In 1824 the college reopened with Jasper Adams as their new president for a salary of $2,500. Adam's ideas to better the college came off too strong for the community and the General Assembly which led him to leave the college in 1826. Until 1837 the college was boring and did not receive much interest until the City of Charleston took it over in hopes that it would become the states home college. Because of this act from the city the College of Charleston became the United States first municipal college. The city provided all funds for the school including upgrades, gardening improvements, and new buildings. This seemed like the perfect fix for the college until the Civil War hit and Charleston had to be evacuated. The school was once again hanging on by a thread until Ephraim M. Baynard of Edisto Island gave $161,200 to save the College of Charleston. Without this money the college probably would not have opened so soon.
Up until the 20th century the college had only natives of Charleston attending it. The new president, Harrison Randolph, created resident halls and offered scholarships in hopes to attract people outside of Charleston and South Carolina to become interested in the college. By 1935 the college had more than 400 students enrolled with the first African American Students not enrolling until 1967. Due to the increasing student body the College of Charleston became a state institution in 1970 which increased its population to more than 10,000 by 2001. The school continued to grow with the adding of new residence halls, new building for the School of Education and Health, and an additional library.
Today the College of Charleston is a public university with a population of over 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students combined. The president is now P. George Benson, who will be giving up his title this year, 2014. The college still embraces its liberal arts background through the core curriculum it offers to students. The College of Charleston offers six academic schools, honors college, and graduate programs. This college ranked number thirteen in the 2015 edition of the Best Colleges. Due to the unique location of the college it offers students a beach and downtown city environment. The College of Charleston is a very diverse and historical based college.