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Application and Instructions

At the College of Charleston, we expect excellence and the Office of Admissions is committed to helping you achieve it. Follow us on Twitter @cofcadmissions for tips, trends, deadline notifications, event reminders and more. 

All applicants are required to apply online. If for any reason you cannot apply online, please contact us.

Before applying, be sure to review our application deadlines, and what is required for a complete application. When you are ready to begin your application, click here to get started. 

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Admission Decisions

During the application review process, our committee makes one of three decisions: to accept, defer, or deny admission. 

Accepted students are able to join CougarNation in the fall so long as they take the next steps—from confirming enrollment and financial aid to securing housing and registering for orientation. Acceptance to the College is contingent upon maintaining the high level of academic performance that warranted admission for the duration of the applicant's high school career. The admissions committee will review official final transcripts reflecting any coursework currently in progress. Applicants are encouraged to make lasting memories and enjoy every second of their senior year without sacrificing their standard of academic excellence to ensuring they are able to take advantage of this opportunity to do something truly extraordinary.

Deferred students are early applicants who may very well be eligible for admission once the admissions committee has been able to see the entire pool of applicants or received additional information reflecting a more comprehensive academic profile (e.g. first semester grades, additional test scores, etc.). As long as the Office of Admissions receives adequate information to formulate a more comprehensive academic profile, deferred applicants will be notified of a final decision on or before April 1. Deferred applicants are required to submit fall semester grades to be considered further for admission. Learn more about a deferred decision.

Denied applicants may opt to transfer to the College of Charleston in the future. The admissions committee requires denied applicants to complete at least 24 transferrable college level credits and earn a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0.