College of CharlestonCharleston, SC
66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424-0001
The College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and sciences university located in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. Founded in 1770, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in South Carolina, the 13th oldest in the United States, and the oldest municipal college in the country. The school's founders intended for the college to "instruct youth not only in the languages, arts and sciences, but in the principles of virtue and piety." By 1773, the college had moved to its current location on Queen Street and began offering courses in rhetoric, philosophy, and divinity. The college was forced to close its doors during the American Civil War, but reopened in 1866. The college's main building was destroyed by fire in December of 1861, but classes continued in "temporary quarters." In the late 1860s, the college experienced rapid growth and soon outgrew its temporary quarters. A new main building, designed by Edward C. Jones, was completed in 1871. The college granted its first degrees in 1873.
The College of Charleston is home to many notable alumni, including nine Rhodes Scholars, two Pulitzer Prize winners, and a Nobel Laureate. The college has produced three governors of South Carolina, including the current governor, Nikki Haley. The college is also home to the Citadel, a military college. The college's sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I. The college's official colors are garnet and white.
Type: Public, 4-year or above
Main Website: https://www.cofc.edu/
Financial Aid: https://finaid.cofc.edu/
Total Cost In-State On-Campus: $31,153
Total Cost Out-State On-Campus: $51,483
Return on Investment Rating
The estimated cost for four years as an undergraduate at College of Charleston is $121630.25. This includes the average cost of attendance for four years plus the interest on the average loan over a ten year repayment minus the average of grants and scholarships per student.
We then contrast this figure with average early-career and mid-career average incomes of graduates of four year programs at College of Charleston. For graduates of College of Charleston, we saw an average early-career income of $52300.00 and mid-career income of $90600.00. We then ranked the school's value based on how many years of mid-career income it takes to repay the educational costs.
Admission RequirementsThe College of Charleston is a public university located in Charleston, South Carolina. The college was founded in 1770 and is the oldest institution of higher education in the state. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college offers bachelor's degrees in over 50 majors, as well as master's degrees in education, business administration, and historic preservation and community planning. The college has an enrollment of over 11,000 students.
The college has a rolling admissions policy, which means that applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The college does not have a specific deadline for applications, but it is recommended that students submit their applications as early as possible. The college has a holistic admissions process, which means that the admissions committee will consider all aspects of the applicant's file, including the academic record, test scores, essays, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular activities. The college has a selective admissions process, and the admissions committee looks for students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential, and a commitment to service.
|Percentage of students receiving any financial aid||85%|
|Percentage of students receiving Federal Grants||55%|
|Percentage of students receiving state aid||48%|
|Percentage of students receiving institutional aid||54%|
|Percentage of students receiving a student loan||0%|
- Degrees Offered
- Associate's degree
- Bachelor's degree
- Master's degree
- Certificates of at least 12 weeks but less than 1 year offered
- Postbaccalaureate certificate
- Post-master's certificate
- Majors Offered
- Anthropology, General
- Art History, Criticism and Conservation
- Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other
- Athletic Training/Trainer
- Biology/Biological Sciences, General
- Business Administration and Management, General
- Chemistry, General
- Chemistry, Other
- Child Development
- Computer Science
- Computer Software Engineering
- Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
- Computer and Information Sciences, Other
- Computer and Information Sciences, General
- Creative Writing
- Dance, General
- Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
- Economics, General
- Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
- Elementary Education and Teaching
- English Language and Literature, General
- Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology
- Finance, General
- Fine and Studio Arts Management
- Fine/Studio Arts, General
- Foreign Language Teacher Education
- French Language and Literature
- General Studies
- Geology/Earth Science, General
- German Language and Literature
- Historic Preservation and Conservation, General
- History, General
- Hospitality Administration/Management, General
- Information Science/Studies
- International Business/Trade/Commerce
- International/Globalization Studies
- Jewish/Judaic Studies
- Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
- Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
- Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
- Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
- Marketing/Marketing Management, General
- Mathematics, General
- Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
- Music, General
- Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
- Physics, General
- Political Science and Government, General
- Project Management
- Psychology, General
- Public Administration
- Public Health Education and Promotion
- Real Estate
- Religion/Religious Studies
- Secondary Education and Teaching
- Sociology, General
- Spanish Language and Literature
- Special Education and Teaching, General
- Sustainability Studies
- Systems Engineering
- Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
- Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
- Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
- Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
- Urban Studies/Affairs
- Visual and Performing Arts, General
College of Charleston Scholarships
The Joe Milligan Australian Scholarship Fund was created in memory of Joe by his close friends, Ms. Catherine O’Connor and Ms. Katie Clark, and by his parents and sister, George and Juliet Sears Milligan and Juliet Katherine Milligan.
Joe grew up in Orlando, FL not far from the beach, where his passions for life and for surfing were nurtured. He attended the College of Charleston from 1997-2000. His adventurous spirit led him to Australia, where he studied at the University of Newcastle and graduated from Bond University with a degree in business communications in 2002. During his travels, Joe was known for his passion for surfing and his love of Australia. He not only gained the invaluable experience of studying abroad, but he also touched the lives of countless friends the world over. On October 12, 2002, Joe’s life tragically ended in a terrorist attack in Bali. By creating this scholarship, Joe’s family and friends hope to encourage students to live a life of curiosity, compassion and adventure as Joe did, exemplified by his words: “Take care of yourselves and each other, and always remember my motto: It’s okay to work hard, as long as you play harder.” more...
