CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston Southern University welcomed over 1,000 new students for the fall semester – the largest incoming class the university has reported in the last six years.

CSU enrollment is up 5% since last year at a reported 3,537 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs, in addition to its record incoming freshmen class.

The university reported the following statistics for this year’s class:

  • 1,052 freshmen/transfers
  • 39% are from the Tricounty area; 77% are from South Carolina
  • 17 countries are represented
  • 22% Black/African American, 59% White/Caucasian, 7% Hispanic, 1% Asian, <1% Native Hawaiian, >1% American Indian or Alaskan
  • 61% female, 39% male
  • Top 5 Majors: nursing, business, biology, kinesiology, education
  • Average GPA: 3.4 unweighted, 4.83 weighted
  • Average SAT score: 1052
  • 15 valedictorians
  • 108 graduated top 10% of their class
  • 370 are first-generation college students
  • 98 are legacy Bucs (one or both parents are CSU alumni)

CSU also exceeded housing goals for a second consecutive year and converted the nearby Wingate Hotel to on-campus housing to accommodate surplus residents.

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