University Of South Carolina Columbia

University Of South Carolina Columbia

The University of South Carolina, also referred to as USC, SC, or simply Carolina, is a public, co-educational, research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. USC's campus is spread across an area of 359 acres. It is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System. The university offers various degrees and programs through the following academic divisions:

  • Arnold School of Public Health
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computing
  • College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management
  • College of Mass Communications and Information Studies
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Social Work
  • Moore School of Business
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Music
  • School of the Environment
  • South Carolina Honors College
  • The Graduate School

USC's athletic teams are nicknamed the Gamecocks. They compete in the Southeastern Conference.

Below is a statement provided to CityTownInfo by the University:

The University of South Carolina is home to more than 200 years of history and tradition, rising from a single building in 1805 on what would become the heart of the campus, the Horseshoe. The 11 buildings that now make up the Horseshoe frame a lush lawn that is an irresistible gathering place.

The University is expanding west toward the Congaree River in support of its research initiatives in nanotechnology, health sciences, Future Fuels, the environment, and information and knowledge technologies. Three separate sites, each specializing in its own research area, will comprise this new innovation district, called Innovista. It will initially cover 500,000 square feet spread over about six city blocks but is projected to grow to five million square feet, mixing University and private research buildings, parking garages, and commercial and residential units around a public plaza called Foundation Square. By creating space for residences, retail, restaurants, and recreation that will complement the research, Innovista will be a place to live, learn, and work.

For additional information about USC, please read our interview with the University's career director.

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Contacting University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina-Columbia
Columbia , SC 29208
General Phone: (803) 777-7000

University of South Carolina Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,128European studies, Latin American studies, African-American studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, linguistics, comparative literature, Russian language, German language, ...
Business and Management1,023business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, human resources, international business, management science, marketing, insurance, ...
Education and Teaching651education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, instructional media design, educational research, social foundations of education, special ed, school counseling, ...
Science402biology, biomedical sciences, human genetics, biostatistics, marine biology, epidemiology, chemistry, geology, geophysics, ...
Media364mass communication, journalism, broadcast journalism, digital communications, public relations, advertising, health communication
Engineering254biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, archeology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy245sports and fitness management, exercise science, rehabilitation
Therapy and Counseling244clinical psychology, experimental psychology, school psychology, substance abuse counseling, physical therapy
Medicine222gerontology, medicine, pharmacy, pharmaceutics and drug design, public health, public health courses
Family and Social Work220public administration, social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine220registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse anesthetist, nursing science, mental health nursing, community nurse, various nursing
Hospitality196hospitality management, tourism and travel
Security and Law Enforcement139criminal justice and administration, criminology
Music103music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, voice, various music studies
Photography and Commercial Art102film studies, film and photography
Mathematics75mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Computer Science and Engineering73computer and info science, information science, computer security, computer engineering, software engineering
Fine Arts71fine arts, art history and criticism
Medical Administration58health care facilities management, environmental health, public health education
Medical Support and Technology45speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology, cardiovascular tech
Religion and Philosophy37philosophy, religion
Drama and Performing Arts36dance, drama
Office and Administration35office management
Real Estate and Construction Management19real estate

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,82377
Postbaccalaureate certificate4717
Doctor's degree24360
Master's degree1,57495
Post-master's certificate686
First-professional degree3963
Associate's degree111
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years131

University of South Carolina Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of South Carolina had a total enrollment of 27,272 students (23,449 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 66%
Graduate 29%
First Professional 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 13%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 26%
20-21 27%
22-24 19%
25-29 12%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

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

South Carolina57%
North Carolina8%
New Jersey3%
New York1%
(International Students)1%

University of South Carolina Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 87 %
Part-Time 35 %

University of South Carolina Room and Board (2007)

University of South Carolina offers campus housing for 6,115 of its 23,449 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Columbia, 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.

University of South Carolina Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530630
SAT Math550650
ACT Verbal2229
ACT Math2227
ACT Composite2328

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT75%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT46%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

University of South Carolina Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,838
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,908
Room and board $ 7,318
Room charge $ 4,526
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,792
Books and supplies $ 936
Other expenses $ 3,935

Financial Aid:
University of South Carolina participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 344800)

University of South Carolina Faculty

University of South Carolina has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track212173
Non-tenured and not on tenure track273240

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year43$145,57017$115,933
Associate professorcalendar year10$104,6175$92,428
Assistant professorcalendar year7$78,08919$83,099
Instructorcalendar year17$60,29512$54,225
Lecturercalendar year9$74,8874$83,803
All faculty totalcalendar year86$111,06257$87,681

*: 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 year214$110,55540$104,156
Associate professoracademic year180$79,750117$74,574
Assistant professoracademic year185$74,550178$63,140
Instructoracademic year42$43,55982$41,873
Lectureracademic year10$63,32310$51,080
All faculty totalacademic year631$86,004427$65,749

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

University of South Carolina Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southeastern Conference
Basketball Southeastern Conference
Baseball Southeastern Conference
Track Southeastern Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports58120178

University of South Carolina Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Retailing and Retail Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Software Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Science/Studies

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

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Tourism and Travel Services Management

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Museology/Museum Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Health Communication
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Public Health Education and Promotion

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

Medicine (MD)
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
Public Health, Other

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Music, Other
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Human/Medical Genetics
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
School Psychology
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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