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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C+
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.
300 College St NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117
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About South Carolina State...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

South Carolina State University Rankings

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SC State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
53%
Application Deadline
July 31
SAT Range
860-1010
ACT Range
15-18
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$20,878/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,041/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.69 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.70 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    33%
  • On Campus
    65%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,152Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
278
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
80%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Socialible
    42%
  • Blessed
    33%
  • Optimistic.
    9%
  • Tenacious
    9%
  • Noisy
    3%
  • Outgoing
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.96 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.100 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Growing
    33%
  • Interesting
    28%
  • Though many want us to falter, we still rise.
    25%
  • Home away from home
    6%
  • Big on academics, horrible financial aid.
    3%
  • Huge Party School and average academics
    3%
  • Insufferable self-motivating institution
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
34%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
97%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses
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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.
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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.