College Profile

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina
  • Public
    4 year
  • 10.7K
    Full + Part time Students
  • 1:16
    Faculty to Student Ratio
  • 22%
    Transfer Student Ratio
  • $14.5K
    Avg. Financial Aid
Students from 52 U.S. states and territories, and 66 countries, choose the College of Charleston for its small-college feel blended with the advantages and diversity of an urban, mid-sized university. The College provides a creative and intellectually stimulating environment where students are challenged by a committed and caring faculty. The city of Charleston — world renowned for its history, culture, architecture and coastal environment — serves our approximately 9,900 undergraduates and 974 graduate students as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, teaching, the humanities, languages and the arts. At the same time, students and faculty are engaged with the community in partnerships to improve education.
Over 164,500 courses transfer into College of Charleston
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Founded 1770
Total Faculty 865
Full-Time Undergraduate 10,660
Application Acceptance Rate 72%
Transfer Students 731
Programs 179 Programs
Courses 4,540 Courses
Transfer Agreements 4 incoming Transfer Agreements
Equivalencies 164,922 incoming Equivalencies
21,104 outgoing Equivalencies

Financial Information

In-State Tuition $12,518
Out-of-State Tuition $36,398
Books and Supplies $1,345
Federal Loans: Undergrads receiving aid 38%
Federal Loans: Average amount received $6,642
Scholarships & Grants: Undergrads receiving aid 92%
Scholarships & Grants: Average amount received $7,885

Information for Transfer In Students

  • Accepts Transfers:
    Yes, College of Charleston is a transfer-friendly school. Approximately 23% of our undergraduate student body are transfer students.
  • Transfer Applications Received:
    Fall: 1,496
  • Transfer Applications Accepted:
    Fall: 1,399
  • Percentage Accepted:
    Fall: 93.5%
  • Transfer Applicants Enrolled:
    Fall: 638
  • View Agreements:
  • Credit For Life Experience:
    Not accepted

Application Deadlines for Transfer

Fall June 30
Spring November 15

Transfer Application Requirements

  • Minimum GPA:
    A minimum college grade point average of 2.4 is expected of transfer applicants.
  • Official Transcripts:
    Applicants must submit official transcripts prior to enrolling, if accepted. Applicants with fewer than 12 hours earned at a college/university after high school graduation must submit a high school transcript, but it may be unofficial.
  • SAT Scores:
    The College of Charleston is test optional through fall 2024. Applicants who have earned 12 or more hours at a college/university after high school graduation do not need to provide high school information.
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) is not required for admission consideration. Personal letters of recommendation are not required.
  • Essay:
    Applicants are given the option to submit a personal statement. However, an essay or personal statement is not required.
  • Application Fee:
    Non-refundable Application Fee – $60.00
  • Interview:
    An interview is not required for admission consideration.
  • Associates Degree Required:
  • Other Requirements:
    International students must submit minimum TOEFL or IELTS score and certificate of finances. For more information, see
  • Apply Here:

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Minimum Grade:
    A course from another institution is eligible to be evaluated for transfer credit when the course is graded at least "C" (2.000 on a 4.000 scale).
  • Credits (Min/Max):
    Applicants with fewer than 12 earned hours after high school graduation must submit a high school transcript, but it may be unofficial. High school info is not required, if more than 12 hours earned after high school graduation.

Virtual Tour

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College of Charleston

66 George St
Charleston, South Carolina 29424-0001
United States
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Transfer Admission Contact:
Office of Admissions
First-Year Admissions:
Admissions, First-Year Admissions
Veterans Services Contact:
Mat Garrison
Dir Admissions Veterans/Military/ROTC Special Populations
International Admissions Contact:
Tina MacDonald
Director of International Admissions, Office of Admissions
+1 843.953.7574
Athletic Director Contact:
Kate Brown
Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, Athletics Department
Transfer Services Contact:
Office of the Registrar
Last updated on 7/18/2024 by College of Charleston.