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South Carolina State is a public university located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. As a historically black college, SC State has a strong history of and commitment to the education of black Americans. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,152 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the South Carolina State acceptance rate is 53%. Popular majors include Biology, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, and Family Studies and Consumer Sciences. Graduating 34% of students, South Carolina State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $22,300.
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.69 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.70 responses
Most Popular Majors
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching30 Graduates
Family Studies and Consumer Sciences28 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration23 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering Technician13 Graduates
Information Science11 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services9 Graduates
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- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.96 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.100 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses
South Carolina State University Reviews
Ultimately, I actually love South Carolina State University. I’m a freshman, majoring in criminal justice. So far I can say I enjoyed myself, the semester just ended so I’m hoping I can go back next semester. College life there is fun. There’s a lot of organizations and activities you can get involved in. The parties are fun but of course academics comes first. Overall I loved my professors that I had they showed me how college really is. Being at SCSU u will want to come back especially for HOMECOMING. That whole week is filled wit parties and fun organizations! Housing/dorms are okay, it’s decent because it’s a good portion size for 2 roommates well only for the one I stayed in. Football/basketball games are also fun, free admission for students are great so that’s also something I enjoyed while I was there I definitely hope to go back next semester.
I absolutely love my Alma Mater! There is a strong sense of family around the campus. Even after you graduate, you will always find someone you know from the bulldog family in your area. I can say that the professors genuinely care about your education and success as a student, as well as your future. You will find that you are more just “a student number” at this wonderful institution of higher learning.
I personally didn't have a great experience at South Carolina State University. It helped shape me into the person I am today due to the number of challenges I faced. Like every institution, they have their problems; for example, being low funded and not being able to pay professors sometimes, not having good training facilities for all athletes and just prioritizing football, not offering more dietary options for students, accepting all types of students causing lots of safety and disturbance in and outside the classroom, finally, the lack of urgency for some departments to help students with ongoing problems. These experiences helped me work hard to overcome adversity. I feel like there are some people working on tackling the problems I listed and making a change. It will be a while before people start to see change. It just depends on whether or not you want to be a part of the process.