Charleston Southern University Overview
Charleston Southern University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Charleston, South Carolina. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.
What Is Charleston Southern University Known For?
- The highest award offered at CSU is the doctor's degree.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 61% of the faculty were full-time.
Charleston Southern University Rankings
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at CSU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards CSU has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Charleston Southern University?
Contact details for CSU are given below.
|Address:||9200 University Blvd, Charleston, SC 29406-9121|
How Do I Get Into CSU?
You can apply to CSU online at: https://www.charlestonsouthern.edu/apply
Admission Requirements for CSU
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||neither required nor recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into CSU?
Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 57%, and the acceptance rate for women is 56%.
Average Test Scores
About 64% of students accepted to CSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 560. Math scores were between 500 and 530.
Can I Afford Charleston Southern University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CSU, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $5,974 a year. That adds up to $23,896 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at CSU is 7.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.
Charleston Southern University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 593 graduate students at the school.
Of the 2,558 full-time undergraduates at CSU, 36% are male and 64% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Charleston Southern University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||466|
|Hispanic or Latino||119|
South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Charleston Southern University. At this time, 29 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 28 countries are represented at CSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and Brazil.
Online Learning at Charleston Southern University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at CSU has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 22nd most popular in South Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of CSU
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Charleston Southern University was 13.8%. This is the #1,118 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CSU regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of CSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Business, Management & Marketing||7%|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||4%|
|Finance & Financial Management||8%|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||4%|
|Human Resource Management||42%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at CSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at CSU.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Human Resource Management||#52|
|Health & Medical Administrative Services||#132|
|Computer & Information Sciences||#150|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||#163|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||#181|
|Business Administration & Management||#346|
|Business, Management & Marketing||#429|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Charleston Southern University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Image Credit: By CharlestonSouthern under License
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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