Charleston Southern University
Charleston, SC 29406-9121


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system 4-1-4
Total enrollment 3,616
Religious affiliation Baptist
Student to faculty ratio 15:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 1,269 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Charleston Southern University is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 4,399 applications and 2,666 students were granted admission. Charleston Southern University is at the #59 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 76% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 57% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT910 to 1110
ACT20 to 24

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Charleston Southern University's tuition was $24,100 for all students regardless of residency (10% cheaper than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 99% of Charleston Southern University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 46% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,489 (which is 2% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Charleston Southern University in 2016-2017, was 492, which is 66% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,578 (which is 5.4% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Charleston Southern University has enrolled a total of 3,616 students (2,937 students full-time and 679 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 3,616 students, 252 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 38% men and 62% women and 3,204 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 412 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 462 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 62%

Black/African American: 26%

Hispanic: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Two or more races: 2%

Asian: 2%

Non-resident alien: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Charleston Southern University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 40% 93 87
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 9% 22
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 9% 22
Education 8% 19
Health Professions And Related Programs 8% 19 19
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 3% 6
Science Technologies/technicians 2% 4
Mathematics And Statistics 2% 4
Social Sciences 2% 4
Psychology 2% 4

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Charleston Southern University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Charleston Southern University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $28,300. Last year, out of the total 1,157 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,053 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,270 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,130 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $28,300 $35,900
Employment Rate 91% 89%
Total Graduates 1,157 1,270

Campus Location

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