Charleston Southern University

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PO Box 118087, 9200 University Boulevard

Charleston, SC 29423

Phone: (843) 863-7000
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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Regional Universities (South)

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Charleston Southern University is a private institution that was founded in 1964. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,779, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 300 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Charleston Southern University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $21,450 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

CSU is a comprehensive, liberal arts institution with more than 30 graduate and undergraduate degrees, 17 NCAA athletic teams and 36 student organizations. CSU, founded in 1964, has grown to serve a student body of nearly 2600 undergraduate students and about 400 graduate students. The university offers a variety of liberal arts undergraduate and graduate majors and the following degrees: associate of arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, master of arts, master of science and master of business administration. The university is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's mission is "promoting academic excellence in a Christian environment." CSU's vision is "to achieve regional distinction as an institution of higher learning with its primary emphasis on excellence in teaching, dedication to the discovery and enrichment of talent within a broad spectrum of capable university students, endowing them with a Christian vision of life and equipping them for significant leadership and service."

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1964
Religious affiliation Baptist
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $13,462,376


When applying to Charleston Southern University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Charleston Southern University is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 82.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 82.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Charleston Southern University is 15:1, and the school has 57.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Charleston Southern University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other; Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62.7 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 22%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 18%
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 12%
Psychology, General 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 7%

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Student Life

Charleston Southern University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,779, with a gender distribution of 36.6 percent male students and 63.4 percent female students. Charleston Southern University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,130
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Charleston Southern University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and placement service. Charleston Southern University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Charleston Southern University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Charleston Southern University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $21,450 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,400 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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