The College ranked as one of the nation’s “public ivies”

The College of Charleston   (Photo by Chelsea Anderson)

The College, ranked as one the nation’s “public ivies” according to a recent report from The Business Journals. (Photo by Chelsea Anderson)

A new report from The Business Journals, which publishes 40 U.S. newspapers, shined a spotlight on the top public colleges in America. The College earned honorable mentions coming in at No. 80.

Former admissions officer for Yale University, Richard Moll, was convinced that while several schools in the nation delivered “an Ivy League collegiate experience at a public school price,” the schools were hardly given recognition for their excellence. Subsequently, to scope out these “public ivies” Business Journals analyzed 484 four-year public colleges within the nation, ranking them based on best educational experience for students – meaning, reputation, diversity, cost of tuition, and post-graduation opportunities. Other factors were considered when rating the colleges as well. Along with overall ranks, specific categories were also awarded with one to five stars.

Here’s a quick look at the College’s ratings:

  • Selectivity rating (of 5 stars): 4 stars

Yearly, the College receives close to 11,500 new undergraduate applications, admitting nearly 8,000.

  • Advancement rating (of 5 stars): 4 stars

Charleston’s retention rate averages to about 82 percent.

  • Prestige rating (of 5 stars): 3 stars

The College accumulated 64 rating points from other publications.

  • Costs rating (of 5 stars): 2 stars

The average net price for undergraduates with scholarships totals $16,628.

  • Diversity rating (of 5 stars): 4 stars

School population consists of 63 percent females, 37 percent males, 83 percent caucasian, all under the guidance of 535 staff members.

  • Community rating (of 5 stars): 4 stars

Located in the metropolitan area of Charleston-North Charleston, the community  supports 38,633 young adults with bachelor degrees, 7,975 unemployed young adults, and 112,355 MBSA jobs (management-business-science-arts).

“The highest marks went to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, prestigious reputations, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities,” the website informs.

The Business Journals also acknowledged other in state public institutions including: Clemson, No. 33; University of South Carolina, No. 43; Citadel Military College of South Carolina, No. 89.

To see a full list of the rankings, visit


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Chelsea Anderson is the Blog Editor for CisternYard News. She is a senior studying Communication at the College. Her journalistic journey began in high school while working with WTGR news. On any given day, you can find her watching soap operas, Keeping Up with the Kardashians or taking an intriguing Buzzfeed quiz.

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