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University of South Carolina - Columbia Overview

University of South Carolina - Columbia is a public institution situated in Columbia, South Carolina. The city atmosphere of Columbia makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is University of South Carolina - Columbia Known For?

6,983 Undergraduate Awards
$41,737 Avg Cost After Aid
72% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UofSC have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at UofSC is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 72% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UofSC with a bachelor's degree make about $44,900 a year. That's 10% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia Rankings

Out of the 34 colleges in South Carolina, UofSC is ranked at #4.

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.

UofSC has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#24 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#106 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UofSC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Other Physical Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Mathematics & Statistics Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Management Information Systems Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Human Resource Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#75 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#118 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UofSC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for International Business College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Music College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#25 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#153 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is University of South Carolina - Columbia?

Location of University of South Carolina - Columbia

Contact details for UofSC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Columbia-Campus, Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-7000
Website: www.sc.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uofsc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UofSC

How Do I Get Into UofSC?

You can apply to UofSC online at: www.sc.edu/apply/index.php

Admission Requirements for UofSC

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UofSC?

72% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
47% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 72%, UofSC may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 73%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 47% of students accepted to UofSC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 660. Math scores were between 580 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Carolina - Columbia  ( 590 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of South Carolina - Columbia  ( 580 to 670 )
200
800
UofSC received ACT scores from 53% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 24 and 28. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for University of South Carolina - Columbia  ( 24 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of South Carolina - Columbia  ( 24 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of South Carolina - Columbia  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of South Carolina - Columbia?

$41,737 Net Price
49% Take Out Loans
3.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UofSC is $41,737. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

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 UofSC, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $8,750 a year. That adds up to $35,000 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UofSC is 3.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of South Carolina - Columbia Undergraduate Student Diversity

26,400 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 27,502 undergraduate students at UofSC, with 26,400 being full-time and 1,102 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UofSC

There are also 7,862 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 26,400 full-time undergraduates at UofSC, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UofSC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UofSC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 892
Black or African American 2,102
Hispanic or Latino 1,302
White 19,861
International Students 933
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,310

Geographic Diversity

South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at University of South Carolina - Columbia. At this time, 44 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 108 countries are represented at UofSC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at University of South Carolina - Columbia

1,609 Took All Classes Online
9,708 Took At Least One Class Online
612.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 27 master’s degree programs available online at UofSC. In 2017-2018, 9,708 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UofSC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in South Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UofSC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of South Carolina - Columbia was 612.6%. This is the #133 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UofSC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UofSC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Civil Engineering 1%
Communication & Journalism 10%
Computer & Information Sciences 18%
Computer Science 68%
Curriculum & Instruction 51%
Electrical Engineering 5%
Engineering 2%
Engineering Technologies 8%
Engineering-Related Fields 8%
Health Professions 7%
Journalism 21%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 5%
Liberal Arts General Studies 5%
Library & Information Science 6%
Library Science 6%
Management Information Systems 5%
Mechanical Engineering 10%
Nursing 13%
Public Health 5%
Statistics 16%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UofSC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UofSC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #1
Library Science #1
Chemical Engineering #1
Communication Sciences #1
Nuclear Engineering #1
Civil Engineering #1
Library & Information Science #1
Journalism #2
Mechanical Engineering #2
International Business #2
Computer Engineering #2
Public Health #3
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #3
Teacher Education Subject Specific #3
Electrical Engineering #3
Communication & Journalism #3
Engineering-Related Fields #4
Engineering #7
Engineering Technologies #8
Educational Administration #9
General Education #10
Health & Medical Administrative Services #18
Nursing #21
Education #24
Business Administration & Management #35
Health Professions #39
Business, Management & Marketing #43

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%.

