Charleston Southern University

9200 University Blvd, Charleston, SC
Christian college


At Charleston Southern University, learn in an environment with professors, coaches and staff who care about you and what you are called to do. On our small, more personal campus, you will have huge opportunities for fun through activities, recreation, campus ministries and big-time, competitive Division I athletics! Embrace life at CSU and prepare yourself for a larger mission – your life – lived on purpose.

Questions and Answers about Charleston Southern University

Nahtara S.
6 months ago
What is the average class size for lower division courses?
Charleston Southern University
Average class size across campus is 20-30 students. Most core classes will be closer to 30, while classes within each academic major will average 15-25 depending on academic level.
Heidi S.
6 months ago
What are your strongest majors and what programs do you offer to support them?
Charleston Southern University
Our top-drawing majors are Nursing, Biology, Business, Kinesiology, and Education, as well as a new and rapidly growing Aeronautics program. All of our majors require some sort of application step, such as clinicals or internship opportunities, so that students graduate with hands-on experience in their field. To learn more about your specific program of interest, contact one of our enrollment specialists:
melissa t.
6 months ago
Does Charleston Southern University have a checklist for transfer students to complete before applying?
Charleston Southern University
Transfer students will need to meet the Transfer Admissions Requirements listed on our website to qualify for admission, which you can find here: If you do not meet the requirements (e.g., you are transferring fewer than 24 credit hours), you may also be asked to provide high school transcripts and/or test scores to qualify for admission.
Kaitlyn B.
7 months ago
How many students typically live in a dorm room, and can a freshman have a room for themselves?
Charleston Southern University
All student housing has two people per room. Single-person rooms are sometimes available as disabilities accommodations, but typically every student will have a roommate and two suitemates.
Kaitlyn B.
7 months ago
Is there a BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) at CSU?
Charleston Southern University
Yes! Charleston Southern is partnered with the South Carolina Baptist convention, so our main avenue of student ministry, CSU Elevate, qualifies as a BCM. All additional ministries on campus, including parachurch ministries, must adhere to the Charleston Southern statement of faith to exist on campus. Find out more about student ministries here:
Ellie C.
7 months ago
Are Charleston Southern University applicants automatically considered for your scholarships?
Charleston Southern University
Yes! Every freshman student is awarded a merit scholarship based off of cumulative unweighted GPA upon application. Other internal aid (e.g., music scholarships) may require an application, audition, or interview. Feel free to contact your enrollment counsellor for additional info!
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Majors offered at Charleston Southern University

Biggest majors
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
Biology, General
Criminal Justice and Corrections, General

Academics at Charleston Southern University

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
12 to 1
Somewhat Selective (52% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution

Demographics for Charleston Southern University Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
Charleston Southern University Students2%27%66%9%1%1%0%
All College Students11%21%37%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
Charleston Southern University Students
< 0% Gender nonconforming
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Common careers for Charleston Southern University students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Executive Director79k
Human Resources (HR) Director77k
Financial Controller73k
General Manager, Restaurant52k
Operations Manager49k
Employment Specialist45k
Based on 1,316 student responses
43.8kAvg. Early Career Pay
75.6kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
67%in High-Meaning careers
9%in STEM careers

Net price of attending Charleston Southern University

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Student reviews of Charleston Southern University

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

Beautiful campus
Welcoming student body
Accessible and helpful professors
Access to outdoor activities
Nelson Ponce-Real



CSU, despite being one of the smallest universities in the state of South Carolina, it so happens to be a beautiful campus that many other students consider this to be their favorite home. CSU also acts like a role model to help prepare for the real world and use the opportunity to help influence students for their own personal needs.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

To be aware of, many other students may not seem all that nice and you may encounter some that can give you a hard time. If some of these issues persist, then you can always seek help from a counselor or the suitable office that can help relate to the problem you are currently experiencing.

Alanna Pressley
Foreign Languages
Writing + 1 other



Charleston Southern University, a Christian private school, provides unique learning experiences among many other things. The classrooms are excellently lit and ventilated, and the dining hall and surrounding food stops offer students and faculty amazing meals. The dormitories are regularly kept sanitized and tidy for the students. The professors and other staff are very helpful and effortlessly compassionate with the students and each other. Campus events are amazing places to meet other students and develop friendships. CSU offers a plethora of job opportunities on campus.CSU is also very LGBTQ+friendly and open to more religions than Christianity. Overall, Charleston Southern University is an amazing institution with amazing opportunities.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

My experience as a freshman at CSU has been satisfactory. I wouldn't say there was anything I didn't like about Charleston Southern University.

Abigail Carnes
Drawing And Illustration



CSU is focused on the important things in life. It is a Christian school centered around God. As a Christian, I appreciate the environment CSU fosters. I met some of my best friends there as a result. Academics can be great too. As one would expect, each professor is different, so I speak for an overall when I say that they are efficient teachers and passionate about their roles. The social life at CSU is different than at other schools. It has events they call the Sweet Sixteen Events every academic year that all students may attend, some of them completely free of cost. Additionally, there are clubs that anyone who wants to can join. Personally, I was most interested in the outdoors club, where there were various activities such as hiking and surfing available to those who have no idea what they are doing but want to learn.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

CSU is centered around Christianity. Although I like that aspect of the school, someone coming into this school might want to be aware that there are required classes of the Bible and some other things like chapel are required a certain amount per semester. Personally, however, my biggest concern with CSU is that in some of their Christian groups and some people in general, there are a lot of people that come in claiming to be Christians and saying they want to help people. But they only help those easy to help, those that desire it enough and work for it. They seem to care only when someone easily does what they want, even though anyone who wants to be a Christian even if they are “more” broken than another ought to have that chance and have supporting friends to help.

Jaycie Chambers
Writing + 7 others



I really liked the environment and how easy it was to make friends. There are lots of places to hang out on campus, and Charleston has so many fun places to go to. The food on campus isn’t amazing, but there’s always something to eat.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

It can be hard to find good food, especially if you have allergies. They say they are working to improve that, though.

Dylan Cromer



Overall, Charleston Southern University (CSU) is pretty cool school to attend. The student to teacher ratio was 9:1 (roughly); thus, the teachers would really help out with any questions you had. Furthermore, the quality of education was superior! It was quite difficult at times, but still achievable. Lastly, there were various types of classes that were always interesting. To tell you the experiences I had negatively in the educations. Some teachers were amazing and others were not so great. The instructions were unclear and vague. I only had 2 or 3 teachers like that out of all 30 or so teachers I had. Continuing, chemistry is hard. A lot of students take the chemistry classes at trident (they are transferable as of now). Lastly, one specific professor's notes nor class book was not the same as his tests. This professor's name was Dr. Vetro.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Be aware of what kind of teacher you have. Figure out if they are only notes people, only book people, or if they are both for the exams. This is huge, and some might tell you right from the very beginning. Additionally, they will tell you mostly what the final exam will be at the very beginning of class too.

Ciera Fenton
Drawing And Illustration



It feels like a family.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

My commute.

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