University of South Carolina Columbia

The University of South Carolina, sometimes referred to as USC, is a public, co-educational, 4-year research university whose flagship campus is located in Columia South Carolina. (The University of South Carolina has other campuses including Aiken, Beaufort, Lancaster, Sumter, Union and Upstate.) The university’s campus in Columbia covers nearly 360 acres and is located in the downtown area near the South Carolina State House. USC is a top research university and was recently ranked one of the top-ten research universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It has also been recognized for its world-class International Business programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Academics

USC offers an extensive selection of over 350 programs and provides students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university is composed of fourteen distinct degree-granting schools and colleges and has a total enrollment of nearly 45,000 students, 30,000 of which attend the university’s main campus in Columbia. USC also sponsors several feeder programs in nearby community and technical colleges which supply the university with thousands of new students each year. Uppergraduate professional schools located on the Columbia campus of USC include law, business, medicine and pharmacy.

Admissions

The University of South Carolina Columbia has fourteen degree-granting colleges with a total enrollment of 44,557 as of 2011. USC’s colleges and respective enrollments as of fall 2011 include the College of Arts and Sciences with 8,257 undergrads and 1,184 graduate students, Moore School of Business with 4,307 undergraduates and 483 graduate students, College of Hospitality Retail, and Sports Management with 1,999 undergraduates and 104 graduate students, College of Engineering and Computing with 1,849 undergraduates and 449 graduate students, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies with 1,444 undergraduates and 463 graduate students, College of Education with 1,034 undergraduates and 1,031 graduate students, College of Nursing with 1,045 undergraduates and 223 graduate students, Arnold School of Public Health with 1,170 undergraduates and 698 graduate students, School of Music with 316 undergraduates and 142 graduate students, College of Social Work with 120 undergraduates and 656 graduate students, College of Pharmacy with 439 grad students, USC School of Law with 686 grad students, School of Medicine with 555 grad students, and The Graduate School with 6,693 students. (The above information was provided by the Institutional Assessment & Compliance department as USC. For more information visit http://www.ipr.sc.edu.)

USC has a relatively high admission rate when compared with comparable universities. Nearly 63% of all freshman applicants were admitted to USC in 2011. But don’t be lead to believe that anyone can get in to USC. The admissions process is still highly competitive. Criteria the admissions board at USC review when considering new freshman applicants include high school GPA, difficulty level of high school courses, SAT or ACT scores, class rank, and extracurricular activities. The average GPA of incoming freshman at USC is 3.9 and the average combined SAT score (reading and math) is 1199.

Online Degree Programs

While the University of South Carolina offers a comprehensive selection of traditional campus-based degree programs they offer a very limited number of online programs that offer college credit or lead to a degree. All online programs that allow students to earn credits are sponsored by the Fort Jackson program. To learn more about the Fort Jackson program contact Connie Vise at cvise@mailbox.sc.edu. (Note: If you’re interested in earning an accredited degree online from a reputable university we highly recommend exploring online degree programs via the “College Degree Finder” search feature located in upper right hand corner of this page.)

USC offers a variety of online learning opportunities in professional and continuing education. Online professional continuing education programs at USC are non-degree granting programs designed for adults and working professionals that desire to earn a certification or enhance their knowledge and skillset. Online professional education programs are offered in Grant Writing, Graphic Design, Paralegal Studies and Project Management.

General Information

Admission Office
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-7700
(800) 868-5872
Fax: (803) 777-0101
admissions-ugrad@sc.edu
Contact: Scott Verzyl
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-7000
www.sc.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 19,765
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,859
Degree-seeking undergrads: 19,458
Graduate enrollment: 6,260

Setting
Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Associate
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $50
Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 58%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 87%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $8,346 $8,838 $9,156 $9,786 +6.88%
Books and Supplies $900 $936 $936 $936 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,946 $7,318 $7,328 $7,764 +5.95%
Other $3,875 $3,935 $4,070 $3,720 -8.60%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $20,067 $21,027 $21,490 $22,206 +3.33%
In-state Off Campus $9,246 $9,774 $10,092 $10,722 +6.24%
In-state with Family $9,246 $9,774 $10,092 $10,722 +6.24%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $10,590
In-state Student Fees $400
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $22,450
Out-of-state Fees $400

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,488 91%
Grant or scholarship aid 3,358 88% $24,602,637 $7,327
• Federal grants 517 14% $2,379,936 $4,603
• Pell grants 516 13% $1,811,867 $3,511
• Other federal grants 489 13% $568,069 $1,162
State/local government grant or scholarships 2,141 56% $11,098,551 $5,184
Institutional grants or scholarships 2,494 65% $11,124,150 $4,460
Student loan aid 1,436 38% $9,500,559 $6,616
• Federal student loans 1,402 37% $7,513,056 $5,359
Other student loans 213 6% $1,987,503 $9,331

