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College of Charleston Overview

College of Charleston is a public institution situated in Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is College of Charleston Known For?

2,398 Undergraduate Awards
$41,434 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at C of C.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 63% of the faculty were full-time.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from C of C to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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College of Charleston 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.

C of C has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#233 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at C of C.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Historic Preservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Historic Preservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Arts & Media Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Classical Languages & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#90 Most Popular Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#97 Most Popular Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#109 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#126 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#135 Most Popular History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#198 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Historic Preservation Graduates College Factual

Where Is College of Charleston?

Location of College of Charleston

Contact details for C of C are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424-0001
Phone: 843-953-5500
Website: www.cofc.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/collegeofcharleston
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CofC

How Do I Get Into C of C?

You can apply to C of C online at: https://www.cofc.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for C of C

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into C of C?

80% Acceptance Rate
71% Of Accepted Are Women
49% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at College of Charleston is 80%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 29% of accepted students are men and 71% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 73%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 49% of students accepted to C of C submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 630. Math scores were between 520 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for College of Charleston  ( 550 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for College of Charleston  ( 520 to 600 )
200
800
C of C received ACT scores from 54% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 28. Math scores were between 20 and 26. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for College of Charleston  ( 22 to 28 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for College of Charleston  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for College of Charleston  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford College of Charleston?

$41,434 Net Price
48% Take Out Loans
5.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of C of C is $41,434. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At C of C, approximately 48% of students took out student loans averaging $7,863 a year. That adds up to $31,452 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at C of C is 5.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

College of Charleston Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,762 Full-Time Undergraduates
66% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,600 undergraduate students at C of C, with 8,762 being full-time and 838 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  C of C

There are also 945 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,762 full-time undergraduates at C of C, 34% are male and 66% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  C of C

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of C of C Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 175
Black or African American 642
Hispanic or Latino 551
White 6,786
International Students 125
Other Races/Ethnicities 483

Geographic Diversity

South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at College of Charleston. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 47 countries are represented at C of C. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, Germany, and China.

Online Learning at College of Charleston

425 Took All Classes Online
2,246 Took At Least One Class Online
26.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,246 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at C of C has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 36th 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 C of C

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at College of Charleston was 26.4%. This is the #759 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at C of C regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of C of C majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communication & Journalism 3%
Education 18%
Public Relations & Advertising 20%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 25%

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%.

College of Charleston Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 255 0 38 293
General Biology 167 0 0 167
General Psychology 157 0 0 157
Communication & Media Studies 151 0 0 151
Teacher Education Grade Specific 121 0 24 145
Public Health 137 0 0 137
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 110 0 0 110
Political Science & Government 102 0 0 102
Marketing 83 0 0 83
Arts & Media Management 78 3 0 81
Accounting 55 0 20 75
Finance & Financial Management 72 0 0 72
Hospitality Management 70 0 0 70
Sociology 67 0 0 67
General English Literature 62 0 4 66
Fine & Studio Arts 64 0 0 64
History 50 0 2 52
Computer Information Systems 51 0 0 51
International Studies 47 0 0 47
Historic Preservation 34 0 11 45
International Business 44 0 0 44
Romance Languages 36 0 0 36
Geological & Earth Sciences 34 0 0 34
Anthropology 32 0 0 32
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 21 0 10 31
Information Science 28 0 0 28
Drama & Theater Arts 28 0 0 28
Chemistry 27 0 0 27
Mathematics 13 3 8 24
Computer Software & Applications 23 0 0 23
Special Education 19 0 1 20
Teacher Education Subject Specific 9 0 11 20
Public Administration 0 0 20 20
Computer Science 0 0 18 18
Urban Studies 9 8 0 17
Teaching English or French 0 14 0 14
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 14 14
Economics 14 0 0 14
Music 14 0 0 14
Ethnic Studies 12 0 0 12
Classical Languages & Literature 12 0 0 12
Allied Health Professions 12 0 0 12
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 11 11
Real Estate 10 0 0 10
Physics 10 0 0 10
Religious Studies 9 0 0 9
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 8 0 0 8
Archeology 8 0 0 8
Writing Studies 0 0 7 7
Area Studies 7 0 0 7
Germanic Languages 7 0 0 7
Philosophy 6 0 0 6
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 5 5
Dance 5 0 0 5
Astronomy & Astrophysics 4 0 0 4
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 4 0 0 4
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 3 3
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 3 3
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,398 28 210 2,636

References

*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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