A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C
University of South Carolina is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference
Address
Columbia-Campus
Columbia, SC 29208
Website

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
65%
SAT Range
1120-1300
ACT Range
25-29
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for University of South Carolina

Cost

Net Price
$17,972/ year
National
$15,431
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,496/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,180/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,386/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,837/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,516/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.208 responses
51%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.207 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.206 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
23,179Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 129 responses
Report
  • School Spirit
    22%
  • Ambitious
    14%
  • What sorority are you in?
    12%
  • Focused
    10%
  • Energetic
    9%
  • Content
    9%
  • Greek
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.275 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.342 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 130 responses
Report
  • Lots of choices
    23%
  • Awesome
    18%
  • Fun
    15%
  • Perfect
    14%
  • Charming
    8%
  • Average
    8%
  • Great
    5%

After University of South Carolina

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
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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Like any other college, USC is what you make of it. You can have the best experience of your life or be miserable the whole time. Being involved in clubs/activities or Greek life will help you build a social circle. My advice is to get involved in something - anything to make your experience more enjoyable. The location is great. Campus is in the middle of downtown with access to stores, restaurants, shops, etc. I love USC so far. My only complaint is that it's uncomfortably HOT all year round. However, I still enjoy going here - best school in the state!
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Wonderful university filled with plentiful opportunities and school spirit! It is a place that everyone and anyone can feel welcome and at home in a community that will always have someone that shares the same beliefs, morals, ideals, dreams, etc. This school has opened up a ton of doors for me and I already feel like I have I have a better understanding of how my future will be shaped after all the help and advice my teachers have given me. I have also met some of the sweetest, kindest, most genuine people I have ever met at this school and believe that it is a strong community that always takes pride in its accomplishments and is a perfect new home for those who are beginning their college careers.
Great school! Everybody you talk to that goes there or has gone there or knows somebody that goes there or has gone there absolutely loves it and raves about the school. There is so much school pride and the campus is wonderful. About half in state kids and half out of state kids. Both are great. Greek life is very present on campus, but most people are not involved in greek life. There are a lot of options for on and off campus housing. The area is great. Go Cocks!