College of Charleston

Charleston, SC

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
9,895
Undergraduate
Students
(63.3%) 6,266 Women
(36.7%) 3,629 Men
968
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
80% of 11,900 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
566 average
520-600 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
595 average
550-630 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
24 average
22-27 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $29,705
Out-of-state: $48,093
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,458
Out-of-state: $30,846
Room and Board
$12,048
Average Percent of Need Met
53%
Average Freshman Award
$13,986
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,256
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
544
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
35% of women participate
Fraternities
18% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.3% Asian
7.9% Black/African-American
5.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.4% White
1.5% Unknown
International Students
1.2% from 61 countries
First-Year Students Returning
77.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
56.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
80%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
46.5%
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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 required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 4  
Science 3  
Foreign Language 3  
Social Studies 2  
History 1 2
Academic Electives 3  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required April 1
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 Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
66 George Street
City, State, Zip
Charleston, SC 29424-0001
Phone
(843) 953-5670
Fax
 
E-mail
admissions@cofc.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 15
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
Not reported
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
December 1
Early Action Notification
January 1

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 all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
Letters of recommendation for Honors College recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not 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
80% of 11,900 applicants were admitted
Women
84% of 8,135 applicants were admitted
Men
73% of 3,765 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
2,423 (25%) of 9,574 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,538 (23%) of 6,817 admitted students enrolled
Men
885 (32%) of 2,757 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
Not reported
Early Action Admission Rate
85% of 6749 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
0
Students Accepting Wait List Position
0
Students Admitted From Wait List
0

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.90
3.75 and Above
57%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
566 average
520-600 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
4%
Score of 600 - 700
25%
Score of 500 - 600
60%
Score of 400 - 500
11%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
595 average
550-630 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
6%
Score of 600 - 700
42%
Score of 500 - 600
47%
Score of 400 - 500
4%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
24 average
22-27 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
11%
Score of 24 - 29
50%
Score of 18 - 23
39%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 22%
Top quarter: 53%
Top half: 89%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
0%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $29,705
Out-of-state: $48,093
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,458
Out-of-state: $30,846
Room and Board
$12,048
Books and Supplies
$1,211
Other Expenses
$3,988
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
financialaid@cofc.edu
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 April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003428
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,465 (79.7%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,024 (69.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
973 (95.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
175 (18.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
53%
Average Award
$13,986
Need-Based Gift
Received by 782 (80.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,404
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 709 (72.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $2,882
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 744 (76.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
477 (26.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $11,237

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
5,879 (65.2%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
4,562 (77.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
4,382 (96.1%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
701 (16.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
53%
Average Award
$13,716
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,252 (74.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,184
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,493 (79.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,522
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 2,123 (48.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
1,764 (19.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $11,798

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
51%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,256
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
12.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
3.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other 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, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Finance, General
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Information Science/Studies
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International/Global Studies
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Urban Studies/Affairs
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Biological/life sciences, Social sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Computer science, mathematics
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


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

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
544
Part-Time Faculty
395
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
53%
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
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 22% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 35% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 43% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

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
1,361,882
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not 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 in Teaching, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education--General
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Music Education
  • Public Administration
  • Science Education
  • Special Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Boston Population
125,583
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
66 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
12 mile(s) from campus in North Charleston
Nearest Train Station
12 mile(s) from campus in North Charleston

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
31% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
69%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

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
shuttle service

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Cougar (Clyde)
School Colors
Maroon and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

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

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, rock climbing, soccer, softball, table tennis, weight lifting

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student government association, cougar activities board, intramural basketball, black student union, committed to charleston society
Sororities
35% of women participate
Fraternities
18% of men participate
ROTC
Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
9,895
Women
6,266 (63.3%)
Men
3,629 (36.7%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
9,083
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.3% Asian
7.9% Black/African-American
5.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.4% White
1.5% Unknown
International Students.
1.2% from 61 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
968

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
77.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
56.0%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
67.4%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
69.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
80%
Average Starting Salary
80%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
46.5%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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