Charleston Southern University (CSU) was founded in 1964. This private institution of higher education has been ranked as one of the top 100 best colleges of the South by US News and World Report and is also known as one of America’s “best buys” in higher education. Located conveniently in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, CSU’s campus offers a beautiful and historical landscape as an everyday feature of college life. Interestingly, CSU’s 300 acre location was once a rice and indigo plantation. As a student you can enjoy the many beaches and water activities that Charleston offers during your free time such as sailing, angling trophy fish like marlin and mahi mahi or kayaking through black water swamps and barrier islands.Accredited by the Commission of Colleges and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, CSU is South Carolina’s largest independent university. Furthermore, what makes CSU unique is it’s devotion to its Christian values while encouraging knowledge and scholarship, as CSU is also a Christian university focused on combining faith with learning and leading with serving. It is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and is looking forward to being recognized nationally as a Christian university that acts as a leader in the three areas of learnin, leading, and serving, mentioned above.