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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?

2021 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 46 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

C of C is ranked #444 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 34 colleges in South Carolina, C of C is ranked at #7.

See all of the rankings for College of Charleston.

Is It Hard to Get Into C of C?

Acceptance Rate

College of Charleston has an acceptance rate of 80%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

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

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, College of Charleston is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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

The freshmen retention rate of 78% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like College of Charleston enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 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.

Good Overall Diversity at C of C

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,880 undergraduates at C of C with 9,103 being full-time and 777 being part-time.

C of C Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for C of C is 75.80 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  75.80 out of 100
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How Much Does College of Charleston Cost?

The overall average net price of C of C is $18,783. 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 +
$14,974 $16,570 $20,145 $22,268 $22,741

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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 5.1%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from C of C make around $40,700 per year during the early years of their employment. 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

College of Charleston is a public institution located in Charleston, South Carolina. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of College of Charleston

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, 2,399 received undergraduate degrees and 210 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 255 $35,400
General Biology 167 $27,100
General Psychology 157 $24,600
Communication & Media Studies 151 $33,300
Public Health 137 $26,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 122 $33,000
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 110 $24,700
Political Science & Government 102 $25,400
Marketing 83 $40,200
Arts & Media Management 78 $27,300

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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 2,246 students took at least one online class at College of Charleston. This is an increase from the 2,108 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,246 425
2016-2017 2,108 407
2015-2016 1,510 307
2014-2015 842 247
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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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