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University of Charleston is a private institution that was founded in 1888. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,006, its setting is city, and the campus size is 40 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Charleston's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 14. Its tuition and fees are $25,700 (2012-13).
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The University of Charleston (UC) is a private, co-educational, residential university with approximately 1,500 students from 31 states and 26 countries. Students at UC have the benefit of being in the capital city of West Virginia, with all its cultural and entertainment advantages. At the same time, Charleston is a tranquil, small-city environment with easy access to outdoor activities and the Appalachian Mountains.
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.
The campus is located on the banks of the Kanawha River, directly across from the West Virginia State Capitol. This stunning setting hosts community events, concerts and festivals, in addition to being a favorite place for students on sunny afternoons. Students love UC's suite- and apartment-style residence halls, new fitness center, and newly renovated dining options.
Learn more at www.ucwv.edu.
|School type||private, coed college|
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 56.8 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||56.8%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 29|
The student-faculty ratio at University of Charleston is 15:1, and the school has 56.7 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; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Education; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64.2 percent.
University of Charleston has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,006, with a gender distribution of 40.1 percent male students and 59.9 percent female students. At this school, 70.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 30.0 percent of students live off campus. University of Charleston is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
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|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At University of Charleston, 99.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,787.
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||$25,700 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$9,000 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data