College of Charleston Class of 2023 Freshman Profile

With the dawn of another academic year on the horizon, a new class of students will join the Cougars’ ranks this fall. This year’s incoming students in the Class of 2023 hail from across the country and around the globe.

The College of Charleston provided the following facts and figures about their Class of 2023:

By the Numbers

  • Number of freshmen: 2,091
  • Number of students in Charleston Bridge Program: 135
  • Number of students in iCharleston: 77
  • Number of states: 44, along with DC, and overseas military bases
  • Number of countries represented (excluding U.S.): 10
  • Number of students from one state other than S.C.:  135, North Carolina
  • Number of miles traveled to the College of Charleston by the student from the farthest away (Melbourne, Australia): 9,914
  • Highest ACT Score: 35
  • Highest SAT Score: 1550
  • Highest GPA: 5.98
  • Number of high schools represented: 939

Class of 2023: A Closer Look

  • Most common predominantly female students’ names: Caroline, Emma, Elizabeth
  • Most common predominantly male students’ names: William, Andrew, James
  • Top names that males and females share: Taylor, Ryan, Jordan
  • Most popular birth month: January (195 students)
  • Most popular birthdate: 12/28/2000 and 12/29/2000, (12 students each)
  • Largest South Carolina feeder high schools: Wando High School (59), Fort Mill High School (28), James Island Charter High School (28), West Ashley High School (20), Ashley Ridge High School (18), Hilton Head Island High School (18), Lexington High School (18), River Bluff High School (17), James L. Mann High School (15), Bishop England High School (14), Cane Bay High School (14), Nation Ford High School (14), Summerville High School (14)
  • Largest out-of-state feeder high schools: Myers Park High School, North Carolina (12); Ramapo High School, New Jersey (10); Darien High School, Connecticut (7); Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Florida (6); Gonzaga College High School, Washington, D.C. (6); Lake Forest High School, Illinois (6); Marvin Ridge High School, North Carolina (6); Unionville High School, Pennsylvania (6); Winston Churchill High School, Maryland (6); Archmere Academy, Delaware (5); Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Florida (5); Charlotte Catholic High School, North Carolina (5); Charlotte Country Day School, North Carolina (5); Fox Lane High School, New York (5); Red Bank Catholic High School, New Jersey (5); Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, New Jersey (5); Staples High School, Connecticut (5); Westfield High School, New Jersey (5)
  • Most popular South Carolina hometowns: Charleston (88), Mount Pleasant (65), Summerville (54), Columbia (48), Fort Mill (44), Myrtle Beach (41), Greenville (40), Lexington (34), Rock Hill (30), Bluffton (27), Greer (24), Simpsonville (23)
  • Most popular out of state hometowns: Charlotte, North Carolina (41); Potomac, Maryland (11);Atlanta, Georgia (11); Cincinnati, Ohio (9); Waxhaw, North Carolina (8); Wyckoff, New Jersey (8); Birmingham, Alabama (8); Wilmington, North Carolina (8); Marietta, Georgia (7); Jacksonville, Florida (7); Darien, Connecticut (7); Bethesda, Maryland (7)
  • Countries represented: Australia, Brazil, Bahamas, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, PanamaSweden,United Kingdom
  • 8 sets of twins
  • Most popular intended majors: biology (257), undecided (257), business administration (206), psychology (189), marine biology (99), marketing (85), computer science (81), communication (76), political science (63), exercise science (56)

Class of 2023: Academic Profile

The middle 50 percent of freshmen enrolled for fall 2019:

  • Scored between 1080–1260 (in state) and 1110–1270 (out of state) on the SAT
  • Scored between 21–28 (in state) and 23–29 (out of state) on the ACT
  • Had a GPA between 4.087–4.678 (SC Uniform Grading Scale) and 3.3–4.03 (weighted)
  • 13 in-state valedictorians and 19 in-state salutatorians
  • 5 out-of-state valedictorians and 3 out-of-state salutatorians
  • Palmetto Fellows: More than 134

Honors College: Class of 2023 Academic Profile

  • Total number of students: 266
  • Average SAT score: 1360
  • Average ACT score: 30
  • Average GPA – S.C. residents: 4.82
  • Average GPA – non-residents: 4.12
  • Number of S.C. residents: 126
  • Number of non-residents: 140

Honors College: Aiken Fellows Society Class of 2023 Profile

Total number of members: 30

  • Average SAT score: 1435
  • Average ACT score: 32
  • Average GPA – S.C. residents: 4.95
  • Average GPA – non-residents: 4.44
  • Number of S.C. residents: 18
  • Number of non-residents: 12
  • Colonial Scholars: 4
  • Huge Scholar: 1
  • Swanson Scholars: 6
  • International Scholars: 9

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