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College of Charleston

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1770
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 9,820
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $44,567,610
Admissions Address

66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424-0001



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.8
Send application by: April 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Suzette Stille
Admissions office telephone: (843) 953-5670
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: April 1
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Application fee: $35
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Tuition deposit: $300 (Refundable by May 1)
Room deposit: $270 (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Lab 3 N/A
Foreign language 3 N/A
Social studies 3 N/A
History N/A 2
Academic electives 4 N/A
Total academic units 20 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: April 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Very important
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 61%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 72%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 51%
Total applicants: 8,673
Total acceptances: 5,331
Total freshman enrollment: 1,968
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 61%
Male applicants: 2,748
Male acceptances: 1,637
Male freshman enrollment: 631
Female applicants: 5,925
Female acceptances: 3,694
Female freshman enrollment: 1,337
Out-of-state freshmen: 45%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 238
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 216
Students enrolled from waiting list: 8

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 30%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 66%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 95%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 67%
Average high school GPA: 3.8
First-year students submitting GPA: 92%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 82%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 560 – 650
Math: 570 – 650
Combined: 1130 – 1300

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 8.6% 6.8%
600-699 48.6% 52.5%
500-599 41.1% 38.9%
400-499 1.7% 1.7%
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 34%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 22 – 26
Math: 22 – 28
Composite: 23 – 27

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 5.6% 14.8% 4.9%
24-29 59.5% 52.1% 52.5%
18-23 34.6% 31.2% 40.5%
12-17 0.3% 1.9% 2.1%
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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