College of Charleston

Colleges/Universities South Carolina



66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone:(843) 805-5507

Located in historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston, a highly respected public liberal arts and sciences university, is the 13th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Founded in 1770, Charleston is one of the nation’s most esteemed locations to consider for quality education at an affordable price. The 52 acre historic campus, upgraded by modern facilities, offers innovative programs and a dedicated faculty of more than 500 distinguished teacher-scholars. The high level of scholarship is legendary.

Over 10,000 undergraduates and approximately 1,500 graduate students experience a small college atmosphere along with the advantages of a much larger institution.  Living in the historic city of Charleston itself adds to the quality learning experiences available.

Campus buildings toured are discussed below:

The very elegant Randolph Hall, a National Historic Landmark, built in 1828-29, is a main structure on campus.  Named after the eleventh president of the college (Harrison Randolph), this is one of the oldest college buildings still in use in the nation.  Randolph Hall served as the main academic building on campus for many years. Now it mainly houses administrative offices, although it still contains some English classrooms. The main meeting area, located on the second floor, is called Alumni Memorial Hall. Many formal ceremonies and announcements take place there. The historic nature of this edifice symbolizes the nation’s  elevated educational traditions.

Marion and Wayland H. Cato, Jr. Center for the Arts houses the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.  The building is very accessible with all power doors, plus ramps.

The Admissions Building front entrance has power doors and the admissions office itself  is on the first floor.

Stern Student Center, nicknamed “your college living room,” adds to the excellent quality of student life on campus. At first glance, offering a power front entrance, an elevator to the second floor, and drinking fountains. Furthermore,  this building provides a café, internet access computers, snack machines, a game room, ATMs, a swimming pool, a bike share program, a theatre, ADA accessible meeting rooms and restrooms. Unfortunately,  accessible restrooms, on both floors do not have power doors.

The front entrance of the Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center is accessible via a brick ramp plus power push button doors. The side entrance is not accessible. However, the facility is newly renovated to the rear of the building, which is quite accessible having interior,  plus exterior ramps, and a push button power door entrance.

The Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library, offers  power accessible front doors, an exterior ramp entrance, and elevators,  plus accessible washrooms. A convenient Starbucks Coffee is found off the front porch at the entrance.  Opened in 2005, this modern facility contains the College’s library, providing students with access to more than 40,000 electronic journals and an amazing collection of books published in America between 1639 and 1800. Special Collections, on the 3rd floor, houses photographs, prints, artifacts, maps, manuscripts, rare books, and the Jewish Heritage Collection. The building also contains the Center for Student Learning, a student computer lab, and a café.

The modernized Liberty Street Fresh Food Company, the college’s 26,000-square-foot dining hall, opened in 2007, offers a power entrance, and features six service stations with fresh and local food choices, plasma-screen TVs, lounge seating, and a fireplace.

The  F. Mitchell Johnson physical education center, the indoor gym, and recreational center, built in 1981, provides fitness and sports facilities offering both an exterior ramp and a push button door.

Additional helpful facts about Charleston:  There is a CVS, drug store at the center of campus. The campus throughout the city is very flat.


The University of Charleston rates an eight out of ten for accessibility.


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