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Welcome to #CougarNation! Get ready for an exceptional experience. If you value personal growth and choices, and are a high achiever looking for adventure, the College of Charleston is the right place for you. Every opportunity you can imagine will be available; it’ll be up to you to grab what you want. Plan to work incredibly hard at the College, but know that you’ll find plenty to do and new things to try when you’re not studying.

The College of Charleston is an interesting blend of the old and historic with the new and contemporary.

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And the campus is surrounded on all sides by the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Charleston, which has become a hub for young entrepreneurs and established firms alike, and has long been a cultural-arts capital. With a booming tourist scene and tremendous growth in biomedicine and the aerospace industry, this city has become the perfect livinglearning laboratory for our students — whether they’re studying computer science, public health, theatre, business or marine biology.

[School of Business]

[King Street]

All About the Place So you think you know Charleston. Sure, it’s on the coast, is historic and hugely popular with tourists. But are you aware of its booming economy? More than 250 tech startups have settled in Charleston over the past four years. International corporate Goliaths such as Google, Boeing, Amazon, Bayer, and now Volvo, have become fixtures in the area. The Medical University of South

[Folly Beach]

Carolina is several blocks down the street. Many of our students intern at MUSC and some go to medical/dental/pharmacy/nursing school there after graduation. The port of Charleston is a multibillion-dollar-a-year economic engine, which also provides unique opportunities to our students, as do the city’s world-renowned arts festival and burgeoning culinary scene. That’s the Chucktown you’ll get to know.

[Addlestone Library]

[Cougar Mall]


Liberal Arts and Sciences — and your future College of Charleston graduates benefit from the broad range of skills a liberal arts and sciences education provides. Start with the option to combine seemingly disparate majors such as studio art and biology, or psychology and computer science. Add to that access to valuable, hands-on research that complements that major and unique internship experiences that augment it further in the marketplace. Finish — well-rounded and ready for the world.

Recent Alumni Success Stories

RANSOM WHITE ’06 is a hydrographic surveyor who participated in the international search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. JEFFREY DECKER ’12 works with Pandora as a device engineer, meaning he’s the guy making sure that this system works on your phone, laptop or tablet no matter who manufactured it. MEGAN SAYLOR ’11 spends her days training dolphins, teaching them to detect and mark underwater mines. IAN WHEELER ’05 was a communication major who parlayed his interest in music into an entrepreneurial role as music producer, record label owner and agent in New York City.

“One of the best small public schools in the nation.” — PARADE magazine’s College A-list [Randolph Hall]

A “post-college town brimming with youth, jobs …” — USA Today

[Environmental Studies]

[Global Logistics]

[Corporate Communications]

Your New Opportunities Hands-on research and internships will add value to your college experience. They are also what will distinguish you from the competition when it’s time to apply for a job, or graduate or professional school. And no major is off limits when it comes to either. Take a look:

INTERNSHIPS • Managing social media platforms for a fitness chain • Planning for the City of Charleston’s Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability • Graphic design for Charleston magazine • Fish biologist/technician at the Prince William Sound Science Center • Working with Comedy Central in New York City RESEARCH • Assistantship in marine biology lab working on hammerhead sharks • Gathering oral histories from litigants in a milestone civil rights case • Working on infusion techniques with a Charleston distillery

Honors College Plan to go above and beyond while you’re here? Each fall, approximately 200 freshmen enroll in the Honors College, a close-knit community of intellectually curious high achievers. Within five years of graduation, 85 percent of our Honors College alumni have attended or completed graduate and professional schools, including Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Yale Law School, among others. Your high school transcript is the most important part of the Honors College application and the majority of students accepted have earned A’s in most of their schoolwork. Explore the Honors College and get ready to be your best self.

