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Not to be confused with University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia.

The College of Charleston (also known as CofC, The College, or Charleston) is a publicsea-grant and space-grant university located in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785,[3] it is the oldest college in South Carolina, the 13th oldest institution of higher learning[4] in the United States, and the oldest municipal college in the country.[5] The founders of the college include three future signers[6] of the Declaration of Independence (Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton and Thomas Heyward) and three future signers[6] of the United States Constitution (John Rutledge, Charles Pinckney and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney). Founded to "encourage and institute youth in the several branches of liberal education," it is one of the oldest universities[4] in the United States.


The College of Charleston consists of seven academic schools, as well as the Honors College and the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.

  • The School of the Arts hosts South Carolina’s flagship undergraduate arts program in music, studio art and theatre and also includes one of the few independent art history departments in North America, one of the nation’s only undergraduate arts management programs and a prominent undergraduate program combining historic preservation and community planning. The School of the Arts also administers the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art whose mission is to "advocate, exhibit and interpret visual art, with an emphasis on contemporary art".[10] The Halsey Institute was named in honor of William Melton Halsey who was the founding faculty for the studio art department and taught painting and drawing at the college from 1965-1984.
  • The School of Business instructs undergraduate and graduate students in the essential critical-thinking, leadership and communication skills they will need to be responsible, ethical contributors to the global marketplace. The school offers seven undergraduate majors (accounting, business administration, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, marketing, and international business), an accelerated master of business administration program, a master of science in accountancy and several minors and concentrations, including finance and entrepreneurship.
  • The School of Education, Health, and Human Performance prepares students for careers in education and health professions, such as exercise science and athletic training, through academic coursework, field experience and clinical practice. The school partners with schools and businesses in the Charleston area to provide hands-on learning experiences for students.
  • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences cultivates writing and critical-thinking skills in students and offers a number of disciplines traditionally associated with a liberal arts and sciences education, including psychology, anthropology, communication, English, history, philosophy, political science, religious studies and sociology.
  • The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs includes one of the most comprehensive language programs in the Southeast, in-depth majors in classical and modern languages, overseas study programs, specialized programs for future language professionals and offerings in several less-commonly taught languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew and Hindi.
  • The School of Professional Studies provides greater accessibility to adult learners and non-traditional students in the Charleston region and houses the Bachelor of Professional Studies Program and the Center for Continuing and Professional Education.
  • The School of Sciences and Mathematics is home to the state’s flagship marine biology program and extremely well regarded departments such as biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics and physics. The school receives generous external research support each year, giving students opportunities for independent research in addition to significant involvement in inquiry-based learning in the classroom and teaching laboratory.
  • The Honors College challenges intellectually talented students to customize and maximize their educations through team-taught Honors classes (with an interdisciplinary focus), research opportunities with top faculty members and an independent-study project that culminates in a bachelor’s essay.
  • The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C. offers 19 master’s degree programs and seven certificate programs. Each is designed to take advantage of the unique opportunities provided by the people, institutions and environment of the South Carolina Lowcountry and imparts specialized knowledge and training to its students.


Main article: College of Charleston Cougars

See also: College of Charleston Cougars men's basketball

The college's 19 varsity sports teams participate in the NCAADivision IColonial Athletic Association and are known as the Cougars. The Cougars compete at a variety of athletics facilities in the Charleston area, including the TD Arena (formerly the Carolina First Arena),[11] the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Complex, Johnson Center Squash Courts, Patriots Point Athletic Complex and the Links at Stono Ferry. College of Charleston athletics are supported by the Cougar Club, which was established in 1974. During the 1970-71 school year, College of Charleston students voted to change the school nickname from the Maroons to the Cougars, in honor of a cougar that had recently arrived at the Charles Towne Landing zoo. Clyde the Cougar is the college's current mascot.[12]


The College of Charleston’s main campus in downtown Charleston includes 11 residence halls, 19 historic homes, five fraternity houses and nine sorority houses. It contains a mix of modern and historic buildings. In 1971, the college demolished four antebellum buildings at 6 Green Street (c. 1815), 14 College Street (c. 1845), a kitchen house behind 10 Green Street, and a carriage house behind 10 Green Street.[13]

Outside of downtown Charleston, the college campus includes the Grice Marine Lab on James Island, the J. Stewart Walker Sailing Center and the Patriots Point Athletic Complex in Mount Pleasant, the North Campus in North Charleston and the 862-acre (349 ha) Dixie Plantation on the Stono River.

The College of Charleston downtown campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, the Avery Institute, which is now the home to the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, and the William Blacklock House are also listed individually on the register.

