University of Charleston

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2300 MacCorkle Avenue SE

Charleston, WV 25304

Phone: (304) 357-4800
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#19 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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University of Charleston is a private institution that was founded in 1888. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,026 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Charleston's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 19. Its tuition and fees are $19,700 (2013-14).

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

The University of Charleston prepares students for a life of productive work, enlightened living and community involvement. UC is a private, non-profit institution with locations in Charleston, Beckley and Martinsburg, West Virginia as well as online. Our nationally recognized outcomes-based curriculum focuses on flexible, learner-centered, and demonstrable learning. Students are prepared to thrive in the real world with skills in Citizenship, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Ethical Practice, Science, and their chosen career.

Classes at UC are geared to do two things: engage students in active learning and let them grow as people. What sets the school apart is that the education is outcomes-focused -- meaning students prove their learning every step of the way, and every class is an exercise in understanding how the coursework relates to the real world.

Many UC students finish their degrees in fewer than four years, which gives them one less year of tuition and up to a year of extra earning power. Placement in graduate school and careers is consistently above national averages. This is true of all majors, with health sciences and pre-professional studies leading the way. UC offers fast-track programs in pharmacy, business and physician assistant studies, in which motivated undergraduate students have the opportunity to achieve goals of an advanced degree on an accelerated schedule.

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General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1888
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $33,932,808


When applying to University of Charleston, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 29. The application fee at University of Charleston is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 56 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 56.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 29

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Charleston is 15:1, and the school has 44.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Charleston include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64.8 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 28%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 38%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 14%
Health Professions and Related Programs 10%
Education 7%
Social Sciences 6%

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Student Life

University of Charleston has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,026, with a gender distribution of 40.3 percent male students and 59.7 percent female students. At this school, 61 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 39 percent of students live off campus. University of Charleston is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,427
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

University of Charleston offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. University of Charleston 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 University of Charleston, 72 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Charleston.

Students who have cars on campus 72%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At University of Charleston, 88.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,469.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $19,700 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,000 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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