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About the College

  • The College of Charleston Libraries rank among the premier research institutions of the American South. 
  • Founded at the College of Charleston in 2013, the Women’s Health Research Team of researchers, clinicians, practitioners and women’s health organizations that conduct research bridging the gap between theory and practice, and informing the development of community-based public health interventions.  

  • In 2016, the College of Charleston established the Collegiate Recovery Program, the first of its kind in South Carolina. This program provides a structured, healthy community where recovering students can thrive academically and socially while actively pursuing their recovery.  

  • The College of Charleston REACH Program is a four-year, fully inclusive certificate program for students with mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. 

  • The College of Charleston Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities (named for Charleston’s longest serving mayor [1974–2016]) focuses on projects that develop and maintain livable communities in urban, suburban and rural contexts. 

  • With a robust community presence, provocative public programming, visiting professorships and 4,000-plus artifacts, manuscripts and ephemera, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston is a matchless resource for documenting and sharing the stories of African Americans in the Lowcountry. 

  • The College of Charleston Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) Program is a multidisciplinary, multicultural academic program exploring the interconnected movement of peoples, goods and ideas between the city of Charleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry and the Atlantic World (Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean) with presentations featuring internationally renowned scholars. 

  • With more than 3,000 fossil specimens, the College of Charleston Mace Brown Museum of Natural History highlights a wide range of prehistoric creatures, including dinosaurs, crinoids, Oligocene mammals, cave bears, Pleistocene mammals of the Carolinas, fossil plants and even a megalodon’s jaws. 

  • In 2018, College faculty and staff secured more than $10.5 million in external funding in support of research and educational initiatives. 

  • The College of Charleston established the first undergraduate majors in South Carolina in: 

    • arts management 
    • astronomy and astrophysics 
    • Jewish studies 
    • urban studies 
    • meteorology
    • supply chain management
    • commercial real estate finance

About the College: School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs

  • The College of Charleston offers 13 foreign language programs: Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. 
  • The College of Charleston Department of Hispanic Studies is the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate Spanish program in the Southeast. 

  • At the heart of Jewish activity at the College of Charleston, the Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center houses the administrative offices for the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, a Kosher vegan dining facility, a lounge and office for the Jewish Student Union/Hillel and the offices of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina. For more than 25 years, the Jewish Studies Program has promoted a deeper understanding of Jewish history, culture and religion through its teaching, research, community outreach initiatives and visiting scholars, including the Goldberg-Zucker Chair for Holocaust Education.

About the College: School of Sciences and Mathematics

  • The College of Charleston Grice Marine Laboratory is an integral element of marine science education and research in the Lowcountry, supporting undergraduate and graduate marine biology students with an extraordinary setting in which to study and explore. 
  • The College of Charleston is the only university in South Carolina with an undergraduate degree in astrophysics. 

  • Founded in 2007, the College of Charleston is one of only two schools in the U.S. to offer an undergraduate-focused training and research program in ocean surveying.    

  • At the College of Charleston’s Department of Computer Science located at Harbor Walk, the COMPASS (COMputing Professionals And Student Scholars) program offers a co-location space where employees from companies collaborate alongside students and professors. 

About the College: School of the Arts

  • The College of Charleston is one of the few schools in the Southeast, and the only school in South Carolina, to offer undergraduate study in arts management with both a major and a minor. 
  • The College of Charleston School of the Arts emphasizes the importance of internships. Students have worked with the Charleston Museum; the Historic Charleston Foundation; the City of Charleston Planning, Preservation and Sustainability Department; the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs; the College of Charleston Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art along with various regional and national artists, festivals, galleries, museums, performance venues and non-profit organizations. National internships have included SONY Pictures, Live Nation, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Global Music Rights and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. 

  • The dynamic cultural environment at the College of Charleston ranks among the world’s progressive arts centers, giving School of the Arts students access to the internationally acclaimed Spoleto Festival USA, the nationally recognized Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston Museum, several theatre, dance and preservation organizations, and numerous other cultural organizations. 

  • While Charleston and the Lowcountry remain a primary laboratory for the College of Charleston Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program, faculty lead students in study-abroad preservation courses in Cuba, Japan, Scotland, England and France, emphasizing the global importance of preservation issues. 

