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CSU One of 100 Best College Buys in Nation

University Relations // 10.21.2016

Best College BuyCharleston Southern University has been named to America’s 100 Best College Buys list for the 12th consecutive year.

The list, administered by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., identifies outstanding colleges offering high quality educations at the lowest possible costs. Charleston Southern is one of four South Carolina universities named to the list.

The survey results of more than 1,100 colleges nationwide showed a national average cost of attendance based on the regular cost at private institutions and out-of-state cost at public institutions for 2016-2017 of $41,118. Charleston Southern’s 2016-2017 cost is $33,700.

To be considered for America’s 100 Best College Buys an institution must:

  • Be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees
  • Offer full residential facilities including residence halls and dining services
  • Have had an entering freshman class in the fall of 2015 with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average for entering college freshmen
  • Have an out-of-state cost of attendance in 2016-2017 for three quarters or two semesters below the national average cost of attendance or not exceeding the national average cost by more than 10 percent 

Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is 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.