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Parts of the Application

Here is what we need for your application to be considered complete. In order to meet our admissions deadlines, all application materials must be either received in our office or postmarked by the specified date. We encourage you to submit your materials before the deadline so we can review them sooner. Remember, we can’t review your application and make a decision until all parts of the application have been received.

Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive information about how to check the status of your application — and you’ll be able to see if anything is missing. You will also receive a unique ID number that you should use whenever you communicate with our office.


Online Application

Our online application includes required short answer questions, and an optional personal statement (250 words maximum) where you have the opportunity to tell the admissions committee anything you think they should know. If you can’t use our online application, please contact us to make arrangements to apply another way.

$50 application fee

You will pay this fee when you submit the online application.

Secondary School Report

Your guidance counselor must complete a secondary school report for you. If you include your guidance counselor’s e-mail address in your online application, they will be able to complete this report online (we prefer this method).


Transcripts from each high school you attended. If you took courses at a college while you were in high school (known as dual-enrollment), be sure to request those transcripts as well. College courses do not normally appear on high school transcripts, so you will have to send those separately. If you are accepted, you are also required to submit your final high school transcripts at the end of your senior year, so we can see that you graduated, and that your grades were similar to what we saw when you applied.

You can submit your transcripts:
By FAX — 843.953.6322

Or by mail to:
College of Charleston
Office of Admissions and Adult Student Services
Attn: Transcripts
66 George Street
Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001

Standardized test scores

Either the SAT (math and critical reading sections only) or the ACT is required. We do not require the SAT subject tests. We encourage you to complete these tests in your junior year so you have time to take them again in your senior year if necessary. Be sure to send us all your scores — if you take a test more than once, we’ll use your highest critical reading, math and writing section scores from the SAT or your highest ACT composite scores. Official scores should be sent directly from the testing service. The College of Charleston's code for the SAT is 5113 and for the ACT is 3846. It takes approximately four weeks for scores to reach the Office of Admissions, so keep that in mind when selecting your test date.


Letters of recommendation are not required. If you want to submit letters of recommendation, please send no more than two. You can e-mail them to with the subject line “recommendation letter.” Be sure to include your full name, birth date, and College of Charleston ID number, if you know it.

Interviews. The College of Charleston does not offer interviews. If you would like, you can speak with a counselor during your campus visit. If you can't make it to campus, but a counselor is traveling to your area, you can request a “Sit-down." A "Sit-down" is a great way for you to get information about the College — and it has no bearing on our admissions decision.

Résumés, activity sheets, any other supplemental information. Please e-mail anything else you want us to consider. Be sure to include your full name, birth date, and College of Charleston ID number, if you know it.

Arts submissions and auditions. We do not require arts submissions or auditions for admission, and there is no separate application for the School of the Arts. However, there are some departmental scholarships available that require auditions or portfolio reviews. Review the scholarship details to see what is required.

  • Music Scholarships
  • Theatre Scholarships
  • Art Scholarships


The Honors College requires a separate application. When you submit your regular admissions application online, you will indicate that you want to apply to the Honors College. Then you will be sent a link to the online Honors College application. Or, if you prefer, you can download an application from the institution's website. Honors College applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation and an essay.


Residency for tuition purposes is determined when you submit your application. If you indicate that you are a South Carolina resident on your application, but we cannot make that determination based on the information you submit, you will work with our Legal Residency Office. We'll let you know if this happens.

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