University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

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/

Public
Co-ed
26,733
Undergraduate
Students
(53.2%) 14,231 Women
(46.8%) 12,502 Men
8,062
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
63% of 30,778 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
December 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
4.21
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $23,004
Out-of-state: $43,686
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,616
Out-of-state: $33,298
Room and Board
$10,388
Average Percent of Need Met
79%
Average Freshman Award
$9,478
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$28,169
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,527
Regular Class Size
Not reported
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Campus Life

Columbia Population
133,358
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
27% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Cocky
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.2% Asian
9.0% Black/African-American
4.7% Hispanic/Latino
3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.1% White
0.9% Unknown
International Students
3.5%
First-Year Students Returning
88.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

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

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 4  
Science 3  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 2  
History 1  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
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

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
 
City, State, Zip
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone
(803) 777-7700
Fax
 
E-mail
admissions-ugrad@sc.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
December 1
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
October 15
Early Action Notification
Not reported

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

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


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
63% of 30,778 applicants were admitted
Women
62% of 17,986 applicants were admitted
Men
65% of 12,792 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
7,863 (40%) of 19,438 admitted students enrolled
Women
3,811 (34%) of 11,145 admitted students enrolled
Men
3,383 (41%) of 8,293 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
3,814
Students Accepting Wait List Position
199
Students Admitted From Wait List
125

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
4.21
3.75 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 Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
21%
Score of 600 - 700
50%
Score of 500 - 600
28%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
16%
Score of 600 - 700
61%
Score of 500 - 600
22%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
Not reported
Score of 30 - 36
33%
Score of 24 - 29
53%
Score of 18 - 23
13%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 29%
Top quarter: 62%
Top half: 91%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $23,004
Out-of-state: $43,686
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,616
Out-of-state: $33,298
Room and Board
$10,388
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
USCFAID@sc.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline April 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003448
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
4,851 (69.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
3,276 (65.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,170 (97.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
983 (34.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
79%
Average Award
$9,478
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,128 (33.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,950
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,308 (71.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,480
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 2,805 (88.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
2,065 (32.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,444

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
16,678 (67.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
12,543 (75.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
12,224 (97.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
3,135 (25.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
72%
Average Award
$12,025
Need-Based Gift
Received by 5,411 (45.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,839
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 9,842 (80.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,577
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 8,381 (68.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
8,394 (35.7%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $6,548

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
53%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$28,169
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, USC Acc Grant,GGG, USC Oppor Grant USC Inst Grant
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Library Science, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Community Service, Leadership, Memberships, Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
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
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • 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
Business/marketing, Biological/life sciences, Health professions and related sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
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
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and 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


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 Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Education, Master of Nurse Anesthesia, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Speech Pathology, Interdisciplinary Master of Arts, Master of Earth and Environmental Resource Management, Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Master of Industrial Statistics, Master of Media Arts, Master of Science in Public Health, Professional Master of Science, Master of Retailing, Master of Engineering, Master of Mathematics, Master of Biomedical Sciences, Master of International Hospitality and Tourism Management, Master of Accountancy, Master of Communications Disorders, Master of Mass Communications, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Teaching

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Psychology
  • English Education
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • French
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Health Education
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Psychology--General
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech and Interpersonal Communication
  • Statistics
  • Theater

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Education, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Public Health, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Medicine

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Allopathic Medicine
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Art Education
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Psychology
  • English Education
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • French
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Health Education
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Psychology--General
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech and Interpersonal Communication
  • Statistics
  • Theater

Location and Setting


Columbia 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

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
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 in College Housing
27% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

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

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x    
Equestrian Sports x x    
Golf   x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Equestrian Sports x x
Golf   x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running    
Equestrian Sports    
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
golf
Men's Club Sports
 

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
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


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
26,733
Women
14,231 (53.2%)
Men
12,502 (46.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
25,633
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.2% Asian
9.0% Black/African-American
4.7% Hispanic/Latino
3.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.1% White
0.9% Unknown
International Students.
3.5%
Average Age
All Graduate Students
8,062

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
88.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.5%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
74.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
75.1%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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