Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu College,Kolhapur is established in June 1961. It has celebrated its Golden Jubilee Year in 2011-12.It is one of the leading colleges of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, Satara.It is permanently affiliated to Shivaji University, Kolhapur. In October 2017, it has received A grade with 3.07 CGPA in the Third Cycle of NAAC. It is headed by highly committed academicians like Late Barr. P. G. Patil,Late Sumatibai Patil, Prin. R. D. Gaikwad, Late Dr. V. K. Ghate, Dr.V.S. Shivankar, Dr. A. S. Bhoite and others. Dr. C. J. Khilare is working as the principal of the college since 2017.
Late Barr. P. G. Patil was the former Vice Chancellor of Shivaji University Kolhapur and Member of.Late Prin Sumatibai P Patil was the Chairperson of Maharashtra Public Service Commission. Late Dr. V. K. Ghate and Dr. A.S. Bhoite worked in the capacity of Pro -Vice Chancellors of Shivaji University, Kolhapur as well as the Secretary of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, Satara. Prin Dr C J Khilare was Dean of Science Faculty. Presently, he is Chancellor- Nominated Member of Academic Council of Shivaji University, Kolhapur. He is also the Member of Managing Council of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha. The college has also a very glorious tradition of outstanding teachers like Late Dr. L. R. Nasirabadkar, Late Dr. Rantnakar Mancharkar, Late Prof. Chandrakant Patgaonlar, Dr. V. K. More, Dr. Avinash Sangolekar, and others
The college offers education up to Undergraduate level through B. A., B. Com., B. Sc. and B. C. S.and Post -Graduate through M. Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry. It has big and specious library with good collection of rare books and well equipped laboratories. There are three recognized research guides of Shivaji University Kolhapur in the subject of Botany, Physics and English. The faculty is well- qualified and research-oriented The college has recently started UGC approved Foundry Technology Course(Certificate/Diploma/Advanced Diploma). It has Olympic level International swimming tank, 400 Meters running track, and international Coaches for Kabbadi and swimming respectively. Dr. Ramesh Bhendigiri of Department of Physical Education is an International Coach of Kabaddi. The college renders special coaching for Kabbadi. The college is proud of its 13 Chhatrapati Awardees for their outstanding sports achievements. The College runs fully- fledged Competitive Examination Guidance Centre with all necessary infrastructure and facilities. It has Study Centre of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharastra Open University,Nashik. The college has 10 Career Oriented Courses,12 Short-term Courses and Some Capsule and Value-added Courses. It has hostels for boys and girls, N. C. C. and N. S. S. units. The college runs Earn and Learn Scheme for the poor and needy students. More than 2500 students are studding in junior and senior college every year.