  • At the School of the Arts, one-on-one instruction in music, theatre, dance and studio art is the norm, and students work closely with their faculty in these disciplines as well as with faculty in art history, arts management and historic preservation. The faculty serve as mentors to their students, providing them with guidance as they pursue creative, academic and career-oriented choices while at the College. For those students who are interested in continuing their education with graduate work, the faculty can provide valuable support as they develop portfolios and prepare for advanced study. 

  • The School of the Arts presents lectures, symposia, theatrical and dance performances, concerts, readings, exhibitions and other educational and cultural events that complement the curriculum, both within the School and across the College. Most of these events are open to the public and many of them feature students, alumni and faculty.

About the College: School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • The College of Charleston English Department has the first international mentoring program between CofC Master of Fine Arts students and undergraduates at the University of Bahrain. 
  • The College of Charleston is the only institution in South Carolina to offer an undergraduate concentration in politics, philosophy and law. The distinctive interdisciplinary program focuses on the study of theoretical questions about the law. 
  • The Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communitiesfocuses on sustaining the legacy of Mayor Riley through projects that develop and maintain livable communities in urban, suburban and rural contexts. The Center carries out its mission by connecting community needs with faculty and student research interests, facilitating and administering grants, and providing expertise and assistance to public and nonprofit organizations. 
  • The College of Charleston Department of Psychology has a robust culture of undergraduate research that serves as both a teaching tool and a practice that advances the field of psychology and improves quality of life.  
  • The College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts the Bully Pulpit Series, a non-partisan series featuring presidential candidates, elected officials and media personalities, which gives students opportunities to be involved in the political process. 
  • The School of Humanities and Social Sciences prioritizes high-impact learning opportunities for students. Internships have been secured at organizations such as: The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Charleston’s Center for Women, Disneyland, Medical University of South Carolina -- Department of Pathology, National Crime Victims Center, Children’s Hospital and Lowcountry Autism Foundation, the Christian Jewish Council of Greater Charleston and Travel Italian Style. 
  • Founded in 2013, the Women’s Health Research Team is comprised of faculty and students who investigate health issues specific to women and adolescent girls, promotes interdisciplinary research collaborations and communicates research findings and health-related information to empower women and girls.  
  • The College’s Aesthetics Work Group, established in the philosophy department, is a group of students and faculty who meet regularly to discuss theoretical topics in and about the arts, specifically regarding beauty.

About the College: School of Business

  • The College of Charleston School of Business has more than 3,000 students enrolled in ready-to-work programs, including nine undergraduate majors, 10 minors and six concentration areas, an honors program in business, and master’s programs in business administration and accountancy. 
  • The College of Charleston School of Business has several centers of excellence and initiatives that support specific industries such as real estate, entrepreneurship, global business, economics and tourism. The College’s faculty, staff and students conduct research for many businesses and help strengthen ties with the global business community.  
  • The College of Charleston School of Business offers an undergraduate commercial real estate finance major, the first of its kind in South Carolina and the third in the nation. 

  • The College of Charleston School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier international accrediting body of business schools. 

  • The College of Charleston Global Business Resource Center, part of the international business program, is one of only three entities selected as an EXIM Bank City-State partner. The EXIM Bank is the official export credit agency with the mission of assisting in financing the export of goods and services to international markets. 

  • The College of Charleston School of Business is recognized as an official Certiport Authorized Testing Center offering the Microsoft Office Excel certification free to School of Business faculty and students in efforts to bridge gaps in workforce skills.

About the College: School of Education, Health, and Human Performance

  • The Center for Partnerships to Improve Education, a unit of the College of Charleston School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, creates effective collaborations to improve the lives of students. With a focus on community, higher education and pre-K-12 linkages, the center enhances areas of teaching and learning, and health and wellness.  
  • The College of Charleston School of Education, Health, and Human Performance has launched a one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program in elementary education. This program provides a fast-paced classroom setting while simultaneously enriching students’ knowledge with meaningful field experiences in local schools.   

  • Teaching Fellows are teacher education majors at the College of Charleston School of Education, Health, and Human Performance who promise to teach in South Carolina after they earn their degree. Each cohort also completes various service projects throughout the year to support the local community and education in the state.  