University of South Carolina - Columbia Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 393 0 197 8 598
Finance & Financial Management 0 557 0 0 0 557
Nursing 0 223 18 210 35 486
Marketing 0 457 0 0 0 457
Public Health 0 317 1 49 25 392
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 275 98 0 0 373
General Biology 0 288 11 19 8 326
Social Work 0 49 8 229 1 287
Child Development & Psychology 0 261 0 2 2 265
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 233 0 7 5 245
Public Relations & Advertising 0 232 2 0 0 234
Accounting 0 157 0 75 0 232
Mechanical Engineering 0 199 0 14 11 224
Health & Physical Education 0 177 0 42 2 221
International Business 0 131 0 82 0 213
Computer Information Systems 0 210 0 0 0 210
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 204 0 4 0 208
Law 0 0 0 0 203 203
Hospitality Management 0 190 0 4 1 195
Medicine 0 0 0 0 179 179
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 144 0 31 1 176
Political Science & Government 0 157 0 4 5 166
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 57 0 0 107 164
Insurance 0 146 0 0 0 146
General Sales & Marketing 0 130 0 0 0 130
General English Literature 0 107 0 6 13 126
Library & Information Science 0 0 2 113 4 119
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 116 0 0 0 116
Music 17 48 3 28 19 115
Educational Administration 0 0 17 95 2 114
Journalism 0 82 0 16 0 98
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 98 98
Economics 0 80 0 12 3 95
History 0 73 0 9 8 90
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 86 0 3 0 89
Allied Health Professions 0 40 0 45 0 85
Civil Engineering 0 67 0 9 8 84
Chemistry 0 51 0 4 29 84
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 59 0 11 9 79
Chemical Engineering 0 67 0 4 6 77
Business/Managerial Economics 0 76 0 0 0 76
Student Counseling 0 0 39 31 5 75
Computer Engineering 0 46 0 12 9 67
Electrical Engineering 0 49 0 11 5 65
Communication Sciences 0 0 0 61 1 62
Biomedical Engineering 0 50 0 5 5 60
Fine & Studio Arts 0 54 0 6 0 60
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 57 0 0 0 57
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 56 0 0 0 56
Communication & Media Studies 0 52 0 0 3 55
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 27 0 23 3 53
International Relations & National Security 0 51 0 0 0 51
Mathematics 0 35 0 4 11 50
Real Estate 0 44 0 0 0 44
Statistics 0 16 16 4 8 44
Management Information Systems 0 0 42 0 0 42
Sociology 0 37 0 3 1 41
Natural Resources Conservation 0 38 0 0 0 38
Geography & Cartography 0 25 0 9 4 38
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 37 0 37
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 34 0 34
Anthropology 0 28 0 2 4 34
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 21 0 9 2 32
General Education 0 0 0 29 2 31
Romance Languages 0 25 0 2 1 28
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 2 5 19 26
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 9 17 26
Philosophy 0 14 0 2 8 24
Area Studies 0 23 0 0 0 23
Drama & Theater Arts 0 10 0 12 0 22
Computer Science 0 0 0 19 0 19
Ethnic Studies 0 11 7 0 0 18
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 1 4 9 4 18
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 18 0 0 18
Public Administration 0 0 0 18 0 18
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 13 0 13
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 13 0 0 0 13
Physics 0 6 0 0 7 13
Dance 0 12 0 0 0 12
Special Education 0 0 0 10 1 11
Information Science 0 9 0 0 0 9
Religious Studies 0 9 0 0 0 9
Genetics 0 0 0 8 0 8
Information Technology 0 0 7 1 0 8
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 0 7 0 7
Writing Studies 0 0 0 7 0 7
Germanic Languages 0 6 0 1 0 7
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 5 0 5
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 4 1 5
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 5 0 5
Other Physical Science 0 0 0 4 0 4
Other Social Sciences 0 0 0 4 0 4
Museum Studies 0 0 3 0 0 3
Criminology 0 0 0 0 3 3
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 1 1 2
Classical Languages & Literature 0 2 0 0 0 2
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 1 1
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0 1 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Archeology 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 17 6,966 298 1,750 919 9,950

References

*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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