Charleston, South Carolina

College of Charleston Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into College of Charleston

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for College of Charleston
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into College of Charleston and can I get accepted? The school has a 80% acceptance rate ranking it #31 in South Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,574 out of 11,900 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 challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent. College of Charleston typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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College of Charleston SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for College of Charleston
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for College of Charleston
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1300
Average SAT Score 1220

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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 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 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 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. The school ranks #5 in South Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 49 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

College of Charleston admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1300 and Above Good >87%
1220 to 1300 Avg + 80%-87%
1140 to 1220 Avg - 70%-80%
1060 to 1140 Reach 58%-70%
Less than 1060 Low <58%
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College of Charleston ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
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 28
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into College of Charleston?

Admission data indicates that College of Charleston 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 20 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 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in South Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to College of Charleston.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

College of Charleston admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >88%
24 to 27 Avg + 80%-88%
22 to 24 Avg - 72%-80%
20 to 22 Reach 63%-72%
Less than 20 Low <63%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into College of Charleston. 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 College of Charleston accepts 80% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted College of Charleston students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
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

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%

Admission Statistics

College of Charleston admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,135 3,765 11,900
Accepted 6,817 2,757 9,574
Acceptance Rate 84% 73% 80%
Enrolled 1,250 590 1,840
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 21% 19%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Apr 1, 2019
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Apr 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to College of Charleston and what considerations affect 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.