South Carolina State University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,528
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$20,022
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
19.9%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
94.1%
3,128 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
2,339
84.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
29.9%
189 Graduates

About

South Carolina State University is a higher education institution located in Orangeburg County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at South Carolina State University were General Biological Sciences (50 degrees awarded), General Family & Consumer Sciences (39 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (30 degrees).

In 2020, 431 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at South Carolina State University. 58% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (400 degrees), 18.2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (22 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at South Carolina State University is $9,528, which is $−13,002 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at South Carolina State University is $9,528, which is $−13,002 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,022.

In 2020, 90% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 78% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,528
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at South Carolina State University was $9,528. The cost of tuition at South Carolina State University is $−13,002 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$20,022
2020 Value
0.075%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 South Carolina State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,022. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of South Carolina State University grew by 0.075%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,500
Room and Board
$2,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South Carolina State University was of $9,500 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,000. The cost of room and board did not change between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

90%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
78%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

90% of undergraduate students at South Carolina State University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 8.43% with respect to 2019, when 83% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
19.9%
2018 Default Rate
207
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at South Carolina State University was 19.9%, which represents 207 out of the 1040 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

South Carolina State University received 3,128 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 18.9% annual growth. Out of those 3,128 applicants, 2,943 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 94.1% acceptance rate.

There were 2,339 students enrolled at South Carolina State University in 2020, and 34% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

South Carolina State University has an overall enrollment yield of 16.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

94.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,943
Accepted Out of 3,128

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of South Carolina State University was 94.1% (2,943 admissions from 3,128 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 66.4%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 18.9%, while admissions grew by 68.4%.

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SAT Scores

34%
Submission Percentage
161
Scores Submitted

34% of enrolled first-time students at South Carolina State University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

South Carolina State University has a total enrollment of 2,339 students. The full-time enrollment at South Carolina State University is 1,976 students and the part-time enrollment is 363. This means that 84.5% of students enrolled at South Carolina State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at South Carolina State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 92.7% Black or African American, 3.51% White, 1.24% Two or More Races, 0.428% Hispanic or Latino, 0.299% Asian, 0.257% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0428% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at South Carolina State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (53.1%), followed by Black or African American Male (40.4%) and White Female (1.35%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (68.2%), followed by Black or African American Male (17.4%) and White Female (9.74%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

84.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at South Carolina State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,339 students. The full-time enrollment at South Carolina State University is 1,976 and the part-time enrollment is 363. This means that 84.5% of students enrolled at South Carolina State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

69%
2020 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 South Carolina State University was 69%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), South Carolina State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    2,169
  2. White
    82
  3. Two or More Races
    29

The enrolled student population at South Carolina State University is 92.7% Black or African American, 3.51% White, 1.24% Two or More Races, 0.428% Hispanic or Latino, 0.299% Asian, 0.257% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0428% 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 Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 69 more women than men received degrees from South Carolina State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at South Carolina State University is black or african american (400 degrees awarded). There were 18.2 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (22 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at South Carolina State University is General Biological Sciences (50 degrees awarded), followed by General Family & Consumer Sciences (39 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (30 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at South Carolina State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Human Sciences (47 degrees awarded), Biology (50 degrees), and Education (79 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Carolina State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,507,318 people), Secondary school teachers (523,889 people), Physicians (394,158 people), Education administrators (277,562 people), and Other managers (222,086 people).

The most specialized majors at South Carolina State University are Human Sciences (47 degrees awarded), Biology (50 degrees), Education (79 degrees), Protective Services (30 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (16 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 South Carolina State University are Surgeons, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Actuaries, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at South Carolina State University are Human Sciences (47 degrees awarded), Biology (50 degrees), Education (79 degrees), Protective Services (30 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (16 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Carolina State University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,831,357 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (526,777 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (466,104 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (384,286 people), and Offices of physicians (222,800 people).

The most specialized majors at South Carolina State University are Human Sciences (47 degrees awarded), Biology (50 degrees), Education (79 degrees), Protective Services (30 degrees), and Engineering Technologies (16 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 South Carolina State University.
Most Common
  1. 50 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 39 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 30 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at South Carolina State University was General Biological Sciences with 50 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

181
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
250
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 181 degrees were awarded to men at South Carolina State University, which is 0.724 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (250).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 16 degrees were awarded to men at South Carolina State University in Physical Education Teaching & Coaching, which is 4 times more than the 4 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 45 degrees were awarded to women at South Carolina State University in General Biological Sciences, which is 9 times more than the 5 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

16%
100% Completion Time
34%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 16% of students graduating from South Carolina State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 34% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 36% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at South Carolina State University is Male and Asian (75% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    400 degrees awarded
  2. White
    22 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    2 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at South Carolina State University is black or african american (400 degrees awarded). There were 18.2 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (22 degrees).

0.232% of degree recipients (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Black or African American Female
    226 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Male
    174 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    17 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at South Carolina State University is black or african american female (226 degrees awarded). There were 1.3 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american male (174 degrees).

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Operations

South Carolina State University has an endowment valued at nearly $12.5M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $385k (3.08%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, South Carolina State University had a total salary expenditure of $85.3M. South Carolina State University employs 39 Assistant professors, 34 Professors, and 32 Associate professors. Most academics at South Carolina State University are Male Professors (22), Male Assistant professors(20), and Female Assistant professors (19).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Carolina State University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 84 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 66 employees, and Management with 55 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$12.5M
2020 Endowment
15.3%
growth from 2019

South Carolina State University has an endowment valued at about $12.5M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of South Carolina State University grew 15.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $27.1M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $12.3M - Federal
  2. $5.01M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, South Carolina State University received $12.3M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $5.01M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$36.4M
2020 Salaries
10.7%
decline from 2019

In 2020, South Carolina State University paid a median of $36.4M in salaries, which represents 42.7% of their overall expenditure ($85.3M) and a 10.7% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 15.5% decline from 2018 and a 58.9% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$8.51M
Instructional Salaries
130
Number of Employees

In 2020, South Carolina State University paid a total of $8.51M to 130 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
39 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
84 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at South Carolina State University were Assistant professor with 39 employees; Professor with 34 employees; and Professor with 32 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Carolina State University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 84 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 66 employees; and Management with 55 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at South Carolina State University was Male Professor with 22 employees, Male Assistant professor with 20 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 19 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at South Carolina State University.

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