South Carolina State University

South Carolina State University

South Carolina State University, SC State, is a public, land grant, four year university in Orangeburg, South Carolina that was established in 1896 as a college for black students. It sits on a 447 acre campus and offers programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level in science, humanities, business, education, and technology. The schools and colleges of the university are as follows:

  • College of Business & Applied Professional Sciences
  • College of Education, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Science, Mathematics & Engineering Technology
  • Division of Academic Affairs
  • School of Graduate Studies

SC State, which is a member of the Mid-eastern Athletic Conference, participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I sports. SC State athletics teams are nicknamed as the Bulldogs or the Lady Bulldogs. Some of the sports that students participate in are basketball, bowling, golf, soccer, volleyball, softball, cross country, and tennis. The university also has honor societies which include Beta Gamma Sigma, Psi Chi, Kappa Delta Pi, and Alpha Phi Sigma. It boasts of four sororities and four fraternities as well.

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South Carolina State University
300 College St NE
Orangeburg , SC 29117-0001
General Phone: (803) 536-7000

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South Carolina State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching176educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, art education, business teaching, ...
Business and Management114business, business management, transportation management, accounting, managerial economics, marketing
Family and Social Work114family and consumer science, food and nutrition, family studies, social work
Science70biology, chemistry, physics
Liberal Arts50foreign language and literature, English, social services, political science, sociology, history
Therapy and Counseling29psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy28health and physical education, rehabilitation
Security and Law Enforcement28criminal justice and administration
Engineering Technician25civil engineering tech, electronics tech, industrial tech, mechanical engineering tech
Medical Support and Technology19audiology and speech pathology
Computer Science and Engineering14computer and info science
Fine Arts9fine arts
Music7music management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine6registered nursing
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Engineering3nuclear engineering
Agricultural Science and Management3agricultural operations
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for South Carolina State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree55444
Master's degree9812
Postbaccalaureate certificate01
Post-master's certificate403
Doctor's degree131

South Carolina State Student Body

South Carolina State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, South Carolina State had a total enrollment of 4,933 students (4,838 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 4%
Black 95%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 38%
20-21 26%
22-24 16%
25-29 6%
30-34 3%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina78%
North Carolina3%
(International Students)1%
State unknown1%
New York1%

South Carolina State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 65 %
Part-Time 18 %

South Carolina State Room and Board (2007)

South Carolina State offers campus housing for 2,458 of its 4,838 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Orangeburg, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

South Carolina State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal370470
SAT Math370470
ACT Composite1517

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT69%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT31%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

South Carolina State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,806
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,298
Room and board $ 7,294
Room charge $ 5,734
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,658
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 3,150

Financial Aid:
South Carolina State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 344600)

South Carolina State Faculty

South Carolina State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6565
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1011

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*2*
Associate professorcalendar year5$87,3137$79,074
Assistant professorcalendar year7$75,9023$67,616
Instructorcalendar year0*5$60,686
All faculty totalcalendar year14$83,19517$75,074

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year32$73,3723$67,197
Associate professoracademic year30$63,51620$64,835
Assistant professoracademic year38$58,59843$56,478
Instructoracademic year15$42,05512$43,315
No academic rankacademic year2*2*
All faculty totalacademic year117$61,63880$56,594

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

South Carolina State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Basketball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Baseball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Track Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports136578

South Carolina State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Transportation/Transportation Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Nuclear Engineering

Engineering Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music Management and Merchandising

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Top 8%South Carolina State Minority % of student body
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Top 11%South Carolina State Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 13%South Carolina State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 15%South Carolina State % of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 17%South Carolina State Number of degree programs
% of degrees in science
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Top 20%South Carolina State % of degrees in science

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