MAJORS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

accounting African American studies anthropology archaeology art history arts management astronomy astrophysics athletic training biochemistry biology business administration chemistry Classics communication computer information systems computer science computing in the arts dance data science early childhood education economics elementary education English

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exercise science finance foreign language education French and Francophone studies geology German historic preservation and community planning history hospitality and tourism management international business international studies Jewish studies Latin American and Caribbean studies marine biology marketing mathematics middle grades education music philosophy physical education physics

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political science professional studies psychology public health religious studies secondary education cognate sociology Spanish special education studio art supply chain management theatre urban studies women’s and gender studies

SPECIAL PROGRAMS • health professions advising (examples: medicine, nursing, dentistry, physician assistant, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy) • pre-law advising

MINORS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

African American studies African studies anthropology archaeology art history arts management Asian studies astronomy biology biomedical physics British studies business administration business language in French business language in Spanish chemistry Classics coaching communication comparative literature computational thinking computer information systems computer science creative writing crime, law and society dance data science economics

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English entrepreneurship environmental studies European studies film studies finance French French studies geography geology German German studies global logistics and transportation global trade Greek health historic preservation and community planning history hospitality and tourism management international studies Irish and Irish American studies Italian Italian studies

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Japanese studies Jewish studies Latin Latin American and Caribbean studies leadership, change and social responsibility linguistics mathematics meteorology music neuroscience philosophy physics political science pre-actuarial studies psychology real estate religious studies Russian studies sociology Spanish studio art theatre women’s and gender studies

ENJOY: IT’S JUST THE BEGINNING Your New Friends College of Charleston Cougars embody the concept of diversity. They come from all over the world. They’re smart, creative, motivated and fun. They’ve already begun to discover their passions and they’re open to new ideas that will shape and change them — and the world. Now imagine what the class of 2020 will be like.

Carving Out a Niche What’s the best way to make a smooth transition to college? Just put yourself out there. Join one or more of our 220+ student clubs and organizations. Go to Collegesponsored events. And definitely, definitely live on campus your first year. (Nearly 92 percent of first-year students live in campus housing.) You can also join a fraternity or sorority. We’ve got 27 nationally affiliated chapters on campus (22.6 percent of women at the College join sororities and 16.4 percent of men join fraternities).

Become a Fan

MEN’S TEAMS: • baseball • basketball • cross country • golf • soccer • tennis

The College is an NCAA Division I university in the Colonial Athletic Association. For a hefty dose of fun, join CougarNation and cheer on our 19 varsity sports teams. Nothing’s better than getting amped in TD Arena and rooting for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. We have a number of teams that have performed on the national stage, and our alumni include a New York Yankee, pro basketball players and several Olympians! WOMEN’S TEAMS: • basketball • cross country • equestrian • golf • indoor track • outdoor track

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sailing sand volleyball soccer softball tennis volleyball

COED TEAMS • cheerleading • sailing • dance

“One of the best educational values in the nation.”

— Forbes

Adventure + Competition + Fitness = Fun Are you into watersports? We’ve got wakeboarding, sea kayaking, kiteboarding and surfing. Or maybe you want to try something new. Rugby (men’s and women’s), or tennis or crew. We’ve got 24 different sport clubs for you to choose from. And if flag football, soccer, basketball and dodgeball are more your style, we’ve got 30 intramural sports as well. Throw in some yoga classes, mountain climbing excursions and paddleboarding classes and you’ve got a sure-fire formula for fun.


Come for a Visit You really have to see the College of Charleston to understand how special it is. Get information on campus tours at


Getting In


ACCEPTED FOR FALL 2015: • SAT: 1040 and 1200 (in-state); 1110 and 1260 (out-of-state) • ACT: 23 and 27 (in-state); 25 and 29 (out-of-state) • Top 9–31 percent of their class • A/B average

FALL SEMESTER November 1 • early notification • Honors College (for first consideration) December 1 • regular application • merit scholarships • Honors College (regular admission) February 1 • regular notification May 1 • enrollment and housing deposits SPRING SEMESTER November 1 • regular application | 843.953.5670 |


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