College Guides and Rankings


In its 2024 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranks the College:

  • No. 4 top public college in the south.
  • No. 4 ranked college for veterans among southern institutions.
  • No. 6 most innovative school in the region.
  • No. 7 best college for undergraduate teaching in the south and a best value regional college.

The magazine has also listed the College as an “A-Plus School for B Students," for "scholars trapped in the GPA of a B student."

They didn’t forget the Graduate School. The College of Charleston was ranked as a:

  • Top 100 Best Graduate Schools for Best Public Affairs Programs.
  • Top 100 Best Graduate Schools for Best Business Schools.
The College was named a top-10 school for its First-Year Experience program in a 2016 U.S. News poll of academic peers across the nation.


The College of Charleston is among a select group of institutions chosen by The Princeton Review for offering students the best value for their education:

Colleges That Create Futures

The College was selected as one of just 50 schools focused on providing students with practical experiences that take their academics to the next level, with, according to the guide, “tons of opportunities to gain the authentic, real-world experience they need to launch great careers.”

Top Career Services

The College's Career Center ranked No. 1 among public master's-level universities, based on access to job placement as well as positive student and recent-alumni experiences with the center.

Guide to College Visits

"Personal attention is the name of the game at the College of Charleston. The College's students love the fact that at this mid-sized school (which has an undergrad population of about 10,000) they get to know their profs as people as well as teachers."

America's Best Value Colleges

The Princeton Review called the College of Charleston “a moderately sized school that manages to make itself feel like a small school, a ‘Southern secret’ that is ‘extremely diverse’ and offers ‘many great fields of study.’”

Guide to Green Colleges

The College was chosen among the 399 for its commitment to sustainability through academics, career preparation, policies, initiatives and activities.

The Southeastern Colleges

The College was named one of the best colleges in the Southeast. Only 25% of the nation's four-year colleges were selected for the guidebook's regional listings. Schools were selected based primarily on academic excellence.


The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2024 named the College of Charleston the finest public liberal arts and sciences institution in South Carolina. The publication touts the region’s rich cultural scene and the College’s diverse range of academic programs. It also highlights the Honors College, opportunities for internships and study abroad, and a healthy social life.

The Fiske Guide notes, “students at the College of Charleston know they are getting a solid education based on creative expression, intellectual freedom and hands-on learning experiences.”

The guidebook also surveyed a range of students. “Here, you will find faculty and staff who care for your success and great friends who come from all different backgrounds,” one student said.

Military Friendly® Schools

The College of Charleston was named a silver-level Military Friendly School in the Large Public category. (2023-2024).

In addition, the College of Charleston was designated as a Military Spouse Friendly School in the Large Public category. (2023-2024).

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2023-2024 survey with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard.


College of Charleston was selected as one of America's Best Colleges by Money (2023).

Travel + Leisure 

The College was named Travel + Leisure's most beautiful college campus in America.


USA Today raves about Charleston as a "post-college town brimming with youth, jobs." The city is ranked No. 14 for a city over 100,000 people with a strong draw for people ages 20-29.

PARADE magazine

PARADE magazine’s College A-List included the College as one of the best small public schools in the nation. Recommended by high school counselors, the College was chosen as a school that combines "the communal feel of a small liberal-arts college with the breadth of choice offered by a big university."

"The campus itself is a piece of history located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, and students studying historic preservation and arts management (Charleston is home to the Spoleto Festival) have a living laboratory at their disposal."

View the full College A-List article.

Newsweek magazine

Newsweek named the College of Charleston as one of the country's most interesting schools.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine

The College of Charleston ranks No. 60 among Kiplinger's 2013-2014 top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges." The College was selected for its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, low sticker price, and for being an overall great value.

Forbes Magazine

Forbes Magazine has named the College of Charleston as one of the best educational values in the nation. Forbes ranked the College of Charleston #7 on the list of the top 25 “Best Value Colleges” in the United States. The College is also among the magazine's 2017 "Top College" rankings based on key return-on-investment indicators such as salary, student debt load, on-time graduation rates and academic and professional success.

Institute of International Education

The College of Charleston is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. among public master’s-level institutions for the total percentage of undergraduate students who study abroad.

Best Computer Science Schools

The College’s bachelor’s degree in data science was ranked No. 5 in the nation by Best Computer Science Schools for 2017. The College was selected based on institutional excellence and student success, as well as the strength of its data science program, which was the first undergraduate program of its kind in the U.S.

The College of Charleston's international business program was ranked No. 2 in the nation using multiple factors including affordability, flexibility and student success. 

Best Online Project Management Degrees

The College of Charleston's B.P.S. in project management program was ranked No. 11 by Bachelor's Degree Center. The College was selected because its students emerge from the program with effective leadership and communication skills. In addition, the publication touts that graduates are ready to tackle complex problems. 

PLEXUSS Global Rankings 

PLEXUSS Global Rankings takes provides in-depth rankings of programs and institutions across the world. Programs are ranked based on information from student feedback, input from education partners, data scientists, employers, parents and high school counselors.

Three College of Charleston programs are top-ranked for 2021: 

  • No. 1 Best in South Carolina Offering Geology Programs
  • No. 1 Best in South Carolina Offering Classics and Ancient History Programs
  • No. 1 Best in South Carolina Offering Anthropology Programs