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University of South Carolina - Columbia Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on University of South Carolina - Columbia, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of South Carolina - Columbia Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of South Carolina - Columbia was awarded 142 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

UofSC landed the #224 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

UofSC also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in South Carolina ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UofSC?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of South Carolina - Columbia is 72%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that UofSC is a good fit for you.

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

ACT Composite Scores for University of South Carolina - Columbia  ( 25 to 30 )
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University of South Carolina - Columbia Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, University of South Carolina - Columbia is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of South Carolina - Columbia is 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at University of South Carolina - Columbia

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of South Carolina - Columbia has a freshmen retention rate of 88%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  88 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UofSC for first-time, full-time students is 55%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  55 out of 100
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Excellent Overall Diversity at UofSC

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 26,733 undergraduates at UofSC with 25,633 being full-time and 1,100 being part-time.

UofSC Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 88.90 out of 100, UofSC is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  88.90 out of 100
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How Much Does University of South Carolina - Columbia Cost?

The overall average net price of UofSC is $19,219. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UofSC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,819 $15,090 $19,566 $21,363 $23,262

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UofSC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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.

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How Much Money Do UofSC Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UofSC make about $44,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for UofSC students since it is 13% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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Location of University of South Carolina - Columbia

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.

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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

University of South Carolina - Columbia Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 100 majors graduated from University of South Carolina - Columbia. Of these students, 6,966 received undergraduate degrees and 2,669 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 557 $52,900
Marketing 457 $44,100
Business Administration & Management 393 $40,200
Public Health 317 $29,000
General Biology 288 $26,800
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 275 $58,900
Child Development & Psychology 261 $26,300
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 233 $24,300
Public Relations & Advertising 232 $36,600
Nursing 223 $58,600

Learn more about the majors offered at University of South Carolina - Columbia along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UofSC

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 9,708 students took at least one online class at University of South Carolina - Columbia. This is an increase from the 8,728 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 9,708 1,609
2016-2017 8,728 1,476
2015-2016 8,394 1,648
2014-2015 7,094 1,659
2013-2014 881 65

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*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.

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