Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Charleston Southern University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Charleston Southern University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Charleston Southern University was awarded 41 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, CSU is ranked #1,919 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

CSU is also ranked #33 out of 50 schools in South Carolina.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Charleston Southern University is a competitive 56%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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 is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Charleston Southern University, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Charleston Southern University is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 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 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at CSU is 26%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  26 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Charleston Southern University.

Charleston Southern University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,884 undergraduates at CSU with 2,558 being full-time and 326 being part-time.

How Much Does Charleston Southern University Cost?

The overall average net price of CSU is $17,804. 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 +
$14,652 $16,273 $18,489 $19,384 $20,753

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 72% of students took out student loans averaging $5,974 a year. That adds up to $23,896 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSU is 9.6%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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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. Unfortunately, this is 7% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


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

Location of Charleston Southern University

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

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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, 581 received undergraduate degrees and 184 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 88 $55,800
Business Administration & Management 57 $43,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 40 $31,300
General Biology 38 $24,700
Health & Physical Education 38 $22,900
Criminal Justice & Corrections 33 $36,100
General Psychology 24 NA
Design & Applied Arts 22 $29,000
Communication & Media Studies 21 $23,800
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17 NA

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 2018-2019, 1,491 students took at least one online class at Charleston Southern University. This is an increase from the 1,326 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,491 571
2017-2018 1,326 449
2016-2017 1,453 520
2015-2016 1,022 462
2013-2014 662 336

Learn more about online learning at Charleston Southern University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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