Updated: Aug 8
At a Glance
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Undergraduate Students: 9,300
Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Acceptance Rate: 75%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 66%
Freshman Retention Rate: 83%
Popular Majors: Biology, Business, Communication, Hospitality, International Business, Marine Biology
Enjoy the experience of a liberal arts school for a public school price! The College of Charleston prioritizes small class sizes. Additionally, every student is paired with a peer mentor.
The campus is located in a 4 block x 4 block area right in the heart of Charleston. The urban location captures the aesthetic and feel of a city with lots of history. There is minimal green or open space surrounding the campus.
Charleston is regularly voted in the top 10 best foodie cities in the US.
Focus on small classes. Largest classroom seats 200 but that is way beyond the actual largest class. All classes taught by professors; no TAs teaching.
Liberal arts public school. You pay a more affordable public school price (especially for in-state tuition) for an experience similar to a private liberal arts school with small classes being the priority.
66% of COC students study abroad at some point in their college career!
Hospitality program is rated one of the best in the nation.
The College of Charleston has an incredible sailing team with a long history of championship titles dating from the mid-1970s.
90% of first-time college Freshmen live on campus.
There is a strong emphasis on campus security.
College of Charleston boasts the most powerful telescope in the state of South Carolina!
Bottom Line Fit: For the student seeking a small liberal arts college feel in the middle of a superb historical city with great food and water activities.
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