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About Charleston 40

Charleston 40 is the official student tour guide organization on the College of Charleston campus. We were formed in 1987, and since then we have enjoyed giving students and parents alike informative tours focusing on admissions, academics, student life, and the history of this fine institution.  

The name Charleston 40 comes from the original number of members in the organization. The forty students were considered “the best of the best” at the College, and now we have over 60 current members - notice the best of the best keeps growing!  To be a member of the Charleston 40, students must go through an intensive three-step interview process to ensure that we maintain our reputation. It’s easy to find great students, and we are always looking for new guides.

Today, our members are studying subjects from Historic Preservation & Community Planning to Hospitality & Tourism Management.  Our guides are artists, thespians, and entrepreneurs.  We have guides fluent in Spanish, French and Russian.  The number of academic programs we are involved in is as diverse as the College. Our tour guides come from a range of backgrounds and are involved in a number of other organizations on campus - from Greek life to the Student Government Association to the Honors College.

If you have any questions about the Charleston 40, please contact Charleston 40 Public Relations Coordinators: Paul Dierksheide ( & Kara Shannon ( We hope to see you in Charleston soon!

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