center - pi kappa
p h i f rat e r n i t y -
delta delta delta
s o r o r i t y -
- alpha delta pi
sorority - zeta
tau alpha sorority
- phi mu sorority -
- political science
dept. of political
- food court-
residence - sylvia
center - school
Wo r l d A ffa i r s
- towell library-
-rita liddy hollings
- college lodge -
- simons center
for the arts -
center - johnson
p h y s i c a l -
h e a lt h c e n t e r -
- randolph hall
warren place - kelly
residence hall - new
lightsey center -berry
residence hall - the
office -new science
marlene & nathan
rutledge rivers -
student residence -
carriage house -
buist rivers - coming
st . - k n o x l e s e s n e
house - sottile
house - robert scott
small - admissions
- honors college -
school of sciences
& mathematics -
maybank hall -
school of humanities
& social sciences
- cato center
v i s i to r i nf o rmati o n
College offiCe Hours eMergenCy assistanCe
Monday through friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from an on-campus phone: 3-5611
Most offices are closed saturday and sunday. all other phones: 843.953.5611
there are 23 emergency call boxes located throughout the campus.
inforMation and assistanCe the call boxes are available for requesting a campus escort, reporting an
general information: emergency or requesting assistance in an emergency.
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Parking is available in the garage on st. Philip street between Vanderhorst and
Calhoun streets, in the garage located on st. Philip street between george
and liberty streets, and in the Wentworth street garage (on st. Philip street
between Wentworth and Beaufain streets).
The College of Charleston and The Graduate School of the College of Charleston are committed to
providing leadership in the attainment of equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, religion,
sex, national origin, age, handicap, or other legally protected classification. This effort is in compliance
with all federal and state laws, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age
Discrimination Act of 1975 as amended. Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Human Relations
and Minority Affairs, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina 29424-0001.
for information: 843.805.5507
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Warren PlaCe legend
College buildings aCCessibility
Non-college buildings Elevator
One-way streets Curb Cut
Two-way streets Entry
CalHoun atHletiCs CoMPlex
st. PHiliP street
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ST. PhiliP ST. GaraGE: 81 St. Philip St.
GEOrGE ST. GaraGE: 34 St. Philip St.
WENTWOrTh ST. GaraGE: 81 Wentworth St.
w a l k i n g to u r b u i l d i n g s College buildings
1. randolph Hall; Cistern yard; 9. stern student Center; rita A school of the arts annex S student affairs: associate kk Cameron House:
towell library; Porters lodge liddy Hollings science Center B John rivers dean of students, Historic Preservation
2. sottile theatre 10. College Way and green Way Communications Museum C.a.r.e., sport Clubs & Community
C student residences T staff residence Planning Program
3. Johnson Center; silcox Center; 11. Wilson-sottile House;
Carolina first arena Honors Center D Cougar Club U Political science
V Public administration mm faculty offices
4. george street apartments; 12. Higdon student leadership E Physical plant
W student residences nn faculty housing
liberty street residence Center; addlestone library; F depts. of anthropology,
science Center; Multicultural sociology X student residences oo Blacklock House: alumni
Hall; liberty street fresh
food Company; Craig Center G student residence Y residence life
pp student residence
residence Hall; Craig union; 13. Chapel theatre; Calhoun H faculty offices and housing
education Center; george qq Central energy plant
annex; at&t Building; I department offices Z residence life
street garage Berry Hall; Mcalister facilities office rr student Health services
J Wentworth street garage ss treasurer’s office
5. J.C. long Building; tate 14. Bookstore; lightsey Center; K student residences aa dept. of Psychology
Center; Beatty Center; school College lodge bb english offices tt st. Philip street Parking
L offices garage: mail services,
of education, Health, and 15. Cougar Mall; Maybank Hall; cc 5 College Way
M religious studies public safety
Human Performance robert scott small Building dd dept. of Communication
N guest house uu new student Programs
6. Jewish studies Center; school 16. Cato Center; Halsey institute; ee Buist rivers
O Philosophy, religious vv Honors College offices,
of languages, Cultures, and simons Center ff rutledge rivers
studies school of sciences and
World affairs 17. Cistern yard Mathematics offices,
P Philosophy gg knox lesesne House
7. President’s House; faculty offices 18. expanded campus (not shown) undergraduate research
Q faculty House hh student residence
8. early Childhood development avery research Center; grice & Creative activities
R english ii faculty offices
Center; fraternity row; glenn Marine lab; Patriots Point ww Mathematics offices
jj student residences
McConnell residence Hall; athletics Complex xx school of Humanities
sorority row and social sciences
QUICK FACTS 10,147 1,625
majors: undergraduate graduate
47 students students
50 states 71Countries
class size: 77 faculty ratio
*For statistical information, please see the Planning and Reference Guide at http://ir.cofc.edu
South Carolina’s public liberal arts and sciences institution
of higher education located in a city renowned for its
extraordinary history and vibrant culture.
