The College of Charleston (CofC), one of the oldest universities in the nation, is a state-supported institution emphasizing areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, and business. The liberal arts school enrolls more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students who study in some 60 major fields and some 20 master's degree programs. CofC boasts a student-faculty ratio of about 16:1 with an average class size of 26. Some two-thirds of students are from South Carolina. The school was founded in 1770 by a group that included three future signers of the Declaration of Independence.