Waitlist FAQ

What does it mean to be on the waitlist? 

This year, admission for the incoming Class of 2025 has been the largest, most competitive applicant pool in the College’s 251 year history. As a result, we are not able to offer every qualified applicant admission at this time.  


When will I hear back with my updated status? 

Once a final admissions decision is made, decisions will be released via the CofC admissions portal and students will be notified by email. College of Charleston will try to provide students with a final admission decision before May 1. The College will inform students selected for admission of their status for campus housing and any financial aid award before requiring an enrollment decision.


What can I do to increase my chance of being admitted off the waitlist? 

The more we know about you, the better your counselor can advocate for you! You can, and should, opt-in to our waitlist response using the form. Continue to submit fall 2020 semester grades and/or 3rd quarter grades from spring 2021 (or 2nd trimester grades). If you applied with your SAT/ACT scores, send any new results.  Additionally, your admissions counselor would love to connect with you through a one-on-one meeting to learn more about you!  


Will I still be considered for scholarships/financial aid? 

The availability of merit scholarships cannot be guaranteed. Those who are admitted will be informed of any merit scholarship earned within the offer of admission.  

To be considered for need-based financial aid, be sure to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and send it to the College of Charleston (school code 003428).  


If someone else turns down their offer to CofC, does that mean I'll be offered admission?  

Numerous components will influence how and when we consider our waitlist. If a student turns down their offer of admission to the College of Charleston that does not guarantee an offer for that spot.


Am I more likely to be admitted if I change my major? 

No, your major of choice does not impact your admissions decision. College of Charleston reviews and admits all students regardless of anticipated major. 


What should I do if I’ve made plans to attend somewhere else instead and want to decline my spot on the waitlist?  

Email admprocessing@cofc.edu with your name, CofC ID number or date of birth, and a request to withdraw your application. We’ll take care of the rest!  


What else should I think about as I consider my options for next year? 

If you are admitted, pay the $400 enrollment deposit and complete the housing application process before May 1 to guarantee on-campus housing. The Office of Admissions continues to work with Campus Housing to ensure students admitted after May 1 will receive campus placement. 

Again, we will make every effort to provide students with a final admission decision before May 1. Students selected for admission will be informed of their status for campus housing and a financial aid award before requiring a decision to enroll.