A LittLe History A Look At us todAy
the College of Charleston is the oldest institution of higher the College of Charleston prepares its graduates to be citizens of
learning in the state (founded in 1770 and chartered in 1785) and the world. By applying the concept of diversity to the professional
the 13th oldest in the nation. it was also the first municipal college and liberal arts experience, students of all backgrounds, races,
in the country (the City of Charleston assumed responsibility for its countries, and cultures are introduced to academic programs with
support in 1837). More than a century later, in 1970, the College an international and intercultural content.
joined the s.C. state system and began its greatest growth phase.
you will notice that the campus is an elegant blend of classical,
today, approximately 10,000 undergraduates and more than 1,700
colonial, antebellum, Victorian and modern architecture. the
graduate students are on campus.
College’s facilities, while preserving a sense of history, are still
A LittLe Bit ABout us
the College of Charleston is recognized for the exceptional
your WALking tour
experience it offers. We encourage our students to customize their
education by combining diverse majors, minors and concentrations Because the College has more than 100 buildings in and around
with study abroad, undergraduate research opportunities, and historic downtown Charleston, our walking tour will simply highlight
internships. our preeminent faculty give students individual a few of the more prominent structures.
attention, and they enjoy experiential learning opportunities that on this walking tour, you will explore the parts of campus around
normally are available only at the graduate level. it is easy to see Calhoun, st. Philip, Wentworth and Coming streets.
why the College’s graduates make the transition into professions
NOTE: Feel free to enter any of the buildings that are open.
or graduate programs so successfully.
Let’s begin at
the heart of campus –
tHe CisteRN yARD.
the large grassy oval in front of randolph Hall is called
the Cistern. the Cistern was constructed in 1857 to help
control the problem of rainwater flooding the basement of
The May commencement
randolph Hall and to provide water for fighting fires. Later,
ceremony is held in the Cistern the Cistern was covered and planted with grass, and today it
Yard. Graduates walk across the is a favorite study spot for students.
Cistern to receive their diplomas.
A unique aspect of the ceremony RANDOLPH HALL is the large, imposing structure on
is that ladies wear white dresses
and gentlemen wear white the northern side of the Cistern yard and for many years was
dinner jackets instead of caps the main academic building on campus. the center section,
and gowns. with a grand portico and Corinthian-style columns, was built
in 1828. named for Harrison randolph, who was president
of the College from 1897 to 1945, it is one of the oldest
college buildings still in use in the united states.
Randolph hall has survived
earthquakes, hurricanes and war. its scars
are evident by the cracks and dings in its
façade. during the Civil War, though it was
out of normal bombardment range from
Federal artillery, one shell reportedly struck
the east wing of the building and another
fragment crashed through the library roof.
on August 31, 1886, Charleston was struck
by a major earthquake, and randolph Hall tOweLL LibRARy RANDOLPH HALL PORteR's LODge
was among the most heavily damaged
buildings in the city. Fortunately, classes campus library, the greek revival-style george street side of the archway. this
were not interrupted and randolph Hall was building, embellished with italianate details, often-quoted phrase is inscribed on the
returned to its grandeur by 1894.
is named for edward towell, a former oracle of Apollo at delphi, greece. during
Hurricane Hugo, which struck in september chemistry professor, dean and acting the Civil War, Porters Lodge was used to
1989, also left its mark. randolph Hall lost president of the College. house a fire engine, and the notches that
much of its roof, and water damaged the were carved to make room for the engine’s
east tower and sections of the second floor. on the opposite end of the Cistern yard shafts are still visible. today, Porters Lodge
More noticeable was the loss of ten stately is poRTERS lodGE, which faces george contains faculty offices.
