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College of Charleston - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


College of Charleston

College of Charleston

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College of Charleston Description:

Founded in 1770 and located in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston provides a historically rich environment for students. The College of Charleston is a public liberal arts college with a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of about 21. Because of this, C of C represents a great educational value, especially for South Carolina residents. The curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, but students will also find thriving pre-professional programs in business and education. On the athletic front, the College of Charleston Cougars compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association.

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 11,723 (10,506 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male / 62% Female
  • 93% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,626 (in-state); $27,090 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,186 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,043
  • Other Expenses: $3,801
  • Total Cost: $26,656 (in-state); $43,120 (out-of-state)

College of Charleston Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 74%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 62%
    • Loans: 46%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,767
    • Loans: $6,326

Scholarships for College of Charleston (powered by Cappex.com)

Most Popular Majors:

Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, English, International Business, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 25%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 58%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 69%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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College of Charleston Mission Statement:

mission statement from the College of Charleston website

"The College of Charleston is a state supported, comprehensive institution providing a high quality education in the arts and sciences, education and business. Consistent with its heritage since its founding in 1770, the College retains a strong liberal arts undergraduate curriculum. Located in the heart of historic Charleston, it strives to meet the growing educational demands primarily of the Lowcountry and the state and, secondarily, of the Southeast. A superior quality undergraduate program is central to the mission of the College.

The College of Charleston seeks applicants capable of successfully completing degree requirements and pays particular attention to identifying and admitting students who excel academically. The College of Charleston serves a diverse student body from its geographical area and attracts students from national and international communities. The College provides students a community in which to engage in original inquiry and creative expression in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom. This community, founded on the principles of the liberal arts tradition, provides students the opportunity to realize their intellectual and personal potential and to become responsible, productive members of society.

In addition to offering a broad range of baccalaureate degree programs, the College currently provides an increasing number of masters’ degree programs, which are compatible with the community and the state. As a prominent component of the state's higher education system, the College encourages and supports research. Its faculty are important sources of knowledge and expertise for the community, state and nation. Additionally, the College provides an extensive credit and non-credit continuing education program and cultural activities for residents of the Lowcountry of South Carolina."


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