College of Charleston
66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424-0001
(843) 953-5670
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

The College of Charleston is a public four-year institution located in Charleston, S.C. The college was established in 1770, making it the oldest school in the state and one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the country. In 2011, the College of Charleston had an enrollment of more than 11,000 students. The U.S. News & World Report ranked the college fourth on their list of top public schools and sixth among up-and-coming schools. Graduate programs in public affairs also earned recognition.

Programs Offered

Students enrolled at the College of Charleston can choose from a number of academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate levels. Available areas of study include accounting, art history, business administration, communication, computer information systems, early childhood education, English, history, hospitality and tourism management, and mathematics. Distance learning courses are also offered to better serve the needs of working adults. Online courses are offered in subjects such as communication, computer science, education, English, health science, mathematics, marketing, music, and psychology.


The College of Charleston has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1916. The college’s music, theater, and teacher education programs have earned specialized accreditation.


The college’s application is available for prospective students to complete online. In addition to this form, students will need to pay a $50 application fee and send in official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Letters of recommendation are also strongly encouraged. For more information about the application process for graduate or transfer students, please visit the school’s website or contact an admissions advisor.

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