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#T-132, overall score 44.33/100

Fun Fact:

Five buildings on campus are registered National Historic Landmarks.

Why should Jewish students attend the College of Charleston? Students choose the College of Charleston because they want the personalized attention and attentive faculty interaction of a small, private college with all the benefits of a top public university: six different schools, a long list of majors and minors to choose from, and affordable tuition. The city of Charleston is the ideal living-learning laboratory for creative thinkers and independent workers. No other city in America has Charleston’s blend of rich history, authentic culture, thriving arts and entertainment scene and picture-postcard beauty. Students who want to attend a college with Jewish life and culture can also tap into Charleston’s active, thriving Jewish community – on campus and beyond. - Helen Slucki, Associate Director of Admissions, Jewish Studies; executive director, Jewish Student Union/Hillel


  • Location: Charleston, S.C.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 10,375
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 700
  • Jewish population share: 7%
  • Student origin: 67% in-state / 33% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: CisternYard News
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Cougars
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Palmetto Bums / Hobos

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

ACADEMICS Score: 1.67/20

  • Score: 1.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14.9:1
  • Median SAT range: 1070-1230
  • Jewish Studies program: Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12.67/20

  • Score: 12.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 52
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Charleston Israel Coalition
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 9.67/11

  • Score: 9.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 1.51/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 27.87/1,000 people (medium low)
  • LGBT center: No

JEWISH LIFE Score: 17.83/34

  • Score: 17.83/34
  • Hillel: Jewish Student Union/Hillel
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 90
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (2 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: The kosher dining hall, Marty’s Place, is fully on the meal plan. It is also open to the public, making it a gathering place not only for students, but the local Jewish community as well. Additionally the JSU/Hillel serves two kosher dinners a week, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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