First-Year Students

Okay, I’m ready to apply. What now?



Students who are applying for first-year admission in fall 2021, fall 2022 and fall 2023 can choose to have their application evaluated without SAT or ACT scores. The application will open August 1.

View the Test-optional FAQs for further info.

STEP 1: Choose the application deadline that makes sense for you. Find out what our admissions committee is looking for.

STEP 2: Choose your application method (CofC Application or Common App). 

STEP 3: Review your application checklist. Once you submit your application, you'll be able to view your application checklist and track your application file in your CofC Admissions Portal. If you chose the Common App, we'll send you an email after you hit submit, so you can access your CofC Admissions Portal.

STEP 4: Submit your application materials to complete your application file.

** The College of Charleston essay options are the same as the Common Application essay prompts. We also allow you to provide an essay using a topic of your choice

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