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  1. Academics
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  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
South Carolina is a highly rated public university located in Columbia, South Carolina. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 25,633 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the South Carolina acceptance rate is 63%. Popular majors include Finance, Marketing, and Business. Graduating 77% of students, South Carolina alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,000.
Columbia-Campus
Columbia, SC 29208
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference

University of South Carolina Rankings

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

SC Admissions

Acceptance Rate
63%
Application Deadline
December 1
SAT Range
1190-1360
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$20,181/ 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
$6,642/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.208 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.241 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.240 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    26%
  • On Campus
    73%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
25,633Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,100
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 161 responses
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  • School Spirit
    27%
  • Ambitious
    12%
  • What sorority are you in?
    11%
  • Content
    11%
  • Energetic
    9%
  • Focused
    9%
  • Greek
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.309 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.376 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 164 responses
Report
  • Lots of choices
    24%
  • Awesome
    16%
  • Fun
    15%
  • Perfect
    12%
  • Average
    8%
  • Charming
    6%
  • Fun yet academically balanced
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.139 responses
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University of South Carolina Reviews

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The University of South Carolina has exceeded my expectations greatly. I am a recent graduate of the University and I could not have asked for a better four years. Personally, I went through an extremely tough time during my time as a student being diagnosed with Lyme Disease. The university went above and beyond to make sure I would graduate on time and ensured that I was okay both physically and mentally. Having an amazing staff help me during a difficult time was everything. Besides that, the overall experience was amazing. The university does everything they can to truly make the four years of undergraduate, the best. Though the dining halls and parking could be better, so many other positives outweigh the food halls and congested parking lots. At the end of the day, I could never have asked for a different experience or school and I highly recommend the University of South Carolina to anyone. Go Gamecocks!
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As a student-athlete, there is no better environment than SEC sports. In Columbia, you have incredible community support and so many opportunities to network. The campus itself is absolutely beautiful and the city seems to be growing around it in every direction. My first two years, the class sizes were very large, but as you ascend into higher level courses, the class size drops and you find yourself establishing relationships with professors. I loved that we were close enough to drive to the beach for the weekend but also could head west and hit the mountains! School really comes first but Gamecocks know how to have a good time.
The whole experience from the admissions to actually getting on campus is amazing. The offices helped significantly with the admissions process, and the transition from high school senior to college freshman is very smooth. The dorms are nice and there is plenty of activities all across the campus for any and all students to participate in. The dining options are diverse, so you can find basically anything that you crave. It is one of the best party school in America, and I believe it has that reputation for a reason. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the University of South Carolina. Go Gamecocks!