College of Charleston: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

College of Charleston

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College of Charleston is a public liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 79%. Founded in 1770 and located in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston provides a historically rich environment for students. The C of C has a 13-to-1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of about 21. 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.

Considering applying to College of Charleston? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, College of Charleston had an acceptance rate of 79%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 79 students were admitted, making C of C's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 11,675
Percent Admitted 79%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

College of Charleston requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 54% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 640
Math 520 610
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of C of C's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to College of Charleston scored between 550 and 640, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 610, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 610. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1250 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at College of Charleston.

Requirements

College of Charleston does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests, but will consider these scores if submitted. Note that C of C participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

College of Charleston requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 47% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 29
Math 20 26
Composite 22 28

This admissions data tells us that most of College of Charleston's admitted students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to C of C received a composite ACT score between 22 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

College of Charleston does not require the ACT writing section, but will consider writing scores if submitted. Unlike many schools, C of C superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of College of Charleston's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.4 and 4.35. 25% had a GPA above 4.35, and 25% had a GPA below 3.4. These results suggest that most successful applicants to College of Charleston have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

College of Charleston Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
College of Charleston Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to College of Charleston. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The College of Charleston, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, C of C has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. The school is looking for participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Applicants may also choose to submit an optional letter of recommendation to supplement their application. Note that students applying to the Honors College will be required to submit an additional application as well as an essay, resume, and letter of recommendation.

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 1000 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 20 or better. Slightly higher numbers improve your chances significantly.

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