University of South Carolina-Columbia

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$11,462

3.69% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$20,271

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

3.35%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

72.3%

26,015 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

34,731

89.5% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

73.2%

3,237 Graduates

About

University of South Carolina-Columbia is a higher education institution located in Richland County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of South Carolina-Columbia were General Finance (477 degrees awarded), General Marketing & Marketing Management (433 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (399 degrees).

In 2017, 9,467 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of South Carolina-Columbia. 56% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (7,077 degrees), 7.63 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (927 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina-Columbia is $11,462, which is $-15,038 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina-Columbia is $11,462, which is $-15,038 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,271.

In 2017, 72% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 46% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,462

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of South Carolina-Columbia was $11,462. The cost of tuition at University of South Carolina-Columbia is $-15,038 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$20,271

2017 Value

1.8%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 University of South Carolina-Columbia had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,271. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of University of South Carolina-Columbia grew by 1.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,120

Room and Board

$1,023

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of South Carolina-Columbia was of $10,120 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,023. The cost of room and board decreased by 0.266% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 0.689% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

72%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

46%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

72% of undergraduate students at University of South Carolina-Columbia received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 1.37% with respect to 2016, when 73% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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3.35%

2016 Default Rate

204

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at University of South Carolina-Columbia was 3.35%, which represents 204 out of the 6088 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of South Carolina-Columbia received 26,015 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 3.82% annual growth. Out of those 26,015 applicants, 18,811 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 72.3% acceptance rate.

There were 34,731 students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Columbia in 2017, and 47% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of South Carolina-Columbia has an overall enrollment yield of 31.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

72.3%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

18,811

Accepted Out of 26,015

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of South Carolina-Columbia was 72.3% (18,811 admissions from 26,015 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 68.1%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 3.82%, while admissions grew by 10.2%.

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SAT Scores

47%

Submission Percentage

2,739

Scores Submitted

47% of enrolled first-time students at University of South Carolina-Columbia in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of South Carolina-Columbia has a total enrollment of 34,731 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina-Columbia is 31,071 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,660. This means that 89.5% of students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Columbia are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of South Carolina-Columbia, both undergraduate and graduate, is 73.4% White, 9.4% Black or African American, 4.26% Hispanic or Latino, 3.37% Two or More Races, 2.96% Asian, 0.179% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.101% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Columbia in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (41%), followed by White Male (35.1%) and Black or African American Female (4.93%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (37%), followed by White Male (27.4%) and Black or African American Female (6.88%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

89.5%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of South Carolina-Columbia, both undergraduate and graduate, is 34,731 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina-Columbia is 31,071 and the part-time enrollment is 3,660. This means that 89.5% of students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Columbia are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

88%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of South Carolina-Columbia was 88%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), University of South Carolina-Columbia had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    25,489

  2. Black or African American

    3,264

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,481

The enrolled student population at University of South Carolina-Columbia is 73.4% White, 9.4% Black or African American, 4.26% Hispanic or Latino, 3.37% Two or More Races, 2.96% Asian, 0.179% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.101% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 423 students (1.22%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 1141 more women than men received degrees from University of South Carolina-Columbia. The majority of degree recipients at University of South Carolina-Columbia are white (7,077 degrees awarded). There were 7.63 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (927 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of South Carolina-Columbia is General Finance (477 degrees awarded), followed by General Marketing & Marketing Management (433 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (399 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of South Carolina-Columbia, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Library Science (126 degrees awarded), Biology (757 degrees), and Business (2,935 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Columbia are Accountants & auditors (1,103,329 people), Other managers (707,490 people), Financial managers (433,114 people), Physicians (402,476 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (358,168 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Columbia are Library Science (126 degrees awarded), Biology (757 degrees), Business (2,935 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (339 degrees), and History (115 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Columbia are Surgeons, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Personal financial advisors

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Columbia are Library Science (126 degrees awarded), Biology (757 degrees), Business (2,935 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (339 degrees), and History (115 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Columbia are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (767,982 people), Elementary & secondary schools (743,065 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (614,094 people), Banking & related activities (501,433 people), and Computer Systems Design (452,949 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Columbia are Library Science (126 degrees awarded), Biology (757 degrees), Business (2,935 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (339 degrees), and History (115 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of South Carolina-Columbia.

Most Common

  1. 477 degrees awarded

  2. 433 degrees awarded

  3. 399 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of South Carolina-Columbia was General Finance with 477 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 4,163

  2. 5,304

In 2017, 4,163 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina-Columbia, which is 0.785 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,304).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 335 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina-Columbia in General Finance, which is 2.36 times more than the 142 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 297 degrees were awarded to women at University of South Carolina-Columbia in Social Work, which is 8.03 times more than the 37 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

55%

100% Completion Time

72%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 55% of students graduating from University of South Carolina-Columbia completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 72% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 74% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Hispanic or Latino Female

Highest Graduation Rate (82.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of South Carolina-Columbia is Female and Hispanic or Latino (82.3% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.0618% of graduates (2 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    7,077 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    927 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    394 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of South Carolina-Columbia is white (7,077 degrees awarded). There were 7.63 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (927 degrees).

1.24% of degree recipients (117 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    3,885 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    3,192 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    633 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of South Carolina-Columbia is white female (3,885 degrees awarded). There were 1.22 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (3,192 degrees).

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Operations

University of South Carolina-Columbia has an endowment valued at nearly $609M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $5.26M (0.863%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, University of South Carolina-Columbia had a total expenditure of $1.06B. Of that $1.06B, they spent $508M on salaries and $1.06B on benefits.

University of South Carolina-Columbia employs 415 Associate professors, 408 Professors, and 385 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of South Carolina-Columbia are Male Professors (305), Male Associate professors(223), and Female Assistant professors (204).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Columbia are: Office and Administrative Support, with 842 employees, Management, with 734 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 642 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$609M

2017 Endowment

15.6%

growth from 2016

University of South Carolina-Columbia has an endowment valued at about $609M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of University of South Carolina-Columbia grew 15.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $323M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $101M - Federal

  2. $93.9M - State

  3. $643k - Local

As of 2017, University of South Carolina-Columbia received $101M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $93.9M from state grants and contracts, and $643k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$508M

Salary Expenditure

$1.06B

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, University of South Carolina-Columbia had a total expenditure of $1.06B. Of that $1.06B, they spent $508M on salaries and $1.06B on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$508M

2017 Salaries

4.02%

growth from 2016

In 2017, University of South Carolina-Columbia paid a median of $508M in salaries, which represents 47.8% of their overall expenditure ($1.06B) and a 4.02% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.75% growth from 2015 and a 2.69% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$147M

Instructional Salaries

1,450

Number of Employees

In 2017, University of South Carolina-Columbia paid a total of $147M to 1,450 employees working as instructors, which represents 29% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $146M (22.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

415 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

842 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Columbia were Associate professor with 415 employees; Professor with 408 employees; and Professor with 385 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Columbia were Office and Administrative Support with 842 employees; Management with 734 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 642 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Columbia was Male Professor with 305 employees, Male Associate professor with 223 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 204 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at University of South Carolina-Columbia.

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