Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University, also known as CSU, is situated in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. It was founded in 1964 as Baptist College. The university campus takes up a large land space of approximately 300 acres. Students are awarded degrees through the following academic schools and colleges:

  • College of Humanities/Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing

The male students of CSU participate in sports such as basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, football, tennis, and track and field. The female students compete in a wide variety of sports including cross country, basketball, softball, soccer, golf, tennis, volleyball, and track and field. The athletic teams are named the Buccaneers.

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Contacting Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University
9200 University Blvd
Charleston , SC 29410-8087
General Phone: (843) 863-7000

Charleston Southern University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management178business, business management, business administration, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing
Education and Teaching88elementary/middle school admin, secondary school administration, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, early childhood education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, ...
Liberal Arts72Spanish language, English, humanities, social services, economics, political science, sociology, history, American history, ...
Security and Law Enforcement48criminal justice and safety
Therapy and Counseling39psychology, music therapy
Religion and Philosophy30religion, religious music, youth ministry
Science29biology, biochemistry, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry
Drama and Performing Arts25stagecraft
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy22health and physical education, athletic trainer
Nursing and Emergency Medicine19registered nursing
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science, computer science
Mathematics4mathematics, applied mathematics
Science and Laboratory Technician4science tech
Music4music, music performance

Number of programs and degrees for Charleston Southern University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree43747
Master's degree1306
Associate's degree12

Charleston Southern University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Charleston Southern University had a total enrollment of 3,286 students (2,927 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 56%
Black 27%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 23%
22-24 16%
25-29 11%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina77%
North Carolina5%
New Jersey1%
New York1%

Charleston Southern University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 62 %
Part-Time 33 %

Charleston Southern University Room and Board (2007)

Charleston Southern University offers campus housing for 1,150 of its 2,927 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Charleston, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Charleston Southern University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440600
SAT Math450550
ACT Verbal1722
ACT Math1722
ACT Composite1822

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT67%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT33%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Charleston Southern University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,708
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,708
Room and board $ 7,178
Books and supplies $ 1,250
Other expenses $ 5,454

Financial Aid:
Charleston Southern University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 341900)

Charleston Southern University Faculty

Charleston Southern University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$83,2112*
Associate professorcalendar year2*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year6$84,5085$79,381

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year13$65,87710$60,384
Associate professoracademic year11$51,1956$50,402
Assistant professoracademic year26$48,38325$46,183
Instructoracademic year10$44,3929$39,943
Lectureracademic year1*4$25,248
All faculty totalacademic year61$51,57654$46,691

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Charleston Southern University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big South Conference
Basketball Big South Conference
Baseball Big South Conference
Track Big South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports175976

Charleston Southern University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Liberal Arts
American History (United States)
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European History
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Youth Ministry

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Charleston Southern University Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 7%Charleston Southern University % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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Top 7%Charleston Southern University % of degrees in drama and performing arts
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Top 15%Charleston Southern University Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 15%Charleston Southern University Number of degree programs
% of degrees in religion and philosophy
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 15%Charleston Southern University % of degrees in religion and philosophy
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Charleston Southern University % students on athletic fin. aid
% of degrees in business and management
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Top 19%Charleston Southern University % of degrees in business and management
% of degrees in science
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Top 20%Charleston Southern University % of degrees in science
% of degrees in science and laboratory technician
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Top 20%Charleston Southern University % of degrees in science and laboratory technician

checked Baptist affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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