College of Charleston

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Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education. Students say this is the perfect place to call home - great weather, excellent food and amazing people. As a visitor, it's easy to fall in love with this elegant coastal town oozing with Southern hospitality, history, incredible antebellum architecture and creative cuisine.

SHORTCUTS

Stay: Francis Marion Hotel |  Breakfast: The Daily

Lunch: Hominy GrillDinner: Husk

Visitor Information: Campus tours start at Admissions in Craig Hall, 65 George Street. Tour College of Charleston

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Transportation: Most people chose to fly into the Charleston International Airport, taxis are readily available to take you to campus or your hotel.

Stay: Conveniently located; The Francis Marion Hotel is the closest to campus, just a quick five-minute walk. The Courtyard by Marriot Hotel Charleston, The Renaissance, and the Embassy Suites Charleston are also well situated for touring, all approximately 2 miles away. Why not make the trip a mini-vacation? Charleston has some wonderful properties such as The Belmond Charleston Place, Zero George StreetThe Dewberry, and The Vendue, voted the No.1 hotel in Charleston by readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine this year. 

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Campus Dining: Want to grab a quick bite and get a feel for student life click here for a list of places to eat on campus. 

Coffee: Join the students on their way to class at Tricera Coffee right on George Street, a 2-minute walk to the Admissions Office. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, don’t miss a stop at Black Tap, known for their cold-brewed iced coffees and creative lattes, a short 6-minute walk.

Breakfast: Right on George Street across from the Cistern, Caviar and Bananas is a gourmet marketplace and café, good at any time of the day. Not far from the Citadel and Hampton Park many locals will tell you that Park Café is their favorite morning spot. It’s worth the short drive to The Daily, a neighborhood spot from the team behind popular Butcher & Bee.  

Lunch: Satisfy your cravings for classic southern specialties at Hominy Grill where you’ll be hard-pressed to choose between the Nasty Biscuit and the shrimp and grits.   The gourmet-grilled cheese paninis are topnotch at Persimmon. Little Jack’s Tavern might be known for their excellent beef burgers, but one student told us the shrimp burger is the way to go. It's worth standing in line to taste what some say is the best brisket in the south at Lewis BBQ or the rib eye sandwich at Rodney Scott's BBQ,  from the legendary pitmaster famous for whole hog BBQ. Just down the block from Lewis save room for smoked wings at Home Team BBQ

Dinner

 

Casual: Everyone in town’s talking about Leon's Oyster Shop’s chargrilled oysters, Siam Salad, and fried chicken. Order the signature seafood pilau, Lowcountry’s version of paella--a glorious mix of Charleston Gold rice, field peas, clams shrimp and fried fish at The Grocery. For shrimp and grits, Poogan's Porch is your place, specializing in Southern cuisine served in a Victorian townhouse. Butcher & Bee is where Lowcountry meets Israeli inspired dishes served in a cool industrial space. (an excellent choice for breakfast and lunch as well. ) If you need a break from Southern food, family style Asian Xiao Bao Biscuit is your perfect timeout, housed in a former gas station. 

 

A Step Up: If you have only one night in Charleston book well in advance to eat at Mike Lata’s seasonal Fig, hands down one of the best restaurants in the country. Chef Lata’s other restaurant, The Ordinary is a seafood lovers dream, known for having the best raw bar in town. Husk put Charleston on the culinary map thanks to Chef Sean Brock’s delicious interpretation of high-end Southern cuisine. (Husk is also one of the city’s top brunch spots.) Also helmed by Sean Brock, the newer McGrady’s Tavern is a hot ticket in town serving a daily changing menu of farm to table high concept tavern fare. Some say that the soul of the South lives in Magnolia's, a Charleston institution. Carnivores should not miss a steak dinner at elegant Hall's Chophouse.

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Student Spotting: Snap a photo at The Cistern, a large, grassy area adjacent to Randolph Hall (Randolph Hall is one of the oldest college buildings still in use in the U.S., built in 1828.) “For more than 200 years, life at the College has been centered at its Cistern Yard. This is where generations of students have come to sit, paint, converse and study. This is where countless visitors have snapped pictures and thousands of graduates have skipped over a stage, donned in white dresses and white dinner jackets, their hands eagerly outstretched to accept hard-earned degrees.”

Local Attractions: First time in town? Play tourist with a Carriage Ride, a good introduction to the historic downtown.  Afterwards, visit the Charleston City Market for a little shopping. Head south of Broad Street to see the postcard Charleston of stately homes, lush walled gardens,and cobblestoned streets. Explore the French Quarter, named after the Huguenots who settled here, now home to many art galleries. While in the Quarter stop by the Gibbes Museum of Art. Charleston is an ideal walking city - why not learn as you stroll! Take a tour with The Original Charleston Walks. Options include Slavery and Freedom, Civil War Walk or Ghosts and Legends. Visit the historic plantation, Middleton Place, with the oldest landscaped gardens in America. (Approximately a 30 min. drive from downtown.) They have a lovely restaurant there with solid fried chicken and shrimp and grits. 

 

See For Yourself

— Quotes From Campus —

Charleston is the greatest city I’ve ever been in. Shops and eateries are usually very welcoming of the student population, and some places even offer discounts. As far as actual activities go, there is not a whole lot to do downtown. To go to a mall, a movie theater, or the beach, you need to have access to transportation. The good news is the local bus is free for students.
— Nick
With the largest classes being just about 50 students, it is very easy to find time to get assistance from any teacher.
— Carly
 

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON FAST FACTS

Established

1770

Mascot

Clyde the Cougar

School Colors

Maroon & White

Acceptance Rate

84%

Common Application

No

Supplement Essays

N/A

Early Action/Decision

Early Action

SAT

Average - 1200

ACT

Average - 25

Type

Public

Size

Medium - 9,500 Undergraduates

Website

cofc.edu

Region

South
South

Admissions Office

66 George Street
Charleston,SC 29424-0001

(p) (843) 953-5670
admissions@cofc.edu

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life

Yes

Noteworthy Alumni

Orlando Jones
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