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College of Charleston

South Carolina, USA

Honoring the timeless principles of the liberal arts and sciences.

The College of Charleston (also known as CofC, The College, or Charleston) is a public sea-grant and space-grant university located in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785, it is the oldest college in South Carolina, the 13th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, and the oldest municipal college in the country.

Fostering Creativity Through Liberal Arts

College of Charleston encourages creativity and intellectual growth through a strong foundation of liberal arts and sciences.

Commitment to Community

College of Charleston is committed to compassion, mutual trust, respect, civility, collegial shared governance, teamwork, and the general welfare of the institution and the individuals who attend it.

Academic Excellence

College of Charleston has a commitment to making its college experience a dynamic intellectual community with high academic standards, strong academic programs, and a high-quality faculty of engaged and engaging teacher-scholars.

Quick Facts

The founders of the college include three future signers of the Declaration of Independence (Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton and Thomas Heyward) and three future signers 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 in the United States.


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School Type
Tuition & Fees
15,800 per semester
Test Score
TOEFL 80 / IELTS 6.5
Accept. Rate / Min. GPA
77% / 3.0

Programs and Majors

  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Arts Management
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Commercial Real Estate Finance
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Computing in the Arts
  • Dance
  • Data Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Exercise Science
  • Finance
  • Foreign Language Education
  • French
  • Geology
  • German
  • Historic Preservation and Community Planning
  • History
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health B.A.
  • Public Health B.S.
  • Religious Studies
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Studio Art
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Theatre
  • Urban Studies
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Accountancy, M.S.
  • Business Administration, M.B.A.
  • Child Life, M.S.
  • Communication, M.A.
  • Community Planning, Policy, and Design, M.A.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, M.S.1
  • Creative Writing, M.F.A.
  • Early Childhood Education, M.A.T.
  • Elementary Education, M.A.T.
  • English, M.A.1
  • Environmental Studies, M.S.
  • Environmental Studies and Public Administration (M.S./M.P.A. Concurrent Program)
  • Historic Preservation, M.S.2
  • History, M.A.1
  • Languages, M.Ed.
  • Marine Biology, M.S.
  • Mathematical Sciences, M.S.
  • Middle Grades Education, M.A.T.1
  • Performing Arts, M.A.T.
  • Public Administration, M.P.A.
  • Science and Math for Teachers, M.Ed.
  • Special Education, M.A.T.
  • Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy, M.Ed.