The College of Charleston welcomes visitors to its beautiful, historic campus. Interested students, parents and friends who visit our campus will find plenty of ways to enjoy it – from a stroll in the shade of the live oak trees draped with Spanish moss, to a step back in time as they enter the threshold of Towell Library, to a glimpse of the future in the Beatty Center at the School of Business.
The College of Charleston campus is located in one of the loveliest parts of the city of Charleston. The city's location on the best harbor along the South Atlantic coast has made it a notable port of commerce for three centuries. It is one of the most historic cities in the U.S. and preserves all the flavor of its early heritage. In 2010, Travel & Leisure magazine readers listed Charleston as the No. 3 best destination in the world. Charleston joins New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Fe, Quebec City, Vancouver, Montreal, Victoria and Seattle on that magazine’s list of 2007’s 10 best destinations in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, Charleston has been ranked as one of the top 10 domestic travel destinations for the past 11 years in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s prestigious Readers’ Choice Awards.
Charleston offers all the benefits of urban living on a smaller scale. There’s a perfect balance of cultural offerings and recreational opportunities. Year-round, events keep the historic city of Charleston buzzing. Music and tempting aromas fill the downtown air. These activities run the gamut from world-renowned performances at the Spoleto USA Festival to the authentic taste of the Carolina Lowcountry at local oyster roasts.
Charleston County stretches from the mouth of the Santee River in the north to the mouth of the South Edisto River, with 91 miles of coastline on the Atlantic ocean and a total area of 888 square miles. The county's coastline is made up of a chain of islands, which form a natural barrier between the ocean and the mainland. Throughout this region, fingers of the sea form numerous small inlets that reach inland. One of the largest and most beautiful is Charleston Harbor, into which the Ashley and the Cooper, two large tidal rivers, empty. The South Carolina Lowcountry is a term used to describe the palmetto state's central and southern coastal counties including Georgetown, Charleston, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper. This coastal region contains many salt marshes and estuaries, as well as a few natural ports. And the Lowcountry's economic center is the port city of Charleston.
The Lowcountry has a subtropical climate. Coastal areas of the state have mild winters with high temperatures approaching an average of 60 degrees and overnight lows in the 40s.