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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    D-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B-
South Carolina State University is ...
Public, HBCU
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Address
300 College St NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117
Website
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South Carolina State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
86%
Application Deadline
July 31
SAT Range
680-873
ACT Range
14-17
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$21,058/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,333/ year
  • $30-48k
    $23,254/ year
  • $49-75k
    $27,016/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,665/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,620/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.62 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,282Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
82%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Socialible
    43%
  • Blessed
    36%
  • Optimistic.
    11%
  • Tenacious
    7%
  • Noisy
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.89 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.93 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Growing
    34%
  • Interesting
    31%
  • Though many want us to falter, we still rise.
    31%
  • Insufferable self-motivating institution
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$28,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
38%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
97%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses
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I love attending SC State. The atmosphere is very much like home, but academics and safety are certainly at the forefront of the campuses focus. With the various things to do on campus, it doesn’t seem like there’s much to do off campus. Though that may seem unattractive to some, I think it allows the students to be closer knit with one another and forced us to make connections with people outside of our majors and graduating class. SCSU is the place to be, and with over 30 successfully maintained majors, it can be for anyone that would want to become a Bulldog!
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South Carolina State University is a environment rich with scholastics, diversity, and community based morals. Before becoming a student, I encountered the excitement of a football game at this historically black college. Students, alumnus, and even parents were all there with the same positive energy and enthusiasm. After becoming a student, I was able to fully experience what the university has to offer. The staff and administration work tirelessly to ensure the wellbeing of all their students academically, professionally and even emotionally. The curriculum and field based experiences are all set to better aid students in beginning, continuing, or changing their career. Resources that are offered, such as the career center, help in this process as well. South Carolina State University is definitely a university I would recommend to any student no matter what background they come from.
My experience at SCSU for my freshman year has been an eye opener. I say that because as HBCU the connection between the students on campus is remarkable. It’s like one big family. We have multiple group chats to make sure each student is not left out and gets to know one another. Here at SCSU we have study groups and yes there are times we take a little break to have a celebration for a certain event on campus. Overall the students love to work together to come up with new ideas. There’s a bonus about this school too, SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AROUND FOR EACH MAJOR . That way each student has no excuse on not being able to apply for something that doesn’t qualify for them. Personally what needs to be changed about South Carolina State is the cafe employees. Certain ones have bad attitudes like they hate their job.