Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions we receive from prospective students. If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to email us at gradstud@cofc.edu or give us a call at 843.953.5614.

What housing options are available for graduate students?

While on-campus housing is not available to graduate students, there are apartment complexes downtown that cater specifically to students:

Additionally, many students choose to live off the peninsula in places like Mt. Pleasant, James Island, North Charleston, and West Ashley. You can reference our College of Charleston Graduate School - 2021 Housing Guide for detailed information about available options.

Once you are accepted, you can also search for a roommate - just complete the application

What are the parking options on campus?

Permits are available through the College for both surface lots and garages. Prices vary by location. Graduate students get preferential parking assignments starting their second semester. First semester, permits are sold first come, first serve at Parking Services on Calhoun Street. Permit types include student, evening, disabled access, bicycle, and more. Metered street parking is also available

What funding opportunities are available through the College?

The College offers a variety of funding opportunities including assistantships, scholarships, and grants. You can find detailed information about each on our Funding Opportunities page.  Apply by the priority deadline to be considered!

Graduate students can also review financial aid options, including loans, through the Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs.

What is the average class size at the graduate level?

This depends on the program. For most, class size ranges from 5-25 students. For a more specific answer, ask your program director.

Is there gym access for graduate students?

Yes, graduate students have full access to the gyms, just like any other student. Simply swipe in with your student ID at either location to enjoy access.

Are there meal plans?

Meal plans are not required for graduate students, but they are available. Peruse the different options on the dining services page. Even without a meal plan, you can get into any dining hall with cash, credit, or debit.

What are the health services available for graduate students?

The College does not provide health insurance for graduate students, but many services are available through Student Health Services.