Charleston Southern University (CSU)

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Charleston Southern University can be found in Charleston, SC, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Charleston Southern University has an enrollment of around three thousand students.

Many of the students accepted into this school had an SAT score between 1020 - 1200, or got accepted with an ACT score within the range of 20 - 31. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Charleston Southern University (CSU) average GPA ranges from 3.06 to 3.71 for accepted students. CSU has an acceptance rate of around 50% with 22% of applicants choosing to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Charleston Southern University (CSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Charleston Southern University was reported as 49.6% in Fall 2020 with over 5,400 applications submitted to Charleston Southern University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CSU ACT Scores: 20 - 31
  • CSU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.71

How Hard Is It to Get into Charleston Southern University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to CSU is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for CSU has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 60.6%
  • 2017-2018: 56.3%
  • 2018-2019: 52.1%
  • 2019-2020: 49.6%
  • Projected CSU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 49.3%

How Does Charleston Southern University (CSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Charleston Southern University is fourteen percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Citadel Military College of South Carolina74.7%
South Carolina State University66.4%
Claflin University55.2%
University of South Carolina-Beaufort62.8%
Francis Marion University68.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Charleston Southern University (CSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading520 - 620
Math500 - 580
Total Score1020 - 1200
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math18 - 24
Composite Score20 - 31
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