College of Charleston Class of 2025 Freshman Profile

The start of a new academic year at the College of Charleston brings with it the next generation of students to join the Cougars’ ranks. And the members of the Class of 2025 come from across the country and around the globe, bringing with them fresh viewpoints and ideas that are sure to add to the richness of the CofC community.

Get to know the Class of 2025 with these facts and figures:

Class of 2025: By the Numbers*

  • Number of freshmen (*as of Aug. 17): 2,440
  • Number of states: 42, along with D.C. and overseas military bases
  • Number of countries represented (excluding U.S.): 14
  • Number of students from one state other than S.C.:  193, New Jersey
  • Farthest number of miles traveled to attend the College of Charleston by a student (South African): 8,150
  • Highest ACT Score: 35
  • Highest SAT Score: 1540
  • Highest GPA: 6.04
  • Number of high schools represented: 1,111

Class of 2025: A Closer Look

  • Most common predominantly female students’ names: Emma, Emily, Grace, Caroline, Abby
  • Most common predominantly male students’ names: Jack, Ryan, Aidan, Michael, John
  • Top names that males and females share: Alex, Sam, Logan
  • Most popular birth month: September (247 students)
  • Most popular birthdate: 9/4/2002 and 3/12/2003 (15 students each)
  • 5 sets of twins
  • Largest South Carolina feeder high schools: Wando High School (76); Fort Mill High School (34); Summerville High School (23); Charleston County School of the Arts (21); James Island Charter High School (20); Clover High School (18); Ashley Ridge High School (17); Mauldin High School (17); Oceanside Collegiate Academy (17)
  • Largest out-of-state feeder high schools: Myers Park High School, North Carolina (8); Westfield High School, New Jersey (7); Cape Henry Collegiate, Virginia (7); Cohasset High School, Massachusetts (7); Middletown High School South, New Jersey (7); Charlotte Catholic High School, North Carolina (6); Darien High School, Connecticut (6); Haddonfield Memorial High School, New Jersey (6); Seneca High School, New Jersey (6); Severna Park Senior High School, Maryland (6); Staples High School, Connecticut (6); Summit High School, New Jersey (6); West Essex Senior High School, New Jersey (6)
  • Most popular South Carolina hometowns: Mount Pleasant (89), Charleston (77); Fort Mill (72); Summerville (67), Columbia (56), Greenville (43); Simpsonville (31); Lexington (30); Lexington (43), Rock Hill (30)
  • Most popular out-of-state hometowns: Charlotte, North Carolina (25); Atlanta, Georgia (12); Richmond, Virginia (9); Marietta, Georgia (8); Westfield, New Jersey (8); Bethesda, Maryland (8); Raleigh, North Carolina (8); Saint Louis, Missouri (8); Virginia Beach, Virginia (8)
  • Countries represented: Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Ruwanda, South Africa, United Kingdom
  • Most popular intended majors among S.C. residents: biology (166), psychology (124), business administration (98), marine biology (58), undecided (57), pre-health (55), exercise science (49), public health (43), computer science (41), political science (41)
  • Most popular intended majors among non-residents: business administration (197), undecided (182), psychology (143), biology (79), marketing (66), communication (60), marine biology (60), exercise science (40), political science (38), finance (34)

Class of 2025: Academic Profile*

  • 14 in-state valedictorians and 8 in-state salutatorians
  • 6 out-of-state valedictorians and 5 out-of-state salutatorians
  • Palmetto Fellows: 114
  • The middle 50 percent of freshmen enrolled for fall 2021: Scored between 1100–1230 (in state) and 1140–1290 (out of state) on the SAT; Scored between 22–28 (in state) and 25–29 (out of state) on the ACT; Had a GPA between 3.985–4.657 (SC Uniform Grading Scale) and 3.3–4.030 (weighted)

Honors College: Class of 2025 Academic Profile

  • Total number of students: 288
  • Average GPA – S.C. residents: 4.89
  • Average GPA – non-residents: 4.20
  • Number of S.C. residents: 112
  • Number of non-residents: 176

Honors College Class of 2025: A Closer Look

  • 30 states and France are represented
  • 13 are valedictorians
  • 236 high schools are represented
  • 50 play at least one instrument
  • 23 played competitive soccer
  • 5 speak three or more languages
  • 38 students are the first in their family to attend college
  • Most popular majors: biology (40), psychology (29), undecided (25), political science (19), marine biology (17)

* This information is provisional and should not be considered official data.