University of Charleston

University of Charleston Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on University of Charleston, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and 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 University 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.

University of Charleston was awarded 32 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is allied health and medical assisting services.

Overall Quality

UC is ranked #899 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UC held the #1,225 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UC is also ranked #3 out of 31 schools in West Virginia.

See all of the rankings for University of Charleston.

Is It Hard to Get Into UC?

Acceptance Rate

University of Charleston has an acceptance rate of 64%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for UC.

Average Test Scores

About 16% of students accepted to UC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 440 and 520. Math scores were between 420 and 510.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Charleston  ( 440 to 520 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Charleston  ( 420 to 510 )
UC received ACT scores from 72% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Charleston  ( 18 to 22 )

Learn more about University of Charleston admissions.

University of Charleston Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, University 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 University of Charleston is 54%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  54 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Charleston

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 University of Charleston is 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At UC this rate is 37%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  37 out of 100

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University of Charleston Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,907 undergraduates at UC with 1,172 being full-time and 735 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Charleston Cost?

The overall average net price of UC is $22,284. 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 UC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,081 $20,500 $23,953 $24,475 $23,850

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 UC, 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 UC, approximately 80% of students took out student loans averaging $7,099 a year. That adds up to $28,396 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UC is 6.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do UC Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UC make around $40,800 per year during the early years of their employment. 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 University of Charleston make the most money.

Location of University of Charleston

University of Charleston is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Charleston, West Virginia. The location of UC is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for UC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2300 Maccorkle Avenue, Se, Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: 800-995-4682

University of Charleston Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 23 majors graduated from University of Charleston. Of these students, 543 received undergraduate degrees and 289 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 259 $43,400
Nursing 36 $59,100
General Biology 29 NA
Accounting 18 NA
Health & Physical Education 13 NA
General Psychology 11 NA
Political Science & Government 10 NA
Allied Health Professions 10 $44,200
Graphic Communications 8 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 8 NA

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

Online Learning at UC

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, 2,050 students took at least one online class at University of Charleston. This is an increase from the 1,946 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 2,050 1,156
2017-2018 1,946 1,050
2016-2017 1,644 919
2015-2016 1,403 868
2013-2014 746 327

Learn more about online learning at University 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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