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College of Charleston

College of Charleston

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Since our founding in 1770, the College has maintained a strong liberal arts curriculum. The College is a state-supported, comprehensive institution and ranks among the nation’s top universities for quality of life, affordability, and exceptional education in the arts, sciences, education, and business. Our beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities and cutting-edge programs, attracts exceptional students and faculty from across the U.S. and around the world.


Over 12,200 students select from more than 130 undergraduate majors and minors  and 27 master’s degrees and graduate certificate programs. For example, we are the only college in America with an undergraduate program in Data Science. We have an entire school dedicated to Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, and we offer 25 interdisciplinary minors in topics as diverse as environmental studies and crime, law and society.

The strength of a College of Charleston education is in its deeply rooted liberal arts and sciences tradition. Our goal is to prepare our students to be ethical, open-minded leaders and multidisciplinary problem solvers. Our success is largely due to our incredible faculty—accomplished teacher-scholars who are wholly invested in the intellectual growth and personal development of their students.

The College of Charleston is a mid-sized university organized around six academic schools:

Additionally, academic programs are coordinated by the Graduate SchoolHonors CollegeCenter for International Education, and the College of Charleston North Campus

About the College

A superior quality undergraduate program is central to the mission of the College. The College provides a creative and intellectually stimulating environment where students are challenged by a committed faculty of more than 500 distinguished teacher-scholars, all in an incomparable setting. The city of Charleston—world-renowned for its history, architecture, culture and coastal environment—serves as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, science, technology, teaching, the humanities, languages, and the arts. In addition to offering a broad range of bachelor’s degree programs, the College also provides master’s degree programs that are compatible with the needs of the community and the state. As a prominent component of the state's higher education system, the College encourages and supports research. Our faculty members are important sources of knowledge and expertise for the community, the state, and the nation.

Our professors are Fulbright and Guggenheim fellows, National Science Foundation CAREER award recipients, world-renowned performers, and Oprah’s Book Club authors. These faculty accolades, while impressive on their own, are even more remarkable when you consider the level of engagement and attention these accomplished scholars and professionals devote to their students. They are committed mentors who make sure that every student has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential. College of Charleston professors are partners in meaningful undergraduate research, thoughtful academic advisors, and in many cases, lifelong friends.

At the College of Charleston, you’ll meet students, faculty, and staff from different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, and sexual orientations. Students from 49 states and 62 countries choose the College for its small-college feel blended with the advantages and diversity of an urban, mid-sized university. Our students learn how to succeed and grow, both inside and outside the classroom. This comes from a rigorous exposure to the arts, sciences and humanities, and from a dedication to achievement in education, business and other professional careers. It comes from exceptional opportunities to pursue knowledge and conduct research at the undergraduate and graduate level beside some of  the nation’s finest faculty. It comes from a vibrant and enriching campus life that provides meaningful opportunities to become engaged, to make a difference, and to become a leader.

While they live, work, and study in one of the greatest cities in the world, our students share many of the same hopes and dreams. They want to discover themselves, find out what they can achieve and create their own future. At the College of Charleston, we help students learn how to make that happen. In the great liberal arts tradition, a College of Charleston education focuses on discovery and personal growth, as well as preparing for life, work, and service in our society.

The College actively seeks to attract a diverse group of faculty who will help students excel academically and who will encourage individuals to thrive while engaging in original inquiry and creative expression in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom. Our classrooms provide students the opportunity to realize their intellectual and personal potential and to become responsible, productive members of society.

What makes the College of Charleston experience so exceptional?

Remarkable Students

College of Charleston students are phenomenally bright, creative, and independent. Last year, our students made contributions to society that had a tremendous impact on the Charleston community and the world at large. Graduating seniors won national awards, fellowships, and graduate scholarships to study subjects ranging from philosophy in New York, to international economics at Johns Hopkins, to Buddhism in China. They wrote award-winning papers, won conference championships, and developed professional networks that have led to remarkable careers.

Distinguished Faculty

Our accomplished faculty members share a commitment to their students and a research outlook that defines the term “teacher-scholar.” College of Charleston professors are here because they love what they do and because they are personally committed to the success of every one of their students. They acknowledge the talent of these students by engaging with them in meaningful, graduate-level research even as sophomores or juniors.

It’s an exciting time to be at the College of Charleston. After more than 240 years, we continue to evolve. Our reputation is spreading. More and more exceptional students make us their top choice, and we attract and retain the caliber of faculty that other colleges dream about. Consider a career at the College of Charleston. Apply online at


Diversity Profile: College of Charleston

At the College of Charleston, we believe that fostering diversity in our campus community is essential to educating students for life in today’s global economy.

At the College of Charleston, we believe that fostering diversity in our campus community is essential to educating students for life in today’s global economy. If you share our goals of building a diverse, inclusive campus community and graduating responsible global citizens, consider a career at the College of Charleston.

