College of Charleston Among Top Producing Institutions for Fulbright Scholarships

Read More

State Department Announces Fulbright Top Producing Institutions Share

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that the lists of more than 150 U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars abroad in academic year 2018-2019 are now available. The lists highlight the Fulbright Program’s strong institutional diversity and positive impact on American communities.

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the lists, which are organized by Carnegie Classification.

Topping this year’s lists of Research, Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Special-focus 4-year institutions that sent the most U.S. students abroad on the Fulbright Program are Brown University (RI), Saint Edward’s University (TX), Williams College (MA), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL). The University of South Florida-Main Campus, College of Charleston (SC), Appalachian State University (NC), Colgate University (NY), Middlebury College (VT), Trinity College (CT), Northern Virginia Community College (VA), and CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY) sent the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Research, Master’s, Bachelor’s and Baccalaureate/Associate categories.

Twenty-six U.S. community colleges and several special focus four-year institutions also sent Fulbright U.S. Scholars abroad in 2018-2019 and are recognized in the top producing lists. For a full list of the institutions by category, please visit the Fulbright Online website.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists, and early career professionals in more than 100 fields of study receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards annually to study, teach English, and conduct research overseas. More than 800 U.S. scholars, artists and professionals teach or conduct research overseas through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually.

Interested media should contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at

College of Charleston Ranked Top Public School For Study Abroad

Read More

You don’t have to travel far to find a school that excels in international education.

The College of Charleston is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. among public master’s-level institutions for the total percentage of undergraduate students who study abroad, according to the latest Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education (IIE). (Among both public and private?master’s-level institutions, CofC ranked No. 27 behind 26 other private colleges and universities for undergraduate student participation in study-abroad programs.) More than 900 undergraduate Cougars studied abroad during the 2016-2017 school year. This is the third year in a row that the College has led public institutions in that category.

“The College of Charleston is a recognized national leader in providing transformational study-abroad experiences for our students,” says College Provost Brian McGee. “Our outstanding academic programs traverse the globe and have the benefit of significant scholarship support. We are proud of our significant and lasting commitment to giving students these life-changing opportunities. Our success with study abroad is the direct result of the hard work of our faculty and staff and the willingness of our students to be bold and adventurous as they seek out new ways to grow and learn.”

The College’s?Center for International Education?offers over 70 programs that students can enroll in, giving them educational opportunities across five different continents. The College offers study abroad opportunities for fall, spring, and summer terms, as well as semester-break programs, with courses taught by its own professors, as well as exchange and affiliate programs.

According to the New York-based Institute for International Education, the number of U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit increased last year by 2.3 percent to nearly 334,000.

“Studying abroad offers some major advantages,” says Andrew Sobiesuo, the College’s associate provost for international education. “A student who participates in a study-abroad program gains knowledge and skills that cannot be imparted in a classroom and ends up better equipped and empowered to address major challenges as a citizen of the world.”

Source:? College of Charleston Today

Graduation is in the Air at the College of Charleston – Letter to our Future Leaders

Read More


By Mark A. Leon

Reflections of Graduation 2018:? All the buzz is in the air this brisk morning as the soon to be graduates of the College of Charleston prepare for the honorary ceremony that will beckon their call to the trials and tribulations of life’s journey: professional achievement or personal failure. Gowned in white dresses and tuxedos, these bright eyed and bushy tailed students are ready for the next stop.

Some biking to the ceremony, others, walking alone and in groups and some crawling recovering from an evening of celebration. One student may have truly summed up the package in one permanent visionary memory. A long white gown with a dozen red roses and Red Bull in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Promise, gluttony, and addiction all wrapped up in one.

Today is a day of family and a day where we leave social status and prejudice behind and reflect on academic achievement. This is the moment when our youth steps out of the Utopian society of college and into the melting pot of life.

Happy Hour is replaced by staff meetings, fraternity parties by the Tonight Show and all-nighters, well they never go away.

