History & Traditions

At the College of Charleston, the past and the future influence everything, from our historic campus to our 250 years of academic excellence.


We’re the 13th oldest educational institution in the United States. That means we have so many traditions to share with future students. 

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Notable Alumni and Previous Presidents 

When you graduate from the College of Charleston, you’ll join the ranks of intellectuals who went on to be architects, authors, athletes, politicians, legal experts, historians and more… including some who returned as president of the College. 

Notable Alumni

Previous Presidents 


Have you always wondered when The Cistern was filled in? What about the first year the College admitted female students?

The College’s history