
Books and Supplies
$1236

Aid & Grants

0
100
53%
Need Met
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.
73%
Average Aid Per Year
$9,863
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.
73%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,814
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$6,236

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.
48%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,863
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.
$21,500
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.
$222
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
36%
64%
Student Organizations
276
Size of Town
Small city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
31%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Cougar
School Colors
Gold/Grey/Maroon
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable

Campus Safety

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

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Charleston
New York
Atlanta
Charlotte
Greenville
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
80%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$39,700
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What Students Are Saying

3.87 Average Rating
The College of Charleston is well-rounded, beautiful school that rests elegantly on the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by delicious food, intelligent professors, and interesting people; there is no better place to attend school. Any student enrolled at the college will tell you of how wondrous and exquisite it is, and how much of an honor it is to attend.
Robert from Hickory, NC
The College is everything you could want in a balance of academics and recreation. As a student in the Honors College, I can assure you that we work hard here but the love I have for my professors makes the work worthwhile. Besides academics, you are in downtown Charleston and 20 minutes from the beach so if you don't want to do school at the moment, odd's are you won't be bored.
Maddie from Huntersville, NC

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