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IPEDS ID: 217819
OPE ID: 00342800
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College of Charleston
66 George St, Charleston, South Carolina 29424-0001
Distance from ZIP:  0.6 miles from 29425
General information:  (843) 953-5500
Website:  www.cofc.edu
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  10,863 (9,895 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
9%
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty522356
Instructional522356
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-57
Instructional-40
Research-17
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Tuition and fees
In-state$11,322$11,805$12,422$12,8383.3%
Out-of-state$28,866$29,963$30,810$32,0203.9%
Books and supplies$1,224$1,159$1,211$1,2180.6%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,629$12,048$12,048$12,1661.0%
Other$3,840$3,977$3,988$4,0170.7%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,325$10,897$11,017$11,4453.9%
Other$3,840$3,977$3,988$4,0170.7%
Off Campus with Family
Other$4,056$4,108$4,117$4,017-2.4%
Total Expenses2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
In-state
On Campus$28,015$28,989$29,669$30,2391.9%
Off Campus$25,711$27,838$28,638$29,5183.1%
Off Campus with Family$16,602$17,072$17,750$18,0731.8%
Out-of-state
On Campus$45,559$47,147$48,057$49,4212.8%
Off Campus$43,255$45,996$47,026$48,7003.6%
Off Campus with Family$34,146$35,230$36,138$37,2553.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2018-2019
Tuition$70
Fees$14,050
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,50082%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,34373%$13,004,647$9,683
Federal grants49227%$2,368,370$4,814
Pell grants48526%$2,285,006$4,711
Other federal grants794%$83,364$1,055
State/local government grant or scholarships1,01555%$5,336,010$5,257
Institutional grants or scholarships85046%$5,300,267$6,236
Student loan aid87748%$6,895,443$7,863
Federal student loans84746%$4,606,120$5,438
Other student loans1257%$2,289,323$18,315
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid15,69658%$54,589,280$9,584
Pell grants2,44225%$10,846,260$4,442
Federal student loans4,25843%$28,796,781$6,763
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Average net price$18,877$19,790$19,649
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2015-20162016-20172017-2018
$0 – $30,000$13,818$14,957$14,974
$30,001 – $48,000$15,241$16,616$16,570
$48,001 – $75,000$18,699$19,644$20,145
$75,001 – $110,000$21,653$22,247$22,268
$110,001 and more$21,674$22,871$22,741
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2017
Total enrollment10,863
Undergraduate enrollment9,895
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment633
Graduate enrollment968
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 37%
Female: 63%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 8%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 77%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 92%
25 and over: 8%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 58%
Out-of-state: 41%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2016.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 27%
Part-time: 73%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 17%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 82%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 36%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 62%
Undergraduate application fee (2018-2019): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2018
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants11,6753,5018,174
Percent admitted79%74%81%
Percent admitted who enrolled24%25%23%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2018 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT1,19454%
ACT1,03747%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing550640
SAT Math520610
ACT Composite2228
ACT English2229
ACT Math2026
  • The Admissions Office will consider many elements of the application file during our holistic review. More information can be found at: http://admissions.cofc.edu/applyingtothecollege/index.php. Standardized exam scores are required of all applicants. TOEFL, or another test demonstrating English proficiency, is required of non-English speaking applicants.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 78%
Part-time students: 14%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 69 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2017.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 71%
Transfer-out rate: 22%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2010]
4-year: 58%
6-year: 69%
8-year: 70%
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 62%
6-year: 71%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2010 or Fall 2012
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 67%
Female: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 76%
Black or African American: 73%
Hispanic/Latino: 65%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 72%
Two or more races: 63%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 67%
Non-resident alien: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 70%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 65%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 28%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 71%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 23%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 67%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 62%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 57%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 65%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 34%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 42%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 43%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 43%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 31%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 42%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Architecture and Related Services
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning-0--
Category total-0--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African-American/Black Studies3---
Latin American and Caribbean Studies2---
Women's Studies7---
Category total12---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General145---
Exercise Physiology106---
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography3412--
Category total28512--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting5626--
Business Administration and Management, General21742--
Finance, General80---
Hospitality Administration/Management, General68---
International Business/Trade/Commerce57---
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management15---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General92---
Project Management--0-
Real Estate2---
Category total587680-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Organizational Communication, General-4--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric147---
Category total1474--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, Other80--
Computer and Information Sciences, General59--0
Computer Science-6-3
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other19---
Information Science/Studies14---
Category total1006-3
Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching296--
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented---0
Elementary Education and Teaching285--
Foreign Language Teacher Education-5--
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching172--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching4---
Secondary Education and Teaching13---
Special Education and Teaching, General184-0
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-5--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other-6--
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels2---
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor---10
Category total11133-10
Engineering
Computer Software Engineering---0
Category total---0
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-8--
English Language and Literature, General436--
Category total4314--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Development-12--
Category total-12--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General6---
French Language and Literature5---
German Language and Literature4---
Spanish Language and Literature14---
Category total29---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer15---
Public Health Education and Promotion114---
Category total129---
History
History, General508--
Category total508--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other0---
Category total0---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General228-3
Category total228-3
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Historic Preservation and Conservation2314--
International/Global Studies53---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other13---
Category total8914--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies-19--
Category total-19--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies1---
Philosophy11---
Religion/Religious Studies7---
Category total19---
Physical Sciences
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Other10---
Chemistry, General18---
Chemistry, Other13---
Geology/Earth Science, General39---
Meteorology3---
Physics, General10---
Category total93---
Psychology
Psychology, General137---
Category total137---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-17--
Category total-17--
Social Sciences
Anthropology22---
Archeology2---
Economics, General12---
Political Science and Government, General78---
Sociology62---
Urban Studies/Affairs10--7
Category total186--7
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation12---
Dance, General14---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General30---
Fine and Studio Arts Management88--3
Fine/Studio Arts, General25---
Music, General14---
Visual and Performing Arts, General-5--
Category total1835-3
Grand total2,222220026
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Veterans, military service members, and their families who seek information about available benefit programs or seek enrollment certification for benefit programs and who have questions about student services may contact our Veterans Benefits Coordinator who will connect them with the appropriate service office(s) on the campus. A dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military service members, and their families is available through the Office of Veteran Support Services.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 368
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 15
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 8
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 1
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $11,116
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $10,494
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,913
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 93%
Part-time students: 0%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2017-2018 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I without footballMenWomen
All Track Combined72
Baseball35
Basketball1614
Beach Volleyball19
Equestrian39
Golf1110
Sailing26
Soccer3632
Softball20
Tennis810
Track and Field, X-Country10
Volleyball16
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on CollegesAccredited since (01/01/1916)12/08/2027
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programsAccredited (06/01/1998 - 08/01/2014)
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programsAccredited (07/01/2008 - 08/01/2014)
 No Longer Recognized  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schoolsAccredited since (10/15/1999)12/31/2019
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/142179.
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations113634
Liquor law violations4311776
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations113029
Liquor law violations3910071
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape979
Fondling420
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault020
Burglary120
Motor vehicle theft322
Arson001
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape969
Fondling310
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault010
Burglary120
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • For (2015), Line (i) was changed from 0 to 2 because it was a typographical error. This was entered correctly in the Annual Security Report published Oct. 1, 2016.
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201520142013
Default rate2.4%2.6%4.9%
Number in default505299
Number in repayment2,0701,9892,010
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)