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Chances of getting into College of Charleston

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
79.3%
Admission Difficulty for College of Charleston
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into CofC and can I get accepted? The school has a 79% acceptance rate ranking it #31 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,254 out of 11,675 applicants were admitted making College of Charleston an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 42 percent. College of Charleston typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

CofC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1070-1250
Applicants Submitting SAT
54%
SAT Scores for College of Charleston
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1070
SAT Scores for College of Charleston
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 610
SAT Composite 75th 1250
Average SAT Score 1160

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to College of Charleston?

College of Charleston typically requires applicants to be in the top 47 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1070 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 980. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1160 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

College of Charleston admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1250 and Above Good >86%
1160 to 1250 Avg + 79%-86%
1070 to 1160 Avg - 69%-79%
980 to 1070 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 980 Low <57%
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CofC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
47%
ACT Scores for College of Charleston
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for College of Charleston
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that CofC regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in South Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to College of Charleston.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

College of Charleston admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >86%
25 to 28 Avg + 79%-86%
22 to 25 Avg - 69%-79%
19 to 22 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 19 Low <57%
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CofC GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.84
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into College of Charleston?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into CofC. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at College of Charleston was 3.84 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in South Carolina for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.84 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as CofC accepts 79% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted College of Charleston students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 53% Good
3.50 to 3.75 20% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 16% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 10% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 3% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

63% of College of Charleston freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted College of Charleston students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 28%
Top 25% of class 63%
Top 50% of class 93%
Bottom 50% of class 7%
Bottom 25% of class -1%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

College of Charleston admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,174 3,501 11,675
Accepted 6,661 2,593 9,254
Acceptance Rate 81% 74% 79%
Enrolled 1,544 655 2,199
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 25% 24%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
149

Applicants have 149 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

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

College of Charleston Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at College of Charleston
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=217819 IPEDS survey data for College of Charleston.

FAQs

Does College of Charleston prefer SAT or ACT?

54% of students submit their SAT scores to CofC. 47% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into College of Charleston?

79% of those who apply are granted admission to CofC. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for College of Charleston?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1070 and 1250. 54% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for College of Charleston?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 28. 47% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.