Over 2,300 freshmen arrived on campus this fall. Among them are more than 50 students from each of the following states: South Carolina, New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, Georgia, Connecticut, Pennsylvania. Here’s an overview of this group – the Class of 2019.

Class of 2019: By the Numbers *

2,330Number of freshmen
39Number of states represented in addition to DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and overseas military bases.
9Number of countries represented
114Number of students from one state other than S.C. (New Jersey)
8,515Number of miles traveled to the College of Charleston by the student who lives farthest away (from Hong Kong, China).
35Highest ACT score
1530Highest SAT score
5.38Highest GPA
970Number of different high schools attended

Class of 2019: A Closer Look

  • Most common female students’ names: Emily, Hannah, Sarah.
  • Most common male students’ names: William, Michael, John.
  • Top names that males and females share: Taylor, Jordan, Ryan.
  • Most popular birth month: April (219 students)
  • Largest South Carolina feeder high schools: Wando High School (81), James Island Charter High School (32), Fort Mill High School (22), Paul M. Dorman High School (19), Clover High School (19), Rock Hill High School (19), Nation Ford High School (19), Summerville High School (19), River Bluff High School (18), Mauldin High School (18), Fort Dorchester High School (18).
  • Largest out of state feeder high schools: Woodward Academy, GA (7), Myers Park HS, NC (7), St Rose HS, NJ (7), Notre Dame Preparatory School, MD (7), Charlotte Catholic HS, NC (6), Yorktown High School, VA (5), Darien HS, CT (5), Portsmouth HS, NH (5), Lake Forest HS, IL (5), Northern Valley Regional HS, NJ (5), Ridge High School, NJ (5).
  • Most popular South Carolina hometowns: Charleston (95), Mount Pleasant (84), Columbia (71), Summerville (56), Myrtle Beach (44), Fort Mill (43), Rock Hill (41), Simpsonville (40), Lexington (38), Greenville (32), Florence (31).
  • Most popular out of state hometowns: Charlotte, NC (26), Atlanta, GA (18), Marietta, GA (9), Annapolis, MD (9), Arlington, VA (9), Nashville, TN (8), Washington, DC (8), Raleigh, NC (8), New York, NY (7), Chapel Hill, NC (7), Rockville, MD (7), Jacksonville, FL (7).
  • Some of the countries represented include: Bahamas, Bermuda, China, Estonia, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom
  • Eight sets of twins
  • Most popular intended majors: Undecided (317), Biology (304), Business Administration (212), Psychology (149), Communication (102), Marine Biology (93), Marketing (87), Exercise Science (79) Computer Science (71), International Business (67), Elementary Education (59)

Class of 2019: Academic Profile *

The middle 50 percent of freshmen enrolled for fall 2015:

  • Scored between 1030 and 1200 (in-state), and 1070 and 1210 (out-of-state) on the SAT.
  • Scored between 23 and 28 (in-state), and 24 and 29 (out-of-state) on the ACT.
  • Had a GPA between 3.827 and 4.441 (SC Uniform Grading Scale), 3.339 and 3.981 (weighted) or 3.075 and 3.7 (unweighted).
18Number of valedictorians (in-state)
11Number of salutatorians (in-state)
5Number of valedictorians (out-of-state)
3Number of salutatorians (out-of-state)
135Number of Palmetto Fellows

Honors College: Class of 2019 Academic Profile *

207Total number of freshman
1301Average SAT
29Average ACT
4.49Average GPA weighted
98Number of in-state students
109Number of out of state students

Honors College: William Aiken Fellows Society Profile *


porters-lodgeThe William Aiken Fellows Society is a group of highly capable students who have the potential to successfully pursue national and international opportunities reserved for top scholars. Throughout their college careers, William Aiken Fellows work closely with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards and participate in numerous programs designed to create leadership opportunities, enrich their academic experience and prepare them for graduate work and beyond.

26Total number of students
1439Average SAT Score
33Average ACT Score
4.79Average GPA weighted
5International Scholars
1Huge Scholars
8Swanson Scholars
1R.I.S.E. Scholars
12Number of in-state students
14Number of out of state students

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