Commonly referred to as CofC or just The College, the College of Charleston was founded in 1770. As the 13th oldest college in the United States and the oldest south of Virginia, it’s so old that three of its founders were signers of the Declaration of Independence and another three were framers of the U.S. Constitution.
The heart of the college is Randolph Hall and the Cistern Yard. Randolph Hall was built in 1828–29 and is one of the oldest college buildings still in use in the U.S. The Cistern hosts graduation (where the women wear long white gowns and carry roses, and the men wear tuxedos), Spoleto Festival concerts and other significant events.