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Charleston Southern University: Narrative Description


PO Box 118087
Charleston, SC 29423-8087
Tel: (843)863-7000
Free: 800-947-7474
Admissions: (843)863-7050
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 500-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $12.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3621 per student. Total enrollment: 2,875. Faculty: 179 (107 full-time, 72 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 2,283 applied, 72% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 47% from top quarter, 80% from top half. Full-time: 1,903 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 579 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 25 other countries, 17% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 27% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 20% 25 or older, 46% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: 4-4-1. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Charleston Higher Education Consortium, University of North Carolina System, Clemson University. ROTC: Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $21,210 includes full-time tuition ($15,292), mandatory fees ($40), and college room and board ($5878). Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $247 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $40 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Baptist Student Union, Fellowship of Christian Athletics. Major annual events: Convocation, Homecoming. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,134 college housing spaces available; 1,080 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. L. Mendel Rivers Library with 192,600 books, 215,900 microform titles, 1,111 serials, 8,169 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $883,948. 190 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See The Citadel.

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