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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: $23,358
Out-of-state: $44,598
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,688
Out-of-state: $33,928
Room and Board
$10,670
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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