University of South Carolina--Beaufort

2014 Quick Stats
1 University Boulevard

Bluffton, SC 29909

Phone: (843) 208-8000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#66 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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University of South Carolina--Beaufort is a public institution. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,828, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 213 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of South Carolina--Beaufort's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 66. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,558 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,956 (2012-13).

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

Situated in the Carolina Sea Islands in a region rich in history, steeped in natural beauty, teeming with extraordinary opportunities for those who participate in golf, tennis and water sports of all kinds and thriving as one of the world's great resort destinations, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

It's easy to understand why USCB is the fastest growing four-year institution in the USC system. USCB students pursue baccalaureate degrees in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. The university's two campuses, located at the gateway to Hilton Head Island and on the waterfront in historic Beaufort, serve a diverse student body of over 1,600. With a student-teacher ratio of 17:1, USCB students benefit from small classes and optimal faculty interaction in a challenging academic environment. USCB provides a remarkable blend of exceptional faculty, supportive staff, outstanding facilities and diverse student body, which creates a nurturing community where students can live and learn.

The Hilton Head Gateway Campus, which opened in 2004 and provides on-campus student apartments, is also home to a brand new Campus Center which includes the Sand Bar cafeteria, fitness center, multi-purpose office space, and a new and improved Shark Cove Bookstore. Both campuses offer undergraduate programs of study in the areas of Biology, Business, Communication Studies, Computational Science, Education, English, History, Hospitality, Human Services, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Studio Art, and Liberal Arts. There are undergraduate research opportunities in state-of-the-art labs.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded N/A
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $79,000


When applying to University of South Carolina--Beaufort, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of South Carolina--Beaufort is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 73 percent.

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

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of South Carolina--Beaufort is 17:1, and the school has 51.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of South Carolina--Beaufort include: Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Hospitality Administration/Management, General; Psychology, General; and Social Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 53.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 28%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 12%
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 10%
Psychology, General 10%
Social Sciences, General 10%

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Student Life

University of South Carolina--Beaufort has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,828, with a gender distribution of 36.7 percent male students and 63.3 percent female students. University of South Carolina--Beaufort is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,828
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

University of South Carolina--Beaufort offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring. University of South Carolina--Beaufort also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of South Carolina--Beaufort.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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In-state tuition and fees $8,558 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,956 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,910 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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