Charleston Southern University

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Charleston Southern University
Charleston Southern University Sign, City of North Charleston.jpg
Charleston Southern University Sign, City of North Charleston
Motto Integrating Faith in Learning, Leading and Serving
Established 1964
Type Private
Religious affiliation Baptist
President Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr.
Students 3,298
Location North Charleston, South Carolina,
United States
Campus 300 acres (121 ha) situated off Exit 205B on I-26.
Former names Baptist College
Colors Blue and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division IBig South
Nickname Buccaneers
Mascot Bucky
Affiliations South Carolina Baptist Convention

Charleston Southern University, founded in 1964 as Baptist College, is an independent comprehensive university located in North Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston Southern enrolls 3,300 students.[1] Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the university's vision is to be nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.[2]


The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's and master's degrees. CSU students can choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, criminal justice, and education as well as nursing (BSN and MSN programs are available). Each degree program is combined with a comprehensive liberal arts foundation which is designed to develop problem-solving and communication skills.

The Derry Patterson Wingo School of Nursing (CSU's nursing program) offers a three year BSN program that works closely with area hospitals. Post-grad they offer a MSN with an emphasis on education. In 2010, the program was expanded to offer a 2-1 ADN to BSN program with Trident Technical College. CSU's nursing program is on par with the top programs in the United States.

The School of Business maintains one of the larger MBA programs in the state of South Carolina. While the GMAT is not required for admission, the administration has maintained a flexible yet rigorous MBA program where students can attend face-to-face classes, take online courses, or a combination of both.


Charleston Southern is located right off Exit 205B on I-26 in North Charleston, South Carolina. It is situated on 300 acres (121 ha), formerly the site of a rice and indigo plantation.

Recently, CSU has become a tobacco free campus and has always discouraged alcohol use.

Student activities[edit]

Beyond the classroom, students can participate in a variety of campus activities including academic clubs, service organizations, intramural athletics and campus ministries. Intramural athletic activities include flag football, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and more. Campus ministries include Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Prison, Campus Outreach, and Elevate.

Student life[edit]

Single students under 21 years of age are encouraged to live on campus. To enter the dorm hallways, one must scan his or her electronic pass for the doors to unlock. There are no curfews, but members of the opposite sex are only allowed in each other's dorm rooms during certain hours. There are at least two dining facilities on campus; one is the cafeteria located in the Strom Thurmond Student Center and the other is a coffee shop called Java City serving an aray of coffee beverages, sandwiches and snacks as well as being a student gathering place. Students can obtain a meal plan and put money on their cards for purchasing meals. Commuter students can take advantage of this option as well, purchasing a dollar amount meal plan or 1 a day meal plans.

Academic clubs[edit]

Service clubs and Greek organizations[edit]


The university offers intercollegiate athletics for both men and women, competing in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. Charleston Southern fields teams in the following sports:

In 2008, CSU closed its highly successful men's tennis program to reallocate funds to other sports.[3] CSU formerly fielded a men's soccer team.

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Coordinates: 32°58′51″N 80°4′16″W / 32.98083°N 80.07111°W / 32.98083; -80.07111