The College of Charleston has been noted for its beautiful campus. In 2014, it was ranked as one of the top 10 best landscaped colleges on the east coast.[14]

College of Charleston and the media[edit]

Due to the historic look and beauty of the campus, many movies and television shows have been filmed at the College of Charleston, including General Hospital, North and South, The View, Cold Mountain, The Patriot, White Squall, Wife Swap, O, The Notebook, Dear John, and Mandie. The most popular scene location is Randolph Hall. In 2008, productions shooting on campus thus far include the television show Army Wives and the feature film The New Daughter, starring Kevin Costner.

In 2004, the first televised debate between U.S. Senate candidates Jim DeMint and Inez Tenenbaum was filmed in Alumni Hall. ABC's The View and CNN's Crossfire also took up residence on the College of Charleston Cistern Yard before the South Carolina presidential primary in 2000. John Kerry officially endorsed presidential candidate Barack Obama in the Cistern Yard in 2008.

"The Bully Pulpit Series: Reflections on Presidential Communication" is hosted by the College of Charleston and its Department of Communication and welcomes presidential candidates from the two major political parties to the campus to discuss the importance of presidential communication. Candidates speak with students and Charleston community members on such topics as the frequency of press conferences, the candidate's relationship with journalists and the power of the president to persuade. Major candidates appearing in the 2007–2008 series included Senator John McCain, Congressman Ron Paul, President Barack Obama and Senator John Edwards. Sponsored by the Allstate Insurance Company in 2007–08, the series has drawn over 6,000 attendees and received national and international media coverage.[15] Major candidates appearing in the 2015-16 series included Senator Lindsey Graham and former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley.[16]

In August 2017, the College hosted NASA for its live coverage of the solar eclipse.

Student life[edit]

Student media[edit]

Student media has actively consolidated to a single network under the name CisternYard Media. Under this umbrella is a student-run newspaper called CisternYard News which is online with a quarterly print insert called The Yard. There is also a student-run radio station called Cistern Yard Radio. CisternYard Video and a literary organization called Miscellany are also included under the CisternYard Media umbrella. The English Department at the College of Charleston publishes Crazyhorse, a national literary magazine.

Greek life[edit]

Greek life has been active on campus for 120 years. There are ten active IFC fraternities, ten active panhellenic sororities, and seven NPHC fraternities and sororities on campus.

The College of Charleston is home to the Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, founded in 1904 at the college. The Alpha Chapter House is located on Coming Street adjacent to the college.[17]

Notable people[edit]

Main article: List of College of Charleston people


  1. ^"Investments". College of Charleston. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  2. ^
  3. ^"A Brief History of the College - College of Charleston". Retrieved 2017-08-16. 
  4. ^ abColonial Colleges
  5. ^Municipal college; Easterby, J.H. (1935)"Appendix I: Charters and Other Documents in A History of the College of Charleston, pp. 252. USA: The Scribner Press
  6. ^ abLibrary of Congress[1]
  7. ^Staff, National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings (August 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: College of Charleston Complex: Main Building, Library and Gate Lodge"(PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-06-22.  and Accompanying four photos, exterior and interior, from 1970 (1.43 MB)
  8. ^National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  9. ^"College of Charleston". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  10. ^"Mission". Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. 
  11. ^Whetzel, Melissa (2011-08-23). "College, TD Bank Sign Naming Agreement for Arena - College of Charleston News : College of Charleston News". Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  12. ^College of Charleston To Join Colonial Athletic Association, 11/30/2012
  13. ^Stockton, Robert P. (February 12, 1971). "Demolition of Historic Houses Begun by College". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. pp. 1B. Retrieved April 19, 2016. 
  14. ^Farley, Ryan. "The Top 10 Best Landscaped Colleges – East Coast". Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  15. ^The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of CharlestonArchived 2008-12-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston
  17. ^[2]Archived August 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to College of Charleston at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website
  • Charleston athletics website
  • College of Charleston, Charleston County (Charleston), including 19 photos, at South Carolina Department of Archives and History
  • Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. SC-175, "College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, Charleston County, SC", 7 photos, 2 data pages, 1 photo caption page, supplemental material
Randolph Hall is the main academic building on the College of Charleston campus and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Albert Simons Center for the Arts

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All application materials must be either received or postmarked by the specified deadline. Remember, we can’t review your application and make a decision until your application file is complete.

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Applying to college can be stressful. But, were here for you. If you're having issues with the application, this will help guide you through the application process.

While we don't accept the Common Application, feel free to use an essay you may have crafted for the Common Application as essay Option No. 1: Choose your own topic. 

You're required to submit one of the following short essays (250-750 words). 

