The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2024 has named the College of Charleston “the finest public liberal arts and sciences institution in South Carolina.”

In the description of the College of Charleston, the guide notes that “CofC’s original commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to the citizens of the region has helped it become a well-respected institution throughout the Southeast. And the location only adds to the experience, providing opportunities for research and internships, and a robust social scene.

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“Whether sampling the traditional Lowcountry cuisine or delving into the wide range of courses offered at this strong liberal arts and sciences institution,” the guidebook continues, “students at the College of Charleston know they are getting a solid education based on creative expression, intellectual freedom, and hands-on learning experiences.”

The guide quotes an anthropology and biology double major, who says, “There’s so much history here that you can’t help but feel like you’re making some yourself.”

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Compiled by Edward Fiske, a former New York Times education editor, the guide includes over 300 colleges and universities out of the more than 2,200 four-year institutions of higher education in the United States. The listings are based on a broad range of criteria, including student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities.

This is the 19th year in a row that the College has been recognized by the Fiske Guide to Colleges.