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Colleges / Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University

Charleston, SC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate56%


Charleston Southern University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 56% of applicants get into Charleston Southern University each year. Last year, 4,125 students applied to Charleston Southern University and 2,323 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Charleston Southern University, the fee for the application is $40.

Charleston Southern University Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Charleston Southern University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 64%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 73%
Waitlist No

Charleston Southern University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Charleston Southern University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Want to Apply Early to Charleston Southern University?

Charleston Southern University does not offer early decision or early action.

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

More on Charleston Southern University Admissions

How To Get Into Charleston Southern University

Getting into CHARLESTON SOUTHERN is moderately difficult. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN accepted 56% of students, around 2,323 from 4,125 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like CHARLESTON SOUTHERN, 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.

Transferring to Charleston Southern University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Charleston Southern University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling 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 on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Charleston Southern University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Charleston Southern University 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
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Charleston Southern University for more information on admission factors.

Charleston Southern University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Charleston Southern University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Charleston Southern University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Charleston Southern University?

Charleston Southern University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

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

Charleston Southern University does not have 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 2008, 64% of Charleston Southern University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 73% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Charleston Southern University students scored 530 or higher and 75% of students scored 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Charleston Southern University students scored 560 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.

To be most competitive at Charleston Southern University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 22 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 22 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Charleston Southern University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 22, and three out of four students scored lower than 22 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Charleston Southern University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on Transferring to Charleston Southern University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Charleston Southern University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Charleston Southern University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Charleston Southern University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Charleston Southern University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Charleston Southern University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Charleston Southern University accept transfer credits?

✅ Charleston Southern University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Charleston Southern University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Charleston Southern University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Charleston Southern University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Charleston Southern University?

✅ Charleston Southern University is not test optional.

What is Charleston Southern University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Charleston Southern University is 56%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Charleston Southern University?

❌ Charleston Southern University does not offer early decision.

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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into CHARLESTON SOUTHERN? CHARLESTON SOUTHERN is a somewhat selective institution. The CHARLESTON SOUTHERN acceptance rate is 56%. This means that the institution accepts 56 out of every 100 applicants.


CHARLESTON SOUTHERN Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CHARLESTON SOUTHERN is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CHARLESTON SOUTHERN is Continuous processing.

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



Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

500 - 530


Reading SAT Range

510 - 560


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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

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