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College of Charleston

Charleston, SC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate76%

College of Charleston Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into College of Charleston. The acceptance rate at College of Charleston is 76%. Out of 22,020 applications received in 2023, 16,666 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to College of Charleston, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and the application fee is $60.

Students who apply to College of Charleston for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by March 1.

College of Charleston Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of College of Charleston's admissions stats.

College of Charleston 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 19.9%
Mean SAT Score 1214
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 24%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 14%
Waitlist Yes

College of Charleston Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for College of Charleston.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes October 15 December 1
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 March 1

Considering Applying Early to College of Charleston?

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

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by October 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. College of Charleston will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at College of Charleston is 73%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 76%.

College of Charleston accepts roughly 84% of early action applicants and 76% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, College of Charleston admitted 180 of the 245 students who applied early decision. Last year, College of Charleston admitted 1,925 of the 13,12 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on College of Charleston Admissions

Is College of Charleston Difficult To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into College of Charleston. College of Charleston evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, College of Charleston accepted 76% of students, around 16,666 from the 22,020 applicants.

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.

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into College of Charleston is moderately difficult.

Transferring to College of Charleston

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to College of Charleston

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

What's Most Important for Getting Into College of Charleston?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight 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 apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at College of Charleston

What does College of Charleston consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

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

Make sure to check with College of Charleston for more information on admission factors.

College of Charleston 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to College of Charleston, all applicants must submit the following items. 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
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

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. College of Charleston considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 55.7% submitted a class rank. At College of Charleston 19.9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 50.2% were in the top 25% and 85.5% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At College of Charleston, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 54%
3.75 and 3.99 16.5%
3.50 and 3.74 15.6%
3.25 and 3.49 9.1%
3.00 and 3.24 3.7%
2.50 and 2.9 1%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to College of Charleston directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 24% of College of Charleston's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 14% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for College of Charleston?

To be competitive with other College of Charleston applicants, you should aim to score between 1140 and 1290 (or higher!) on the SAT. At College of Charleston 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1290 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a College of Charleston student is 1214.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of College of Charleston students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of College of Charleston students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

To be most competitive at College of Charleston, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for College of Charleston's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for College of Charleston students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

More Information on 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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer 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 • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ College of Charleston accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) 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 you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's 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 76%.

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

✅ College of Charleston's early decision acceptance rate was 73% in 2021.

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

✅ The early action acceptance rate at College of Charleston was 84% 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 76%. This means that the institution accepts 75 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1290


Math SAT Range

550 - 640


Reading SAT Range

580 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1290 and Above


1140 to 1290


1140 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for College of Charleston students is 1214. Applicants with SAT scores of 1290 and above have a good chance of being admitted to College of Charleston, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1290 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 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 4.0. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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