#8 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

Charleston Southern University

Charleston, South Carolina

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Student Population
Charleston Southern University overview
Location Charleston, South Carolina
Online csuniv.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation Baptist
Charleston Southern University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Charleston, South Carolina, Charleston Southern University is a small four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs.   The school has a religious affiliation with the Baptist faith. In the most recent statistical year 3,940 prospective students applied, and 2,254 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 690 enrolled in the school.  2,662 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 679 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $28,630 plus fees of $300. CSU is ranked 794 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2023 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



CSU is rated within the lower 37% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
Charleston Southern University overview
SAT 990/1200
ACT 18/23
Estimated GPA 3.24
Applications Accepted
Charleston Southern University overview
Applications Due Jul 11, 2023
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Charleston Southern University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$0
Other Fees$300
Room and Board $11,032
Budget for Other Expenses$4,460
Total One Year Cost$44,422

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$39,800 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
38% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Charleston Southern University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 24%
Education 11%
Psychology 10%
Health Professions 8%
Biology 8%

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