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University of Charleston Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on University of Charleston? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors U Charleston offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is University of Charleston Ranked?

2020 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.

University of Charleston was awarded 4 badges in the 2020 rankings.

Overall Quality

U Charleston is ranked #1,152 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list.

U Charleston is also ranked #7 out of 20 schools in West Virginia.

See all of the rankings for University of Charleston.

Is It Hard to Get Into U Charleston?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Charleston is a competitive 64%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 16% of students accepted to U Charleston 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 )
U Charleston 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 )

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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 student 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 53%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  53 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Charleston

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At University of Charleston this rate is 59%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  59 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 U Charleston 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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Good Overall Diversity at U Charleston

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,831 undergraduates at U Charleston with 1,220 being full-time and 611 being part-time.

U Charleston 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 U Charleston is 70.25 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  70.25 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Charleston Cost?

The overall average net price of U Charleston is $14,138. 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 U Charleston

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,417 $15,073 $13,639 $15,952 $15,067

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 U Charleston, 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 U Charleston, approximately 86% of students took out student loans averaging $7,119 a year. That adds up to $28,476 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at U Charleston is 8.2%. 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 U Charleston Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from U Charleston make around $40,800 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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 located in Charleston, West Virginia. 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 University of Charleston

Contact details for U Charleston are given below.

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

University of Charleston Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, students from 24 majors graduated from University of Charleston. Of these students, 476 received undergraduate degrees and 215 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 212 $43,400
Allied Health Professions 27 $44,200
Nursing 27 $59,100

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

Online Learning at U Charleston

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, 1,946 students took at least one online class at University of Charleston. This is an increase from the 1,644 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,946 1,050
2016-2017 1,644 919
2015-2016 1,403 868
2014-2015 1,246 657
2013-2014 746 327

Learn more about online learning at University of Charleston.

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