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Tuition

$11,810

$29,522

not including room and board

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Moderately Selective

64%

acceptance rate

Accepted 14,844
Declined + 8,191
Total Received 23,035
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undergraduateRatios

46%

54%

male

female

1  :  18

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Biological Sciences
  2. Nursing
  3. General Experimental Psychology
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School Facts

The University of South Carolina, founded in 1801, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering, Hospitality, Retail, & Sport Management, Journalism & Mass Communications, Library & Information Science, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Pharmacy, Science & Mathematics, and Social Work; through the Schools of the Environment, Law, Medicine, Music, and Public Health; and through the South Carolina Honors College. Its 351-acre campus, including a pre-Civil War area listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Columbia, in central South Carolina.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 31,964
Established in 1801
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ACBSP (Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs)
•  ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  SACS (Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

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Codes

SAT 5818
ACT 3880

Social Networks

Public

24,180

undergraduate students

7,784

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
8%
600-699
35%
500-599
48%
400-499
9%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
10%
600-699
43%
500-599
40%
400-499
7%
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
18%
24-29
59%
18-23
23%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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Columbia, SC

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Columbia, SC

483-acre, urban campus in Columbia (population: 131,686); branch campuses in Allendale, Beaufort, Lancaster, Sumter, and Union. Served by air, bus, and train. School operates transportation to parking areas. Public transportation serves campus.

University of South Carolina — Columbia
Columbia, SC 29208

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
29%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
97%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
22 fraternities 13% of male students
 
16 sororities 28% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
30%
Top 1/4
66%
Top 1/2
94%
Bottom 1/2
6%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
8%
600-699
35%
500-599
48%
400-499
9%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
10%
600-699
43%
500-599
40%
400-499
7%
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
18%
24-29
59%
18-23
23%
12-17
0
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
Common application accepted no
Application deadline December 1
School has early decision program no
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline October 15
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required/GED accepted
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Not used
SAT or ACT Required

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Standardized test scores

Important

Secondary school record

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Interview
Religious affiliation/commitment

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Moderately Selective

64%

acceptance rate

Accepted 14,844
Declined + 8,191
Total Received 23,035

Admissions Contact

R. Scott Verzyl
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
P: 800 868-5872
F: 803 777-0101
admissions-ugrad@sc.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $23,940,456
State $28,556,647
Institutional $9,235,679
Other external $6,821,231
Total $68,554,013

Non-need-based

Federal $9,893
State $23,272,044
Institutional $13,045,090
Other external $11,159,070
Total $47,486,097

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Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cheerleading
cross-country
diving
equestrian sports
football
golf
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Southeastern Conference (Division I, Football I-A)
Mascot
Cocky
School colors
garnet and black
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Advanced Practice Nursing
Advertising
African-American Studies
Anthropology
Applied Art History
Applied Statistics
Art Education
Art History
Athletic Training
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Sciences
Biostatistics
Broadcast Journalism
Business Administration
Business Economics
Business Education
Cardiovascular Technology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Classics
Clinical Nursing
Clinical/Community Psychology
Communication Sciences/Disorders
Community Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing
Comparative Literature
Composition
Computer Engineering
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Computer Science/Engineering
Conducting
Counselor Education
Creative Writing
Criminology/Criminal Justice
Curriculum/Instruction
Dance
Early Childhood Education
Earth/Environmental Resources Management
Economics
Education Administration
Educational Psychology/Research
Educational Research
Educational Technology
Electrical Engineering
Elementary Education
Elementary School Counseling
English
Environmental Health Sciences
Environmental Science
Epidemiology
European Studies
Exercise Science
Experimental Psychology
Film/Media Studies
Finance
Foreign Languages
Foundations of Education
French
Genetic Counseling
Geography
Geological Sciences
Geology
Geophysics
German
Gerontology
Health Care Administration
Health Education Administration
Health Nursing
Health Promotion/Education/Behavior
Higher Education Leadership
Higher Education/Student Affairs
History
Hospitality Management
Human Resources
Industrial Statistics
Information Science
Insurance/Risk Management
Integrated Information Technology
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Business
International Studies
Jazz Studies
Journalism
Journalism/Mass Communications
Language/Literacy
Latin American Studies
Law
Liberal Studies
Linguistics
Management
Management Science
Marine Science
Marketing
Mass Communications
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Media Arts
Middle Level Education
Music
Music Education
Music History
Music Theory
Nuclear Engineering
Nurse Anesthesia
Nursing
Nursing Administration
Nursing Practice
Nursing Science
Opera Theatre
Organizational Leadership
Performance
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy
Philosophy
Physical Activity/Public Health
Physical Education
Physical Therapy
Physics
Piano Pedagogy
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Health
Public Health Administration
Public History
Public Relations
Real Estate
Religious Studies
Retailing
Risk Management/Insurance
Russian
School Health Education
School Psychology
Secondary Education
Social Studies
Social Work
Sociology
Software Engineering
Spanish
Special Education
Speech Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology
Sports/Entertainment Management
Statistics
Student Personnel Services
Studio Art
Teaching
Theatre
Visual Communications
Women's Studies
Women's/Gender Studies
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Undergraduate

76%

24,180
students

Female
54%
13,130

Male
46%
11,050

Graduate

24%

7,784
students

Female
58%
4,496

Male
42%
3,288

undergraduateFull-time

93%

22,533
students

Female
55%
12,362

Male
45%
10,171

undergraduatePart-time

7%

1,647
students

Female
47%
768

Male
53%
879

Student Break-down

1%
Nonresident aliens
< 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Hispanic/Latino
2%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
76%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

53%

Transfer applicants accepted

57%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.25
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1

Spring: November 1

Summer: May 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

90

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

85%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 69
Countries most often represented Canada
China
Hong Kong
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
English lab
Host family program
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Mary Voulgaris
Director, International Student Services
803 777-7461
mvoulgaris@sc.edu

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