Mid-range SAT and ACT scores for South Carolina students are 1060-1220 and 23-27 respectively. For out of state students, the mid-range scores are 1140-1280 for the SAT and 25-29 for the ACT. The College does super score the SAT, and the writing is required on both the SAT and ACT.
It is important to note that the College does not use the Common App, but has their own application. The application process includes personal/biographical data on the application, SAT/ACT scores, transcript, secondary school report, a required short answer essay of 250-500 words, and an optional personal statement. The College's deadline for non-binding early admission is November 1st , and regular admission deadline is February 1st. However, those students seeking merit based aid must apply by December 1st. Note, the merit aid application date is before the FAFSA is released on January 1st.
The College's commitment to their facilities is evident from the recent spate of new buildings and renovations. During my visit this summer, construction crews were working on various sites throughout the campus. In terms of new facilities, a 125,000 square-foot building math and science center was completed in 2010. The still unnamed, eco-friendly building has windows that tint themselves according to the light outside and the continual filtering of fresh air. The third floor even includes a computer controlled greenhouse.
The Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library was completed in 2005 and is the size of 3 football fields stacked atop one another. As my tour guide quipped, “As the floors go up, the noise goes down.” The first floor is geared for group projects, includes a new Starbucks, and has 200 computers for student use. The second floor has a low whisper policy, and the third floor is completely silent. There is a delightful green courtyard in front of the library which is Wifi accessible.
My favorite part of campus is the lovely Cistern Yard which includes three national historic landmarks: Randolph Hall (1828), Towell Library (1855), and Porters Lodge (1850), each with their own bit of historical trivia. Randolph Hall is home to the oldest college classroom in the country, with the building dating back to before the College was even granted its charter. Randolph Hall was used to house soldiers during both the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. Towell Library has doors so narrow that girls wearing hoop skirts could not even enter. Porters Lodge bears the Greek inscription for “Know Thyself.” The Cistern Yard marks the students arrival to and graduation from the College, as both freshman convocation and graduation are held there. But while at the College, you will not spot students walking across the brick cistern. Rumor has it if you walk over the cistern, you will only add to your time at the College. However, College of Charleston and its historical surroundings are so beautiful, I am convinced many would not hesitate to spend a bit more time at this educational treasure of the Low Country.