Core Values

Randolph Hall

As members of the College of Charleston community, we affirm, embrace and hold ourselves accountable to the following core values:


We take accountability for our actions and adhere to the highest ethical standards in all our professional obligations and personal responsibilities. We demonstrate respect for self, others, and place.

Academic Excellence

We are committed to a dynamic intellectual community, high academic standards, strong academic programs, exceptional teacher-scholars, engaged students and lifelong learners.

Liberal Arts Education

We encourage intellectual curiosity and foster each student’s ability to think creatively and analyze, synthesize, apply, and communicate knowledge from many sources.

Respect for the Individual Student

Devotion to the intellectual, ethical and social development of each student

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We create and nurture a diverse and inclusive community demonstrated through our thoughts, words, and actions. We value and respect the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences every individual has to offer.

Student Centeredness

We are devoted to nurturing thriving scholar-citizens through the intellectual, ethical, and social development of each individual student.


We act with an entrepreneurial spirit to imagine and implement creative, bold, and sustainable solutions in our pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement.

Public Mission

We demonstrate social responsibility in meeting the educational and professional needs of our community, our state, our nation, and the world.

» View the College of Charleston Mission Statement: Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is a public university grounded in the principles of the liberal arts and committed to developing ethically centered, intellectually versatile, and globally fluent citizens who create innovative solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges.

» View the College of Charleston's Strategic Plan approved by the Board of Trustees on May 7, 2020.