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Chances of getting into College of Charleston

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
74%
Admission Difficulty for College of Charleston
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into CofC and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at CofC is 74%.  It ranks #24 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. CofC is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 11,307 out of 15,214 applicants were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 45 percent (SAT 1070/1240 ACT 21/28). College of Charleston typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.97. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The CofC application fee is $50 and applications are due by Apr 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to College of Charleston. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 54% of students submitted SAT scores and 47% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

CofC SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1070-1240
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 600
SAT Composite 75th 1240
Average SAT Score 1160

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

College of Charleston typically prefers 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. CofC ranks #4 in South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

College of Charleston admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1240 and Above Good >84%
1155 to 1240 Avg + 74%-84%
1070 to 1155 Avg - 60%-74%
985 to 1070 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 985 Low <44%
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CofC ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
21-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
47%
ACT Scores for College of Charleston
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
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 24

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 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 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 2020 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%
24 to 28 Avg + 74%-86%
21 to 24 Avg - 62%-74%
18 to 21 Reach 49%-62%
Less than 18 Low <49%
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CofC GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.97
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 3.97 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 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 CofC accepts 74% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted College of Charleston students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 50.3% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 13.9% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 10.1% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 9.6% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 8.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 7.6% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.5% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

51.3% 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 23.3%
Top 25% of class 51.3%
Top 50% of class 84%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

College of Charleston admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,366 4,848 15,214
Accepted 7,938 3,369 11,307
Acceptance Rate 77% 69% 74%
Enrolled 1,432 620 2,052
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 18% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Apr 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Apr 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to College of Charleston is $50.

Application Requirements

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

College of Charleston Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
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?

74% of those who apply are granted admission to CofC. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging 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 1240. 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 21 and 28. 47% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.