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4708 1616 640 8 137
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 25 10
African-american/black Studies 12
European Studies/civilization
Latin American Studies 4
Women’s Studies 9 10
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 248 20 21 6
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 227 2 9
Biomedical Sciences 3 4 6
Biostatistics 1 2
Epidemiology 4 3
Exercise Physiology
Human/medical Genetics 7
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 21 3 3
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1586 361 9
Accounting 149 59
Business Administration and Management 332 141 9
Business/managerial Economics 40
Finance 267
Hospitality Administration/management 141 20
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration 29
Insurance 17
International Business/trade/commerce 60 106
Management Science 60
Marketing/marketing Management 313
Non-profit/public/organizational Management
Office Management and Supervision 30
Real Estate 68
Retailing and Retail Operations 103 6
Tourism and Travel Services Management 6
Communication and Journalism Programs 303 23 1 1
Advertising 71
Broadcast Journalism 47
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 45
Health Communication 1
Journalism 13 23
Mass Communication/media Studies 1
Public Relations/image Management 127
Computing and Information Sciences 26
Computer and Information Sciences 26
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance
Information Science/studies
Education 243 336 42 71
Art Teacher Education 13 5
Business Teacher Education 1 5
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 49
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 2 23
Curriculum and Instruction 8
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 103 26 1
Education 3 3
Educational Evaluation and Research 1 4
Educational Leadership and Administration 105 19 33
Educational/instructional Technology 10
Elementary Education and Teaching 76 37 1
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education/higher Education Administration 12
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching 20
Music Teacher Education 6 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 30 16 4
Reading Teacher Education 21 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 33
Social and Philosophical Foundations Of Education
Special Education and Teaching 19
Engineering 202 56 33
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 10 2
Chemical Engineering 27 1 10
Civil Engineering 46 9 2
Computer Engineering 14 14 9
Computer Software Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 32 11 8
Engineering Science
Mechanical Engineering 73 9 4
Nuclear Engineering 10
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 129 21 8
Creative Writing 6
English Language and Literature 129 15 8
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 53 30 6 3
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Comparative Literature 4 4
Foreign Languages and Literatures 5
French Language and Literature 11 5
German Language and Literature 6 3
Linguistics 9 2 3
Russian Language and Literature 3
Spanish Language and Literature 30 4
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 219 178 222 15
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 2
Cardiovascular Technology/technologist 3
Environmental Health 3 1
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management 19
Medicine 78
Nurse Anesthetist 26
Nursing Administration
Nursing Science 6 11
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 2 2
Pharmacy 106
Physical Therapy/therapist 13
Psychiatric/mental Health Nurse/nursing
Public Health Education and Promotion 23 5
Public Health 18 4 1
Public Health, Other 6
Public Health/community Nurse/nursing 18
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 2
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 210
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 16 8
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 47
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling 4
History 124 14 5
History 124 8 5
Public/applied History 6
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 165 7
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 165 7
Human Services 235 3
Public Administration 20
Social Work 215 3
Legal and Law Studies 210
Law 210
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 60 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 55 8
Library Science 148 5
Library and Information Science 148 5
Mathematics and Statistics 56 21 9
Applied Mathematics 2
Mathematics 41 4 6
Statistics 15 15 3
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 15 10
Gerontology 4
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 15
Museology/museum Studies 6
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 299 19 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 153 6 3
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 146 13
Physical Sciences 85 32 32
Chemistry 68 7 23
Geology and Earth Science 5 12 6
Geophysics and Seismology 1
Physical Sciences, Other 4
Physics 11 9 3
Psychology 239 14 9
Clinical Psychology 5 6
Experimental Psychology 239 9
School Psychology 3
Social Sciences 414 40 18 1
Anthropology 53 10 1 1
Archeology
Criminology
Economics 48 7 3
Geography 19 7 4
International Relations and Affairs 47 4 2
Political Science and Government 187 1 4
Social Sciences, Other 7
Sociology 60 4 4
Visual and Performing Arts 232 46 9 15
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 19 8
Conducting 1 4
Dance 8
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 15 8
Film/cinema/video Studies 13
Film/video and Photographic Arts, Other 83 5
Fine/studio Arts 49 4
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance 18 4 15
Music Theory and Composition
Music 45
Music, Other 2 1
Voice and Opera
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
European Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Insurance/Risk Management B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B
Office Management B
Real Estate B
Retailing B

Communications & Journalism
Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B
Visual Communications B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Technology Support and Training Management B

Education
Art Teacher Education B
Business & technology education B
Early Childhood Education B
Physical Education B

Engineering
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
French B
German B
Italian B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Cardiovascular Technology B
Nursing (RN) B

History
History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B

Mathematics
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B

Psychology
Experimental Psychology B

Security & Protective Services
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.
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