Charleston Southern University

675 reviews
  1. Charleston, SC
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A-
Charleston Southern University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Baptist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Big South Conference
Address
9200 University Blvd
Charleston, SC 29406
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
59%
SAT Range
890-1080
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$17,561/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,676/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,750/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,498/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,320/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,646/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
94%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
56%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.50 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,638Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Christian and friendly
    45%
  • Christian
    42%
  • Friendly
    12%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
80%
Poll
48%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.58 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.60 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Faith-based
    43%
  • Christian gear
    40%
  • Small
    15%
  • Conservative
    3%

After Charleston Southern University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
34%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.39 responses

Reviews

675 reviews
  • Excellent
    102
  • Very Good
    215
  • Average
    258
  • Poor
    67
  • Terrible
    33
It's bad because of on campus housing and the experiences that go with it. Three people are housed in two person dorm rooms which is disrespectful. There are two closets so the third person has to share some of the closet space with the first two. The third person is also on the top of a bunk bed so they do not get to have under-the-bed space for things like suitcases, refrigerators, and storage. The other side of the three person dorm has two people joined together by a bathroom. That means that five girls/boys share one bathroom. The dorms are also in need of remodeling as they look dated. Also the cable at CSU blocks a lot of popular channels such as MTV, VH1, OXYGEN, and BET. The cafe food varies from day to day and does not have very many options. The people in the front offices are either rude or don't really know what they are doing with some exceptions of course. Diversity here is a joke. My high school was more diverse. This college does not let you live off campus until you are 20 years of age. The "kitchens" that are in some of the dorms actually do not exist. The laundry rooms are not good. The washers smell like mildew and often have hair in them. Also, there are about 4 washing machines and maybe 6 dryers for my entire building! Many college campuses also have a clinic that you can go to on campus to take care of basic health needs that college students may have. The clinic on CSU's campus does not exist. Try your luck at a local emergency room or urgent care instead; hopefully you can find a way to get there. The list goes on. Perhaps the only nice things would be the good professors that care and the time it takes to walk to class due to the small campus.
  • College Freshman
  • 9 months ago
At first glance, CSU looked great. I was greatly excited to be going to college. As a music major, I over looked most other things at CSU focusing on the music department sense I would be there most of my time. All of the music staff here at CSU impressed me because of how well rounded everyone is. For example my percussion professor not only has taught a great deal of lessons and classes in the past, but he is an active member in the charleston symphony orchestra, performs solo literature, and puts together his own ensembles out side of his teaching job at CSU. Other than the music department, one of the things that attracted me to CSU was that it was a Christian college. I love being able to converse about my faith and be able to get together every Wednesday to worship. Because of the small population at CSU, all of my professors know me by name and I feel that I could walk up and have a deep conversation about anything without feeling like he or she does not care. They all do!
  • College Junior
  • June 19 2015
Considering that Charleston Southern University is a private, Baptist college, there is not much of a party scene. If a student did want to attend one, they may find a hand full of parties just downtown Charleston. At CSU there are plenty of party alternatives such as Elevate, sports events, SGA promoted events, etc. Although the party scene at Charleston Southern is different from the norm, it still can be a fun time!
  • College Freshman
  • May 14 2015