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College of Charleston Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to College of Charleston, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application is $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from College of Charleston by March 1.

College of Charleston Admissions Stats at a Glance

College of Charleston 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 23.3%
Mean SAT Score 1162
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 60%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 41%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to College of Charleston?

College of Charleston offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! College of Charleston will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at College of Charleston is 85%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 74%. College of Charleston accepts about 81% of early action applicants and 74% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, College of Charleston admitted 211 of the 247 students who applied early decison. In 2021, College of Charleston admitted 7,5 of the 9,226 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to College of Charleston?

Getting into College of Charleston is moderately difficult. College of Charleston has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.

In 2021, College of Charleston accepted 74% of all applicants, around 11,307 of the 15,214 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like College of Charleston, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to Honors College is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. For applicants who are not residents of South Carolina, getting into College of Charleston is moderately difficult.

College of Charleston has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important to Get In to College of Charleston?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at College of Charleston

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

College of Charleston Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to College of Charleston must submit the following items. Double check with College of Charleston's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements letters of recommendation for Honors College
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into College of Charleston?

Students admitted to College of Charleston have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 59.5% submitted a class rank. At College of Charleston 23.3% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 51.3% were in the top 25% and 83.9% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At College of Charleston, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 59.5%
3.75 and 3.99 13.9%
3.50 and 3.74 10.1%
3.25 and 3.49 9.6%
3.00 and 3.24 8%
2.50 and 2.9 7.6%
2.00 and 2.49 0.5%

College of Charleston does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

College of Charleston is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 60% of College of Charleston's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 41% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for College of Charleston?

To be competitive with other College of Charleston applicants, you should strive to earn between 1080 and 1240 (or higher!) on the SAT. At College of Charleston 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1240 and 25% of scored lower than 1080, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a College of Charleston student is 1162.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of College of Charleston students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of College of Charleston students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for College of Charleston?

To be most competitive at College of Charleston, you should strive to earn between 21 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for College of Charleston's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for College of Charleston students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

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Transferring to College of Charleston

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to College of Charleston.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in College of Charleston during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

College of Charleston Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to College of Charleston?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to College of Charleston.

Does College of Charleston accept transfer credits?

College of Charleston accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. College of Charleston accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does College of Charleston accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

College of Charleston accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to College of Charleston?

No, College of Charleston is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is College of Charleston's acceptance rate?

College of Charleston's acceptance rate is 74%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at College of Charleston?

College of Charleston's early decision acceptance rate was 85% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at College of Charleston?

The early action acceptance rate at College of Charleston was 81% in 2021.

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College of Charleston Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into College of Charleston? College of Charleston is a somewhat selective institution. The College of Charleston acceptance rate is 74%. This means that the institution accepts 74 out of every 100 applicants.



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College of Charleston Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to College of Charleston is Jan 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

21 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


21 to 28


21 and Less


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College of Charleston SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1240


Math SAT Range

520 - 600


Reading SAT Range

550 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1240 and Above


1080 to 1240


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for College of Charleston students is 1162. Applicants with SAT scores of 1240 and above have a good chance of being admitted to College of Charleston, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1240 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1080 have a low chance of being offered a spot at College of Charleston.

College of Charleston GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At College of Charleston, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.97. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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