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The Strack Center for Global Leadership and Ministry at Charleston Southern University offers academic credit for high school and college students seeking faith-based learning opportunities. Courses within the Strack Center focus on three key areas: biblical worldview and apologetics, youth culture and ministry, and global leadership strategies.

Looking for an online experience? CSU is ranked #11 in the NATION by U.S. News and World Report for best online bachelor’s programs making us South Carolina’s top online university. Whether you want traditional or online, embrace life at CSU and prepare yourself for a larger mission – your life – lived on purpose.

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All programs require an online application – and it’s free! It only take about 20-25 minutes to complete.


All applicants will submit at least a high school transcript. Students can email, fax, or mail transcripts to CSU; however, one can also upload to the application page.

CSU is offering a test-flexible option for students with a 3.0 unweighted GPA or better! Instead, provide a personal essay (500-1000 words) and resume (listing achievements, academics, jobs, etc.) under test flexible model. More information here.

Complete a FAFSA, pay an enrollment deposit, and register for courses in late spring/early summer.

For dual enrollment, there is no financial aid; however, it is only $275 for a 3-credit hour course! Students receive a tuition discount of $125 per course during their freshman year at CSU.

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If you’ve never been to CSU, you’ve got to come for a visit – in-person or virtually!

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Student Leadership University

In 2020, Charleston Southern and Dr. Jay Strack ’75 launched an initiative that marries SLU’s mission with CSU’s faith-based academics—the Strack Center for Global Leadership and Ministry. The vision for the Strack Center includes offering majors, minors and certificates in conjunction with the College of Christian Studies and CSU Online. All courses will be offered online in order to best reach students no matter where they are in the world. Learn more about how this started here.

After graduating from CSU, Dr. Strack founded Student Leadership University, whose mission is to develop and equip student leaders to think, dream, and lead. SLU offers leadership training via annual conferences—also called “leadership adventures”—where high school students attend workshops and hear from top world and national leaders.  Read Dr. Strack’s biography here.

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Nick Ballenger

Nick Ballenger

Director of the Jay Strack Center for Global Leadership and Ministry