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Chances of getting into Charleston Southern University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
54%
Admission Difficulty for Charleston Southern University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsEasy
Applicant CompetitionAverage
How hard is it to get into CSU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at CSU is 54%.  It ranks #3 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. CSU is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 2,664 out of 4,953 applicants were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 59 percent (SAT 990/1170 ACT 19/24). Charleston Southern University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.24. 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The CSU application fee is $0 and applications are due by Jul 11.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Charleston Southern University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

CSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
990-1170
Applicants Submitting SAT
72%
SAT Scores for Charleston Southern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 990
SAT Scores for Charleston Southern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1170
Average SAT Score 1080

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Charleston Southern University?

Charleston Southern University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 62 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 990 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 900. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1080 out of 1600. CSU ranks #9 in South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Charleston Southern University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1170 and Above Good >67%
1080 to 1170 Avg + 54%-67%
990 to 1080 Avg - 41%-54%
900 to 990 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 900 Low <29%
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CSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT
71%
ACT Scores for Charleston Southern University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Charleston Southern University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into CSU?

Admission data indicates that CSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #10 in South Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 71 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Charleston Southern University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Charleston Southern University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >69%
21 to 24 Avg + 54%-69%
19 to 21 Avg - 43%-54%
17 to 19 Reach 33%-43%
Less than 17 Low <33%
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CSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.24*
Typical High School Grades
B

What GPA do you need to get into Charleston Southern University?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into CSU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Charleston Southern University was 3.24 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #29 in South Carolina for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as CSU accepts 54% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.24 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Admission Statistics

Charleston Southern University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,330 1,620 4,953
Accepted 1,770 894 2,664
Acceptance Rate 53% 55% 54%
Enrolled 382 222 604
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 25% 23%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 11, 2022
Days left to Apply
14

Applicants have 14 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jul 11, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Charleston Southern University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Charleston Southern University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Charleston Southern University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Considered but not required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Charleston Southern University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217688 IPEDS survey data for Charleston Southern University.

FAQs

Does Charleston Southern University prefer SAT or ACT?

72% of students submit their SAT scores to CSU. 71% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Charleston Southern University?

54% of those who apply are granted admission to CSU. Admission competition is low and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Charleston Southern University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 990 and 1170. 72% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Charleston Southern University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 19 and 24. 71% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.