South University, Columbia

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South University is a private non-profit university owned and operated by the Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH) based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. South University has a large online division that offers various distance learning options as well as multiple locations across the United States, including campuses in Columbia, South Carolina.

South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of South University.

To see more specifics about South University, Columbia, South Carolina program information, see here.

South University, Columbia Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (803) 799-9082
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
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Address: 9 Science Court, Columbia, SC 29203
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 983
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 7%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 514 (52% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $17,014
Out-of-state Tuition: $17,014
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 78%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,369

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

South University, Columbia Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at South University, Columbia.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 212
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 111
Health Professions and Related Programs 1344
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 111
Legal Professions and Studies 11
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Visual and Performing Arts 11
Grand total 191110

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at South University, Columbia and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $17,014
Out-of-state $17,014
Books and supplies $1,500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $16,839
Out-of-state $16,839

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 7 78%
Grant or scholarship aid 7 78% $6,369
Student loan aid 6 67% $8,833

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 665 83% $6,112
Federal student loans 531 66% $9,940

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for South University, Columbia. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled South University, Columbia students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

South University, Columbia Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 983
Undergraduate enrollment 675
Graduate enrollment 308

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

South University, Columbia Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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