University of South Carolina-Columbia

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$12,288
0.589% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$21,787
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
3.38%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
68.6%
31,268 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
35,364
90% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
75.9%
3,473 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 (557 degrees awarded), General Marketing & Marketing Management (457 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (346 degrees).

In 2019, 9,950 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of South Carolina-Columbia. 56.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (7,526 degrees), 8.79 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (856 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina-Columbia is $12,288, which is $−16,212 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina-Columbia is $12,288, which is $−16,212 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,787.

In 2019, 73% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 45% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$12,288
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at University of South Carolina-Columbia was $12,288. The cost of tuition at University of South Carolina-Columbia is $−16,212 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$21,787
2019 Value
7.96%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 University of South Carolina-Columbia had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,787. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of University of South Carolina-Columbia grew by 7.96%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,697
Room and Board
$1,065
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of South Carolina-Columbia was of $10,697 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,065. The cost of room and board increased by 2.96% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.01% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

73%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
45%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

73% of undergraduate students at University of South Carolina-Columbia received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 1.39% with respect to 2018, when 72% 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.
3.38%
2017 Default Rate
210
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at University of South Carolina-Columbia was 3.38%, which represents 210 out of the 6209 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 31,268 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 1.23% annual growth. Out of those 31,268 applicants, 21,464 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 68.6% acceptance rate.

There were 35,364 students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Columbia in 2019, and 65% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of South Carolina-Columbia has an overall enrollment yield of 29.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

68.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
21,464
Accepted Out of 31,268

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of South Carolina-Columbia was 68.6% (21,464 admissions from 31,268 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 63.1%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 1.23%, while admissions grew by 10.2%.

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SAT Scores

65%
Submission Percentage
4,061
Scores Submitted

65% of enrolled first-time students at University of South Carolina-Columbia in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of South Carolina-Columbia has a total enrollment of 35,364 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina-Columbia is 31,814 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,550. This means that 90% 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 72.8% White, 8.81% Black or African American, 4.66% Hispanic or Latino, 3.68% Two or More Races, 3.27% Asian, 0.172% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0792% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Columbia in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.4%), followed by White Male (34.8%) and Black or African American Female (4.66%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.3%), followed by White Male (27.1%) and Black or African American Female (6.21%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of South Carolina-Columbia, both undergraduate and graduate, is 35,364 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina-Columbia is 31,814 and the part-time enrollment is 3,550. This means that 90% of students enrolled at University of South Carolina-Columbia are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%
2019 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 89%. 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
    25,748
  2. Black or African American
    3,116
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,647

The enrolled student population at University of South Carolina-Columbia is 72.8% White, 8.81% Black or African American, 4.66% Hispanic or Latino, 3.68% Two or More Races, 3.27% Asian, 0.172% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0792% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 348 students (0.984%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 1338 more women than men received degrees from University of South Carolina-Columbia. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of South Carolina-Columbia is white (7,526 degrees awarded). There were 8.79 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (856 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of South Carolina-Columbia is General Finance (557 degrees awarded), followed by General Marketing & Marketing Management (457 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (346 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 (119 degrees awarded), Biology (717 degrees), and Business (3,100 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 (1,005,382 people), Other managers (843,398 people), Financial managers (508,656 people), Chief executives & legislators (423,060 people), and Physicians (403,572 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Columbia are Library Science (119 degrees awarded), Biology (717 degrees), Business (3,100 degrees), Communications (443 degrees), and Legal (203 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, Physicians, Actuaries, Dentists, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Columbia are Library Science (119 degrees awarded), Biology (717 degrees), Business (3,100 degrees), Communications (443 degrees), and Legal (203 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 (711,977 people), Elementary & secondary schools (710,129 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (665,076 people), Computer Systems Design (577,602 people), and Banking & related activities (510,775 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina-Columbia are Library Science (119 degrees awarded), Biology (717 degrees), Business (3,100 degrees), Communications (443 degrees), and Legal (203 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. 557 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 457 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 346 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of South Carolina-Columbia was General Finance with 557 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

4,306
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
5,644
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 4,306 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina-Columbia, which is 0.763 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,644).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 388 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina-Columbia in General Finance, which is 2.3 times more than the 169 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 278 degrees were awarded to women at University of South Carolina-Columbia in General Marketing & Marketing Management, which is 1.55 times more than the 179 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

58%
100% Completion Time
74%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 58% 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, 74% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 75% 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.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (83.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of South Carolina-Columbia is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (83.3% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.0864% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    7,526 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    856 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    396 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of South Carolina-Columbia is white (7,526 degrees awarded). There were 8.79 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (856 degrees).

1.19% of degree recipients (118 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    4,276 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    3,250 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    566 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of South Carolina-Columbia is white female (4,276 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (3,250 degrees).

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Operations

University of South Carolina-Columbia has an endowment valued at nearly $610M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $23.8M (3.9%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, University of South Carolina-Columbia had a total salary expenditure of $1.17B. University of South Carolina-Columbia employs 432 Associate professors, 422 Professors, and 364 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of South Carolina-Columbia are Male Professors (296), Male Associate professors(234), and Female Associate professors (198).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Columbia are: Management, with 973 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 867 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 488 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$610M
2019 Endowment
4.86%
decline from 2018

University of South Carolina-Columbia has an endowment valued at about $610M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of University of South Carolina-Columbia declined 4.86% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $299M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral 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 Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $133M - Federal
  2. $88.3M - State
  3. $895k - Local

As of 2019, University of South Carolina-Columbia received $133M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $88.3M from state grants and contracts, and $895k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$518M
2019 Salaries
0.365%
decline from 2018

In 2019, University of South Carolina-Columbia paid a median of $518M in salaries, which represents 44.2% of their overall expenditure ($1.17B) and a 0.365% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.32% growth from 2017 and a 4.02% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$147M
Instructional Salaries
1,460
Number of Employees

In 2019, University of South Carolina-Columbia paid a total of $147M to 1,460 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
432 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
973 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Columbia were Associate professor with 432 employees; Professor with 422 employees; and Professor with 364 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Columbia were Management with 973 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 867 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 488 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of South Carolina-Columbia was Male Professor with 296 employees, Male Associate professor with 234 employees, and Female Associate professor with 198 employees.

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

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