The College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation's top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. The College offers the distinctive combination of a beautiful and historic campus, modern facilities and cutting-edge programs. Students from across the U.S. and the world choose the College of Charleston for its small-college feel blended with the advantages and diversity of an urban, mid-sized university. Many students cite strong academic advising, a focus on writing skills and interdisciplinary studies, numerous undergraduate research opportunities and an innovative Honors College as just a few of the many benefits. The College provides a creative and intellectually stimulating environment where students are challenged by a committed and caring faculty of distinguished teacher-scholars. The city of Charleston, world-renowned for its history, culture, architecture and coastal environment, serves our approximately 10,000 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in business, technology, science, teaching, the humanities, languages and the arts. At the same time, students and faculty are engaged with the community in partnerships to improve education, enhance the business environment and enrich the overall quality of life in the region.