  • The College of Charleston Teacher Leader program in the Department of Teacher Education fosters the professional development of undergraduate teacher education majors by providing them with extracurricular opportunities in the education community. The program exposes students to innovative leaders in education and the community through site visits, individual mentors and roundtable discussions with education leaders. 

  • The College of Charleston Office of Professional Development in Education (OPDE), housed in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, provides efficient and effective professional development opportunities for educators. OPDE works to design quality, rigorous graduate level courses while addressing a particular school, district or other education agency initiative or need. 

  • The FitCatZ program in the College of Charleston School of Education, Health, and Human Performance is an aquatic and motor program designed for children with disabilities. The goal is to help participating children become efficient movers by working one-on-one with a trained volunteer student clinician.  

  • The College of Charleston offers a unique experience for young children and its own students at the N.E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC). ECDC is a nationally accredited program that serves children two years old through kindergarten and serves as the demonstration program and laboratory school for the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance. 

  • The College of Charleston N.E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center’s fall 2018 service project donated books to “Turn the Page on Hurricane Florence” for elementary students in North Carolina. 

  • The College of Charleston N.E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center’s Ryan Stone, Mary White and Katie Houser collaborated with the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance faculty member Dr. Ian O’Byrne to publish “Digital Storytelling in Early Childhood: Student Illustrations Shaping Social Interactions.” 

  • N.E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center was awarded a six-figure donation to strengthen the partnership between ECDC and Memminger Elementary. ECDC hosts the “Pathways to Peace” project each spring as a part of the College of Charleston’s Peace Initiative. This includes hosting a campus-wide peace parade and art collaboration with Memminger to promote peace and equity in the community. 

  • The College of Charleston Department of Health and Human Performance houses physical education activity courses which include surfing, stand up paddle boarding, yoga and Tai Chi. 

  • The College of Charleston School of Education, Health, and Human Performance (EHHP) was a primary sponsor for the Active Living Research Conference held February 2019. EHHP organized numerous local events and activities, including physical activity breaks, networking socials and a global panel presentation. Approximately 400 researchers and practitioners attended the conference. 

  • In collaboration with researchers at The Citadel, Dr. Morgan Hughey in the College of Charleston Department of Health and Human Performance received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation through Clemson’s Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility to study the transportation and health impacts of Charleston’s bike share program, Holy Spokes. 

  • The Department of Health and Human Performance offers a variety of undergraduate research opportunities and have had multiple students present at national-level conferences.

About the College: School of Professional Studies 

  • The College of Charleston School of Professional Studies (SPS) worked with the local business community to introduce four new concentrations to the Bachelor of Professional Studies program: Construction Management, Legal Studies, Management and Organizational Development, and Risk and Quality Management.  
  • The School of Professional Studies introduced the Bachelor of General Studies degree, which allows students to choose two minors in order to complete their degree. Five minors can be completed completely online: Business, Communication, Healthcare and Medical Services Management, Psychology and Sociology.  
  • The School of Professional Studies has a program called Cougar Path (2+2), which allows students enrolled in one of the 16 South Carolina Technical Colleges to seamlessly transfer into the Bachelor or Professional Studies program and complete their bachelor’s degree.   
  • The School of Professional Studies offers an undergraduate certificate program in Project Management, which is offered completely online and will offer a certificate program in Sustainable Food Systems in Fall 2019.  
  • The School of Professional Studies houses the Center for Continuing and Professional Education, which offers needed continuing education programs to the community. For example, Executive Leadership, Charleston Real Estate Academy, Social Media and Digital Marketing Strategies for Business, Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Education, PMI PMP education and SHRM educational programs. 
  • The School of Professional Studies has a Veterans Initiative in partnership with Prudential, South Carolina Military and Family Care, and local employers to hold educational and employment opportunities for military, veterans and military spouses in the community. SPS expanded its program to include Hiring our Heroes and their Spouses Roundtable program.

