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
9,967
Undergraduates
3,349
Men - 33.6%
6,619
Women - 66.4%
944
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
76% of 20,484 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.94 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math
579 average
530-620 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
609 average
560-660 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
23-29 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $31,253
Out-of-state: $54,073
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,978
Out-of-state: $35,798
Room and Board
$12,761
Average Percent of Need Met
54%
Average Freshman Award
$16,168
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$32,906
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
509
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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Charleston Population
139,714
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
32% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Cougar (Clyde)
Sororities
19% of women participate
Fraternities
16% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.2%
Asian
2%
Black/African-American
6.4%
Hispanic/Latino
7.1%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
3.6%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0%
White
79.6%
Unknown
1.1%
International Students
1.1% from 64 countries
First-Year Students Returning
82.7%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
58.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
80%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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