oaks that had originally been planted in the street. this roman revival-inspired building
CISTERn YaRd in the 1850s. the College was constructed in 1850 and was the in 1972, the three buildings on the Cistern
replaced them with the largest oaks it could home of the College’s porter, or custodian. (randolph Hall, towell Library, and Porters
obtain – one of which was donated by that Colonel edward White, the architect of Lodge) were designated national Historic
year’s graduating class. the u.s. Customs House and a College Landmarks by the national Park service.
trustee, designed the lodge and some of
the other structure facing the Cistern is the additions to randolph Hall. the greek Note: The entrance to the Office of
ToWEll lIBRaRY. Built in 1855 as the first inscription “know thyself” appears on the Admissions is directly across George Street.
turn Left onto
and CROss st. PHiLiP stReet.
sOttiLe tHeAtRe is the large brick building
on your left. the exterior of the building is constructed of
American bond brickwork, with oversize panels decorated
When it was completed in
1922, the SoTTile TheATre in a Flemish brick pattern. Classical urns featuring Jupiter
was the largest theater in the heads adorn the parapet that extends along the george
state, seating more than 2,000. street roofline.
originally named Gloria Theatre,
it was constructed as both a
vaudeville house and a movie the theatre seats 800. Major events such as spoleto
theater. By 1935, when traveling Festival usA and College of Charleston events such as
vaudeville shows largely came to
the international Piano series and a number of student-
an end, the venue served mainly
as a movie house until 1975. sponsored programs take place in the theatre.
continue on Walk back to
GEoRGE STREET and ST. phIlIp STREET
CRoSS kInG STREET. and TuRn lEFT.
in the middle of the block on to your left are the GEoRGE
your left are the JohnSon STREET apaRTmEnTs, a
phYSICal EduCaTIon CEnTER parking garage and the lIBERTY
and the SIlCoX phYSICal STREET RESIdEnCE hall. the
EduCaTIon and hEalTh lIBERTY STREET FRESh Food
CEnTER. they house a number CompanY (College cafeteria)
of basketball, volleyball, is on the first floor of the Liberty
racquetball, squash and street side.
badminton courts and an
Across the street, are
indoor running track.
CRaIG RESIdEnCE hall
and CRaIG unIon.
the CaRolIna FIRST aREna
sits on the corner of george the ThaddEuS STREET JR.
and Meeting streets (entrance is EduCaTIon CEnTER is next
on Meeting st. to your left). the door. it contains the Jon Morter
men’s and women’s basketball anthropology lab, Michael Pincus
teams and the volleyball team Languages resource Center and
call this 5,100-seat state-of-the- the Volpe Center for teaching
art facility home. and Learning.
CROss LibeRty stReet.
the J.C. Long Building is on the other corner of st. Philip
and Liberty streets. it houses many of the foreign languages
classrooms, computer labs and faculty offices.
in addition to offering majors in next to J.C. Long on Liberty street is the b e At ty
athletic training, early childhood
education, elementary education,
CeNteR . Home to the school of Business and
middle grades education, economics, it contains classrooms, faculty offices, and a
physical education and special trading desk – a high-tech room where students get hands-
education, the School of on experience while they track the movements of stocks
on the new york stock exchange and other exchanges.
and human Performance.
is an active partner in a number Between the Beatty Center and J.C. Long is the tate Center
of educational programs, for entrepreneurship.
such as Call Me Mister, Center
for Partnerships to improve Continue along st. Philip street. the school of education,
education, and Center for the Health, and Human Performance is in the building on the
Advancement of New literacies
corner of Wentworth street.
in Middle Grades.
turn RIGhT on turn RIGhT onto
WEnTWoRTh GlEBE STREET.
STREET and continue the oldest building on campus
onE BloCk to is the president’s home at 6
GlEBE STREET. GlEBE STREET, which was
constructed in 1770 as the
there is very active and thriving parsonage of st. Philip’s Church.
Jewish community in the city in 1785, the reverend dr. robert
and at the College. the SYlVIa smith established a successful
VloSkY YaSChIk JEWISh academy at 6 glebe street and
STudIES CEnTER, on the corner immediately transferred his 60 JewisH stuDies CeNteR
of glebe and Wentworth streets, students to the College when he
is the center of Jewish activity became the first president of the
at the College. Jewish studies institution in 1789.
program offices, the Jewish The Georgian-style building is listed
Historical society of south as a National Historic Landmark.