About the College: Honors College

  • Upon graduating from the College of Charleston nearly half of CofC Honors alumni matriculate in professional or graduate school and the other half enter the workforce. More than 80 percent of Honors College graduates have plans to attend professional or graduate school within five years of graduation. 
  • For 2018, 83 percent of College of Charleston Honors College graduates were admitted to at least one of the graduate and/or professional programs to which they applied – out of those who were admitted, 79 percent also received a scholarship, fellowship or grant. 

  • From the class of 2018, 60 percent of students had an international experience prior to graduation (study abroad, international research, etc.). 

  • In 2018, 67 percent of College of Charleston Honors College seniors reported being involved in an internship or relevant employment. Internships arranged directly from Honors College recruitment channels have included the University of Maastricht, Blackbaud, Benefitfocus, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boeing, PhysAssist Scribes and Tower Research Capital. 

  • The Honors College works with the Friends of the Library every semester to host the Faculty Lecture Series highlighting the latest in faculty-led research for students and enhancing partnerships with faculty members across campus.

Rankings

  • According to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report, the College of Charleston is ranked 1st in the U.S. among public master’s-level institutions for the total percentage of undergraduate students who study abroad. 
  • According to The Princeton  Review’s  The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition,  “the College of Charleston provides its 10,000 undergraduates a mid-sized liberal arts experience within the boundaries of one of the south’s most thriving cities. Good academic advising, a strong focus on writing skills and interdisciplinary studies, and a reputable business program are just some of the school’s many perks, and many classes incorporate non-traditional types of learning such as lots of field work and field trips around the city.” 

  • U.S. News & World Report  ranked the College of Charleston #3 in Best Colleges for Veterans in the South. 

  • U.S. News & World Repor ranked the College of Charleston #8 in Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs in the South. 

  • U.S. News & World Repor ranked the College of Charleston #5 in Top Public Colleges in the South.

  • U.S. News & World Repor ranked the College of Charleston #8 for Most Innovate School in the region.
  • According to  U.S. News & World Report the College of Charleston accelerated one-year MBA program tied for 1st  place for 100% job placement three months after graduation. 

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Charleston MBA program one of the top 100 full-time MBA programs in the nation. 

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Charleston M.P.A. 94th in the nation and number one in the state for Best Public Affairs Programs. 

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Charleston MBA #8 in the Country for Most Women (2017). 

  • ThoughtCo. places the College of Charleston among the top-ten public liberal arts  colleges for its emphasis on quality teaching and undergraduate education. 

  • Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked the College of Charleston hospitality and tourism management program 51st in the world. 

  • The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research  ranked the College of Charleston hospitality and tourism management faculty #1 in the world for individual faculty member research productivity. 

  • The National Center for Education Statistics named the International Business program No. 10 Largest Program Among Public Universities in the U.S. 

  • The College of Charleston School of Business faculty are ranked #1 in the world for the most Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBP) – all CGBP faculty have lived, worked and studied abroad. 

  • According to the  Business Research Guide, the College of Charleston is ranked #15 for studying business abroad. 

  • The College of Charleston ranked #13 among medium-size schools on the Peace Corps’ 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list, with 21 alumni volunteering worldwide. 

  • Schools.com ranked the College of Charleston #2 for international business degree programs. 

  • College Choice ranked the College of Charleston #17 for Best Southern Universities for 2018. 

  • Study.com ranked the College of Charleston School of Business #16 for Best Business School in the Country (2019).  

  • Study.com ranked the College of Charleston Hospitality and Tourism Management program #6 in the country (2019). 

  • Study.com ranked the College of Charleston Finance program #5 in the country (2019). 

  • Niche.com ranks the College of Charleston #1 in their list of best college locations in S.C. 

  • MBA Central ranked the College of Charleston MBA program the #7 Accelerated MBA in the Country (2019).  

Awards and Recognition

  • The College of Charleston won Travel & Leisure  magazine’s Most Beautiful College Campus. 
  • Mark Bryan, lead guitarist for Hootie and the Blowfish and artist-in-residence in the College of Charleston Arts Management Program’s music industry concentration, received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award in 2016, which is the highest honor South Carolina awards in the arts. 

  • The College of Charleston School of the Arts received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award in 2015, which is the highest honor South Carolina awards in the arts. 

  • The College of Charleston Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award in 2012, which is the highest honor South Carolina awards in the arts. 

