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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?

661 Undergraduate Awards
$25,613 Avg Cost After Aid
56% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at CSU is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 61% of the faculty were full-time.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#9 Best Value Finance & Financial Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Management Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Value Criminal Justice & Corrections Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Value General Biology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Value Accounting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Best Value Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Best Value Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards CSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#139 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Charleston Southern University?

Location of Charleston Southern University

Contact details for CSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 9200 University Blvd, Charleston, SC 29406-9121
Phone: 843-863-7000

How Do I Get Into CSU?

You can apply to CSU online at:

Admission Requirements for CSU

Submission Required?
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
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into CSU?

56% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
64% Submit SAT Scores
CSU has an acceptance rate of 56%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Charleston Southern University  ( 510 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for Charleston Southern University  ( 500 to 530 )
CSU received ACT scores from 73% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 22. Math scores were between 18 and 21. Composite scores were between 20 and 22.

ACT English Scores for Charleston Southern University  ( 19 to 22 )
ACT Math Scores for Charleston Southern University  ( 18 to 21 )
ACT Composite Scores for Charleston Southern University  ( 20 to 22 )

Can I Afford Charleston Southern University?

$25,613 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
7.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CSU is $25,613. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

2,558 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,884 undergraduate students at CSU, with 2,558 being full-time and 326 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  CSU

There are also 593 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,558 full-time undergraduates at CSU, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  CSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Charleston Southern University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 42
Black or African American 466
Hispanic or Latino 119
White 1,565
International Students 33
Other Races/Ethnicities 333

Geographic Diversity

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

449 Took All Classes Online
1,326 Took At Least One Class Online
13.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at CSU. In 2017-2018, 1,326 students took at least one online class at the school.

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%
Nursing 5%

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
Hospitality Management #20
Computer Science #29
Human Resource Management #52
Health & Medical Administrative Services #132
Computer & Information Sciences #150
Criminal Justice & Corrections #163
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #181
Nursing #228
Business Administration & Management #346
Health Professions #375
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.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 52 78 130
Nursing 76 6 82
Teacher Education Grade Specific 49 0 49
Criminal Justice & Corrections 33 14 47
Health & Physical Education 44 0 44
General Biology 38 4 42
Communication & Media Studies 38 0 38
General Psychology 37 0 37
Teacher Education Subject Specific 27 0 27
Accounting 18 6 24
Religious Studies 21 1 22
Design & Applied Arts 22 0 22
Human Resource Management 18 1 19
Marketing 19 0 19
General Social Sciences 17 0 17
Computer Science 16 0 16
Educational Administration 0 13 13
Finance & Financial Management 9 3 12
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 11 0 11
Public Health 11 0 11
Political Science & Government 10 0 10
Sociology 10 0 10
Human Development & Family Studies 9 0 9
History 9 0 9
Entrepreneurial Studies 7 0 7
Writing Studies 7 0 7
Health & Medical Administrative Services 6 1 7
Allied Health Professions 0 6 6
Computer Information Systems 2 3 5
Chemistry 5 0 5
Zoology 4 0 4
General English Literature 4 0 4
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 4 0 4
Music 4 0 4
Management Information Systems 0 3 3
Applied Mathematics 3 0 3
Economics 3 0 3
Missionary Studies 3 0 3
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 3 0 3
Romance Languages 2 0 2
Liberal Arts General Studies 2 0 2
Mathematics 2 0 2
Natural Sciences 2 0 2
Sacred Music 2 0 2
Hospitality Management 1 0 1
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 1 0 1
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0
Other Science Technologies/Technicians 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0
TOTAL 661 139 800


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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