College of Charleston

College of Charleston Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on College of Charleston, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is College of Charleston Ranked?

2022 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 176 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is historic preservation and conservation.

Overall Quality

C of C is ranked #794 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 50 colleges in South Carolina, C of C is ranked at #7.

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Is It Hard to Get Into C of C?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at College of Charleston is 80%. 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 49% 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 630. Math scores were between 520 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for College of Charleston  ( 550 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for College of Charleston  ( 520 to 600 )
C of C received ACT scores from 54% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for College of Charleston  ( 22 to 27 )

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College of Charleston Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at College of Charleston is about average at 14 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 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at College of Charleston

Freshmen Retention Rate

College of Charleston has a freshmen retention rate of 81%. 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  81 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 56%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  56 out of 100

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

College of Charleston Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,600 undergraduates at C of C with 8,762 being full-time and 838 being part-time.

How Much Does College of Charleston Cost?

The overall average net price of C of C is $19,000. 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 +
$14,690 $15,910 $20,250 $22,570 $22,662

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 48% of students took out student loans averaging $7,863 a year. That adds up to $31,452 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at C of C is 5.3%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from C of C with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $40,700 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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

Location of College of Charleston

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 59 majors graduated from College of Charleston. Of these students, 2,355 received undergraduate degrees and 185 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 213 $35,400
Communication & Media Studies 163 $33,300
General Biology 162 $27,100
Public Health 143 $26,400
General Psychology 126 $24,600
Political Science & Government 120 $25,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 106 $33,000
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 97 $24,700
Finance & Financial Management 83 $47,100
Marketing 83 $40,200

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

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 2018-2019, 3,003 students took at least one online class at College of Charleston. This is an increase from the 2,246 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 3,003 514
2017-2018 2,246 425
2016-2017 2,108 407
2015-2016 1,510 307
2013-2014 491 171

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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