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Study at 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.

Profile of College of Charleston

College of Charleston is found in Charleston, SC. Charleston is a medium-sized city. The school is a public institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Master's degree at College of Charleston.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in mathematics, science, media, and fine arts.

College of Charleston Selectivity

Admission to College of Charleston is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 560. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 570 and 650.


College of Charleston has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 11, 316 in 2007 at the school.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at College of Charleston. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. College of Charleston values student athletics, and belongs to the Southern Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"The College of Charleston is a state supported comprehensive institution providing a high quality education in the arts and sciences, education and business. Consistent with its heritage since its founding in 1770, the College retains a strong liberal arts undergraduate curriculum. Located in the heart of historic Charleston, it strives to meet the growing educational demands primarily of the Low country and the state and, secondarily, of the Southeast. A superior quality undergraduate program is central to the mission of the College. The College of Charleston seeks applicants capable of successfully completing degree requirements and pays particular attention to identifying and admitting students who excel academically. The College of Charleston serves a diverse Student Enrolment from its geographical area and attracts students from national and international communities. The College provides students a community in which to engage in original inquiry and creative expression in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom. This community, founded on the principles of the liberal arts tradition, provides students the opportunity to realize their intellectual and personal potential and to become responsible, productive members of society. In addition to offering a broad range of baccalaureate degree programs, the College currently provides an increasing number of masters degree programs, which are compatible with the community and the state. As a prominent component of the state's higher education system, the College encourages and supports research. Its faculty are important sources of knowledge and expertise for the community, state, and nation. Additionally, the College provides an extensive credit and non-credit continuing education program and cultural activities for residents of the Low country of South Carolina. "

College of Charleston Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts527political science, English, history, Spanish language, sociology, anthropology, economics, historic preservation and conservation, . . .
Business and Management366business management, accounting, international business
Science265biology, marine biology, chemistry, chemistry courses, geology, physics, astronomy and astrophysics
Education and Teaching261physical education teaching, early childhood education, elementary school teaching, special ed, middle school teaching, foreign language teaching, teacher education and development, ESL instruction
Media260communication studies, organizational communications
Therapy and Counselling165psychology
Fine Arts97fine arts, art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy46philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering43computer and info science, computer science, information science, computer and info science courses
Art Studies37arts management, visual and performing arts
Drama and Performing Arts32drama
Conservation and Resource Management29environmental studies
Hospitality22hospitality management
Family and Social Work19public administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy3athletic trainer
Medicine0pre-dentistry, pre-med

Contact: College of Charleston

College of Charleston

66 George St

Charleston, SC 29424-0001

General Phone: (843) 953-5500


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