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Core Purpose and Values

Core Purpose

  • To pursue and share knowledge through study, inquiry and creation in order to empower the individual and enrich society.


  • EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE that furthers intellectual, creative, ethical and social development through a broad range of programs centered on the liberal arts and sciences.
  • STUDENT-FOCUSED COMMUNITY that embraces mutual respect, collaboration and diversity for the welfare of the individual and the institution.
  • THE HISTORY, TRADITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT OF CHARLESTON AND THE LOWCOUNTRY that foster distinctive opportunities and relationships that advance our public mission in the city of Charleston, state of South Carolina, and the world.

For more information, read the College of Charleston Strategic Plan.