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  • Writer's pictureNancy Adis

College of Charleston: Blending Historic Tradition & Modern Programs

One great way to learn about a college is to plan an in-person visit.  I visit colleges and universities regularly so I can bring back vital information to share with my client families. I’m just back in my office after a tour of many college options in the Southeast that each provide unique offerings for prospective students.

The College of Charleston has a beautiful urban campus, serves approximately 10,500 students with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and has a focus on internships and experiential learning. This public liberal arts and sciences university offers over 140 undergraduate majors and minors and has diverse programs from marine biology (full-service marine lab minutes from campus) to business (with centers for entrepreneurship, stock market trading, and more). 

Students can participate in over 280 student organizations and 19 NCAA Division 1 teams. There is also an Honors College for high-achieving students with benefits like scholarship and fellowship awards, priority class registration, participation in service-based projects and mentored research, a living-learning community, and small seminar-style courses.

As one of the oldest institutions in the United States, this historic campus has over 250 years of southern tradition matched up with modern facilities and cutting-edge technology. The CoC ring ceremony, Cistern Yard with Spanish moss, and the 1770s building still in use as a college classroom represent tradition and the acoustic mapping/ocean survey training program, corporate connection partnerships, and Impact X program for student startups in profitable sustainability are examples of the progressive focus.

The Charleston, SC, location provides amenities such as three nearby beaches, 120 area parks, and over 40 art galleries, as well as being known as a foodie city, a friendly city, and a tech startup city.

Applications open on August 1st and admission is test-optional.  There are automatically considered merit scholarships for early applications (before November 1st) from students both in-and out-of-state.

While there are many college and university options, it’s important to find the best fit for each student and family - I can help! Contact me at to discuss how I can support you with college list choices, applications, essay ideas, and scholarships. You can also check out my website at where I will share highlights from many of my campus tours in the weeks ahead.  

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