Charleston Southern University

9200 University Blvd, Charleston, SC 29406

School Details

Charleston Southern University (CSU) is a four-year, private institution located in Charleston, South Carolina that is affiliated with the Baptist Church. The school was founded in 1964 by the South Carolina Baptists Convention as the First Baptist Church School. In 1991, the school gained university status and changed its name to Charleston Southern University. CSU’s campus lies on about 300 acres of a former rice and indigo plantation.

Charleston Southern University offers five bachelor’s degrees in forty-five programs of study and six master’s degrees. Schools and Colleges include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Christian Studies, College of Nursing and Allied Health, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Adult and Professional Studies. Special learning opportunities include: ROTC (Army), ROTC (Air Force), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. Online courses are available to provide flexibility and convenience to students. Students can earn four undergraduate degrees and five master’s degrees completely online. Online students who are interested in campus ministry can take part in CSU’s eMinistry, which offers weekly devotions and thought-provoking discussions. Study abroad courses are offered in Austria, Canada, China, England, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Sudan, and Thailand.

On-campus housing is available for all students under the age of 21 and is required for traditional freshman unless they live in the Charleston area. Residence halls are divided between male and female halls; Russell East and Women’s North are women’s halls and Russell West and Quad 1 are dorms for male freshmen. Key cards are required for entry into all student dormitories. All students who live on campus are required to have a meal plan. 

Student life at Charleston Southern University includes more than ten academic clubs, twenty-three service organizations and Greek organizations, athletics, campus ministries, and intramural activities. The CSU “Buccaneers” compete in NCAA Division I Big South Conference in the following sports: men and women’s track, men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men’s football, men and women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s softball, women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. Campus ministries available include: Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Prison, Campus Outreach, and Elevate. Intramural teams include flag football, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and basketball. Campus recreational services at the Brewer Center include a wellness center, a multi-functional gym, and a lounge with ping-pong and pool tables.

CSU encourages students to apply for financial aid shortly after applying for admission into the school. To determine eligibility, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as January 1. Financial aid must be determined annually with new FAFSA forms completed. Forms of financial aid at CSU include academic scholarships, merit grants, the Federal Work-Study program, local church scholarships, the Federal Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, South Carolina Tuition Grant, and the LIFE scholarship.

Charleston Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Post-master's certificate
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  • Calendar System:
    Four-one-four plan



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