College Guides and Rankings
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report ranks the College of Charleston No. 4 among Southern public regional universities in its 2017 edition of Best Colleges. It’s tied at No. 1 for best undergraduate teaching in that same category, and also No. 1 for veteran support. The magazine listed the College as an “A-Plus School for B Students," for "scholars trapped in the GPA of a B student."
The College was also named a top-10 school for its First-Year Experience program in a 2016 U.S. News poll of academic peers across the nation.
The Princeton Review
The College of Charleston is among a select group of institutions chosen by The Princeton Review for offering students the best value for their education:
Colleges That Create Futures
The College was selected as one of just 50 schools focused on providing students with practical experiences that take their academics to the next level, with, according to the guide, “tons of opportunities to gain the authentic, real-world experience they need to launch great careers.”
Guide to College Visits
"Personal attention is the name of the game at the College of Charleston. The College's students love the fact that at this mid-sized school (which has an undergrad population of about 10,000) they get to know their profs as people as well as teachers."
America's Best Value Colleges
The Princeton Review called the College of Charleston “a moderately sized school that manages to make itself feel like a small school, a ‘Southern secret’ that is ‘extremely diverse’ and offers ‘many great fields of study.’”
The report also stated that the College manages to maintain relatively small class sizes, which “allows professors to pay individualized attention to students and to make time to advise their students outside of class.”
The Best 380 Colleges
A sophomore says, "The College of Charleston consistently provides great academics, meaningful experiences to engage with the city, and fantastic people who want to do fantastic things."
Students with a penchant for the outdoors can enjoy "going to the beach, kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, surfing, and hiking."
Another student boasts, “The weather is great, the city is beautiful, you get a great education for a reasonable price, and of course the people from here are amazing … why not choose the College of Charleston?” The Best 378 College
Great College Towns
The Princeton Review included the College in its ranking of great college towns. The guide says the College’s “location in historic Charleston provides a truly unique Southern experience with strong liberal arts and sciences academics.”
Guide to 361 Green Colleges
The College was chosen among the 361 for its commitment to sustainability through academics, career preparation, policies, initiatives and activities.
The Southeastern Colleges
The College was named one of the best colleges in the Southeast. Only 25% of the nation's four-year colleges were selected for the guidebook's regional listings. Schools were selected based primarily on academic excellence.
Fiske Guide to Colleges
The College of Charleston has become the finest public liberal arts and sciences institution in South Carolina, propelled by an honors college, opportunities to do research and study abroad, and new living and learning facilities.
Whether sampling the traditional Lowcountry cuisine or delving into the wide range of courses offered at this strong liberal arts institution, students at the College of Charleston know they are getting a solid education based on creative expression and intellectual freedom.
"The school is filled with amazing, talented, intelligent and respectful people," says a senior.
Professor's get high marks in and out of the classroom. "I can say I've had some of the most amazing and intelligent professors," says one freshman.
USA Today raves about Charleston as a "post-college town brimming with youth, jobs." The city is ranked No. 14 for a city over 100,000 people with a strong draw for people ages 20-29.
PARADE magazine’s College A-List included the College as one of the best small public schools in the nation. Recommended by high school counselors, the College was chosen as a school that combines "the communal feel of a small liberal-arts college with the breadth of choice offered by a big university."
"The campus itself is a piece of history located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, and students studying historic preservation and arts management (Charleston is home to the Spoleto Festival) have a living laboratory at their disposal."
Newsweek named the College of Charleston as one of the country's most interesting schools.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine
The College of Charleston ranks No. 60 among Kiplinger's 2013-2014 top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges." The College was selected for its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, low sticker price, and for being an overall great value.
Forbes Magazine has named the College of Charleston as one of the best educational values in the nation. Forbes ranked the College of Charleston #7 on the list of the top 25 “Best Value Colleges” in the United States.
Institute of International Education
The College is No. 4 among U.S. master's level institutions for the total number of study-abroad participants.