|Applicant Competition||Very Low|
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How hard is it to get into CofC and can I get accepted? The school has a 78% acceptance rate ranking it #29 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,230 out of 11,783 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 41 percent. College of Charleston typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
You must submit admission test scores with your application. College of Charleston is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||550|
|SAT Math 25th||530|
|SAT Composite 25th||1080|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||640|
|SAT Math 75th||620|
|SAT Composite 75th||1260|
|Average SAT Score||1170|
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 45 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1080 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 990. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1170 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 2019 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1260 and Above||Good||>86%|
|1170 to 1260||Avg +||78%-86%|
|1080 to 1170||Avg -||68%-78%|
|990 to 1080||Reach||55%-68%|
|Less than 990||Low||<55%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||22|
|ACT Math 25th||19|
|ACT Composite 25th||22|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||30|
|ACT Math 75th||26|
|ACT Composite 75th||28|
|Average ACT Score||25|
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 #6 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 2019 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|28 and Above||Good||>86%|
|25 to 28||Avg +||78%-86%|
|22 to 25||Avg -||68%-78%|
|19 to 22||Reach||55%-68%|
|Less than 19||Low||<55%|
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 78% of all applicants.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
63% of College of Charleston freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||21%||25%||22%|
The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Apr 1, 2021.
The cost for prospective students to apply to College of Charleston is $50.
What are the requirements for admission to College of Charleston and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.
54% of students submit their SAT scores to CofC. 47% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
78% 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.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1080 and 1260. 54% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
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.