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College of Charleston

The College of Charleston (CofC) is a public, sea-grant and space-grant university located in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

The College was founded in 1770 and it was chartered in 1785 which makes it t the oldest college or university in South Carolina. The College of Charleston is also the 13th oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S. and the oldest municipal college in the country. As one of the oldest schools in the United States, the College is in company with the Colonial Colleges. The College of Charleston is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The College of Charleston is a public university today even though it existed as a small and private liberal arts college for much of its early history. It has a combined graduate and undergraduate enrollment of over 11,000 students. Students from all 50 states and some 71 countries attend The College of Charleston. Through its core curriculum the College retains its liberal arts heritage. That is the main reason why it puts a heavy emphasis on languages, literature, history, sciences and the arts.

The College started holding classes for the first time in January 1790. In 1794, the Colleges first class graduated. The class was consisted of 6 students. The College was finally able to offer a broad enough curriculum to regularly grant degrees in 1824. The College became the nation's first municipal college in 1837.

CofC has been through rough times throughout history - several financial crises, reconstruction, hurricanes and the devastating earthquake of 1886. From 1968 to 1979 the number of students increased to about 5,000. The Colleges facilities also expanded to over 100. The Graduate School of the College of Charleston was founded in 1992 as the graduate program for the College.

The College of Charleston consists of six academic schools, the Honors College and the Graduate School:

- The School of the Arts
- The School of Business
- The School of Education, Health, and Human Performance
- The School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs
- The School of Sciences and Mathematics
- The Honors College
- The Graduate School of the College of Charleston

The Honors College at the College of Charleston was established in 1979. It was an Honors Program with just 26 students. Throughout the years, the Honors Program has evolved to an Honors College, with almost 700 students from across the whole nation and the world. Students that participate in the Honors Programs take about 30 percent of their courses through the Honors College. The courses are personalized for exceptional students, and are held by preeminent faculty members.

The College of Charleston's main campus is located in downtown Charleston. It includes 11 residence halls, 19 historic homes, five fraternity houses and six sorority houses. The College campus includes several other institutions throughout town. The Campus is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The university has enhanced many of its facilities recently. New residence halls and dining areas, renovated classrooms and newly built educational centers have been built in the recent years.

The College of Charleston is one of the colleges where the students are always busy. The students can choose to between more than 180 student clubs and organizations where they can participate and make new friends while sharpening their talents and skills.

Greek Life has been active on campus for 120 years. There are currently 10 active IFC fraternities, 9 active Panhellenic sororities and 7 NPHC fraternities and sororities on campus. The College of Charleston is also home to the Alpha chapter of Pi Kappa Phi which was founded in 1904 at the College. The Alpha chapter house is located on Coming Street.

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