Carolina, a Judaica library, the
Jewish student union/Hillel, Faculty offices are located in
and the school of Languages, the historic homes all along
Cultures, and World Affairs all glebe street.
share space in the Jewish
look closely at the gate leading to the front entrance of 6 Glebe Street. it is a fine example
of the beautiful wrought-iron work you will see around the campus and throughout the
city. This gate includes the miter and crosier of a bishop in its center medallion – a fitting
symbol for Smith, who became the first episcopal bishop of South Carolina in 1796. PResiDeNt's HOme
walk back to
and turn RigHt.
f RAteRNity ROw is located between the
n.e. MiLes eArLy CHiLdHood deVeLoPMent
Center and gLenn MCConneLL residenCe HALL,
Approximately 3,400 students
on the corner of Wentworth and Coming streets.
live in the residence halls, historic
houses, apartments and fraternity turn right on Coming street. sorority roW is on
and sorority houses on campus. Coming street between Wentworth and george streets.
Although each residence is upperclassmen live in some of the historic houses
unique, all on-campus housing
provides residents with a sense along Coming st.
of community and a taste of
turn RIGhT onto GEoRGE STREET.
the RITa lIddY hollInGS SCIEnCE CEnTER, which
houses the departments of physics and astronomy,
biology and geology, as well as science laboratories and a
rooftop observatory, is on the corner to your left.
the STERn STudEnT CEnTER (named for ted stern,
president of the College from 1968 to 1979) is on your
right. it contains a fitness center, an indoor swimming
pool, a game room, student lounges, the office of student
Life, and a number of student organization offices.
the stern Center Food Court, where your choices include
Chick-fil-A, Jole Mole, Quiznos and greenhouse, is
located on the first floor.
Founded at the College of Charleston in 1904, the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity
marks its 25-year anniversaries with gifts to the College. Pi Kapps celebrated their
25th anniversary by funding the Pi Kappa Phi Memorial Gate, which marks the
entrance to the original campus from College Street. They commemorated their
50th anniversary with a clock on the façade of randolph hall, and their 75th with
a red rose garden. They marked their centennial with a bell tower, which stands
at the south end of rivers Green across from Addlestone library.
Before the College joined the state higher education system
in 1970, the campus was defined by green street, College
street, st. Philip street, and george street. in the early
1970s, the College closed green and College streets to
The College campus and
city traffic and created b RiCk wALkwAys
its boundaries are subtly
distinguished from the city by now called green Way and College Way, respectively.
sidewalks. The tradition began Continue along College Way until you see the large,
during the administration of
Theodore S. Stern, the sixteenth
president of the College
stop at the InTERSECTIon
of CollEGE WaY and GREEn WaY.
on your left is the WIlSon-SoTTIlE houSE (c. 1890)
built by samuel Wilson, a prominent merchant. this
Victorian mansion, characterized by stained-glass windows,
carved oak doors with leaded glass panels, multi-colored
mosaics patterning the foyer floor, marble mantels, crystal
chandeliers, and delicate woodwork, was used as a dormitory
after the College acquired it from the sottile family. today, it HONORs COLLege
houses the College’s office of institutional Advancement.
the honoRS CEnTER is the greek revival-style William
Aiken House (c. 1841) on your right. Honors College students
gather here to study, socialize, meet with professors, attend
seminars, work on group projects and relax in the upstairs
lounge/reading room. this house is named for William Aiken,
a former south Carolina governor.
The Sottile tree, located in front of the Wilson-Sottile house, was the first lighted
Christmas tree in Charleston and has been strung with lights each year since
1921 (except for a hiatus during the required blackouts of World War ii).
The tree-lighting ceremony, which takes place after Thanksgiving,
rings in the holiday season at the College.
gReeN wAy to
turn left on
COmiNg stReet and turn RigHt.
the Higdon student LeAdersHiP Center occupies
the yellow house on the opposite side of Coming street.
Special Collections is a must- the mARL eN e AND NAt HAN A D D Le stO Ne
see. it contains rare books,
photographs, maps, prints,
Lib RARy is the large building on the corner of Coming
artifacts, manuscripts and the and Calhoun streets. the Center for student Learning, a
Jewish heritage Collection. student computer lab and a café are also in the building.
rivers Green is the grassy
area behind the library. the new sCienCe Center is on the opposite corner of
The Multicultural Center, where Calhoun street. it houses the chemistry and biochemistry
the offices of Multicultural department, Lowcountry Hazards Center, south Carolina
Student Programs and space grant offices, a nAsA lunar outreach and education
international education and
Programs are located, is the
office, an earth history museum, gis and remote sensing
yellow building next to the library laboratories and geosciences laboratories.
on Calhoun Street.
