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Charleston Southern University
Former names
Baptist College of Charleston (1960–1990)
MottoIntegrating Faith in Learning, Leading and Serving
Established1964; 60 years ago (1964)
Religious affiliation
South Carolina Baptist Convention (Southern Baptist Convention)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$24.4 million[1]
PresidentB. Keith Faulkner
Academic staff
236 Full-time and 125 Part-time (Fall 2022)[2]
Administrative staff
Students3,418 (Fall 2022)[3]
Undergraduates2,836 (Fall 2022)[4]
Postgraduates582 (Fall 2022)[5]
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 300 acres (121 ha)
Colors   Blue & gold[6]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IBig South

Charleston Southern University (CSU) is a private Baptist university in North Charleston, South Carolina. It is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention (Southern Baptist Convention).[7]


Charleston Southern University was chartered in 1960 and became the Baptist College of Charleston, where it offered its first classes in the education building of the First Baptist Church of North Charleston.[8]

The university offered the first instruction at a post secondary level in 1965 and awarded its first degree in 1967. In 1990, the South Carolina Baptist Convention voted to change the university's name from Baptist College at Charleston to Charleston Southern University.[9]


The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and master's degrees. CSU students can choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs such as business, education, criminal justice, computer science, cyber security, Christian studies, graphic design, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, etc. Each degree program is combined with a comprehensive liberal arts foundation which is designed to develop problem-solving and communication skills.


Charleston Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate degrees.[10] It is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention (Southern Baptist Convention).[11]


A view of the campus

Charleston Southern is located off Exit 205B on I-26 in North Charleston, South Carolina. It is situated on 300 acres (121 ha), formerly the site of a rice and indigo plantation.

Student activities

Beyond the classroom, students can participate in a variety of campus activities including academic clubs, service organizations, intramural athletics and campus ministries. Intramural athletic activities include flag football, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and more. Campus ministries include Cru, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Outreach, and Elevate.

Student life

Single students under 21 years of age are encouraged to live on campus. There are at least four dining facilities on campus; one is the dining hall located in the Student Center, another is Java City located near the library, Chick-fil-A and, the newest addition, The Buc Stop in the Student Center.


Main article: Charleston Southern Buccaneers

The university offers intercollegiate athletics for both men and women, competing in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. Charleston Southern fields teams in the following sports:

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Data USA: Charleston Southern University". Data USA. October 4, 2023.
  2. ^ "College Navigator - Charleston Southern University".
  3. ^ "College Navigator - Charleston Southern University".
  4. ^ "College Navigator - Charleston Southern University".
  5. ^ "College Navigator - Charleston Southern University".
  6. ^ CSU Branding & Style Manual (PDF). August 1, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  7. ^] Archived September 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Hunt, Thomas C.; Carper, James C. (January 5, 1996). Religious Higher Education in the United States: A Source Book. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780815316367. Retrieved January 5, 2018 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Praeger (April 16, 2010). American Universities and Colleges, 19th Edition [2 Volumes]: Nineteenth Edition. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313366086. Retrieved January 5, 2018 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "About | CSU". March 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Southern Baptist Convention, Colleges and Universities,, USA, retrieved October 22, 2022

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