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Meet the College of Charleston's Class of 2024

Press Release

The dawn of a new academic year at the College of Charleston brings with it a new class of students to join the Cougars’ ranks. And the members of the Class of 2024 come from across the country and around the globe, bringing with them new perspectives, energy and ideas that are sure to add to the tapestry of the Cougar Nation.

Get to know the Class of 2024 with these facts and figures:

Class of 2024: By the Numbers*

  • Number of freshmen: 2,218
  • Number of states: 45, along with D.C. and overseas military bases
  • Number of countries represented (excluding U.S.): 18
  • Number of students from one state other than S.C.:  148, New Jersey
  • Farthest number of miles traveled to attend the College of Charleston by a student (Cooks Hill, NSW, Australia): 9,468
  • Highest ACT Score: 36
  • Highest SAT Score: 1550
  • Highest GPA: 5.938
  • Number of high schools represented: 1,020

Class of 2024: A Closer Look

  • Most common predominantly female students’ names: Emily, Emma, Elizabeth, Caroline, Grace
  • Most common predominantly male students’ names: Tyler, Matthew, Alex, Jack, Michael, Andrew
  • Top names that males and females share: Taylor, Alex, Avery
  • Most popular birth month: August (267 students)
  • Most popular birthdate: 4/2/2002 (14 students each)
  • 7 sets of twins
  • Largest South Carolina feeder high schools: Wando High School (60), Fort Mill High School (31), Summerville High School (22), James Island Charter High School (21), River Bluff High School (19), May River High School (18), Waccamaw High School (18), Ashley Ridge High School (17), Lexington High School (16), TL Hanna High School (16)
  • Largest out-of-state feeder high schools: Staples High School, Connecticut (7); Darien High School, Connecticut (6); Greenwich High School, Connecticut (6); West Morris Mendham High School, New Jersey (6); Archbishop Spalding High School, Maryland (5); Barrington High School, Rhode Island (5); Broadneck High School, Maryland (5); Chatham High School, New Jersey (5); James Madison High School, Virginia (5); Kellenberg Memorial High School, New York (5)
  • Most popular South Carolina hometowns: Charleston (167), Mount Pleasant (137), Summerville (121), Columbia (58), Fort Mill (56), Myrtle Beach (50), Lexington (43), North Charleston (43), Greenville (40), Goose Creek (38)
  • Most popular out-of-state hometowns: Atlanta, Georgia (24); Charlotte, North Carolina (24); Washington, District of Columbia (14); New Orleans, Louisiana (12); Alexandria, Virginia (11); Marietta, Georgia (11); Bethesda, Maryland (9); Alpharetta, Georgia (8); Fairfield, Connecticut (8); Jacksonville, Florida (8)
  • Countries represented: Australia, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, Eswatini, France, Guernsey, Gambia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Serbia, South AfricaSweden, Zimbabwe
  • Most popular intended majors among S.C. residents: biology (250), psychology (134), business administration (123), undecided (105), computer science (54), communication (47), exercise science (47), marketing (44), marine biology (42), political science (42)
  • Most popular intended majors among non-residents: undecided (228), business administration (154), psychology (139), biology (97), communication (69), marine biology (61), marketing (57), exercise science (46), political science (43), finance (35)

Class of 2024: Academic Profile*

  • 16 in-state valedictorians and 15 in-state salutatorians
  • 8 out-of-state valedictorians
  • Palmetto Fellows: 147
  • The middle 50 percent of freshmen enrolled for fall 2020: Scored between 1060–1230 (in state) and 1080–1230 (out of state) on the SAT; Scored between 20–27 (in state) and 22–28 (out of state) on the ACT; Had a GPA between 4.023–4.69 (SC Uniform Grading Scale) and 3.193–3.94 (weighted)

Honors College: Class of 2024 Academic Profile

  • Total number of students: 234
  • Average SAT score: 1340
  • Average ACT score: 30
  • Average GPA – S.C. residents: 4.86
  • Average GPA – non-residents: 4.13
  • Number of S.C. residents: 117
  • Number of non-residents: 117

Honors College: Honors Leadership Fellows Society Class of 2024 Profile

  • Total number of members: 23
  • Average SAT score: 1450
  • Average ACT score: 32
  • Average GPA – S.C. residents: 5.14
  • Average GPA – non-residents: 4.48
  • Number of S.C. residents: 12
  • Number of non-residents: 11
  • Colonial Scholars: 4
  • Huge Scholar: 1
  • Swanson Scholars: 8
  • International Scholars: 9

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