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The College of Charleston is a nationally recognized, public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability.

Blending a small-college feel with the advantages of a mid-sized urban university, the College of Charleston offers extraordinary opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study that is rigorous and rewarding, with faculty who love teaching and care deeply about student success.

The College of Charleston’s reputation for excellence is based on a first-rate, individualized liberal arts and sciences educational experience that provides a strong foundation for intellectual exploration, learning and discovery  . Classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. Our students participate in a variety of research projects and study abroad programs, and they take advantage of our historic city’s art and business communities as well as the region’s diverse natural environment.


Living in the CofC Community

The city of Charleston – world renowned for its history, culture, architecture and coastal environment – serves the our 10,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, teaching, the humanities, languages and the arts.

At the College of Charleston, students learn how to succeed and grow, both inside and outside the classroom. The Academic Advising and Planning Center helps undergraduate students identify their personal and career goals and the strategies for attaining those goals. The College has a vibrant and enriching campus life that provides meaningful opportunities to become engaged and involved, to make a difference and to become a leader. The College is home to 21 Division I athletics teams, and more than 100 student organizations represent the interests of students including honor societies and clubs focusing on academics, drama, politics, international interests, religion, service, visual arts, special interests and sports. The First-Year Experience is designed to assist new students with their transition to college and provide them with the skills that will help them succeed throughout their academic careers.