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College of Charleston

Charleston, SC 4-Year Public

About College of Charleston

College of Charleston is a public, state school located in the urban setting of Charleston, SC

Founded in 1770, College of Charleston currently enrolls around 10,384 students a year, including 9,300 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $102,819,132. The school spends $10,857 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About College of Charleston

Acceptance rate: 74%

Average GPA: 3.97

Mean SAT score: 1162

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 15

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 1

What is College of Charleston's acceptance rate?

Admission to College of Charleston is moderately difficult. The acceptance rate at College of Charleston is 74 percent.

The average high school GPA for a student at College of Charleston is 3.97 out of 4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 1162.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is College of Charleston a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 2,161 students who started at College of Charleston as first-time freshman, 1,227 graduate within four years.

Around 66 percent of students who started at College of Charleston earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 70 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $28,631 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does College of Charleston sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is College of Charleston a good school for YOU?

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The deadline to apply to College of Charleston for Fall 2022 is January 1. All applicants will be notified by March 1.

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College Info

66 George Street Charleston, SC 29424-0001

Campus Setting: Urban

College of Charleston Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to College of Charleston is Feb 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to College of Charleston is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

College of Charleston ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


22 to 28


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to College of Charleston is 25. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into College of Charleston. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

College of Charleston SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1260


Math SAT Range

530 - 620


Reading SAT Range

550 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1260 and Above


1090 to 1260


1090 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for College of Charleston students is 1177. Applicants with SAT scores of 1260 and above have a good chance of being admitted to College of Charleston, while applicants with SAT scores between 1090 to 1260 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1090 have a low chance of being offered a spot at College of Charleston.

College of Charleston Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at College of Charleston is like? There are approximately 10,545 students enrolled at College of Charleston, including 9,600 undergraduate students and 945 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 65% percent are from SC and 35% percent of students are from other states.


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Feb 15
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