Year of foundation: 1770
Approx. number of students: 11,000
Period of study: Mid August - Mid December; Early January - Mid May
MCI partner since: 2004
Charleston is a located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. In 1690, Charleston was the fifth largest city in North America; though nowadays with approx. 120,000 inhabitants it is far from this position. Charleston is known as The Holy City due to the prominence of churches on the low-rise cityscape.
Although existing as a small liberal arts college for much of its early history, once it became a state supported institution in 1970 the size of the College of Charleston's faculty and student body expanded exponentially, transforming it from a small regional college of about 400 students to a national master's level university with a combined graduate/undergraduate enrollment of over 11,000. Despite this growth into a university, the institution still retains its historical name of "College of Charleston" and actively cultivates an identity as a liberal arts institution. The liberal arts heritage is reflected in the core curriculum, which includes a heavy emphasis on languages, literature, history, sciences, and the arts.
The College of Charleston today is nationally recognized both for its focus on undergraduate education and faculty research contributions. The College of Charleston is one of the nation's leading institutions for undergraduate education according to the Princeton Review; U.S. News and World Report regularly ranks the College of Charleston among the best southern master's level universities.