College of Charleston

Charleston, SC, USA

Admissions

Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • 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
80%
Acceptance Rate
11,900
Students Applied
84%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
1114
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
SAT Subject Tests
Yes
AP Course Credit
Yes
Dual Enrollment
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, 2020
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
Test Optional
No
Application Fee
$50
Fee waivers available
Applications Accepted
Rolling Admissions
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
58%
Out-Of-State Students
34%
US States Represented
48
Countries Represented
62
54%
Submitting ACT
49%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 25
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1176
0
1600
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
520
75th
600
Reading
25th
550
75th
630
3.90
Average GPA
Students Enrolled By GPA

3.75+
62%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
20
Top 25%
51
Top 50%
87
Students Enrolled By Household Income

< $30k
198
$30k - $48k
161
$48k - $75k
159
$75k - $110k
164
$110k+
214

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: admissions@cofc.edu
Admissions Telephone: 843-953-5670
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page
For Veteran Services: visit page

What Students Are Saying

3.87 Average Rating
To anyone even slightly interested in the College of Charleston, I would highly suggest you visit the school and city. I would be surprised if you did not know almost immediately whether or not Charleston is for you. Be sure to check out the many on campus organizations.
Sophomore Biology Major
Be sure to check out the website at Cofc.edu. Also, look at the many academics and classes that are offered. I found it very helpful to email the department head of my desired major/academic area that I wanted to study and ask questions about the program. The staff are all very friendly and willing to answer any questions. Be sure to visit the city and enjoy walking the beautiful campus of CofC as well as exploring the attractions of downtown Charleston to know if it is the kind of location you are interested in.
Kelly from Pelzer, SC
BE VERY PROACTIVE ABOUT THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS. Call the Admissions office to check in with your application every so often; ask them to go into CougarTrail to check that everything is in order. They messed up my application at first, but they were FANTASTIC about fixing it, so if you just call occasionally to make sure that things are going well, things will go well.

If you need to take Physics 101/102 or Physics 111/112, take 111/112. 101/102 are supposed to be easier, but if those are the classes you choose to take, you’ll be learning from a collection of PowerPoint slides put together in a book by your professor instead of from a book put together and designed by professors and instructional designers for a major textbook publishing company. 111/112 have been very good for me. Take those classes.

If you get the chance to have a class with Dr. Francis, do it. It will be one of the best experiences of your educational career.
Laura, who is an Astrophysics/Biology major, who is at CofC
My tips would be to definitely check out the campus and try to spend a weekend here. Also, really read into what your major requires. Look at the requirements for graduation as well, because CofC is a liberal arts school, there are more requirements than a different university would require.
Kelli from Sumter, SC
Apply early and make sure to set up a visit to take all that the college and the city of Charleston has to offer.
Robert from Hickory, NC
College of Charleston is a great place to study I would recommend this school to anyone. It is a wonderful experience living in this beautiful city. The college provides many fitness options and I suggest you take full advantage of all of them. The food on campus is good, but if you live on campus and have a meal plan the options can get boring after a while.
Tiffani from El Paso, TX
If you or your parents are worried about C of C being a Party School, it is, but that's really easy to stay away from if you don't go looking.
Gene from Blythewood, SC
This is a great school especially if one is undecided. They offer a great variety of majors to prospectively choose from, and if you want to go on to graduate school they also have great branches to pick from. Or it can even be a great launching point for you to get into other schools. Make sure to always see your advisor, they are always there to help with any decision troubles, and to send you to the right places for anything else you might need. Be warned though! This is a school that prides itself for getting students involved with campus life. Many students just want to wisp by, but you should take advantage of this opportunity from the school as it can provide a balance of: fun, friends, and an opening to not just get by in life, but to enjoy it also.
Megan from Fort Mill, SC
Make sure your professors know your name and think of you as hard-working.
Have fun, but not too much. It's easy to get too caught up in the fun to be had in Charleston and forget that you're here to learn.
Love living in the most beautiful city in the world and appreciate your time there.
Maureen from Augusta, GA
Apply early!! The College loves to see your interest and loves to get to know you. If you can come visit, definitely do and also talk to your admissions counselor. They are so helpful.
Maddie from Huntersville, NC

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