LibRARy eNtRANCe, On Calhoun st.
turn right on RETuRn to the corner
Calhoun STREET. of ST. phIlIp and
walk toward Calhoun STREETS.
ST. phIlIp STREET.
Look to your left. the CollEGE
on the left side of Calhoun oF ChaRlESTon BookSToRE
street are the ChapEl ThEaTRE is located on the street level of
and Calhoun annEX. the the lIGhTSEY CEnTER in the
Chapel theatre (formerly the middle of the block. in addition
First Christian Church) seats to textbooks, the bookstore
approximately 100. the annex sells a wide variety of College of
CHAPeL tHeAtRe bOOk stORe
houses the student-run radio Charleston gifts and apparel, and
station, student newspaper and general-interest books.
the registrar's office, financial
take a left onto st. Philip street. aid, Career Center and disability
the aT&T BuIldInG (to your services office are also located in
left) houses faculty offices the Lightsey Center.
directly across the street from the
JoE E. BERRY JR. RESIdEnCE
bookstore is CollEGE lodGE, a
hall, maRCIa kEllY
mCalISTER RESIdEnCE hall,
kEllY houSE and WaRREn
plaCE (also residence halls) are
along the right side of the street.
cross CALHOUN STREET and turn
RIGHT. enter COUGAR MALL
through the IRON GATES to your left.
One of the main entrances to the campus is through
COUGAR MALL , located diagonally across the
street from the Chapel Theatre. The statue of Clyde
The Latin inscription that appears
the Cougar, the College’s mascot, guards the entrance
above the wrought-iron gate
marking the entrance to Cougar Mall to Cougar Mall, which ends at the fountain behind
was taken from Homer’s Æneid and Randolph Hall.
means “to remember these things
will be a pleasure.” MAYBANK HALL, on the left side of Cougar Mall, is a
classroom and faculty office building. The Robert Scott
Small Building is on the right. It was the College’s library
until 2005 when the Addlestone Library opened. Now it
houses classrooms and faculty and administrative offices.
ENTRANCE TO COUGAR MALL
walk through cross ST. PHILIP
COUGAR MALL STREET and RETURN
and turn LEFT at to the CISTERN YARd.
the FOUNTAIN to We hope this brief tour of
ST. PHILIP STREET. the College of Charleston
has given you a better sense
The ALBERT SIMONS CENTER of the College’s beauty and
FOR THE ARTS is adjacent to the distinctiveness. If you have any
Cato Center. questions or would like more
information, please visit us online
School of the Arts facilities
at cofc.edu or call the Office of
occupy much of the block
Admissions at 843.953.5670.
between Calhoun and George
streets. The MARION ANd
WAYLANd H. CATO JR. CENTER
FOR THE ARTS is on the corner
of Calhoun and St. Philip streets.
There are movement and dance
studios, music practice rooms,
art studios and a photography
studio located throughout
the facility. And the HALSEY Named for Albert Simons, renowned Charleston architect,
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY pioneering preservationist, and former faculty member,
ART is on the first floor. the Simons Center contains practice rooms, art studios,
classrooms and faculty offices. The Emmett Robinson
Theatre and the recital hall are on the first floor.
the gRiCe mARiNe LAb is located at Ft.
Johnson on James island, across the Ashley river from
the city of Charleston. the lab supports teaching and
AVerY reSeArCh CeNTer (at
125 Bull Street, a few blocks from research in the marine sciences.
campus) is a small museum and 205 Ft. Johnson Rd., 843.953.9200
archive dedicated to collecting and
preserving the unique historical
and cultural heritage of African PAtRiOts POiNt AtHLeti C s
Americans in the South Carolina COmPLex , with facilities for the baseball, softball,
lowcountry. Avery Center is open for soccer, tennis and sailing teams, sits across the Cooper
tours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, and from river from the city of Charleston.
noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. patriots Blvd., mt. pleasant
quick facts 10,147 1,625
mAJORs: uNDeRgRADuAte gRADuAte
45 students students
50 stAtes 71COuNtRies
class size: 77 faculty ratio
*For statistical information, please see the Planning and Reference Guide at http://ir.cofc.edu