  • College of Charleston School of the Arts Dean Valerie Morris received the 2017 Higher Education Award from the Arts Schools Network in recognition of her continuous support of the sustainability of quality arts education in K-12 schools. 

  • Travel & Leisure magazine listed the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston as the first site to “See & Do” in its Definitive Guide to Charleston. 

  • A record four students from the College of Charleston won Fulbright awards for 2016-2017. In recognition of this accomplishment, the U.S. Department of State, which oversees Fulbright awards, named the College among the country’s Top Producers of Fulbright Students. 

  • Since 1973, more than 30 CofC faculty have received Fulbrights (an international exchange program for top scholars). Recent awardees include Richard Bodek (history), Joe Carson (physics and astronomy), John Crotts (hospitality and tourism), Cara Delay (history), Jack DiTullio (marine biology), Christine Finnan (teacher education), M. Scott Harris (geology and environmental geosciences), Steven Johnson (studio arts), William Koprowski (business), Rene Mueller (management and marketing), Mutindi Ndunda (teacher education), David Owens (marine biology), Dinesh Sarvate (mathematics), Bill Schwartz (accounting and legal studies), Andrew Shedlock (biology), Kay Smith (English), Andrew Sobiesuo (languages), Erik Sotka (marine biology), Beth Sundstrom (communication) and Mark Witte (economics).   

  • College of Charleston astrophysicist Jon Hakkila was part of an international scientific team that identified the Hercules-Corona Borealis Great Wall, which is now considered the largest super-structure in the universe and challenges some long-held assumptions about the Big Bang Theory. 

  • In 2017 and 2018, five students from the School of Sciences and Mathematics were awarded Goldwater Scholarships, “the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in America.” 

  • Two newly renovated facilities were awarded two Green Globes: Rita Hollings Science Center and 176 Lockwood (a.k.a. CofC WestEdge). In addition, the Jewish Studies addition has been certified as LEED gold and the Rutledge Residence Hall has been certified as LEED silver. 

  • Alexander Lumans (BA ’06, English) was awarded a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts grant for fiction. The NEA is the federal agency responsible for recognizing outstanding achievement in the arts. 

  • Work from the College’s literary journal Crazyhorse, has been reprinted in the Best American PoetryBest American Short StoriesBest American Nonrequired Reading and The Pushcart Prize annual anthologies. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alike appear regularly in its pages, right alongside Guggenheim fellows, National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipients and writers whose work appears in the O. Henry Prize, Pushcart Prize and Best American anthologies.

Sports

  • The College of Charleston sailing team won the 2019 ICSA Gill Coed National Champions for the seventh time in program history. It marked the Cougars' fourth team national title in the sport since 2017.

  • Twelve College of Charleston student-athletes have been named Academic All-Americans on 20 occasions – Joey Foxhall and Philip Coker (baseball) were both three-time awardees, while Canyon Barry (men’s basketball) was a two-time honoree during his time with the Cougars.
  •  The College of Charleston volleyball team is a perennial powerhouse, clinching the 2017 regular season CAA championship and earning an at-large bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. They own a home-court record of 121-35 (.775) at TD Arena. In 2018, Kennedy Madison '19 became only the second player in school history to be named an AVCA All-American Honorable Mention selection.

  • The College of Charleston men’s golf team won four-straight CAA championships – 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, while PING All-American William Rainey '17 became the first golfer in program history to reach the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship as an individual in 2016. 

  • The College of Charleston women’s golf team has claimed three CAA championships – 2014, 2015 and 2018 – and have been runners-up twice. 

  • College of Charleston women’s golf team won three CAA Championships – 2014, 2015 and 2018 – and have been runners-up twice. Laura Fuenfstueck '17 earned CAA Player of the Year honors three years in a row and is currently playing on the Ladies European Tour. 

