Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,112 undergraduate students
90% of undergrad students are full time
37% male 63% female
16.72% of students are from out of state
2015-2016 Academic Year
163 full-time faculty
129 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio
42% of all students live on campus
Charleston Southern University is located at the center of the Charleston metropolitan area, providing college students with easy access to the beautiful South Carolina beaches, downtown Charleston, historical sites, professional sports, the arts, and more. Charleston, South Carolina, has been named the “2016 Best City in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine. Some local attractions include: Waterfront Park, Charleston Farmers Market, South Carolina Aquarium, Folly Beach Pier, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Park, Southeastern Wildlife Expo and the Holiday Festival of Lights.
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Retention Fall 2015
65% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 Year Graduation Rate 2015
39% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015
|Black or African American||26%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||1%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||2%|
|Race and/or ethnicity unknown||4%|
The Charleston Southern University Buccaneers are an NCAA Division I athletic program. Charleston Southern fields teams in basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, cross country, track and field, golf, tennis and volleyball, as well as a Football Championship Subdivision football team. Recently, the Buccaneers have won conference titles in football, women’s softball, men’s basketball, women’s tennis and men’s golf.
School Colors: Blue and Gold
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,600 students. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the university’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving. Charleston Southern is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Bachelor of Arts: Christian Studies, Christian Studies: Biblical Languages Emphasis, Communication, Computer and Information Sciences, English, English: Writing Emphasis, English Education, Graphic Design, History, Humanities and Fine Arts, Music and Worship Leadership, Music Education (Choral), Music Education (Instrumental), Music Therapy, Performance (Instrumental), Performance (Vocal), Spanish, Student Ministry, Theatre
Bachelor of Business Administration: Accounting, Management, Marketing, Business Administration: Emphasis in Entrepreneurship, Business Administration: Emphasis in Management, Business Administration: Emphasis in Marketing, School of Business
Bachelor of Science: Applied Mathematics, Athletic Training Program, Biochemistry, Biology: General Emphasis, Biology: Pre-professional Emphasis, Biology: Wildlife Emphasis, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Education, Health Promotion, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Natural Science, Organizational Management, Organizational Management: Healthcare Management Concentration, Organizational Management: Hospitality and Tourism Management Concentration, Organizational Management: Human, Resources Management Concentration, Organizational Management: Project Management Concentration, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology, Sociology: Human Services Emphasis
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN (online), College of Nursing
Charleston Southern University serves a large number of veterans and sponsors a Student Veterans of America chapter and is a VA Yellow Ribbon Program and has been named a Military Friendly school. A lounge area for veterans was recently opened on campus.
Charleston Southern faculty and alumni are frequently invited to perform at the internationally acclaimed Spoleto Festival and Charleston’s local component, Piccolo Spoleto.
Recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Liberal Arts Core
The Liberal Arts Core curriculum, completed by all students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, is designed to ensure graduates have a basic understanding of human history, culture and relationships, the arts, literature, mathematics and natural sciences. The curriculum pushes students to reflect upon these in terms of a Christian vision of life.
Opportunities for undergraduate research are available in multiple academic disciplines. Students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty, and several recent faculty/student research projects have received funding through the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. Recent research projects presented at the annual Spring Symposium include research in biology, politics, business, English, computer science, Christian studies, music, graphic design, chemistry, psychology and music therapy.
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Freshman Seminar is a one-hour course taken by freshmen based on their academic major that helps orient students into the university experience.
The most academically distinguished students have the option to enroll in the Honors Program, which combines academics with a variety of cultural and social activities.
The Bridge Program
The Bridge Program gives underprepared students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. Through counseling and tutoring, students who did not originally meet admissions requirements, have the chance to develop their academic skills.
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City as Text
City as Text is a unique class experience allowing students to see, touch and feel history. A recent Christian History class was taught in downtown Charleston with visits to numerous historical sites.
Charleston Southern University sponsors multiple annual lecture series, cultural events and leadership training. Examples of annual events are: Student Leadership Summit, Values & Ethics Lecture Series, CSU Arts Week, The Lens Lecture Series and Welcoming Faith into the Science Classroom and multiple music and theatre performances.
CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES
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Other: on-campus hotel
Experiential Learning Initiative
The Experiential Learning Initiative, or ELI, provides enriched educational opportunities via internships, practicums, clinicals, field courses and other real-world application of classroom theory. Students admitted in 2019-2020 will be required to complete one Experiential Learning Requirement, and students admitted in 2020-2021 will be required to complete two Experiential Learning Requirements. An Experiential Learning Requirement is an internship, service learning project, or applied learning course.
Applied Learning Experience Program
The Applied Learning Experience Program (APPLE) connects students with internship opportunities that integrate academics into hands-on experience. Internships through this program vary in length and pay, but all are supervised by the Assistant Dean for Student Services. Students involved in APPLE have the chance to explore important career topics like leadership and decision-making. In order to qualify for this program, a student must have a strong academic record, 61 completed credit hours and approval from an academic advisor.
Admissions Fall 2015
4,197 Total Applicants
2,463 Total Admissions
756 Total Freshmen Enrollment
58.68% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission
Rolling Admission? Yes
Standardized test scores
Rigor of secondary school record
Freshmen Profile Fall 2015
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|SAT Critical Reading||450||560|
TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2014/2015
|Room and Board (on campus)||$9,000|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$32,200|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2014/2015
$18,823 First year students
$21,767 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2014/2015
$4,343 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$3,503 Average need-based loan