Charleston, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$25,304 ($9,918)
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4 College Student

Athletics: The school spirit and the team support are unlike any other school.the athletic facilities are the best ive seen in my life.I really enjoy it here

3 College Junior

Athletics: Team spirit leaves something to be desired, but the basketball games are fun. Intermural sports are definitely a great place to meet friends.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball games seem to be the biggest hit.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Some people are really into sports, others not so much.. There is a wide variety of options however from rowing to equestrian sports to soccer.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: No football team. Some people thinks that's bad and we don't focus on sports. However, our basketball and baseball teams are a big deal. I wish athletics were bigger here though


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1021st
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1022nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

While most of the teams on campus have their fair share of achievements, only with basketball do you get any real athletic excitement at the College of Charleston. Being very arts-driven, the overwhelming majority of the student population didn’t come here because of a certain team or because of the College’s athletic reputation. The same can be said about the student athletes; they are laid-back, just like “regular” Charleston students, and do not strut about campus boasting about their achievements and talents. Cougar fans love to support their teams here anyway. Many basketball games are televised and excited students crowd the Carolina First Arena to be a part of the action. Everyone else joins in by cheering from their couches at home, as if they were in the stadium bleachers.

Overall, College of Charleston may not be the place for a sports fanatic, unless he or she would be willing to watch the games on TV. Basketball games score fans, but the other sports are mostly neglected by the student body. It doesn't help that the track, soccer, and baseball fields are out of walking distance and only accessible by car.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Southern Conference
School Colors
Maroon and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
156 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
206 - 4%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Belly dance
  • Boxing
  • Crew
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running/marathon
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Swimming
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Water sports
  • Aerobics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Kayaking
  • Kickball
  • Pickleball
  • Racquetball
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
  • Yoga
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Carolina First Arena
  • Patriots Point
  • Stern Student Center
  • Training Room
  • Walker Sailing Complex
  • Weight Room
Most Popular Sports
Baseball and basketball-these are pretty much the only two sports CofC students care to watch.
Most Overlooked Teams
Equestrian, women's volleyball
School Spirit
With a basketball team of somewhat high reputation, students will rally behind CofC athletics, even if they're not sports fans. Athletics at the College of Charleston are no more popular than theater, music, or any other area of interest, and school spirit seems to be expended on all of these things. Musicians gather in the outdoor areas of campus and perform drum circles, and students flock to see student-written plays. The pride that students have in each other and in the College reaches to all areas-beyond athletics.
Getting Tickets
Basketball games at the College of Charleston are a big deal, and certain games, like those against the Citadel or Davidson, are talked about a week before they happen. Without getting tickets ahead of time (like an hour before the game), you'll be watching from your couch. Most other sporting events are not difficult to get tickets, and students and spectators can buy tickets at the door.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Battery, Waterfront Park, James Island County Park, anywhere south of Broad Street. Charleston is a scenic and pedestrian-friendly city. Anyone who is interested in architecture, history, or anyone who simply wants some brisk exercise should take a stroll in this extremely flat and walkable city.
Did You Know?
  • The sailing team won the coed national championship in 2006 and 2007.
  • College of Charleston recently beat the reigning national champions University of North Carolina in men's basketball in what ESPN declared an "instant classic."

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 99 responses

  • 4% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 66% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 28% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 99 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 44% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 25% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 28% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 94 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 41% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 50% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.


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