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
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C
University of South Carolina is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference
Address
Lieber College 902 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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%
Application Deadline
December 1
SAT Range
1110-1290
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$19,434/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,942/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,328/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,245/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,337/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,880/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
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.210 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.209 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
23,613Undergrads
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 132 responses
Report
  • School Spirit
    23%
  • Ambitious
    14%
  • What sorority are you in?
    12%
  • Focused
    10%
  • Content
    10%
  • Energetic
    9%
  • Greek
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.278 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.345 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 133 responses
Report
  • Lots of choices
    23%
  • Awesome
    17%
  • Fun
    15%
  • Perfect
    14%
  • Charming
    8%
  • Average
    8%
  • Great
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
48%
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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The University of South Carolina is a superb school! I was delighted to meet so many students from around the country (and world). Nearly half of the student population is out-of-state. This creates a dynamic and diverse environment. Because of USC's Honors College and willingness to give major scholarships, the university attracts truly top-notch students. I have been challenged and motivated throughout my time here. Besides the great academic environment, this is a FUN school! There is always something going on. USC football and the famous Five Points bar scene have to be experienced first hand!
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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!
I am a Freshman! And, so far I can tell you coming to this school has been the best decision I have made. It not only is a beautiful campus; it is walkable. I can get to all my classes without having to think about transportation. My classes have been amazing. I am learning so much. I just sit down and the class is already over. I have no problem getting up in the morning to go to class. I look forward to it. Also, I cannot say enough about the city of Columbia; there is so much to do here. University of South Carolina is the whole package. It has so much to offer.