CofC looks to 'balance opportunity' by accepting top 10% from local high schools

CofC looks to 'balance opportunity' by accepting top 10% from local high schools

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Diversity at the College of Charleston is not where it should be. That's according to University President Glenn McConnell who's crafted a plan to change that.

McConnell, who took the reigns at CofC in July, is considering a change to the school's admissions process.

The new policy would grant admission to Lowcountry high school students who graduate in the top 10% of their class, regardless of their standardized test scores.

McConnell said the change could take effect as early as next fall, and would start with Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties.

"Instead of just basing it on a one morning test, we'd base it on years of applied study," he said.

In 2013, of the near 12,000 students enrolled, only 15% were minority.

"Opinions, yes. I don't know about diverse faces," said CofC junior Taylor Hamilton.

"It's about making the college look like South Carolina," McConnell added. "Our number one ingredient is achievement, and that cuts all the way across the spectrum."

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