University of South Carolina Columbia

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School Overview

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 Columbia, 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.


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. Graduate, professional schools located on the Columbia campus of USC include law, business, medicine and pharmacy.


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; Darla 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 at USC. For more information visit

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 into 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 freshmen 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 also offer a limited number of online programs that offer college credit and/or can lead to a degree. Bachelor’s degree programs include Business Administration, Human Services, Liberal Studies, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and three more options are offered through the Palmetto College. The Graduate School offers master’s degree programs in Education, Health Information Technology, and Public Health, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction. The USC Fort Jackson Program is designed for and awards Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees to active-duty military personnel (all branches), their family members, Department of Defense civilian employees, National Guard members, reservists, and veterans.

(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

Contact: Scott Verzyl

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

Columbia, SC 29208

(803) 777-7000

Total undergrads: 19,765

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,859

Degree-seeking undergrads: 19,458

Graduate enrollment: 6,260


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
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 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
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/Theater 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


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


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 – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


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
Geophysics/Seismology B
Physics B


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.

University of South Carolina-Columbia Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (803) 777-7000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: Columbia-Campus, Columbia, SC 29208
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 35,364
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 74%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 24,051 (68% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $12,688
Out-of-state Tuition: $33,928
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,258

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

University of South Carolina-Columbia Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of South Carolina-Columbia.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 16
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1476
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 61382
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1611
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1321
Education 551413
Engineering 17107
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 121
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1663
Health Professions and Related Programs 65208
History 121
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 13
Library Science 211
Mathematics and Statistics 1232
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 111
Philosophy and Religious Studies 221
Physical Sciences 443
Psychology 143
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 2121
Social Sciences 2676
Visual and Performing Arts 3794
Grand total 3618710865

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of South Carolina-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 2019-2020
In-state $12,688
Out-of-state $33,928
Books and supplies $1,085

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $14,137
Out-of-state $30,160

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 5,545 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 5,349 91% $6,258
Student loan aid 2,883 49% $8,773

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 19,615 73% $6,531
Federal student loans 12,023 45% $6,577

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of South Carolina-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 University of South Carolina-Columbia students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 31,268 12,938 18,330
Percent admitted 100% 70% 68%
Percent admitted who enrolled 20% 22% 19%

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

University of South Carolina-Columbia Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 35,364
Undergraduate enrollment 27,502
Graduate enrollment 7,862

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

University of South Carolina-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
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
    • Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health (PHBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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