College of Charleston

College in Harleston Village, Upper King & Cannonborough Elliottborough

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Spread over a few city blocks at the center of Charleston's downtown, this university was founded in 1770 and is the oldest in the state. The campus is notable for its lush landscaping, which includes live oaks draped in Spanish moss, as well as its historic mansions and homes, some of which contain residence halls and Greek institutions.

In 2017 Travel + Leisure named the campus America's most beautiful.


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