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Academics

More than 200 years of southern traditions and academic leadership provide the foundation for the University of South Carolina—Columbia, a historic institution that is "constantly working on being the absolute best university it can be for its students" and "open to any suggestions." The school provides "a wealth of opportunities for undergraduate research, study abroad, service learning, and unique organizations," and advisors and the Student Success Center are "always looking to help" students find post-graduation plans. "The University of South Carolina is about what you make it, as the university provides opportunities for everyone to make the absolute most of their time here," says one student.

Those who teach here are "intent on getting their students involved outside of the classroom," and "able to relate their in-class lectures to the real world." "I've had a ton of professors present me with opportunities for research, internship, or part-time employment on campus which has all developed me into being a very employable prospect upon graduation," says one student. While classes "can sometimes be very difficult," there are tutors and supplemental instructors through the university ("for free!") who "will always fill in the gaps that you are missing." USC's size "lends itself to interdisciplinary degree programs and individual projects," and faculty fosters academic exploration in asking for student opinions and "[encouraging] us to argue and consider other students' opinions."

Student Body

This medium-sized, genteel Southern institution is "all about being a family and feeling like the University of South Carolina is your home away from home." There is a "good mix" of people of different ethnicity, genders, and personalities, and a lot of the student body is "relatively laid-back in dress and attitude." There is "certainly that southern charm, especially because of the large greek population" on campus, and this is "a unified student body in relation to each other and between students and faculty and staff." "The university welcomes everyone with open arms to make everyone feel included in the Gamecock experience," says a student.

Campus Life

The students at the University of South Carolina are "extraordinarily social:" "From tailgates to intramural sports to Greek life, there is always something to do." Saturday football games are such a tradition that "traffic patterns are altered because it is such a huge deal." Traditions are "highly important" to the school, and events such as Tiger Burn and Homecoming are dotted throughout the year. Greene Street (the main street on campus) is closed off to traffic 24/7, which allows students to walk freely between classes and also allows organizations and activities such as Hip Hop Wednesdays and a farmer 's market to take place. The weather is usually beautiful, and many students can be found "sitting on the horseshoe between classes or grabbing a bite to eat" or availing themselves of the "ton of outdoor recreation activities run through the university."

On the weekends, many upperclassmen spend time in Five Points, a "very student-friendly bar district beside campus," and Columbia's central location "grants shorter distances to the beach as well as the mountains"; the town itself is very easy to get around on foot and "very artsy." There is "literally a club for everything," from "skydiving to latin dance to language," and service opportunities are also very popular. Additionally, the amenities that USC provides are "phenomenal," and include everything from "free athletic tickets to twelve free counseling sessions a year." USC really cares about the well-being and safety of its students, and "offers so many things to help the students here to succeed."

Overall

From The School


Overview

Applicants
26,019
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
4.08

GPA Breakdown

74%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — October 15

Regular — December 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
2,200
with Terminal Degree
1,609

1,154
Men
1,046
Women
402
Minority
66
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
75%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • European Studies/Civilization.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Insurance.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Office Management and Supervision.
  • Real Estate.
  • Retailing and Retail Operations.
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Broadcast Journalism.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Business Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Comparative Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist.
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Geology/Earth Science, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Experimental Psychology.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Lindsey Graham
U.S. Senator

Darla Moore
Philanthropist, successful financier

Gary Parsons
Founder, XM Satellite Radio

Darius Rucker
Country singer/philanthropist

Sterling Sharpe
Professional football analyst

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
75%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,727

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,189

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,476

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,972

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,116

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,862
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$31,962
Required Fees
$400
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,023

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,548
Transportation for Commuters
$1,620

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,008
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund
USC Acc Grant, Gamecock Guarantee, USC Inst Grant

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
26,362
Foreign Countries Represented
115

Demographics

2.96%
Asian
8.92%
African-American
4.66%
Hispanic
76.34%
Caucasian
1.04%
Unknown
2.12%
International

54% female
46% male
38% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
28%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
387
Number of Honor Societies
28

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
31

20% join a fraternity
33% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Fighting Gamecocks)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Diving
Football
Golf
Racquetball
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Fighting Gamecocks)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Racquetball
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

In the words of President Harris Pastides, the University of South Carolina – Columbia is “garnet, black, and green.” Through Sustainable Carolina, a campus-wide umbrella committed to sustainability, over forty undergraduate student interns of varying majors are tracked through UofSC’s Graduation with Leadership Distinction program while promoting sustainability progress across the university and surrounding community. With a focus on project management, Sustainable Carolina’s leadership program allows students to drive campus sustainability initiatives through integrative learning and professional development opportunities. Sustainable Carolina interns host a Sustainability Showcase focused on campus research; a Green Networking Breakfast; Reclaimed Runway, an upcycled and recycled fashion show; and a Green Career Fair on an annual basis. In 2014, UofSC celebrated a decade of green buildings at the Green Quad, the first green residence on campus. The new Darla Moore School of Business, which opened in September 2014, is expected to be the largest net zero building in South Carolina. With 23 green buildings occupying 2.5 million square feet, UofSC has a standing commitment to seek LEED Silver certification on all new buildings. Through the university’s Genesis 2015 plan, the campus fleet will be 100 percent fueled by alternative fuel within one year. The campus currently offers B.A., B.S. and M.E.E.R.M. degrees through its Environment and Sustainability Program; 300-plus courses relating to sustainability; research programs including the Center for Fuel Cells, the Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, Earth Sciences and Resource Institute, the Sustainable Enterprise and Development Initiative, and the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute; a garden program emphasizing permaculture design and local agriculture through the Healthy Carolina Farmers Market; a Tailgate Recycling program at football games; a campus bike shop sponsored by Outdoor Recreation; and numerous student-led clubs focused on sustainability.

89/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
1%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Denise A. Wellman
Director

Address
Visitor Center
McKissick
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone
8009229755

Email
visitor@mailbox.sc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center
Russell House University Union
Greek Village
Williams-Brice Stadium - Home of the 2012 Outback Bowl Champs
Historic Horseshoe
Carolina Baseball Stadium - home of the 2010 AND 2011 National Champions Colonial Life Arena Innovista National Advocacy Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens
S.C. State Museum & Eduventure Children's Museum
Robert Mills House & other historic homes
Trustus Theater
Columbia Museum of Art
The Congaree Vista, Five Points and Main St. areas are popular for shopping and dining. Nickelodeon Theater Mast General Store Mast General Store

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Saturday
8:30am-5pm M-F and 11am-3pm Sat, limited Sundays
8009229755

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9am, 11am, and 2pm, Sat. usually at 11:30 am
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
At the start of each weekday campus tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact the Visitor Center for specific information

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
N/A - not offered

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is a 20-minute drive from campus. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport for the trip to campus. Amtrack & Greyhound buses serve Columbia; the train station is 5 blocks from the center of campus and the bus terminal is 6 blocks from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
USC is located in the heart of Columbia, easily available from all area interstates. Check the following link for specific direction information.

Local Accommodations
Special USC visitor rates apply at some hotels and inns in the downtown area. Be sure to inquire when you make your reservation. While there are many lodging choices throughout Columbia, the following weblink will take you to partnering hotels close to USC.


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