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College of Charleston

College of Charleston

+1 843-953-5670

175 Calhoun St Charleston, SC USA 29401

he College of Charleston is a public university located in Charleston, South Carolina. As it was founded in 1770, it is one of the oldest institutions in the United States.

The university runs on a semester basis and has a student/teacher ratio of 16:1.

The average weighted GPA for incoming students is 3.9. The average SAT score stands at 1166, and the average ACT score is 25.

Half of the admitted students had an SAT score between 1070 and 1240, or an ACT score between 21 and 28. The application fee is $60.

The College of Charleston has a 74.3% acceptance rate and a 71.1% graduation rate. 79% of first-year students return for a second year.

For residents of South Carolina, tuition is $12,978. For those who are not residents of the state, tuition is $33,308.

No separate applications are required for merit scholarships. Separate departments also offer scholarships with varied requirements.

The university has a diverse student body, with 22.7% considering themselves minorities. Over two-thirds of students are women. 1.3% of students are international and represent 56 different countries. 48 states are represented by domestic students.

A total of 9,895 undergraduate and 968 graduate students were enrolled in the 2021/22 school year.

The university offers 67 different undergraduate majors, of which business, communications, and biology are the most popular among students.

Graduate students have 15 different programs available to them. The school also offers nine different graduate certificate programs, including cybersecurity, English language education, and statistics.

The College of Charleston offers over 240 different student clubs, where students can express themselves and meet students with similar interests. Sports clubs, media groups, and Greek life are very popular among students.

The university also boasts numerous volunteer and charity opportunities such as Habitat for Humanity and Alternative Spring Break.

Its prime location in downtown Charleston connects students with Charleston’s historic past. Charleston also has many shopping opportunities, world-class dining, and amazing beaches.

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    • Average high school GPA: 3.9
    • Average SAT score: 1166
    • Average ACT score: 25
    • International students: 1.3%
    • Minority students: 22.7%
    • Women: 66%

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