University of South Carolina – Columbia: Ranking & Review

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Columbia Rank United States Rank World Rank
1 92 190
Top 2%

University of South Carolina - Columbia Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate72%73%72%
Applicants26,01510,69715,318
Admissions18,8117,76211,049
Enrolled undergraduates5,8792,6153,264
Enrolled total (including graduate students)34,73115,48219,249

8,728 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

1,476 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $65. Application fee for graduates - $50.

Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores2,739
Percent of students submitting SAT scores47%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
625
Math
625

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores3,118
Percent of students submitting ACT scores53%
ACT Composite
27
ACT English
27
ACT Math
26

University of South Carolina - Columbia Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
On-campus $27,062 $47,162
Off-campus $27,824 $47,924
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $10,008 and other expenses per full academic year.

University of South Carolina - Columbia provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 8,235 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
In-stateOut-of-state
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates $11,462 $31,562
Fees for full-time undergraduates $400 $400
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates $494 $1,331
Tuition for Full-time graduates $12,854 $27,968
Fees for full-time graduates $400 $400
Per credit hour charge for part-time graduates $552 $1,182

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsAssociate's degreeBachelor'sMaster'sDoctoralTotal
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1,624 388 13 2,025
Health Professions and Related Programs 538 291 284 1,113
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 672 49 28 749
Education 236 344 63 643
Engineering 413 97 50 560
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 349 18 1 368
Social Sciences 301 37 16 354
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 51 279 2 332
Visual and Performing Arts 17 206 52 16 291
Psychology 236 5 14 255
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 216 6 222
Legal Professions and Studies 204 204
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 170 170
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 131 31 162
Physical Sciences 81 25 30 136
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 6 114 120
Library Science 112 8 120
History 85 15 7 107
English Language and Literature & Letters 82 21 4 107
Mathematics and Statistics 43 7 13 63
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 35 9 6 50
Natural Resources and Conservation 43 43
Philosophy and Religious Studies 17 1 2 20
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 15 15
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 14 14
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies 1 1
Grand Total235,6581,8027618,244

A total of 5,681 2-year associate's and 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at University of South Carolina - Columbia.

At the master's and doctor's level 2,563 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate75%70%79%
  • Full-time retention rate - 88%
  • Part-time retention rate - 80%

General info

Alternative namesUSC
Founded1801
MottoEmollit mores nec sinit esse feros
Learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Colorsgarnet, black
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff6,520
Instructional FTE1,914
Research FTE66
Public Service FTE29
Sector of institutionPublic, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity

Location and Contacts

Official Websitesc.edu
AddressColumbia-Campus
Columbia, South Carolina, 29208
United States
Urbanization levelCity: Midsize
City population50,000 - 250,000
Phone8037777000
Fax+1 (803) 641 3362

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