#4 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

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College of Charleston overview
Location Charleston, South Carolina
Online cofc.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
College of Charleston overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Established in 1770 and chartered in 1785, the College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. The campus is noted for its beautifully preserved architecture reflecting antebellum and Greek revival styles, contributing to the city's famous aesthetic. This mid-sized institution offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, with particular strengths in biology, business, communications, education, and the arts. The college operates on a semester-based academic calendar and exhibits a moderately selective admissions process. Campus life features a blend of residential housing and academic buildings in an urban setting, providing students with the opportunity to live and study within walking distance of the downtown area. While the College of Charleston competes in NCAA Division I athletics as the Cougars, it is particularly well-known for its men's basketball and sailing teams.

In the most recent statistical year 22,020 prospective students applied, and 16,666 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,210 enrolled in the school.  9,464 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,421 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $12,518 plus fees of $460. CofC is ranked 428 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












CofC is rated within the top 42% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

College of Charleston overview
SAT 1130/1300
ACT 24/30
GPA 3.94

Applications Accepted

College of Charleston overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend

South Carolina Resident Tuition

In State Costs for College of Charleston
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,345
Other Fees$460
Room and Board $12,986
Budget for Other Expenses$4,169
Total One Year Cost$31,478

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for College of Charleston
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,345
Other Fees$460
Room and Board $12,986
Budget for Other Expenses$4,169
Total One Year Cost$54,298

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by College of Charleston students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 23%
Social Sciences 11%
Education 10%
Communication 10%
Biology 9%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217819 IPEDS survey data for College of Charleston.

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