Charleston Southern University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$29,490
2.9% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$17,536
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
2.15%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
86.8%
4,967 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
3,418
81.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
43.7%
312 Graduates

About

Charleston Southern University is a higher education institution located in Charleston County, SC. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Charleston Southern University were Registered Nursing (90 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (37 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (37 degrees).

In 2022, 800 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Charleston Southern University. 65.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (158 degrees), 4.05 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (39 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Charleston Southern University is $29,490, which is $5,494 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Charleston Southern University is $29,490, which is $5,494 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,536.

In 2022, 94% of undergraduate students attending Charleston Southern University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 53% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$29,490
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Charleston Southern University was $29,490. The cost of tuition at Charleston Southern University is $5,494 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$17,536
2022 Value
3.55%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Charleston Southern University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,536. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Charleston Southern University grew by 3.55%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,851
Room and Board

The average yearly cost of room and board at Charleston Southern University was of $9,851 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 3.31% between 2021 and 2022.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

94%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
53%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

94% of undergraduate students at Charleston Southern University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 3.3% with respect to 2021, when 91% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.15%
2019 Default Rate
22
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Charleston Southern University was 2.15%, which represents 22 out of the 1024 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Charleston Southern University received 4,967 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 26.1% annual growth. Out of those 4,967 applicants, 4,309 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 86.8% acceptance rate.

There were 3,418 students enrolled at Charleston Southern University in 2022. 56% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Charleston Southern University has an overall enrollment yield of 16.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

86.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
4,309
Accepted Out of 4,967

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Charleston Southern University was 86.8% (4,309 admissions from 4,967 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 57.2%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 26.1%, while admissions grew by 91.2%..

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SAT Scores

56%
Submission Percentage (2022)
406
Scores Submitted (2022)

56% of enrolled first-time students at Charleston Southern University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Charleston Southern University had a total enrollment of 3,418 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Charleston Southern University is 2,789 students and the part-time enrollment is 629. This means that 81.6% of students enrolled at Charleston Southern University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Charleston Southern University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 49.1% White, 15.6% Black or African American, 5.35% Hispanic or Latino, 3.42% Two or More Races, 1.11% Asian, 0.79% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.263% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Charleston Southern University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (32.4%), followed by White Male (17.2%) and Black or African American Female (8.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.6%), followed by White Male (17.5%) and American Indian or Alaska Native Female (6.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Charleston Southern University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,418 students. The full-time enrollment at Charleston Southern University is 2,789 and the part-time enrollment is 629. This means that 81.6% of students enrolled at Charleston Southern University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Charleston Southern University was 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Charleston Southern University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,679 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    532 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    183 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Charleston Southern University is 49.1% White, 15.6% Black or African American, 5.35% Hispanic or Latino, 3.42% Two or More Races, 1.11% Asian, 0.79% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.263% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 750 students (21.9%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 246 more women than men received degrees from Charleston Southern University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Charleston Southern University is white (158 degrees awarded). There were 4.05 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (39 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Charleston Southern University is Registered Nursing (90 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (37 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (37 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Charleston Southern University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (37 degrees awarded), Theology (10 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (7 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,604,177 people), Secondary school teachers (497,082 people), Physicians (411,935 people), Education administrators (276,412 people), and Postsecondary teachers (219,009 people).

The most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University in 2022 are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (37 degrees awarded), Theology (10 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (7 degrees), Education (100 degrees), and Biology (53 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Dentists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (37 degrees awarded), Theology (10 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (7 degrees), Education (100 degrees), and Biology (53 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,838,949 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (591,285 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (501,706 people), Offices of physicians (223,146 people), and Religious organizations (166,996 people).

The most specialized majors at Charleston Southern University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (37 degrees awarded), Theology (10 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (7 degrees), Education (100 degrees), and Biology (53 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Charleston Southern University.
Most Common (2021)
  1. 77 degrees awarded
  2. 38 degrees awarded
  3. 33 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Charleston Southern University was Registered Nursing with 77 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

277
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
523
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 277 degrees were awarded to men at Charleston Southern University, which is 0.53 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (523).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 33 degrees were awarded to men at Charleston Southern University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.06 times more than the 16 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 81 degrees were awarded to men at Charleston Southern University in Registered Nursing, which is 9 times more than the 9 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

30%
100% Completion Time
44%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 30% of students graduating from Charleston Southern University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 44% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 45% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Charleston Southern University is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    158 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    39 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    14 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Charleston Southern University is white (158 degrees awarded). There were 4.05 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (39 degrees).

72.1% of degree recipients (577 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    103 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    55 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    29 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Charleston Southern University is white female (103 degrees awarded). There were 1.87 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (55 degrees).

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Operations

Charleston Southern University has an endowment valued at nearly $25.8M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 3.96M (15.3%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Charleston Southern University had a total salary expenditure of 77.2M. Charleston Southern University employs 71 Assistant professors, 53 Associate professors and 47 Professors. Most academics at Charleston Southern University are Female Assistant professor (37), Male Assistant professor (34), and Male Professor (29).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Charleston Southern University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 35 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 31 employees, and Management with 24 employees.

Endowment

$25.8M
2022 Endowment
5.85%
growth from 2021

Charleston Southern University has an endowment valued at about $25.8M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Charleston Southern University grew 5.85% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $20.7M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$28.2M
2022 Salaries
2.24%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Charleston Southern University paid a median of $28.2M in salaries, which represents 36.6% of their overall expenditure ($77.2M) and a 2.24% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.8M
Instructional Salaries
226
Number of Employees

In 2022, Charleston Southern University paid a total of $14.8M to 226 employees working as instructors, which represents 52.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
71 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
35 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Charleston Southern University were Assistant professor with 71 employees, Associate professor with 53 employees, and Professor with 47 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Charleston Southern University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 35 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 31 employees, and Management with 24 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Charleston Southern University was Female Assistant professor with 37 employees, Male Assistant professor with 34 employees, and Male Professor with 29 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Charleston Southern University.

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