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South University, Columbia Overview

South University, Columbia is a private for-profit institution situated in Columbia, South Carolina. Columbia is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is South University, Columbia Known For?

112 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the post-master's certificate is the highest award a student can attain at South University, Columbia.
  • In 2019-2020, 24% of the faculty were full-time.
  • The average South University, Columbia student graduates in 4.3 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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South University, Columbia Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at South University, Columbia.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#68 Best Allied Health Services Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#159 Best Health Professions Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards South University, Columbia has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Medical/Clinical Assistant Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#8 Best Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#39 Best Medical/Clinical Assistant Schools College Factual
#68 Best Healthcare Associate Degree Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#86 Best Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Schools College Factual
#112 Best Health Professions Associate Degree Schools College Factual

Where Is South University, Columbia?


Contact details for South University, Columbia are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 9 Science Court, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-799-9082

How Do I Get Into South University, Columbia?

You can apply to South University, Columbia online at:

South University, Columbia has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford South University, Columbia?

88% Take Out Loans
11.0% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At South University, Columbia, approximately 88% of students took out student loans averaging $8,500 a year. That adds up to $34,000 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at South University, Columbia is 11.0%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

South University, Columbia Undergraduate Student Diversity

349 Full-Time Undergraduates
83% Women
73% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 518 undergraduate students at South University, Columbia, with 349 being full-time and 169 being part-time.


There are also 214 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 349 full-time undergraduates at South University, Columbia, 17% are male and 83% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of South University, Columbia students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 226
Hispanic or Latino 23
White 91
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Geographic Diversity

South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at South University, Columbia. At this time, 2 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at South University, Columbia

215 Took All Classes Online
339 Took At Least One Class Online
5,350.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 339 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at South University, Columbia has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of South University, Columbia

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at South University, Columbia was 5,350.0%. This is the #29 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at South University, Columbia regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

South University, Columbia Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 20 4 16 0 40
Business Administration & Management 0 12 0 25 0 37
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 37 0 0 0 0 37
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 25 0 25
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 8 0 15 0 23
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 0 20 20
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 8 0 7 0 15
Public Health 0 12 0 0 0 12
General Psychology 0 8 0 0 0 8
Public Administration 0 0 0 5 0 5
Information Science 0 3 0 0 0 3
Legal Support Services 2 1 0 0 0 3
Health Sciences & Services 0 1 0 0 0 1
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 39 73 4 93 20 229


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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