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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  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 2,281 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the South Carolina State acceptance rate is 78%. Popular majors include Biology, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration, and Family Studies and Consumer Sciences. Graduating 36% of students, South Carolina State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $22,300.
About South Carolina State University...
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
78%
Application Deadline
July 31
SAT Range
840- 980
ACT Range
15-18
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$21,112/ 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
$9,204/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

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.67 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.68 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,281Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
243
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
81%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Socialible
    42%
  • Blessed
    30%
  • Optimistic.
    9%
  • Tenacious
    9%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Noisy
    3%
  • Outgoing
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.94 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.98 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Growing
    32%
  • Interesting
    29%
  • Though many want us to falter, we still rise.
    26%
  • Home away from home
    6%
  • Big on academics, horrible financial aid.
    3%
  • Insufferable self-motivating institution
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$29,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
36%
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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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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Once I step foot onto South Carolina State University campus, I knew then and there it was the right college for me! The professors take their time out to assist you with any work and student activities are amazing! It is always something going on around campus. You’re never bored, lots of entertainment, new people, and new environment. I love State! It’s an outstanding school and I would love to be an Alumni of this University!
Throughout my tenure here at the the illustrious South Carolina State University, many opportunities have been bestowed upon me. It is because of the many people around me at this school that I have been able to connect and network with others in my career field. This allows me to reach out and obtain more knowledge on my career choice and brings me closer to acquiring internships and jobs. The love for one another and everyone around the campus thrives and shows in many ways. Groups and organizations give back tremendously to our community, for example, by giving out clothing and food to the less fortunate. They also tutor young children within our community and work with the elderly in any way they can. South Carolina State prides itself on the history behind the school and preserves every fact of history possible with the upmost respect. As I have gone through my academic journey, this university has taught me how to become an adult and prepared me for the world that waits for me.