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CSU Quick Facts 


Mission:Promoting Academic Excellence in a Christian Environment  

Vision: To be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving  

Founded: 1964  

Accredited: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)  

Specialized Accreditation: 

  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • American Music Therapy Association
  • Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

Affiliated:South Carolina Baptist Convention  

Campus Size: 300 acres 

Location: Charleston, South Carolina 


Schools & Colleges: 

Full-Time Faculty: 162  

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1  

Enrollment: 3,596  

Ethnic background of undergraduates: 60% Caucasian, 40% minority  

Out-of-state undergraduates: 16% (representing 26 states) 

International students: representing 13 countries  

Percentage of students age 25 or older: 28%  

Tuition, undergraduate full-time: $23,400 (annual)  

Room & Board: $9,270 (annual)  

Students receiving financial aid: 95%

Library: Excess of 250,000 volumes; selective depository of U.S. Government documents  

Athletics:NCAA Division I, competing in the Big South Conference 

  • Men’s teams: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Golf, Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Women’s teams: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Cross Country, Track and Field (indoor and outdoor), Volleyball, Golf, Tennis 

Mascot: Buccaneers  

Colors: Blue (Pantone 295) and Gold (Pantone 7503)  


  • America’s 100 Best College Buys
  • Military Friendly Schools
  • America’s Best Christian Colleges
  • VA Yellow Ribbon Program
  • The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Colleges
  • College of Distinction