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Centers, Institutes, & Special Offices

Improving our campus and community through service, innovation, scholarship, and partnerships

The College of Charleston provides provides students with educationally purposeful opportunities that lead to deep learning, integrated social and intellectual development, and engagement with local and global communities. We are also proud to be a catalyst for innovation, economic development and cultural understanding in the region. Much of our work is accomplished through specialized academic offices, interdisciplinary institutes, and research centers. Some examples include:

Academic Experience (AEX)

Academic Advising and Planning Center

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture (Avery)

Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models)

Carter Real Estate Center

Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW)

Center for Creative Retirement

Center for Disability Services/Students Needing Access Parity (SNAP)

The Center for Excellence in Peer Education (CEPE)

Center for Entrepeneurship

Center for Global Alliance for South Carolina (GASC Center)

Center for Historical Landscapes

Center for International Education (CIE)

Center for Partnerships to Improve Education

The Center for Public Choice and Market Process

The Center for Student Learning (CSL)

Computer Science Student Innovation Center

Distance Education and eLearning

Dixie Plantation

Eddie Ganaway Diversity Learning Center

English Language Institute (ELI)

The Office of the First-Year Experience (FYE)

Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC)

General Education

Global Business Resource Center

Grice Marine Laboratory

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Hidgon Student Leadership Center, including The LeaderShape® Institute

Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Technology (ICAT)

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities

Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC)

Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math 

Nationally Competitive Awards (NCA)

N.E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)

New Student Programs, including Orientation

North Campus (Professional Studies)

Office of Economic Analysis

Office of Professional Development in Education

Office of Tourism Analysis


Research and Grants Administration (ORGA)

South Carolina Space Grant Consortium

Sustainability Literacy Institute (SLI)

Undergraduate Academic Services, including the Provisional Program

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activites (URCA)

Veteran & Military Student Services