On Site: College of Charleston

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



The Feel

  • 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.


Standout Points

  • 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.


Fun Fact

  • 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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