The College of Charleston, founded in 1770, is a public, liberal arts institution. The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education has commended eight of its undergraduate programs as being among the best in the Southeast, including all its science programs as well as history and mathematics. The honors program, which is open to all majors, features a tutorial in which students work closely with faculty on research projects. The College of Charleston expects to play a special role within the state in offering a public alternative to the very best of the private liberal arts colleges. Programs are offered through the Schools of the Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sciences and Mathematics. Its 52-acre campus, located in the center of Charleston, contains many pre-Civil War buildings.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
9,300
Undergraduates
3,209
Men - 34.5%
6,092
Women - 65.5%
1,087
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
74% of 15,214 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.97
SAT Math
568 average
520-600 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
594 average
550-640 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
21-28 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $26,463
Out-of-state: $46,793
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,838
Out-of-state: $33,168
Room and Board
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
52%
Average Freshman Award
$14,345
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$28,631
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
551
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
12%
10-19
25%
20-29
32%
30-39
20%
40-49
6%
50-99
4%
Over 100
0%
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Not reported Population
139,714
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
22% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Cougar (Clyde)
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.3%
Asian
2.1%
Black/African-American
7%
Hispanic/Latino
7.1%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
4%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
78.2%
Unknown
1.3%
International Students
0.8% from 56 countries
First-Year Students Returning
79.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
56.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
70%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
18.0%
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