The College of Charleston is a public, sea-grant and space-grant university situated in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Regardless of being a complete university, this institution also prides in retaining the historical name of “college of Charleston”. Established in 1770, the college of Charleston is the oldest college or university in South Carolina and the 13th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.
The college has had a long history of presenting itself as an institution of liberal arts; and it is amply clear from the basic curriculum, which lays a lot of emphasis on history, sciences, languages, literature and the arts. The College has six academic divisions known as ‘schools.’ These are the School of the Arts, School of Education, Health and Human Performance, School of Business and Economics, School of Science and Mathematics, School of Humanities & Social Sciences and School of Languages, Cultures & World Affairs.
With its cutting-edge academic programming and state-of-the-art campus facilities, the college provides support to around 10,000 undergraduate students and 1,600 graduates. These students here are fortunate enough to be a part of the elite liberal arts college, which gives them benefits of smaller class size (average class size of 23.6 students) as well as individual attention (student to faculty ratio of 16:1) of a small college combined with the faculty resources, research and curricular benefits of a large research institution.
In addition to these, the students also get to learn a lot from the ethnical diversity of the students because students here represent 50 states and territories of the United States as well as 71 countries.
Apart from the academics, the college of Charleston also encourages its students to take part in athletics and other activities. The athletics teams of the college are known as the Cougars. Students also run an emergency medical service organization called the College of Charleston EMS (COFCEMS).
The College of Charleston is too ranked nationally as the ‘most competitive’ institution and enrolls the students who count in the top 10% of their class. Undoubtedly, the college of Charleston is a testimony to its motto “Knowledge itself is liberty”.