University of South Carolina at Columbia

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Columbia, SC

$12,288

Avg in-state tuition

$33,528

Avg out-of-state tuition

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About University of South Carolina at Columbia

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

Columbia, South Carolina, is home to the University of South Carolina — a public university with about 35,000 annual enrollees. The school has an acceptance rate of 69% and a graduation rate of 77%. UofSC offers more than 300 undergraduate majors and over 250 graduate programs, including 50 online study options. UofSC's campus is home to over 120 research centers and institutes. The school also hosts more than 50 student organizations and clubs and numerous recreational facilities.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a high acceptance rate.

This school accepts students at a higher rate than other schools. High acceptance schools welcome 51-100% of all applicants.

68% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

Students remain enrolled in this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This typically means students are happy with their school selection and wish to continue their education there.

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90% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

78% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Application Considerations

Test scores Required

High school transcript Required

High school rank Recommended

Letter of recommendation Not required or recommended

High school GPA Required

Open admission No

Completion of college prep program Required

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

Transfer Credit Policy

Dual enrollment Yes

Credit for qualified life experience* Implied no

Advance placement (AP) credits Yes

*This can include previous jobs, trainings, licenses/credentials, or seminars. You may need to complete an exam or provide a portfolio to earn credit.

SAT & ACT

Students who attend this school typically have higher standardized test scores than students at other schools.

While test scores can be an important aspect of college applications, schools determine admission based on several factors, and these test scores are only a suggested range.

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ACT 25th-75th Percentile 25-31

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1140-1340

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of more than 15,000 students.

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35k

Students enrolled

93%

Online student enrollment

18:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

Online Check Bold
On-campus Check Bold
Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program. Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

72%

Black

10%

Hispanic

5%

Non-U.S. Citizen

5%

Two or more races

4%

Asian

4%

Unknown

1%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

56%

Socio-economic diversity

18% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

3

Total Online Enrollment

33,092

Student Location Breakout

Percent of Programs Online

99% On-campus

1% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates X Bold Not offered

Associate X Bold Not offered

Bachelor's X Bold Not offered

Graduate Certificate Check Bold 2% online

Master's Check Bold 2% online

Doctorate X Bold Not offered

Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $12,288 $33,528
Graduate $13,737 $29,760

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $1,085
On-campus room and board $10,962
On-campus other expenses $4,386
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $11,239
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $4,386
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $4,386

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $28,721 $49,961
Off-campus without family $28,998 $50,238
Off-campus with family $17,759 $38,999

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

67%

State Grant Aid

51%

Institution Grant Aid

83%

Pell Grant

18%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $2,051
State Grant Aid $5,562
Institution Grant Aid $2,437
Pell Grant Aid $4,854

Financial Outlook

$23k

Average student debt after graduation

$44k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.