CSU makes 100 Best College Buys and Best Christian Colleges lists again

National lists celebrating affordable colleges and Christian education have once again included Charleston Southern University.

CSU has been named to America’s 100 Best College Buys for 15 consecutive years and America’s Best Christian Colleges for 21 consecutive years.

To be considered for America’s 100 Best College Buys, an institution must be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees and have an out-of-state cost of attendance in 2019-20 for two semesters below the national average cost of attendance or not exceeding the national average cost by more than 10 percent.


According to Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., “Survey results showed a national average cost of attendance based upon the regular cost at private institutions and the out-of-state cost at public institutions for 2019-2020 of $45,406.” CSU’s cost of attendance is $36,700, significantly lower than the national average. CSU understands that funding a college education is a major investment, and the university strives to offer students a quality education at the lowest possible cost.

Just three universities in South Carolina made the 100 Best College Buys list for 2019-2020: CSU, Anderson University and Coastal Carolina University.

America’s Best Christian Colleges is awarded to those Christian colleges which are providing an educational experience incorporating basic Christian principles and beliefs into the instructional curriculum and/or social environment. To qualify for the list, colleges must also be an accredited, four-year institution offering bachelor degrees and have had an entering freshman class in the fall of 2019 with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average for all freshmen entering Christian institutions of higher education.

South Carolina schools making the list are: CSU, Anderson University, North Greenville University and Presbyterian College.

Both lists are administered by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., which identifies outstanding colleges offering high quality educations at the lowest possible costs and American colleges and universities providing students the highest quality education in a Christian environment.


About Charleston Southern University: Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, Christian liberal arts university. With an enrollment of more than 3,400 students, CSU is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities and has been recognized as one of America’s Best Christian Colleges, America’s 100 Best College Buys, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, Colleges of Distinction, VA Yellow Ribbon Program and a Military Friendly School. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, CSU offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Students can learn online or in the classroom. The university’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.