SC

University of South Carolina

1244 Blossom Street, Columbia, United States
All photos (10)
  • Total Documents
    831
  • Class Notes
    231
  • Textbook Notes
    71
  • Study Guides
    523
  • Currently Enrolled
    763
  • Previously Enrolled
    659

Overview of University of South Carolina (SC)

About this school

USC-Columbia, founded in 1801, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Business; Criminal Justice; Education; Engineering; Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management; Journalism and Mass Communications; Library and Information Science; Liberal Arts; Nursing; Pharmacy; Science and Mathematics; and Social Work; through the Schools of the Environment, Law, Medicine, Music, and Public Health; and through the Honors College. Its 250-acre campus, including a pre-Civil War area listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Columbia, in central South Carolina.
  • Website


    www.sc.edu/
  • Coeducational


    Co-ed

  • Graduate Students


    8,369

  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:26,362
    • Men:12,208 Men (46.3%)
    • Women:14,154 Women (53.7%)

Location

Static map

Admission Information (SC)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to University of South Carolina is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
4
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
2
-
History
1
-
Academic Electives
1
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
February 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Used for admission ACT: Used for admission

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
-
City, State, Zip
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone
(803) 777-7700
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
-
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Not reported
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
Not reported
Early Action Notification
Not reported

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
72% of 26,019 applicants were admitted
Women
72% of 15,318 applicants were admitted
Men
73% of 10,701 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
7,863 (42%) of 18,811 admitted students enrolled
Women
4,296 (39%) of 11,048 admitted students enrolled
Men
3,567 (46%) of 7,763 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
4.08
375 And Above
79%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
580-670 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
15%
• Score 600 - 700
50%
• Score 500 - 600
34%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
13%
• Score 600 - 700
57%
• Score 500 - 600
29%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
25-30 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
26%
• Score 24 - 29
61%
• Score 18 - 23
12%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (SC)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $12,262|Out-of-state: $32,362 (52.26%)
  • Room & Board: - $11,200 (47.74%)
  • Other Expenses: - Not reported
  • Tuition & Fees: - Not reported
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of South Carolina accepts deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline April 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003448
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
4,101 (69.8%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,680 (65.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,599 (97.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
907 (34.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
78%
Average Award
$8,327
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 858 (33.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,727
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,866 (71.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,499
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 2,304 (88.6%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,928 (32.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,202

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
15,867 (67.3%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
11,915 (75.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
11,615 (97.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
3,005 (25.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
71%
Average Award
$9,482
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 5,284 (45.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,189
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 9,344 (80.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,576
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 7,925 (68.2%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
8,407 (35.7%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,586

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
52%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$28,972
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, USC Access Grants, Gamecock Guarantee
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Humanities, International Studies, Library Science, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Community Service, Leadership, Memberships, Religious Involvement
Special Characteristics
Adult Students, Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Children of Union Members/Company Employees, Children of Workers in Trades, Children with a Deceased or Disabled Parent, Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Religious Affiliation, Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Public Servants

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (SC)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


1,527

Part-Time Faculty


673

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


62%

Regular Class Size


  • Not reported

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • Not reported

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,965,121
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of South Carolina provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


88.2%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


59.1%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


73.3%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


75.1%

Programs & Majors (SC)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (76)


  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Aquatic Biology/Limnology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Science
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Insurance
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Science
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
  • Office Management and Supervision
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Public Health, Other
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Real Estate
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Retailing and Retail Operations
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Statistics, General
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Biological/life sciences

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Public Health, Doctor of Medicine, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Pharmacy

Master's Programs of Study (119)


  • Accounting
  • Acute Care/Critical Care Nursing
  • Adult Nursing
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Archives/Archival Administration
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Business Education
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Consumer Economics
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entertainment Management
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • French
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Hazardous Materials Management
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Information Studies
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • Journalism
  • Library Science
  • Linguistics
  • Marine Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Molecular Biology
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Public History
  • Reading Education
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Religion
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech and Interpersonal Communication
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Student Affairs
  • Theater
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Women's Health Nursing
  • Writing

Campus Life (SC)

Location & Geography

Population


133,358

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Campus Size


444 acres

Weather


Temperature
32.1 average low in January, 88.8 average high in September
Rain
110 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Columbia
Nearest Train Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Columbia

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


27% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


73%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Cocky
School Colors
Garnet and black

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, weight lifting

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


University of South Carolina offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


24,772

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
26,362
Women
14,154
Men
12,208

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 3.0% Asian
  • 9.1% Black/African-American
  • 4.8% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 78.0% White
  • 1.1% Unknown

International Students


2.1%

Average Age


Number of Graduate Students


8,369

Student Resources (SC)