Ione Taylor earned her bachelor’s degree at Guilford College and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Geology at the University of North Carolina. Most recently she served as the Executive Director for Earth and Energy Resources Leadership at Queen’s University.
Their son, Carl, earned a dual Master’s in Environmental Science and Public Administration from the College of Charleston in 2016. He currently works for the Lowcountry Land Trust in Charleston, SC. Their daughter, Lindley, earned a Master of Fine Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014 and is a motion graphics artist and animator with Gannett Company in McLean, Virginia. more...
Beth was an educated woman who believed in and fought for education for all and made that the central theme of her life. She served dutifully and passionately as a teacher, coach and guidance counselor at Great Falls High School. While coaching at Great Falls, Beth was selected as a coach for the South Carolina North-South All Star Game. She returned to her native Winnsboro as a guidance counselor and later Head of School at Richard Winn Academy. While coaching at Richard Winn, the girls’ varsity basketball team won a State Championship. Beth was later inducted into the Richard Winn Athletic Hall of Fame.
Beth was also director of Elementary and Middle School Education at the South Carolina Virtual Charter School. She served as the chairwoman of the Fairfield County School Board. Under her leadership, the school board opened the Fairfield Career and Technology Center, providing a valuable resource and investment in the future.
While school and advocacy were her passions, adventure was her pastime. Her partner in life and in adventure was her husband, Hubert M. Rentz, aka Herb. Herb graduated from The Citadel and later received a graduate degree in Education from Winthrop University. Herb served in the US Army where he retired after twenty years of service with the rank of Lt. Col.
Beth and Herb met while teaching at Great Falls High School and both shared the same passion for education, competition and helping others. Together Beth and Herb operated a canopy tour and designed mountain biking traib at Carolina Adventure World, completed marathons, hiked on the Appalachian Trail, kayaked and spent many moments as possible on the beach at Sullivan’s Island.
Beth passed away in 2017. She was and will remain an inspiration to those who were lucky to surround her. Heb continues to live by Beth’s motto “Keep Going”. more...
Maintain a 2.5 GPA
Completed at least three courses (9 hours of instruction) in business
Completed at least four courses (12 hours of instruction) in a foreign language
Received recommendations from Business and Language faculty
Recipients must prepare a budget of his/her anticipated expenses to be incurred in travel as well as reasonable allowances for living and incidental expenses during the course of study. The budget will include a contribution of at least 10 percent of the total expected cost from the student.
Recipient must spend a term in the study of business and/or marketing in a foreign country (to be approved by the College) and, at the conclusion of the course, shall submit a paper dealing with some area of business in the country in which they have been exposed. Recipients shall also submit a final budget reflecting all expenses actually incurred during the course of study.
All recipients shall execute, prior to the foreign travel, an appropriate release by which they assume all risk of sickness and/or accident and agree to make no claims against either the College or the Sheffield family. more...
The Nancy Elizabeth Brown Study Abroad in Spain Endowed Scholarship was created in memory of Nancy Elizabeth Brown, who attended the College of Charleston and graduated in 1999 with a B.A. in Spanish. While studying at the College, she spent a semester abroad in Spain and was able to visit seven other countries during that period. This fund was established at Nancy’s direction so that other students might benefit from studying in Spain. more...
The donor, Esther B. Ferguson, is a native of Hartsville, SC and a lifelong philanthropist and community leader who holds six honorary doctorate degrees, to include her most recent in 2016 from the College of Charleston. Mrs. Ferguson was the catalyst behind the decision to donate her and her late husband James Ferguson’s historic properties in Trujillo, Spain to the College in 1996. Over two decades later, the properties in Trujillo serve as the hub of the College of Charleston’s vibrant study abroad programs there, where each spring and summer students and faculty from the College enjoy rich, immersive, and unforgettable academic and cultural experiences. Mrs. Ferguson is a former board member of the Gibbes Museum of Art and currently serves as an advisory board member to the College of Charleston’s Department of Hispanic Studies. more...
Steve, Kathy and their three grown children have lived in the Charleston area both part and full-time since 1995. All have attended college in other areas of the country. By choosing the College of Charleston, it allows them to give back to their “hometown.” more...
Walter M. Cain ‘82 and his siblings Randy Cain ’80 and Irene Cain Simoneaux ’84, attended the College after attending high school in Florence, SC. Their parents were missionaries to Japan who helped make the experience and understanding of cultures outside their own a significant part of the family’s dynamic and legacy. Walter and his siblings were scholarship recipients at the College and were also active in campus leadership through a variety of service and honor fraternities. Walter spend his junior year as an exchange student at Kansai Gaidai in Japan, a base for one of the first international exchange programs sponsored by the College of Charleston.
The Cain Family International Scholarship is intended to assist in the learning of languages through total immersion and cross-cultural experience. more...