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The College of Charleston

Students and parents always return from visiting the C of C with rave reviews. This way “beyond a college town” offers top dining, unique as well as popular shopping, colonial and early American cultural and historic sights, and a relaxing waterfront walkway featuring a pineapple-shaped fountain! Mid-sized C of C is located in the heart of it all.

I knew there were 60 majors, small classes with an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, and an Honors College providing advanced coursework for high-achievers. What about the strength of C of C’s academic programs and career opportunities?

The Biology department is strong, and the marine biology program offers specialty courses, research opportunities, and fieldwork to study local ecosystems. 

The innovative Arts Management program combines business with art/art history to prepare students for careers in arts administration and museum management/operations. An allied program is Historic Preservation and Community Planning, which utilizes the city as a living classroom for preserving cultural resources. Studying business, sustainability, history, and art allows students who love the arts an opportunity to build solid careers. 

The AACSB-accredited School of Business has two programs of special note: Supply Chain and Information Management, which prepare students for logistics roles. 

These are a few companies that recruit C of C Students:

Blackbaud: This top international cloud software company located in Charleston hires C of C students for tech, operations, and sales positions.

MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina): Biology, chemistry, and allied health field students go on to careers or further education at Charleston’s medical school, which is nationally ranked second in adult and sixth in pediatric specialties, and rated high-performing in 4 adult specialties and 13 procedures and conditions. 

Despite its recent troubles, Boeing remains an aerospace giant that recruits engineering, supply chain, business, and other majors for internships/jobs at its Charleston-area facilities.

EY (Ernst & Young), PwC, Deloitte recruit C of C accounting and finance grads.

The South Carolina-based hybrid technology distributor ScanSource and New Zealand-based Sims Distributing are major employers of C of C supply chain and business majors.

After three days in Charleston, I absolutely know why the College of Charleston has become a  top destination for so many students. I encourage everyone to visit–and stay long enough to sample some shrimp and grits, hush puppies, and coconut cake for dessert. 


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