The College of Charleston recently received national recognition in the U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Best Colleges.
The college tied for 10th place in the Regional Universities South category. It also placed fourth in the Top Public Schools category for the region.
“To continue to be ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list is a well-deserved national recognition for one of the oldest public universities in the country,” College of Charleston President Glenn F. McConnell said. “These rankings affirm the college’s commitment to holistically educating and caring for its students and is directly correlated to our faculty and staff’s dedication in fostering our student-focused culture. Further, it is confirmation to our campus community and prospective students and their families that there is immense value in a College of Charleston education around the country.”
The College of Charleston is the 13th oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. and the oldest south of Virginia. Before the college was established, wealthy families sent their sons to colleges and universities abroad. In 1770, South Carolina Lt. Gov. William Bull recommended that the colony open a college, but with the advent of the American Revolution the college's establishment was delayed. The college was chartered on March 19, 1785. It became a state institution in 1970.