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University of South Carolina - Columbia is a public institution located in Columbia, South Carolina. The city atmosphere of Columbia makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

2,868 Undergraduate Degrees
561 Graduate Degrees
$41,737 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
72% Acceptance Rate

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University of South Carolina - Columbia Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, UofSC is ranked #142 out of 1,018 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. UofSC also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in South Carolina ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UofSC has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#9 Most Popular Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Most Popular Business Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#131 Most Popular Business Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UofSC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Management Information Systems Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Most Popular Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Human Resource Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Value International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#75 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#82 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#118 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UofSC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for International Business College Factual
#9 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#49 Best Colleges for Marketing College Factual
#64 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#69 Best Colleges for Accounting College Factual

Where Is University of South Carolina - Columbia?

Location of University of South Carolina - Columbia

Contact details for UofSC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Columbia-Campus, Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-7000
Website: www.sc.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uofsc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UofSC

How Do I Get Into UofSC?

You can apply to UofSC online at: www.sc.edu/apply/index.php

Admission Requirements for UofSC

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UofSC?

72% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
47% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at University of South Carolina - Columbia is 72%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 73%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 47% of students accepted to UofSC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 660. Math scores were between 580 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Carolina - Columbia  ( 590 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of South Carolina - Columbia  ( 580 to 670 )
200
800
UofSC received ACT scores from 53% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 24 and 28. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for University of South Carolina - Columbia  ( 24 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of South Carolina - Columbia  ( 24 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of South Carolina - Columbia  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of South Carolina - Columbia?

$41,737 Net Price
49% Take Out Loans
3.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UofSC is $41,737. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UofSC, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $8,750 a year. That adds up to $35,000 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UofSC is 3.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of South Carolina - Columbia Undergraduate Student Diversity

26,400 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 27,502 undergraduate students at UofSC, with 26,400 being full-time and 1,102 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UofSC

There are also 7,862 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 26,400 full-time undergraduates at UofSC, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UofSC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of South Carolina - Columbia students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UofSC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 892
Black or African American 2,102
Hispanic or Latino 1,302
White 19,861
International Students 933
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,310

Geographic Diversity

South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at University of South Carolina - Columbia. At this time, 44 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 108 countries are represented at UofSC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at University of South Carolina - Columbia

1,609 Took All Classes Online
9,708 Took At Least One Class Online
612.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 27 master’s degree programs available online at UofSC. In 2017-2018, 9,708 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UofSC has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in South Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UofSC

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of South Carolina - Columbia was 612.6%. This is the #97 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UofSC regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UofSC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
General Management Information Systems 5%
Management Information Systems 5%
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 2%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UofSC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UofSC.

Major Growth Rate Rank
International Business #2
International Business/Trade/Commerce #2
General Business Administration and Management #30
Business Administration & Management #35

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of South Carolina - Columbia Business Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Finance 557 0 0 0 557
General Business Administration and Management 346 0 197 8 551
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 457 0 0 0 457
Management Science 275 0 0 0 275
Accounting 157 0 75 0 232
International Business/Trade/Commerce 131 0 82 0 213
Public Relations 168 0 0 0 168
General Hospitality Administration/Management 150 0 4 1 155
Insurance 146 0 0 0 146
Retailing and Retail Operations 130 0 0 0 130
Business Statistics 0 98 0 0 98
General Economics 80 0 12 3 95
Business Economics 76 0 0 0 76
Advertising 64 0 0 0 64
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 47 0 0 0 47
Real Estate 44 0 0 0 44
General Management Information Systems 0 42 0 0 42
Tourism and Travel Services Management 40 0 0 0 40
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 0 0 37 0 37
Health Communication 0 2 0 0 2
Accounting and Finance 0 0 0 0 0
Entrepreneurship 0 0 0 0 0
International Finance 0 0 0 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,868 142 407 12 3,429

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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