• Address: 9200 University Boulevard Charleston, SC 29406

  • Phone Number: 843-863-7000

  • Website: http://www.csuniv.edu/

About

Charleston Southern University (CSU) is a private for-profit institution located at Charleston, South Carolina. The university was established in 1964 under the name Baptist College. The institution gained university status in 1990 acknowledging its infrastructural growth and education quality improvement and correspondingly changed its name to Charleston Southern University. The university has a Baptist religious affiliation pertaining to the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The initial student body consisted of 588 students and now has grown to accommodate more than 3,000 enrolments. The university is the largest private accredited university in South Carolina.

  • The institutional accreditation of the university is provided by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

  • CSU acceptance rate is 61%. There are 165 total full-time faculties and the student-faculty ratio at the college is 15:1.

  • There are 3,616 students in total with 2,937 full-time students and 679 part-time admissions.

  • The retention rate for full-time students is 70% and for their part-time counterparts is 29%. The total graduation rate is 36% at the university.


Online Education at CSU

The university offers 25 online programs pertaining to 7 disciplines. This includes Business Management, Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, Nursing, Theology, Computer Science, and Information Technology courses.

  • Problem-solving and communication skills are aimed at and polished through a comprehensive liberal arts pedestal in the online programs offered at the university.

  • The online program is flexible and not within the constraints of the semester period. Professionals and students with careers can easily accommodate the student life to their busy schedule.


Reviews

Some student reviews about the university are

  • The community is diverse and welcoming. The professors are sincere in their approach to help the students. The classrooms are small so the professors and students develop an intimate relationship which helps the students to glide through the academics easily.

  • Charleston Southern University dorms are quite small but accommodating. Students are provided with bunk-beds. The accommodation is quite small but okay. The college is beautiful and the faculty is really helpful. The community has a homely, warm feel to it.

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private For-Profit

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Headquartered at

Charleston, South Carolina

FAFSA/Federal School Code

003419

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Institutional Accreditation

SACSCOC

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Religious Affiliation

Baptist

Historically Black College or University

No

Data Source: http://www.csuniv.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 15: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 70 % Part Time: 29 %
Total Population 3,616
Student Population Full Time: 2,937 Part Time: 679
Gender Division Male: 38 % Female: 62 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 32 %

The College Monk

Female: 38 %

Total Graduation Rate: 36 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

Charleston Southern University (CSU) offers 25 online programs across 7 Majors

Business Management

Offering 11 programs accross 2 degrees

Criminal Justice

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Health Science

Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Nursing

Offering 5 programs accross 3 degrees

Computer Science

Offering 4 programs accross 2 degrees

Theology

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Information Technology

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Admissions

Charleston Southern University (CSU) Acceptance Rate is 61%

Application Fee
Undergraduate Application Fee $40
Graduate Application Fee $40

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Admission Statistics
Total Applicants 4,399
Total Applicants Admitted 2,666
Applicants Enrolled 723
Full time Applicants Enrolled 722
Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Charleston Southern University (CSU) Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 408
Number of students submitting ACT scores 550
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 57%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 76%
SAT Math 505 average 450 - 560 range
SAT Critical Reading 505 average 460 - 550 range
ACT Composite 22 average 20 - 25 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The university provides financial assistance to students who require them. Financial support is provided by means of grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study options. The eligibility to avail of these facilities varies from academic performance and assignment submissions to nationality and citizenship. The students in need of such provisions are required to fill in the FAFSA form. Charleston Southern University (CSU) federal school code is 003419. At the university, over 95% of the students avail of these provisions.

The financial aids provided at the university include

  • Federal Aids such as Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, and Direct PLUS Loans along with Federal Work-Study option is given.

  • State Aids include S.C. Tuition Grant, Palmetto Fellow Scholarship, S.C. Life Scholarship, S.C. HOPE Scholarship and S.C. Life and Palmetto Fellows Enhancement Scholarship.

  • Institutional Aids are also provided by the university. This includes Athletic Scholarship, Band Award, International Missionary Dependent Award, Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State and the ROTC Scholarship.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill and Tuition Assistance is provided as Military Aids.

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $4,476 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen June 30th, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $911 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen June 30th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work Study Varies U.S. Citizen or non-citizen eligible Satisfactory academic progress. June 30th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,865 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen Enrolled at least half-time June 30th, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized Loan $5,865 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen Enrolled at least half-time June 30th, 2019
Direct PLUS Loan $11,292 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen Enrolled at least half-time June 30th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Grants and Scholarships

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
S.C. Tuition Grant $6,583 South Carolina Resident. Demonstrate Financial Need. 2.0+ GPA. 900+ SAT June 30th, 2018
State Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Palmetto Fellow Scholarship $6,700 Academic Excellence. 3.0 GPA. June 30th, 2018
S.C. LIFE Scholarship $5,000 Full-time Student. Undergraduate. 3.0 GPA. June 30th, 2018
S.C. HOPE Scholarship $2,800 Full-time Student. Undergraduate. 3.0 GPA June 30th, 2018
S.C. Life and Palmetto Fellows Enhancement Scholarship $10,000 Full-time Student. Undergraduate. 3.0 GPA June 30th, 2018

Data Source: http://www.csuniv.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Athletic Scholarship $12,171 Active participation in Sports. Demonstrate academic excellence. Varies
Band Award $12,171 Participation in the CSU Concert Band or Jazz Band. Varies
International Missionary Dependent Award $3,000 Participate in music ensembles. 3.0 GPA. Varies
Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State $1,000 Full-time Student. 3.0 GPA. Varies
ROTC Scholarships $12,171 Sophomores who meet all qualifications designated by the ROTC Department. Varies

Data Source: http://www.csuniv.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Post 9/11 GI Bill $15,366 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies
Tuition Assistance $2,200 Members of Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Varies

Data Source: http://www.csuniv.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $14,034
$30,001 - $48,000 $14,893
$48,001 - $75,000 $16,180
$75,001 - $110,000 $17,775
Over $110,000 $20,274

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 49% $3,983
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 99% $20,311
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 46% $4,656
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 98% $12,954
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 66% $6,235
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 66% $5,578
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 15,709
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 381 $13,436
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 321 $15,141
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 60 $4,310

Data Source: http://www.csuniv.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

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