With career planning books shelved at the bookstore and cases of champagne waiting to be uncorked it is a blend of pure emotion ranging from exuberance to fear. What is going through the minds of students at this defining stage? Post graduate studies, travel abroad, career, unemployment, following in their parents footsteps, continuing the same lifestyle, athletics or living for the next sunrise. So many questions without answers, so many decisions with lifetime repercussions.

This is a time of discovery; a time of judgement.

Last week, the United States Unemployment rate hit a low of 3.9%.?? This can send shivers down the spines, but that is when you dig deep into your heart, into the trenches of life’s greatest challenges and find the passion to change lives, to change the world and to leave a legacy burning along the way.? This is your time.

There are hundreds of thousands of articles written about you, the Millennials.? Some call you the creative renaissance; others the lazy generation where every moment is defined by a SnapChat or a 140 character observation,? Some say you are focused; while many claim you lack direction.? At the end of the day, you are not a defined as a group.? You are not a collective new generation, but the individual person you see on the other side of the mirror.? You define you.

When you look back fondly on those walks down Calhoun Street, late nights at Addlestone Library, dreaming on Cistern Yard or lazy days tanning at Marion Square, know you did something great in life.

To you, the college graduate, your time is now.
This is your chance to take your education and make a difference.
We salute you, wish you luck and thank you in advance for the impact you will make in the future.

Earl Grant, College of Charleston agree to 5-year contract extension

Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — College of Charleston coach Earl Grant has agreed to a contract extension that will tie him to the school for five more seasons.

The school said Friday the contract still must be finalized. The deal will run through 2022-23.

Grant led the Cougars to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 19 years this March. Charleston hung with Southeastern Conference champion Auburn in the tournament’s opening round before falling 62-58.

Grant led College of Charleston to a 26-8 mark and a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title this season. The Cougars were 14-0 at home this season.

Athletic director Matt Roberts said Grant has brought excitement and championship basketball back to the school.

Grant said he was honored by the show of support from Charleston and looked forward to keeping the program’s rise going.

Lifelong Learning with College of Charleston Professor Nan Morrison Back by Popular Demand This Spring with Hamlet

Read More

5 Acts, 5 Tuesdays

Charleston, South Carolina, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The mysteries of Hamlet have intrigued playgoers for over 400 years and inspired innumerable adaptations in 70 languages. This class will consider those enigmas of reason and action, love and power by looking at one act of the five-act drama each successive Tuesday night for five weeks beginning March 27th, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm.

“One if the main tenets of the Charleston Library Society is to inspire a passion for lifelong learning in our members and community,” says CLS Executive Director, Anne Cleveland. “To have Nan Morrison bring her Shakespearean class back to us with Hamlet is exciting and wonderful.”
In prior years, Professor Morrison has taught Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies at the Library Society. This will be the first class taking an in-depth dive into a single play, but with the many twists and turns of Hamlet, discussion is sure to be lively and engaging through all five acts.

Admission for this Lifelong Learning class is $150 for members and $200 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, please call 843-723-9912 or email


About Nan Morrison
Nan Morrison?is a professor emeritus of English at the College of Charleston where she taught Shakespeare and Southern Literature, wrote articles in those areas, and held the Maybelle Higgins Howe Chair.

About the Charleston Library Society
Founded in 1748, The Charleston Library Society is the oldest cultural organization in the South, and the second oldest circulating library in the United States. Dedicated to serving its membership and promoting a culture of lifelong learning, The Charleston Library Society is located at 164 King Street, in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and offers a variety of educational and entertaining programs throughout the year.

College of Charleston probing ‘racially insensitive’ Halloween costumes

Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina college is investigating social media posts that appear to show students in “racially insensitive” Halloween costumes, the school’s president said.

College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell says in a statement that the school’s Division of Student Affairs and Department of Public Safety are probing whether students violated the code of conduct or other college policies.

The school’s Black Student Union says one post showed a racial slur written on someone’s bare skin, while others include a student wearing an orange jumpsuit with the name “Freddie Gray,” whose death in Baltimore police custody sparked a riot amid complaints about police brutality against black suspects.

