Preparing Servant Leaders to Pursue Significant Lives

A Charleston Southern University education is your Passport to Purpose. By equipping students with a biblical worldview, competencies to perform at the highest levels, godly character, and experience to grow their grit, CSU assists students in finding their sweet spot to live a life of significance.

Students meet together for a time for fellowship and Biblical study on campus at Java City

CSU is a faith based institution

Charleston Southern is committed to academic excellence from a biblical worldview. You will learn to think broadly and deeply about ideas, to engage biblical truths that ignite your curiosity, and to ask questions of the world and yourself – all aimed at preparing you to discover your purpose and achieve success in living it out. For more information about ministries at CSU, visit the link below.

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Your Purpose is Our Mission at Charleston Southern University. Choose from a broad range of studies including liberal arts and professional programs such as nursing, engineering, and more. Don’t know where to begin? Let us help you match your passion to a degree with our brief degree matching survey! We’re ready to help you join the Buccaneer family!

students cheering from the student section at a csu football game homecoming 2019

Student Life

Our accessible campus means you will have huge opportunities for fun. Get involved in organizations, service opportunities and campus ministries, and our competitive NCAA Division I athletics. Enjoy our Lowcountry beaches and explore historical Charleston – you won’t be bored!

We’re not just a football team, we’re all together, we’re a unit, and that doesn’t exclude anybody. At Charleston Southern, we’re all a family. You feel that family atmosphere from the very beginning.

Nick Salley

You can afford CSU

Charleston Southern is proud to confirm that 100% of incoming freshmen receive scholarships. We are committed to making a Christian college experience an option for all types of students. The process of financial aid can be complex and time consuming – we are here to help you!

Experience the charm of the #1 travel destination in the U.S.

Charleston has been ranked #1 travel destination in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine 9 years in a row. You'll love South Carolina's beautiful beaches and the chance to explore historic Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

CSU’s Best Colleges Rankings

CSU is on U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Colleges in the nation and Best Colleges in the South lists.

  • #29 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #21 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (top-ranked in SC)
  • #57 Best Colleges (South)
  • #26 Best Colleges for Veterans (South)
  • #37 Best Colleges Social Mobility (South)

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Bucky the Buccaneer mascot pointing at the camera while at a football game after 2015