Charleston Southern University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

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Charleston Southern University Admissions Overview:

Charleston Southern University, with an acceptance rate of 61%, is a generally accessible school. Students can fill out an application online. In addition, students need to pay a small application fee, submit a high school transcript, and send in scores from either the SAT or ACT. 

Admissions Data (2016):

Charleston Southern University Description:

Charleston Southern University's 300-acre campus sits on a former rice and indigo plantation in North Charleston, South Carolina. Historic Charleston and the Atlantic Ocean are nearby. Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and the integration of faith with learning is central to the school's mission. The university has a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students can choose from over 30 Bachelor's degree programs (Business is most popular). High achieving students should look into the Honors Programs; perks include priority registration, smaller classes and special access to social and cultural events. On the athletic front, the Charleston Southern Buccaneers compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. Popular sports include football, soccer, track and field, basketball, and golf.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,616 (3,204 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male / 62% Female
  • 90% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $24,140
  • Books: $1,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,600
  • Other Expenses: $3,600
  • Total Cost: $38,740

Charleston Southern University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 66%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $20,311
    • Loans: $6,235

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Athletic Training, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Psychology, Theatre

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 6%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 25%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 36%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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