Press Release – Associated Press

Top 35 Best Big Data Degree Colleges of 2017 List Revealed: College of Charleston #5

Read More

Best Computer Science Schools Digital released its rankings of the top 35 Best Schools for Big Data Degrees for 2017.? The list was topped by Case Western Reserve University.? Just below Case Western, the remainder of the top five was rounded out by Ohio State University, Elon University and Denison University and the College of Charleston.

The publication said of the #5 ranked College of Charleston:


Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and science university serving approximately 10,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students. The school features comprehensive academic programs, a vibrant student community, and a faculty of more than 500 dedicated and distinguished teacher-scholars. The campus, located in historic downtown Charleston (and named the most beautiful college campus in America by Travel + Leisure magazine), is home to a world-renowned Data Science degree program.

Program Features

The Data Science program at the College of Charleston was the very first undergraduate degree of its kind to be offered in the United States. Students can pursue one of 14 specializations, including biomechanics, e-commerce, supply chain management, geoinformatics, molecular biology, and sociology. Coursework offered through the Data Science degree includes the following core curriculum:

  • Dataset Organization and Management
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Principles of Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Science Capstone


Students in the Data Science program at College of Charleston have participated in paid internships with IBM, Bibliolife, the Medical University of South Carolina, and other top organizations. The school partners with the University of San Francisco for the Data Science Pathway Program, which provides College of Charleston Data Science graduates with priority admission to the University of San Francisco Master of Science in Analytics program.”

Rounding out the Top 35:

  • #6 Auburn University
  • #7 Miami University – Oxford
  • #8 Luther College
  • #9 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • #10 Arizona State University
  • #11 Smith College
  • #12 George Mason
  • #13 Penn State University
  • #14 Arkansas Technical University
  • #15 New York University
  • #16 Brigham Young University
  • #17 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • #18 University of California – Irvine
  • #19 Florida Polytechnic University
  • #20 University of Rochester
  • #21 Becker College
  • #22 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • #23 University of Evanville
  • #24 Northern Kentucky University
  • #25 Valparaiso University
  • #26 Winona State University
  • #27 University of Iowa
  • #28 St. Mary’s University
  • #29 University of Minnesota – Duluth
  • #30 Westminster College
  • #31 University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • #32 University of San Francisco
  • #33 University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • #34 Thomas Edison State University
  • #35 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Complete List and Details

Congratulations to the College of Charleston.? Go Cougars.

College of Charleston Student Bucket List – 50 Things to Do Before Graduation

Read More

It is that time of year: The weather is showing slight signs of cooling, the city streets are filled with students back from the summer break or just starting the next phase of their lives. This is an exciting time to be in Charleston. We wanted to provide our students with a little stimulus to help motivate them during their time at the College of Charleston. Whether you are a freshman or senior, there are things on this list you may not yet have accomplished.

We have attached a PDF to download and print so you always have it with you.

We would love to hear from you if you complete the list or have a great story to share.

Good luck and let the Student Bucket List Games Begin!!!!

□ Attend a play at the Dock Street Theatre
□ Jog to, and around, Colonial Lake
□ Watch the Citadel’s Friday afternoon parade
□ Volunteer at a soup kitchen
□ Pledge a sorority/fraternity
□ Visit the turtle hospital at the aquarium
□ Go to a Charleston Battery game
□ Watch the sunrise on Folly Beach
□ Be a reading partner/big brother or sister
□ Play an intramural sport
□ Go kayaking on Shem Creek
□ Take a sunset Harbor Tour
□ Take sailing lessons
□ Attend church at the Music Farm
□ Participate in the Citadel Bulldog Challenge
□ Spend a day at a plantation
□ Take a picture w/the Clyde the Cougar statue
□ Eat at a 5 star restaurant
□ Paint the Folly boat
□ Picnic in Marion Square
□ See a show at the Windjammer
□ Take a class in something you know absolutely nothing about
□ Play Capture the Flag at White Point Gardens
□ Attend Open House at the Observatory on campus
□ Attend a RiverDogs opener game
□ Meet Bill Murray
□ Watch a meteor shower at Waterfront Park
□ Live on King Street
□ Eat at Gilroy’s at 3am
□ Eat oysters five ways
□ Participate in glow yoga on the beach
□ Join a school club
□ Park at the Battery and walk to class
□ Explore the streets south of Broad
□ Spend a sunny afternoon studying…or napping…in the Cistern
□ Finish an evening with a significant other on the swings at Waterfront Park
□ Be a part of Cistern Radio
□ Go on a haunted jail tour
□ Attend a Quidditch match at CofC
□ Go salsa dancing at The Hall in N. Charleston
□ Go to Record Store Day at Monster Music
□ Learn how to throw a cast net
□ Run the Ravenel Bridge
□ Try your luck at the CAB Casino Night
□ Learn how to surf
□ Work on your tan in Marion Square
□ Participate in at least 1 homecoming activity
□ Learn how to swing dance
□ Participate in the Polar Bear Plunge
□ Skip class to hang out on the beach

