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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have great athletic teams, however they aren't very well attended. School spirit for athletic events could be much better. Our facilities are nice, and we have winning teams in many of the sports we participate in.

3 College Student

Athletics: This school is more for the scholar than the athlete seeing as it is a relatively smaller school.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The Athletics at our school is okay. I do not know much about every aspect of the athletic field because I do not particularly care for sports.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't really use them but they seem nice enough.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Living in a city and going to a college without a football team doesn't lend the school to huge school spirit in athletics. I don't know many athletes, but the facilities are ok and the basketball team did pretty well this year. The sailing team is one of the best in the country, but I don't know any members.

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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
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Colonial Athletic Association
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 208 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 25% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 69% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 209 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 23% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 49% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 205 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 50% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 38% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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