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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.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students25,556
   Women13,660 (53.5%)
   Men11,896 (46.5%)
Graduate Students8,543


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate65% of 23,341 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission Deadline 
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA4.07 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math560-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading560-650 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite25-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $26,633
Out-of-state: $46,061
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $11,854
Out-of-state: $31,282
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met70%
Average Freshman Award$8,614
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 25% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 9% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 5% of classes


Columbia Population133,358
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 97% of freshmen, 29% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.8% Asian
9.3% Black/African-American
4.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.3% White
1.0% Unknown
International Students2.9%
First-Year Students Returning87.1%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.55 4.04 609 626 26
Low 2.23 2.23 430 500 17
High 4.00 5.00 790 750 35
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• USC's research and technology district, called Innovista, will eventually encompass five million square feet of academic, research, residential, retail, restaurant and recreational space.

• USC hosts an annual concrete canoe competition with other college teams.

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