South Carolina State University

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300 College Street NE

Orangeburg, SC 29117

Phone: (803) 536-7000
2012-2013 Tuition
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May 31
application deadline

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South Carolina State University is a public institution that was founded in 1896. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,265, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 160 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. South Carolina State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,258 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,170 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

SC State University, an 1890 land grant, senior comprehensive institution of approximately 4,000 students, is committed to providing affordable and accessible quality baccalaureate, masters educational specialist and doctoral degree programs. SC State, through instruction, research, technology and service, contributes to economic development, enhances the quality of life of citizens, and prepares highly skilled, competent and socially aware graduates ( Approximately,30,000) to meet life's challenges and demands and enables them to work and live productively in a dynamic, global society. As South Carolina's only public, historically black college and university (HBCU), there are several programs unique to SC State University (SC State).The university has the only Bachelor of Science program in nuclear engineering in South Carolina and at an HBCU. A Bachelor of Science degree in physics with an option or concentration in Medical Physics is unique in that graduates of this program are prepared to enter employment in the field or go on to graduate school. Founded in 1947, SC State ROTC Bulldog Battalion averages approximately 100 cadets and is one of the largest producers of minority officers for the Army. The 1890 Research and Extension Program offers a variety of services to rural and urban limited resource families. Approximately 30,000 alumni, with more than 18,500 residing in South Carolina graduated from SC State. With the various activities on campus and the thousands of individuals who visit SC State, the University significantly impacts the economy of the City of Orangeburg, as well as the State of South Carolina. In the Orangeburg community, SC State supports 1,558 jobs and has a $152.5 million impact; and our statewide impact is $181.5 million.
The university's strength is that we provided a nurturing living and learning environment that will foster student success.

General Information

School type public
Year founded 1896
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $785,044


When applying to South Carolina State University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 31. The application fee at South Carolina State University is $25. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 91 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 91.0%
Application deadline May 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at South Carolina State University is 15:1, and the school has 45 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at South Carolina State University include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Social Work; Psychology, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%
Social Work 8%
Psychology, General 7%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7%
Business Administration and Management, General 6%

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Student Life

South Carolina State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,265, with a gender distribution of 46.2 percent male students and 53.8 percent female students. At this school, 82 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 18 percent of students live off campus. South Carolina State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,807
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

South Carolina State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. South Carolina State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at South Carolina State University, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at South Carolina State University.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $9,258 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,170 (2012-13)
Room and board $9,286 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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