It is the Policy of the College of Charleston to promote and protect a learning and living environment where civil discourse, respect for the individual, and appreciation for the diversity of human experiences are valued as compelling academic interests. We are committed to providing leadership in the attainment of equal employment rights for all persons.  In order to establish equal opportunities, the Office of Human Relations and Minority Affairs ensures immediate response to complaints of discrimination based on age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, pregnancy, race/color, religion, sex, and veteran status and uniform services and protection against retaliation and sexual harassment for all persons, including students, employees, and/or applicants for employment and admission. Since its inception, the Office of Human Relations and Minority Affairs has sought to eliminate discrimination and harassment and has overseen the College's policies and investigation process for faculty, staff, and students.

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, the College of Charleston is committed to nondiscriminatory practices consistent with federal and state requirements and objectives, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Executive Order 11246, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; South Carolina Human Affairs Law; Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.

Kimberly Gertner, Esq.,
Director, Office of Human Relations and Minority Affairs
Address: 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424
Office: Robert Scott Small Bldg, Room 112
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 843.953.5758

At the College of Charleston, diversity is more than just human differences. Diversity is our strength and the bond that unites us together as a campus community. Our students represent 49 states, several U.S. territories, and 62 foreign countries. You will meet students, faculty, and staff from different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, and sexual orientations. We are specifically looking for future community members who will enrich our campus in a variety of ways and support our diversity goals.


Diversity by the Numbers:

62 countries represented

7 of 10 deans are women or minority

12 faith-based student organizations on campus

16% minority student population

12% minority faculty population

43% women faculty population


The Board of Trustees affirmed our institutional commitment to diversity when it adopted the College’s ten-year Strategic Plan in 2009. In 2010, the President formed the Commission on Diversity, Access, Equity, and Inclusion to act as a catalyst for the Institutional Diversity Strategic Plan with the goal of achieving “Inclusive Academic and Institutional Excellence” within a campus climate that is diverse, inviting, and supportive of social justice for all.

As outlined in our Diversity Strategic Plan, the College has prioritized the following seven goals:

  • Recruit, retain and graduate greater numbers of qualified minority, first generation and international students.
  • Recruit and retain greater numbers of women and minorities into faculty, staff, and administrative positions (including deans, chairs, and vice presidents).
  • Create a supportive environment that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming to all.
  • Infuse diversity into the curriculum.
  • Collect and organize data to create data bases in order to systematically and effectively assess progress and align or re-align programs to achieve diversity goals.
  • Develop a financial plan for funding diversity initiatives in the diversity strategic plan.
  • Produce and disseminate an annual report on the status of diversity at the College.

(How are we doing? View our Diversity Scorecard.)

With the support of, and in collaboration with the College community, the Office of Institutional Diversity promotes the total integration of diversity into the life of the College. The Office implements comprehensive programming that includes educational, cultural, social, and outreach events, diversity training workshops, and campus-wide intergroup dialogues.

Learn more about Diversity InitiativesDiversity ProgramsDiversity Events, and Diversity Education and Training at the College of Charleston. Contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at [email protected] or 843.953.5079, or visit us online at

Campus resources:

  • Arabic Club
  • Asian Student Association (ASA)
  • Black Student Union
  • Baha'i Faith and Friends (BFF)
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Jewish Student Union/ Hillel (JSU)
  • Hispanic Latino Club (HLC)
  • Indian Culture Exchange
  • LGBTQ Faculty/Staff Coalition
  • Muslim Student Association (MSA)
  • National Organization for Women (NOW)
  • Religious Life Council
  • Student Government Advocacy Committee for Diversity on Campus
  • Student Union for Multicultural Affairs (SUMA)
  • Women Reaching Independence Through Support and Education (WeRISE)
  • ...and many more

The College of Charleston is located in heart of the city of Charleston. We welcome visitors to our vibrant, historic campus. Prospective students, faculty, and friends who visit our campus will find plenty of ways to enjoy it—from a stroll through the live oaks draped with Spanish moss, to a step back in time as they enter the threshold of Towell Library, to a glimpse of the future in the School of Business Beatty Center or the Cato Center for the Arts’ new performance, rehearsal, and studio space. In both the weathered buildings and state-of-the-art facilities, you can almost feel the presence of those who have gone before – students and faculty, who, like those today, questioned yesterday's theories and tested tomorrow's ideas.

Charleston is America's most beautifully preserved architectural and historical treasure. Our location on the best harbor along the South Atlantic coast has made it a notable port of commerce for three centuries. We are grateful to live, work, and study in one of the greatest cities in the world. In fact, Charleston was voted USA's No. 1 city for the third consecutive year and the No. 1 “Friendliest” city by the Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s prestigious Readers’ Choice Awards. Additionally, Travel & Leisure Magazine deemed Charleston the No. 3 destination in the world and the No. 1 city in the U.S. and Canada, leading the rankings over New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Montreal. (Read more about visiting Charleston here).

Charleston’s culture, history, and natural resources provide a strong foundation for the College's dedicated learning community, furthering exploration, discovery, and creativity. The College of Charleston fosters a culture that emphasizes experiential learning and development through participation in a supportive yet challenging environment where students benefit from a talented, accomplished, and diverse faculty and staff. With our stellar location, vibrant student life, and devoted faculty, the College of Charleston is truly one of the nation’s great public universities in the country’s finest city.


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