  • The College of Charleston men’s basketball team won the 2018 CAA Men’s Basketball Regular-Season and Tournament Championships earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was the Cougars’ first appearance since 1999. Joe Chealey '18 and Jarrell Brantley '19 closed out their storied careers ranked fifth and third all-time in career scoring respectively. Chealey is currently a two-way player for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and NBA G-League’s Greensboro Swarm, while Brantley was selected as the 50th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers (later traded to the Utah Jazz) in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Alumni

  • College of Charleston alumnus Robert Mills (1781–1855), generally seen as the first U.S.-born architect, is best known for designing the Washington Monument and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, both in Washington, D.C. 
  • John C. Fremont, who received his degree from the College of Charleston in 1836, was known as the Great Pathfinder – for his exploration and mapping of the American West. Fremont was also an outspoken opponent of slavery and the first Republican nominee for U.S. president. 

  • J. Waties Waring (College of Charleston Class of 1900) served as a U.S. federal judge and played a lead role in the early legal battles of the American Civil Rights Movement. His dissent in the school desegregation case, Briggs vs. Elliott, served as the basis for the U.S. Supreme Court’s later ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education (1954). 

  • Burnet Maybank (College of Charleston Class of 1919) served as mayor of Charleston, governor of South Carolina and in the national legislature during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, where he played a key role in the development of the New Deal. 

  • James Edwards (College of Charleston Class of 1950) served as governor of South Carolina and secretary of energy under President Ronald Reagan. 

  • Arthur Ravenel (College of Charleston Class of 1950) served as a member of the South Carolina state legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives for most of his life. The bridge crossing the Cooper River connecting Charleston to Mt. Pleasant bears his name. 

  • Arlinda Locklear (College of Charleston Class of 1973) is a nationally recognized attorney on tribal land claims and treaty rights issues. She is the first Native American woman to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court (and has done so twice). 

  • Padgett Powell (College of Charleston Class of 1974) is an award-winning experimental writer, with novels including Edisto, Mrs. Hollingsworth’s Men and The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? 

  • Vic Howie (College of Charleston Class of 1983) is the founder of the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC. 

  • John Tisdale (College of Charleston Class of 1986) appeared on the 2017 Discovery Channel documentary First in Human, which featured his groundbreaking research on treatments for sickle cell disease. Dr. Tisdale is the senior investigator for the Molecular and Clinical Hematology Section of the National Institute of Health, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 

  • Brian Rutenberg (College of Charleston Class of 1987) is a well-known abstract artist based in New York City. 

  • Quentin Baxter (College of Charleston Class of 1998 and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Music) has received two Grammy Award nominations for performance and production of two René Marie albums. In 2017, he also received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award – the highest honor South Carolina awards in the arts, was inducted into the Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame and received the College of Charleston Alumnus of the Year award. 

  • Mike Gaumer (College of Charleston Class of 1998) is the president of the popular fashion brand vineyard vines.  

  • Anthony Johnson (College of Charleston Class of 1998), the first Cougar drafted in the NBA, was a professional basketball player who played in the NBA for more than a decade. 

  • Nafees Bin Zafar (College of Charleston Class of 1998) is a principal engineer at DreamWorks Animation and the recipient of two Academy Awards for special effects. 

  • Matt Czuchry (College of Charleston Class of 1999) is an actor with starring roles in the Gilmore Girls,The Good Wife and The Resident. 

  • Hunter Via (College of Charleston Class of 1999) is an Emmy-award–winning television and film editor, who has worked on hit shows such as Arrested Development, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, The 100 and Snowfall. 

  • Florencia Di Concillo (College of Charleston Class of 2001) has composed original soundtracks for more than 20 feature films and documentaries, including Ava (which was shown at Cannes International Film Festival) and Angry Inuk (winner of the People’s Choice Award at Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival). 

  • Tabatha Boyajian (College of Charleston Class of 2003) is a groundbreaking astrophysicist and bears the distinction of being the only female scientist with a star named for her – Tabby’s star or KIC 8462852. 

  • Lulie Martin Wallace (College of Charleston Class of 2009) designs fabric and commercial pieces sold in retail outlets such as Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie.

Philanthropy

  • In fall 2017, the College of Charleston Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management received a gift from Ray Cohen, co-founder of the cloud-based hotel solutions platform TravelClick, to launch the Hospitality Innovator Fellowship, which funds the launch of one service-based student startup each year. 
  • In fall 2017, the College of Charleston Department of Supply Chain and Information Management received a gift of $1.92 million from Noah Thomas Leask, the founder of cyber operations firm Ishpi Information Technologies Inc., to establish the Noah Thomas Leask Distinguished Professorship in Information Management and Innovation — a grant that will fund a faculty position in perpetuity. 

