About Us 


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is located near historic Charleston, SC and the beautiful beaches of the South Carolina coastline.

Charleston Southern is a Christian liberal arts university and is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,600 students. Affiliated with the  South Carolina Baptist Convention, the University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.



CSU has been named a College of Distinction, America’s 100 Best College Buys, Military Friendly Schools, America’s Best Christian Colleges, VA Yellow Ribbon Program and  The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.



The University is accredited by the  Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schoolsto award bachelor’s degrees in 48 majors and 9master’s degrees in business, criminal justice, education, nursing and organizational management. 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,  community  service, 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, soccer, cross country, track and field, golf, tennis and volleyball, as well as a Football Championship Subdivision 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.

OUR Vision and Mission