By Allen Grove
The College of Charleston is a selective public liberal arts college, and over a quarter of applicants will not be admitted. Students who get in tend to have above average grades and standardized test scores. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of admitted applicants had high school averages of "B" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1600 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or better. Slightly higher numbers improve your chances significantly.
You'll notice a few red data points (rejected students) and yellow data points (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for The College of Charleston were rejected. You'll also notice that a handful of students were admitted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because C of C's admissions process is holistic and not based entirely on empirical data. The admissions folks will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses, not courses that get you an easy "A." Also, you'll need to write a short essay, and applicants to the Honors College will need to submit a longer essay. Applicants can strengthen their applications further by providing some of the optional application materials: a résumé of your extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and an interview.
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