SC Description

Despite being in existence for over 200 years, the University of South Carolina is hardly content to rest on its laurels. While other schools make note of past achievements, Southern Carolina emphasizes innovation and progress.

This forward-thinking attitude is most evident in SC’s ambitious Innovista, a state-of-the-art wet/dry lab and research center consisting of the Horizon Center and Discovery Plaza. In 2009, the Arnold School of Public Health and Research was endowed with over $24 million for research funding, greatly increasing its available resources. The university also touts its West Quad residential hall, which it claims is the world’s largest environmentally friendly dorm.

The University of South Carolina works closely with industry in Columbia, in order to improve the economy and give students a pipeline into local business. The Office of Corporate Relations helps to establish links between the university and Columbia businesses, and the Career Center gives companies the opportunity to recruit USC students.

With over 320 degree programs offered, there’s plenty of variety in USC’s academics. Due to its size, there is also plenty of financial aid. In addition to state-sponsored programs like the Carolina Scholars Program, eligible students can apply for university-offered scholarships like the Lieber Scholarship and University Scholars Award to help with tuition.

Quick Facts about University of South Carolina, Columbia

Region

Southeast

Setting

Mid-size City Setting

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)

Mascots

Fighting Gamecocks, Lady Gamecocks

Nicknames

Carolina, USC, SC

Website

www.sc.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Selective

In-State Tuition

$9,768

Out-of-State Tuition

$25,952

Retention Rate

86%

Enrollment

27,979

Year Established

1801

SC Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating: 4.5

5 star
  7 reviews
4 star
  3 reviews
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1 star
  1 review

64% of students gave University of South Carolina, Columbia 5 stars overall.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2011

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

The academic and social experiences are high quality. Parking is absolutely horrific, and.campus transportation is in need of some.pretty major.upgrades both technologically and physically with buses, etc. student life is fun, many organizations to be involved in. free tickets to.football games are a nice ammenity.

Former Student - Last Attended 2006

Overall Rating:
5

Detailed Ratings

Best college experience possible. The lifestyle of the students while dangerous it does provide many memorable experiences. Tips- be truthful to cops,stay away from trains, heights, and drunk driving.

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SC Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
19,765
Freshman Class
5,812
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
27,979

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
71%
Graduate
29%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
78%
Part-Time
22%

Gender of Students

Women
56%
Men
44%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
3%
African American
12%
Caucasian
81%
Asian
3%
Unknown and Other
1%

International Students

International
4%
Domestic
96%

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