Expand your world at CSU

Voted the best city in the United States eight years in a row by Conde Nast, Charleston has it all. That includes one of America’s leading Christian universities: Charleston Southern. Discover a place where you will gain critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration skills — all while finding your purpose in this world. Your purpose is our mission.

Here’s what you need to know before applying to Charleston Southern University.

Undergraduate Requirements

Official transcripts from all institutions attended should be sent directly from the school or government agency.

Official English translations must accompany any document in a language other than English.

Any transcript from a non-American school should be evaluated by a NACES member. We prefer that students choose WES or ECE.

Scores must be sent directly from the respective testing agency. Charleston Southern University’s SAT code is 5079; ACT code is 3833.

Native English speakers should send scores directly from the testing agency.

International students who prove sufficient English proficiency through the TOEFL or IELTS may have the SAT/ACT requirement waived. Please contact CSU’s International Student Enrollment Counselor for more information at international@csuniv.edu.

Confirmed English proficiency is required for non-native English speakers and can be met in the following ways:

A clear copy of the identification page of your passport is needed. The copy should show all four edges of the document.

If you are already in the United States, copies of your visa, I-94 with travel history, and I-20 may be required.

If you will be applying for a F-1 student visa to study in the United States, you are required to submit financial documentation to prove that you have sufficient funds for your study.

If you or your parents are providing your support you should submit the International Student Financial Statement accompanied by a bank statement or letter showing availability of funds for the required tuition and costs amount. Bank statements must not be older than 180 days (6 months).

If the student’s studies will be supported by a private sponsor, an Affidavit of support and bank statements are needed that show availability of funds for the required tuition and costs amount. Bank statements must not be older than 180 days (6 months).

An International Student Eligibility Form should be completed by the International Student Advisor or Designated School Official. The student must also provide copies of a current visa, I-20 and I-94 with travel history.

If you plan on living on campus in a dormitory room, you will be required to submit an immunization form in order to be assigned to a room on campus.  It can take some time to get all the required immunizations, so it’s recommended to start as soon as possible.


Graduate Requirements

Official transcripts from all institutions attended should be sent directly from the school or government agency.

Official English translations must accompany any document in a language other than English.

Any transcript from a non-American school should be evaluated by a NACES member. We prefer that students choose WES or ECE and request a course-by-course evaluation that includes GPA.

Some programs may request that GRE/GMAT scores are submitted.

Scores must be sent directly from the respective testing agency. Charleston Southern University’s school code is 5079.

Confirmed English proficiency is required for non-native English speakers and can be met in the following ways:

A clear copy of your complete identification page of your passport is needed. The copy should show all four edges of the document.

If you are already in the United States, copies of your visa, I-94 with travel history, and I-20 may be required.

If you will be applying for a F-1 student visa to study in the United States, you are required to submit financial documentation to prove that you have sufficient funds for your study.

If you or your parents are providing your support you should submit the International Student Financial Statement by a bank statement or letter showing availability of funds for the required tuition and costs amount. Bank statements must not be older than 180 days (6 months).

If the student’s studies will be supported by a private sponsor, an Affidavit of support and bank statements are needed that show availability of funds for the required tuition and costs amount. Bank statements must not be older than 180 days (6 months).

An International Student Eligibility Form should be completed by the International Student Advisor or Designated School Official. The student must also provide copies of a current visa, I-20 and I-94 with travel history.

Note: Online programs are not available for F-1 student visas. 


Admissions Deadlines

The deadline for admission for international students is 60 days prior to the first day of classes of the academic term of entry. If you have questions about the admission deadline, please contact the Enrollment Services Office at 843-863-7050 or international@csuniv.edu.


Once You Are Accepted

When an applicant has been accepted by Charleston Southern University, and financial documentation has been submitted, a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status will be mailed along with an acceptance letter. This form will need to be taken to the American Consulate or Embassy in the student’s home country for the F-1 visa to be issued.

We look forward to your application!