    • Option 1: Choose your own topic. Use an academic writing sample that highlights creativity and innovation, or provide a response to a universal essay topic.
    • Option 2: The College of Charleston community is a family. We foster a culture of inclusion and celebrate diversity. Explain a situation in which you helped an outsider feel welcome.  
    • Option 3: “To Know Thyself” is what the College of Charleston experience is all about. At the College, you'll receive a powerful education in a modern, complex city. In this ever evolving environment, every opportunity will be available to you. How will you evolve? What will you discover about yourself that you'll inevitably impart and share with the world? 

You can own your admissions essay!


You will pay the $50 application fee when you submit the online application.


All freshman applicants are given the option of attaching an unofficial copy of their high school transcript for purposes of expediting the application review process. Applicants may upload documents in PDF format (maximum size 5 MB). Use a transcript listing grades and courses through the conclusion of your junior year, preferably with your senior year schedule included. Your transcript must show your full legal name and either date of birth or permanent address.

Applicants may decline the option of providing their own transcript, and instead may opt to have their counselor submit the transcript to the College of Charleston directly. Know this is acceptable but may delay processing; application files must be complete before the admissions committee can render a decision.

Transcripts should be submitted in one of the following formats:

Fax: 843.953.6322
Parchment/Naviance upload: College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.)
Mail to: Office of Admissions, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001

Transcripts reflecting completed dual enrollment (college) coursework may be sent any time but are not required to complete a freshman application file. College transcripts must be submitted directly from the institution of record prior to a student beginning classes at the College of Charleston.

The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request an official transcript at any time to assist with the decision process. All scholarship offers, including state scholarship offers, are contingent upon receipt of an official, final high school transcript from the school of record directly. All SAT/ACT scores must be submitted to the College of Charleston directly from the testing agency; scores are not considered official when provided on a student transcript.


Either the SAT or the ACT is required and scores must be submitted directly from the testing agency. We do not require the SAT subject tests. We encourage you to complete these tests in your junior year so you have time to take them again in your senior year if necessary. Be sure to send us all your scores — if you take a test more than once, we’ll use your highest evidence-based reading and writing and math from the new version of the SAT or your highest ACT composite scores. Results of the SAT prior to redesign in March 2016 should be submitted and will be considered for admission. Super-scoring between the new and old versions of the SAT will not be used for admissions or for institutional scholarship purposes.  Official scores should be sent directly from the testing service. The College of Charleston's code for the SAT is 5113 and for the ACT is 3846. It takes approximately four weeks for scores to reach the Office of Admissions, so keep that in mind when selecting your test date. Note: the College recommends a writing score to be submitted as part of your standardized test scores. We highly encourage students to take both the SAT and ACT tests as well as to submit all scores from all test dates. 


Personal statement. If you have not yet expressed something that deserves consideration from the admissions committee, this is your opportunity to do so. (Maximum 750 words.)

Again, the personal statement is optional for most students; however, if you've taken a GAP semester/year or if you're completing a post-grad year, this section is required to explain your activities over that time period. If additional space is required, you may submit your personal statement in a separate letter via email to Please include your full name (first, middle, and last) and complete mailing address on any attached information.

Letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters are not required for undergraduate admission. But, if you would like to send letters of recommendation, please limit them to two and request them from guidance/college counselors and/or teachers. You can mail, email or fax letters ( or 843.953.6322), or upload them via Parchment. 

The Honors College requires one recommendation from a teacher in one of the following subject areas: English, Math, Science, History or a foreign language. You will provide us your preferred teacher's first name, last name and email address and the Honors College will reach out to them to solicit a reference. Your recommender must complete the Honors College recommendation for your application to be complete. Please contact for more information on how to submit your letter of recommendation.

Interviews. The College of Charleston does not offer interviews. If you would like, you can speak with a counselor during your campus visit. If you can't make it to campus, but a counselor is traveling to your area, you can request a sit-down. A sit-down is a great way for you to get information about the College — and it has no bearing on our admissions decision.

Résumés (etc.). A resume is required to complete your application to the Honors College. Please contact if you have additional questions. 

Arts submissions and auditions. We do not require arts submissions or auditions for admission, and there is no separate application for the School of the Arts. However, there are some departmental scholarships available requiring auditions or portfolio reviews. Please contact the School of the Arts for information on scholarship opportunities available for freshman.


You may apply for our Honors College within our regular application. Honors College applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher in English, Science, Math, History or a Foreign Language, an Honors College-specific essay and a resume. For more information on the Honors admissions process and requirements, please visit If you have any questions, please contact the Honors College directly at 843.953.7154 or

Honors College applicants must submit a separate 500 - 800 word essay. Visit for more information. 


Residency for tuition purposes is determined when you submit your application. To learn more, contact the Legal Residency Office.

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