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College of Charleston: Narrative Description


66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424-0001
Tel: (843)953-5507
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees (also offers graduate degree programs through University of Charleston, South Carolina). Founded 1770. Setting: 52-acre urban campus. Endowment: $32.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $4.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4568 per student. Total enrollment: 11,607. Faculty: 836 (499 full-time, 337 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 8,076 applied, 65% were admitted. 30% from top 10% of their high school class, 65% from top quarter, 93% from top half. 34 valedictorians. Full-time: 9,034 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 832 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 76 other countries, 35% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 8% 25 or older, 29% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange, Medical University of South Carolina, Trident Technical College, The Citadel, Charleston Southern University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 4/1, 4/1 for nonresidents, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 5/15, 6/15 for nonresidents, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. State resident tuition: $6202 full-time, $258 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,140 full-time, $589 per semester hour part-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $6506. College room only: $4446. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 144 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 15% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Cougar Productions, intramural basketball, Black Student Union. Major annual events: Cougar Walk, Pep Supper, Welcome Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing designed to accommodate 2,644 students; 2,900 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library plus 1 other with 476,108 books, 822,143 microform titles, 3,723 serials, 5,024 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.5 million. 578 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. 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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