College of Charleston, Charleston

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University / School · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
South Carolina's oldest institution of higher learning, College of Charleston is a liberal arts college established in 1770. The main campus, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contains a mix of modern and historical buildings. Start your visit at the admissions building, where you can join a guided tour of the campus and learn about the founders of the college, which included three signers of the Declaration of Independence. The college is home to over 11,000 students who come for a curriculum focused on languages, literature, history, sciences, and the arts. Work out when and for how long to visit College of Charleston and other Charleston attractions using our handy Charleston route website.
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  • This is a gorgeous college campus that is the oldest municipal college in the US. It is well incorporated into the surrounding community. The architecture is beautiful.  more »
  • Beautiful campus! Lovely walk through the campus. The houses were so pretty. Loved the atmosphere. Students we came across were friendly.  more »
  • This is a pretty urban college. They have a nice central quadrangle, but it is not that big or impressive. It is the College of Charleston's location in the Colonial Part of Charleston which makes it a great place. . The August tour we went on was just OK-- the tour guide did not have that much to say . There were also quite a few mosquitos around the central courtyard -- we had to go out and buy Cutter at the local CVS right after the tour to prevent being a mosquito snack. I will give this a four star, but I would skip the tour unless you are going to college here, or have a particular reason for doing son.
  • This college looks amazing but I wanna know if I can get a class for game development and veterinary.

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