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College of Charleston Data & Information Overview

171 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
74% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is College of Charleston Ranked?

#513 Best Colleges in Nation
#7 Best Colleges in SC
Historic Preservation Highest Ranked Major

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

College of Charleston was awarded 171 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is historic preservation.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, C of C is ranked #513 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when C of C held the #794 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

C of C is also ranked #7 out of 44 schools in South Carolina.

See all of the rankings for College of Charleston.

Is It Hard to Get Into C of C?

74% Acceptance Rate
70% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at College of Charleston is 74%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that C of C is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to C of C submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for College of Charleston  ( 550 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for College of Charleston  ( 520 to 600 )
C of C received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for College of Charleston  ( 21 to 28 )

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College of Charleston Faculty

15 to 1 Student to Faculty
66% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at College of Charleston 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

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at College of Charleston is 66%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  66 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at College of Charleston

80% Freshmen Retention
62% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

College of Charleston has a freshmen retention rate of 80%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At C of C the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 62%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  62 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at College of Charleston.

College of Charleston Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,466 Full-Time Undergraduates
20.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
66.7% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,300 undergraduates at C of C with 8,466 being full-time and 834 being part-time.

How Much Does College of Charleston Cost?

$19,654 Net Price
42% Take Out Loans
$36,980 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of C of C is $19,654. 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 C of C

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,750 $16,208 $20,142 $22,968 $23,397

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 C of C, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At C of C, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $9,245 a year. That adds up to $36,980 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at C of C is 4.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do C of C Graduates Make?

$49,534 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from C of C make about $49,534 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for C of C students since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at College of Charleston make the most money.

Location of College of Charleston

South Carolina State
8,466 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Located in Charleston, South Carolina, College of Charleston is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for C of C are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424-0001
Phone: 843-953-5500

College of Charleston Majors

59 Majors With Completions
2,165 Undergraduate Degrees
221 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 59 majors graduated from College of Charleston. Of these students, 2,165 received undergraduate degrees and 221 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
Business Administration & Management 186 $38,896
Communication & Media Studies 160 $36,857
General Psychology 152 $26,569
General Biology 141 $27,218
Public Health 132 $27,973
Marketing 98 $41,619
Teacher Education Grade Specific 94 $35,667
Political Science & Government 92 $30,605
Finance & Financial Management 72 $47,506
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 65 $26,156

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

Online Learning at C of C

90% Take At Least One Class Online
13% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 9,318 students took at least one online class at College of Charleston. This is an increase from the 3,003 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 9,318 1,347
2018-2019 3,003 514
2017-2018 2,246 425
2016-2017 2,108 407
2015-2016 1,510 307

Learn more about online learning at College of Charleston.

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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.


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