Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University (CSU) is a Southern Baptist university in North Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1964 as Baptist College.[2]

Charleston Southern University
Charleston Southern University seal.svg
Former names
Baptist College
MottoIntegrating Faith in Learning, Leading and Serving
Religious affiliation
South Carolina Baptist Convention
Academic affiliations
PresidentDondi E. Costin
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students3,647 (Fall 2020)
Postgraduates586 (Fall 2020)
Location, ,
United States
Campus300 acres (121 ha) situated off Exit 205B on I-26.
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IBig South
Charleston Southern University logo.svg


Charleston Southern University was chartered in 1960 and became the Baptist College of Charleston, where it offered its first classes in the education building of the First Baptist Church of North Charleston.[3]

The university offered the first instruction at a post secondary level in 1965 and awarded its first degree in 1967. In 1990, the South Carolina Baptist Convention voted to change the university's name from Baptist College at Charleston to Charleston Southern University.[4]


The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and master's degrees. CSU students can choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, criminal justice, computer science, Christian studies, graphic design, education and nursing. Each degree program is combined with a comprehensive liberal arts foundation which is designed to develop problem-solving and communication skills.

The College of Nursing offers a three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that works closely with area hospitals and a Master of Science in Nursing (completely online). In 2010, the program was expanded to offer a 2–1 Associate degree in Nursing (ADN) to BSN program with Trident Technical College.

The School of Business maintains one of the larger MBA programs in the state of South Carolina. While the GMAT is not required for admission, the administration has an MBA program where students can attend face-to-face classes, take online courses, or a combination of both.


A view of the campus

Charleston Southern is located off Exit 205B on I-26 in North Charleston, South Carolina. It is situated on 300 acres (121 ha), formerly the site of a rice and indigo plantation.

Student activitiesEdit

Beyond the classroom, students can participate in a variety of campus activities including academic clubs, service organizations, intramural athletics and campus ministries. Intramural athletic activities include flag football, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and more. Campus ministries include Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Outreach, and Elevate.

Student lifeEdit

Single students under 21 years of age are encouraged to live on campus. There are at least three dining facilities on campus; one is the cafeteria located in the Strom Thurmond Student Center, another is Java City located near the library, and the most recent addition is a Chick-fil-A on campus.


The university offers intercollegiate athletics for both men and women, competing in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. Charleston Southern fields teams in the following sports:

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ CSU Branding & Style Manual (PDF). August 1, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  2. ^] Archived September 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Hunt, Thomas C.; Carper, James C. (January 5, 1996). Religious Higher Education in the United States: A Source Book. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780815316367. Retrieved January 5, 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Praeger (April 16, 2010). American Universities and Colleges, 19th Edition [2 Volumes]: Nineteenth Edition. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313366086. Retrieved January 5, 2018 – via Google Books.

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Coordinates: 32°58′51″N 80°4′16″W / 32.98083°N 80.07111°W / 32.98083; -80.07111