A brief look at CSU

Charleston Southern University is an independent, comprehensive Christian university grounded in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Founded as the Baptist College at Charleston in 1964 upon the principle that students should have an opportunity for a quality education under the guidance of Christian faculty, the institution changed its name to Charleston Southern University in 1990 to reflect the offering of graduate programs. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. 

Charleston Southern University’s vision is to be a “Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving”; the university’s mission is “Promoting Academic Excellence in a Christian Environment.” That excellence is demonstrated throughout the curriculum.  Each undergraduate degree program is built upon a comprehensive liberal arts foundation which develops and strengthens the student’s skills in critical thinking and reasoning. Through their majors students are prepared to enter professions or graduate studies. In the master’s programs, students are exposed to the significant research of their professions and are educated in current trends and developments in their chosen fields. Doctoral students engage in their fields of study at the highest levels, participating in research or intensive clinical placements to develop and demonstrate expert knowledge of their professions.


Promoting Academic Excellence in a Christian Environment  


To be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading, and serving.  




Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)  

Specialized Accreditation


South Carolina Baptist Convention  


300 acres — click here to view the campus map or take a virtual tour


Indigo Blue (Pantone 295) and Pirate Gold (Pantone 7503)



Full-Time Faculty


Student-to-Faculty Ratio


Student Body

3,378 Enrollment (2,745 Undergraduate / 633 Graduate)

34.1% People of color

64% Female / 36% Male

17% Out-of-state undergraduates representing 43 states

40 Countries represented by international students

17% Undergraduates age 25 or older

97% Receiving financial aid

Tuition, undergraduate full-time

$27,800 (annual)

Room & Board

$10,400 – $12,000 (annual)


  • 568,000+ physical and electronic items
  • 185 databases
  • Selective Depository in the Federal Depository Library Program


NCAA Division I, competing in the Big South Conference

  • Men’s teams: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Golf, Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Women’s teams: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Cross Country, Track and Field (indoor and outdoor), Volleyball, Golf, Tennis




  • America’s 100 Best College Buys
  • America’s Best Christian Colleges
  • US News & World Report #11 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (top-ranked in S.C.)
  • US News & World Report #8 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (top-ranked in S.C.)
  • US News & World Report Best Colleges
  • US News & World Report Best Online Non-MBA Business Master’s
  • VA Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Military Friendly School

Alma Mater

Hail to thee, O Charleston Southern: Fount of God’s great truth and knowledge. We thy children all sing praises ever more to thee. Source of inspiration, beacon of salvation; Honor, Courage, Faith and Justice, These thou hast taught us day by day. Hail to thee, O Charleston Southern, Alma Mater Hail!

CSU Victory

The BUCS will find a way to get it done. CSU will give it’s all until the game is won. The BUCS will FIGHT AND FIGHT (shout it!) till victory. And will not stop till we’re at the top, Champions we’ll be, YO HO!