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The College of Charleston, founded in 1770, is a public, liberal arts institution. The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education has commended eight of its undergraduate programs as being among the best in the Southeast, including all its science programs as well as history and mathematics. The honors program, which is open to all majors, features a tutorial in which students work closely with faculty on research projects. The College of Charleston expects to play a special role within the state in offering a public alternative to the very best of the private liberal arts colleges. Programs are offered through the Schools of the Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sciences and Mathematics. Its 52-acre campus, located in the center of Charleston, contains many pre-Civil War buildings.

Website: www.cofc.edu/

Public
Co-ed
9,880
Undergraduate
Students
(64.4%) 6,363 Women
(35.6%) 3,517 Men
903
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
79% of 11,675 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
February 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.90
SAT Math
520-610 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
596 average
550-640 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
25 average
22-28 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $30,260
Out-of-state: $50,590
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,978
Out-of-state: $33,308
Room and Board
$12,123
Average Percent of Need Met
53%
Average Freshman Award
$14,796
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$27,731
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
558
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 12% of classes
10-19 students: 25% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 20% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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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
31% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Cougar (Clyde)
Sororities
22% of women participate
Fraternities
10% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.2% Asian
8.0% Black/African-American
5.8% Hispanic/Latino
3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.1% White
1.4% Unknown
International Students
1.3% from 62 countries
First-Year Students Returning
79.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
61.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
50%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
37.0%
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