  • Steve Swanson (College of Charleston Honors College Class of ‘89) was president and co-founder of Automated Trading Desk. When the company was acquired by Citigroup in 2007, Swanson took the opportunity to support philanthropic causes. Steve had received a full scholarship to attend CofC’s Honors College and felt it was important to give back to the institution that had given him and his wife, Emily Molony Swanson (Class of ‘89) so much. In 2012, the Swansons gave $2.25 million to the College for Honors College scholarships – the largest alumni gift in the College’s history. 

  • As of June 30, 2017, the College of Charleston Foundation’s endowment hit a high-water mark of $80.87 million. These funds are the permanently invested assets given to the Foundation by donors who wish to fund scholarships and student and faculty programs for years to come. 

  • In fall 2017, Dr. William “Billy” Tate established The William Tate, M.D. International Piano Series Endowed Fund in support of the College of Charleston piano program. The $1.14 million endowment will support the International Piano Series and all College of Charleston piano programs, including awards for piano students along with equipment acquisition and maintenance. 

  • In 2017, the Libraries community service program completed nearly 2,000 hours of volunteer work. 

  • Thanks to the generosity of Katina Strauch, Librarian Emerita, and Dr. Jim Breeden, Friends of the Library Board member, an $8,300 fund is available exclusively to new faculty to add titles (books and DVDs) of their choice to the permanent collection, ensuring the Libraries’ holdings reflect the College’s faculty. 

Libraries

  • The College of Charleston is the oldest educational institution south of Virginia and the 13th  oldest in the U.S. The original library collection predates the CofC inaugural 1790 class session.     
  • The College of Charleston Libraries rank among the premier research institutions of the American South. With collections reflecting the stories of all Charlestonians – regardless of race, gender, or citizenship status – the Libraries are an essential resource for all who wish to discover and study the Lowcountry’s kaleidoscopic history. 

  • Reflecting the initiative’s inclusive approach to public history, the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative and Lowcountry Digital Library have made freely accessible online more than 400,000 materials and produced 21 digital exhibits spanning such topics as Charleston’s cotton and rice industries, public school desegregation and the culinary traditions of formerly enslaved persons. 

  • The Lowcountry Digital Library and Lowcountry Digital History Initiative offer graduate students curatorial and administrative experience working in such fields as digital humanities and digital public history through internships and assistantships. These students play a crucial role in developing, editing, and creating content each project. 

  • Through a historic partnership with the South Carolina Historical Society, the Libraries connect patrons with the largest private repository of books, letters, journals, maps, drawings, and photographs documenting the history of the state. 

  • The School of Professional Studies Library partners with the Center for Creative Retirement, Continuing Education and Professional Development and other organizations across the city to support its mission of empowering multigenerational students and learners in North Charleston. 

  • The Libraries house the Race and Social Justice Initiative, a Google-supported project designed to increase public awareness and dialogue about civil rights issues in the Charleston area and beyond, at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. In 2017, the Libraries collaborated to produce The State of Racial Disparities in Charleston County, South Carolina 2000-2015, a Google-funded white paper that will serve as a model for acknowledging and addressing systematic barriers beguiling minority communities across the nation. 

  • More than 230 languages are represented in the College of Charleston Libraries collection 

  • The College of Charleston Libraries’ Jewish Heritage Collection documents the Jewish experience in South Carolina from the colonial period to the present day through oral histories, manuscripts, artifacts, photographs, genealogies, memoirs, home movies, and other primary sources. 

  • The College of Charleston Libraries hold for the benefit of students and the public preeminent collections of artifacts, manuscripts, rare books, and ephemera. These materials convey more than 300 years of Charleston’s nuanced story, including the complete rare book library of naturalist John Henry Dick – featuring the work of Mark Catesby, John Gould, and a peerless set of John James Audubon’s, TheBirds of America. 

  • In 2017 the Libraries began a multi-year, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation-supported project to preserve and make accessible the virtually undocumented – and historically endangered – stories of LGBTQ communities in greater Charleston. This is the first initiative of its kind in the region.