College Of Charleston

College Of Charleston

The College of Charleston is a public university founded in 1770. It was chartered in 1785, and is the oldest college in South Carolina. There are over 10,000 undergraduates and postgraduates enrolled at the College of Charleston. The College offers graduate and master degrees in arts, humanities, business, economics, sciences, health care, and general education.

The college's athletic teams are known as the Cougars and the official colors are maroon and white. The best-known athletic program of this college is the men's basketball. There are also soccer, softball, volleyball, swimming, cross-country, track and field, equestrian, basketball, sailing teams, and a rugby club. College of Charleston has won a large number of national championships in most of these sports.

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Contacting College of Charleston

College of Charleston
66 George St
Charleston , SC 29424-0001
General Phone: (843) 953-5500

College of Charleston Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts570Latin American studies, language translation, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, historic preservation and conservation, anthropology, ...
Business and Management439business management, accounting, international business
Science280biology, marine biology, astronomy and astrophysics, chemistry, chemistry courses, geology, physics
Media276communication studies, organizational communications
Education and Teaching239special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, foreign language teaching, physical education teaching, teacher education and development, ESL instruction ...
Therapy and Counseling183psychology
Fine Arts72fine arts, art history and criticism
Hospitality50hospitality management
Art Studies47visual and performing arts, arts management
Drama and Performing Arts32drama
Conservation and Resource Management29environmental studies
Religion and Philosophy28philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering22computer and info science, computer and info science courses, information science, computer science
Family and Social Work19public administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy3athletic trainer
Medicine0pre-dentistry, pre-med

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree18918
Bachelor's degree2,14046
Postbaccalaureate certificate45

College of Charleston Student Body

In 2007-2008, College of Charleston had a total enrollment of 11,316 students (10,317 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 34%
Women 66%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 25%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 9%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 33%
20-21 33%
22-24 16%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

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

South Carolina58%
North Carolina5%
New Jersey3%
New York2%

College of Charleston Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %

College of Charleston Room and Board (2007)

College of Charleston offers campus housing for 3,461 of its 10,317 (full-time) students.

(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 does not offer students a meal plan.

College of Charleston Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal540640
SAT Math550640
SAT Writing530630
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math2025
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT72%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT44%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

College of Charleston Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,400
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,418
Room and board $ 8,999
Room charge $ 6,179
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,820
Books and supplies $ 1,123
Other expenses $ 2,771

Financial Aid:
College of Charleston participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 342800)

College of Charleston Faculty

College of Charleston has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7559
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3763

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
Lecturercalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*2*

*: 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 year95$82,13129$75,363
Associate professoracademic year81$66,82169$63,746
Assistant professoracademic year92$62,78972$54,178
Instructoracademic year18$51,66744$46,452
Lectureracademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year287$69,557214$58,545

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

College of Charleston Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Southern Conference
Baseball Southern Conference
Track Southern Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4675121

College of Charleston Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History, General
Language Interpretation and Translation
Latin American Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Organizational Communication, General

Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets College of Charleston Apart:

% of degrees in religion and philosophy
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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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