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How Well Is Charleston Southern University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Charleston Southern University was awarded 6 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked CSU as #1,177 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CSU held the #1,247 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

CSU is also ranked #17 out of 34 schools in South Carolina.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSU?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Charleston Southern University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 56%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 64% of students accepted to CSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 560. Math scores were between 500 and 530.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Charleston Southern University  ( 510 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for Charleston Southern University  ( 500 to 530 )
CSU received ACT scores from 73% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for Charleston Southern University  ( 20 to 22 )

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Charleston Southern University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Charleston Southern University is about average at 15 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Charleston Southern University is 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Charleston Southern University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Charleston Southern University is 66%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  66 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 26% for first-time, full-time students at CSU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  26 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at CSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,061 undergraduates at CSU with 2,804 being full-time and 257 being part-time.

CSU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for CSU is 67.38 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  67.38 out of 100
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How Much Does Charleston Southern University Cost?

The overall average net price of CSU is $17,561. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,406 $15,448 $17,056 $19,813 $21,651

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CSU, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $7,066 a year. That adds up to $28,264 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSU is 7.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do CSU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CSU make about $36,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 7% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Charleston Southern University make the most money.

Location of Charleston Southern University

Located in Charleston, South Carolina, Charleston Southern University is a private not-for-profit institution. Charleston is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Charleston Southern University

Contact details for CSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 9200 University Blvd, Charleston, SC 29406-9121
Phone: 843-863-7000

Charleston Southern University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 49 majors graduated from Charleston Southern University. Of these students, 661 received undergraduate degrees and 139 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 76 $55,800
Business Administration & Management 52 $43,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 49 $31,300
Health & Physical Education 44 $22,900
General Biology 38 $24,700
Communication & Media Studies 38 $23,800
General Psychology 37 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 33 $36,100
Teacher Education Subject Specific 27 NA
Design & Applied Arts 22 $29,000

Learn more about the majors offered at Charleston Southern University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CSU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 1,326 students took at least one online class at Charleston Southern University. This is a decrease from the 1,453 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,326 449
2016-2017 1,453 520
2015-2016 1,022 462
2014-2015 1,120 604
2013-2014 662 336

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