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Founded in 1964, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY is located near historic Charleston and the beautiful beaches of the South Carolina coastline. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, Charleston Southern is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,600 students.

Beyond the classroom, students participate in a variety of campus activities including academic clubs, community service, intramural athletics and campus ministries. The University offers intercollegiate athletics for both men and women, competing in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. Charleston Southern fields teams in basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, cross country, track and field, golf, tennis and volleyball, as well as a Football Championship Subdivision football team.

CSU has been named a College of Distinction, America’s 100 Best College Buys, U.S. News and World Report Best Online Programs, Military Friendly Schools, America’s Best Christian Colleges, VA Yellow Ribbon Program and The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


  • Founded: 1964
  • Accredited: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina
  • Campus: 300 acres
  • Academics: 48 undergraduate, 14 graduate, and 16 Charleston Southern Online programs
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
  • International students representing 21 countries
  • Financial Assistance: 95% of students receive some form of financial aid
  • Athletics: NCAA Division I; more than teams for men and women


Undergraduate Tuition & Fees: $24,800

Room & Board: $9,900

Graduate Tuition: Varies by academic program.

Financial Assistance: $5,000 per year International Student Scholarship; $2,000 per year Out-of-State Grant, $2,000 per year Institutional On-Campus Work-Study Opportunity for eligible Visa holders

*Please note Room & Board costs are calculated according to most commonly taken option.

**Also note, total tuition reflects mandatory fees.

English Proficiency Requirements (pick one):


IELTS: 6.0

IB Exam: Higher-Level English A-1

OR iTEP, AP Exam English Language and Comp, Pearson Test of English or two years at a US college or university (C or better in core subjects).

SAT or Equivalent Requirements:

SAT: Evidence Based Reading and Writing: 530

*Freshmen students applying to Charleston Southern University are encouraged to submit SAT and ACT scores but the exams are optional for students who prove English proficiency.

GPA Requirement: 2.0

Application Deadline: Fall – June 25