Cougar Advantage

This Cougar Advantage program gives access to one of the finest public liberal arts and sciences universities in the region to some motivated and high-achieving South Carolina students. Students who meet certain eligibility requirements (listed below) will be guaranteed admission to the College of Charleston.

Students Who Will Qualify

  • Seniors attending any public high school in South Carolina
  • Students who are in good standing and eligible to graduate in the top ten percent of their class
  • Students enrolled in a varied, rigorous high school curriculum that meets South Carolina Commission on Higher Education requirements for admission to a four-year public college

What qualifying students need to do

  • Apply for admission by January 15.
  • Submit transcripts (and test scores, if not applying Test Score Optional) by January 15.
  • Meet College of Charleston admissions requirements – including those pertaining to criminal and disciplinary history, legal presence standards and high school graduation.
  • File the FAFSA by March 1. (The FAFSA is available beginning on October 1.)
  • Enroll at the College of Charleston immediately following graduation. Gap-year students and transfer students are ineligible.