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Class of 2018 Profile

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#CofC2018 are world travelers, explorers, entrepreneurs and top scholars. They’re already making an impact on the world and have shown their commitment to the College – one student is the 14th person in her family to attend!

Class of 2018: By the Numbers *

2,242 Number of freshmen
39 Number of states represented in addition to the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands
12 Number of countries represented
13 Number of students born on December 20, 1995
89 Number of students from one state other than S.C. (N.C.)
6,565 Number of miles traveled to the College of Charleston by the student who lives farthest away (from Hokkaido, Japan).
35 Highest ACT score
1520 Highest SAT score
5.23 Highest GPA
946 Number of different high schools attended

Class of 2018: A Closer Look

  • Most common female students' names: Emily, Hannah, Sarah.
  • Most common male students' names: Andrew, Matthew, Michael.
  • Top names that males and females share: Hunter, Jordan, Logan.
  • Most popular birth month: July (201 students)
  • Largest South Carolina feeder high schools: Wando High School (88), Lexington High School (34), Charleston County School of the Arts (28), Fort Mill High School (27), West Ashley High School (26), Saint James High School (23), James Island Charter High School (23), Mauldin High School (22), Ashley Ridge High School (22), Wade Hampton High School (19).
  • Largest out of state feeder high schools: Ridge High School, N.J. (7), Myers Park High School, N.C. (6), Greenwich High School, Conn. (6), Winston Churchill High School, Md. (5), Tabor Academy, Mass. (5).
  • Most popular South Carolina hometowns: Mt. Pleasant, Charleston, Columbia, Summerville, Greenville and Myrtle Beach.
  • Most popular out of state hometowns: Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Ga., New York, N.Y., Potomac, Md., Greensboro, N.C., Basking Ridge N.J.
  • Some of the represented countries include: Austria, Bermuda, Brazil, Denmark, Ecuador, Portugal, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom.

The Class of 2018 includes:

  • A hip hop producer and amateur record engineer.
  • The youngest intern to ever be hired at Cynthia Rowley, NYC.
  • 14 Eagle Scouts.
  • 7 sets of twins.
  • A student who has had 13 family members attend the College of Charleston.
  • A student whose ancestors are John and Edward Rutledge.
  • A student who was on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays of the Day when he caugh Lee Westwood’s flying golf ball at the U.S. Open.
  • A student who danced at Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary Division in NYC.
  • The first student in his high school’s history to graduate early and take dual enrollment courses.
  • A TEDx Youth Committee member.
  • Several entrepreneurs, including one student who started a tech company at 14 and a student who started a paddleboard company.
  • Students who have traveled the world including China, Taiwan, Spain and South Africa.
  • A Junior Olympic National competitor.
  • A prima ballerina and senior artist in the Chester County Ballet Company (Penn.).
  • A second degree black belt.
  • A student who has traveled to all 50 states (she finished with Hawaii this summer).

Class of 2018: Academic Profile *

The middle 50 percent of freshmen enrolled for fall 2014:

  • Scored between 1020 and 1190 (in-state), and 1070 and 1230 (out-of-state) on the SAT.
  • Scored between 22 and 27 (in-state), and 24 and 28 (out-of-state) on the ACT.
  • Graduated in the top 20 percent of the class.
  • Had consistent academic achievement in the A/B range. 
12 Number of valedictorians
12 Number of salutatorians
131 Number of Palmetto Fellows

*The information above is preliminary. Official data will be available in October 2014.

Honors College: Class of 2018 Academic Profile *

217 Total number of freshman
1300 Average SAT
29 Average ACT
4.40 Average GPA weighted
52 Number of in-state students
48 Number of out of state students

Honors College: William Aiken Fellows Society Profile *

Students on Campus

The William Aiken Fellows Society is a group of highly capable students who have the potential to successfully pursue national and international opportunities reserved for top scholars. Throughout their college careers, William Aiken Fellows work closely with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards and participate in numerous programs designed to create leadership opportunities, enrich their academic experience and prepare them for graduate work and beyond.

36 Total number of students
1440 Average SAT Score
33 Average ACT Score
4.658 Average GPA weighted
11 International Scholars
1 Huge Scholars
10 Swanson Scholars
1 Newell Scholars
19 Number of in-state students
17 Number of out of state students

Class of 2018: Beloit Mindset

Each August for the past 15 years, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. See what Beloit says about the Class of 2018.


* This information is preliminary and should not be considered official data.