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College of Charleston Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about College of Charleston. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is College of Charleston 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.

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

College Factual ranked C of C as #444 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

C of C is also ranked #7 out of 34 schools in South Carolina.

See all of the rankings for College of Charleston.

Is It Hard to Get Into C of C?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, College of Charleston is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 80%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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 is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At College of Charleston, this ratio is 15 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

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 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 78%. 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  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at C of C for first-time, full-time students is 56%, which is better than 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 9,895 undergraduates at C of C with 9,083 being full-time and 812 being part-time.

C of C 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 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

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 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?

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 in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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 city atmosphere of Charleston makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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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 61 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 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, 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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