CofC Bucket List – Printable Version


A new downtown hotel and student abuse at the College of Charleston – Headlines from the Top US City

Read More

By Mark A. Leon

A new 18 room hotel was unanimously approved for the old Bob Ellis location on King Street and the fifth College of Charleston fraternity was shut down in a year with this recent one involving acts or misconduct allegedly including abuse of a student.

Meanwhile in Conde Nast land, Charleston continues its reign as the #1 city in the United States.

Let us for a moment overly simplify this.? I apologize for the lack of complexity, but sometimes you need to be transparent and simple.? These bullet points should illustrate a growing number of concerns that we cannot turn a blind eye to.

  • Charleston has not ranked in the top five tourist cities in the United States or world in any other annual survey other than Travel & Leisure.
  • The voters are tourists that spend an average of 1 to 4 days in Charleston annually or just one isolated visit.
  • A small group is “raising” awareness of a new rising of the South with peaceful demonstrations of flag waving and graffiti, but we claim to not have issues around race.
  • Have there been any investigations into the conditions the construction workers that are working in extreme heat putting up all these new developments in record time to capitalize on the overwhelming rise in demand and prices in Charleston County and surrounding areas?
  • In a recent article, we recommended subsidized parking for locals that work downtown. Thank you to the College of Charleston and their survey team by bringing attention to this issue and reinforcing that local livability is taking a back seat.
  • Why is our local city and county government, knowing that there is active construction on Upper King, Crosstown, Lockwood, Upper Meeting, Medical District and areas around The Battery, not doing a single thing to curtail the development? That is the million-dollar question that remains.

Is all this for the hard-working residents that commute long hours every day, suffer wear on their vehicles from a damaged road system, struggle to pay monthly rent and expenses and refusing to come to a city that preaches shop local, buy local?

In a city that can be crippled by an icy bridge, a netting falling from a bridge top or a single massive accident, it is time to ask some serious questions and more importantly, get answers.

When will historic Charleston return to the look and feel of a city that once was the shining star of the South? 2017 Top Party Schools in South Carolina – College of Charleston Ranked Pretty High

Read More

The 2017 Top Party Schools ranking is based on student reviews and nightlife statistics. Top party colleges have a vibrant and diverse party scene – they offer fun options both on and off campus and students rate their peers as being fun, friendly, and into partying.

The College of Charleston was ranked as the #2 party school in South Carolina and #39 in the nation in the latest study on Best Party Schools.? Here is the top 15 in the state.

  1. University of South Carolina
  2. College of Charleston
  3. Clemson University
  4. Coastal Carolina University
  5. Wofford University
  6. Benedict College
  7. Presbyterian College
  8. Morris College
  9. Francis Marion University
  10. Lander University
  11. Winthrop University
  12. South Carolina State University
  13. Furman University
  14. Newberry College
  15. University of South Carolina Update

Complete National List

Complete South Carolina State List

Ranking Criteria and Methodology

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Student Surveys on Party Scene Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the quality of the party scene at each school. Self-reported by Niche users 70.0%
Access to Bars A measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of bars and similar establishments. U.S. Census 15.0%
Athletics Grade Niche Athletics grade, which incorporates factors such as number of national championships won, athletic department revenue, as well as student surveys regarding athletics on campus. Niche 7.5%
Greek Life Grade Niche Greek Life grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding Greek life on campus. Niche 7.5%