Charleston Southern University

Charleston, SC

Charleston Southern is a church-affiliated university. Founded in 1964, its name was changed in 1990 from Baptist College of Charleston. Its 500-acre campus is located 10 miles from downtown Charleston.

Website: www.charlestonsouthern.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,062
Undergraduate
Students
(61.8%) 1,892 Women
(38.2%) 1,170 Men
431
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
56% of 4,125 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
500-530 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
510-560 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
20-22 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$39,930
Tuition and Fees
$24,830
Room and Board
$9,900
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Freshman Award
$16,210
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$20,252
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Other
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
181
Regular Class Size
Not reported
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Campus Life

Charleston Population
125,583
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
42% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Buccaneer
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.6% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.5% Asian
24.4% Black/African-American
3.8% Hispanic/Latino
3.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
62.0% White
4.1% Unknown
International Students
0.7% from 17 countries
First-Year Students Returning
66.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
24.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3  
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies 2  
History   2
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
PO Box 118087
City, State, Zip
Charleston, SC 29423-8087
Phone
(843) 863-7050
Fax
 
E-mail
enroll@csuniv.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$40
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for some freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
56% of 4,125 applicants were admitted
Women
56% of 2,661 applicants were admitted
Men
57% of 1,464 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
648 (28%) of 2,323 admitted students enrolled
Women
385 (26%) of 1,488 admitted students enrolled
Men
263 (31%) of 835 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
500-530 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
510-560 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
20-22 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
Not reported
Score of 24 - 29
Not reported
Score of 18 - 23
Not reported
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$39,930
Tuition and Fees
$24,830
Room and Board
$9,900
Books and Supplies
$1,400
Other Expenses
$3,800
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003419
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
605 (93.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
533 (88.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
531 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
146 (27.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$16,210
Need-Based Gift
Received by 530 (99.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $12,927
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 401 (75.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,379
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 105 (19.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
95 (14.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,278

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,968 (93.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,749 (88.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,732 (99.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
421 (24.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
73%
Average Award
$15,036
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,713 (98.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $11,008
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,368 (79.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,252
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 262 (15.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
306 (14.5%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $10,832

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
86%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$20,252
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Business, Computer Science, Education, English, Mathematics, Religion/Biblical Studies
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Adult Students, Children of Faculty/Staff, Out-of-State Students, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,406
Academic Calendar System
Other
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • American History (United States)
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • European History
  • Finance, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Music, General
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Secondary School Administration/Principalship
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Youth Ministry
Most Popular Disciplines
 
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Double major, Honors program, Internships, Summer session
Study Abroad
Not offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
181
Part-Time Faculty
134
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
Not reported
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
479,362
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
250
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Finance and Banking
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Organizational Management

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Charleston Population
125,583
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
500 acres

Weather

Temperature
37.7 average low in January, 87.6 average high in September
Rain
114 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Charleston
Nearest Train Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Charleston

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing
Students in College Housing
42% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
58%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Not offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Buccaneer
School Colors
Blue and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cheerleading x   x  
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Soccer x x    
Softball x x    
Tennis x x    
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Golf x x
Soccer    
Softball    
Tennis    
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, student government, baptist student union, fellowship of christian athletes
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,062
Women
1,892 (61.8%)
Men
1,170 (38.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,804
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.6% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.5% Asian
24.4% Black/African-American
3.8% Hispanic/Latino
3.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
62.0% White
4.1% Unknown
International Students.
0.7% from 17 countries
Average Age
24
All Graduate Students
431

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
66.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
24.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
33.2%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
35.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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