The Honors College experience takes the renowned College of Charleston liberal arts and sciences education and intensifies it. Professors who teach Honors College courses such as “Mathematics in Music” and “Terror, Terrorism and Response to Terror,” take advantage of small classes and highly motivated students to elevate the caliber of academic discourse.
Honors College professors use the Socratic method to challenge conventional thinking and encourage students to come up with their own fresh hypotheses. This free flow of ideas forges a deep intellectual bond between students and professors.
The Honors College is a tight-knit community. Students can choose to live in two honors-only residence halls. Freshmen Honors College students have their own dedicated academic adviser and all Honors College students qualify for priority registration and early advising.
All honors students are required to complete a research-based independent study project in their junior year and a bachelor’s essay during their senior year. These projects give students the opportunity to apply the sharp research, analytical and writing skills that are the foundation of an Honors College education.
To apply to the Honors College, fill out a College of Charleston application online and check the box indicating your interest in the Honors College. You’ll automatically be directed to the separate Honors College application, which has its own essay and recommendation forms.
Honors College applicants are also eligible for seven different honors scholarships in addition to the standard merit scholarships.
Honors College Profile:
- 700 students representing 32 states and 5 foreign countries
- Average class size: 17
- Student-faculty ratio: 10:1
- Average class rank: Top 6 percent
- Average high school GPA: 4.4 (weighted), 3.8 (unweighted)
- SAT midrange: 1300–1390
- ACT midrange: 28–31