College of Charleston Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

College of Charleston
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With an acceptance rate of 84 percent, the College of Charleston is largely accessible to interested students. Students admitted to the school will generally have test scores and grades above average. Prospective students must submit an application, high school transcripts, scores from the SAT or ACT, and a short essay. 

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 500 / 600
  • SAT Math: 500 / 590
  • ACT Composite: 22 / 27
  • ACT English: 22 / 28
  • ACT Math: 20 / 26

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 competes in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association. Popular sports include soccer, basketball, softball, volleyball, swimming, and cross country.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 11,294 (10,375 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 37% Male / 63% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,805 (in-state); $29,963 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,159 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,048
  • Other Expenses: $3,977
  • Total Cost: $28,989 (in-state); $47,147 (out-of-state)

College of Charleston Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 80%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 70%
    • Loans: 45%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,196
    • Loans: $7,151

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, English, International Business, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology
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Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 23%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 58%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 69%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Soccer, Track, and Field, Basketball, Golf, Swimming and Diving, Cross Country, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Equestrian, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming, and Diving, Sailing, Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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