About Charleston Southern University
Charleston Southern University, founded in 1964 as Baptist College, is an independent comprehensive university located in North Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston Southern enrolls approximately 3,000 students. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the university's mission is promoting academic excellence in a Christian environment. Charleston Southern focuses its educational programs on five life preparation concepts: values and ethics, communication, leadership, service and wellness.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern is located near historic Charleston and the beautiful beaches of the South Carolina coastline.
Charleston Southern is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling approximately 3,200 students. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the University’s mission is promoting academic excellence in a Christian environment.
Named to the John Templeton Foundation’s Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges and named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys, the University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.
The University awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and four graduate programs in business, criminal justice, education and nursing. Each degree program is combined with a comprehensive liberal arts foundation, which is designed to develop problem-solving and communication skills.
Beyond the classroom, students participate in a variety of campus activities including academic clubs, service organizations, intramural athletics and campus ministries. The University offers intercollegiate athletics for both men and women, competing in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. Charleston Southern fields teams in basketball, baseball, softball, women’s soccer, cross country, track and field, golf, tennis and volleyball, as well as an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) football team.
Situated on 300 acres, formerly the site of a rice and indigo plantation, Charleston Southern University is in the center of the Charleston metropolitan area. Mild winters and long summers allow many opportunities for outdoor recreation in a city which is famous for its gardens and plantations, miles of wide sandy beaches and major fine arts events, including the Spoleto Festival USA.
The University is conveniently located just off of Interstate 26 at Exit 205. Go east on Highway 78 when exiting I-26. Turn left onto the campus at the stoplight and enter the main gates of CSU. Click here to view a map of the CSU campus.