University of South Carolina



From academics to activities to athletics, you'll find everything you can imagine at the University of South Carolina.

Ten Great Things about USC
  1. USC sits in the center of Columbia, within walking distance of internship sites at businesses, hospitals and government offices.
  2. With lush lawns surrounded by beautiful trees, The Historic Horseshoe, heart of the Columbia campus, dates back to 1805. Ten of its 11 buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  3. USC won the national title in the 2010 College Baseball World Series, the 2011 College Baseball World Series and the 2010 SEC East football championship.
  4. Exciting neighborhoods within Columbia, including the Congaree Vista, are home to great restaurants, shops, galleries and nightlife near campus.
  5. A new residence hall for the South Carolina Honors College features "pods" with common living areas for 12 students in single- or double-occupancy rooms.
  6. The Princeton Review cites USC as one of its "150 Best Value Colleges for 2013."
  7. More than 25 restaurants on campus offer everything from classic entrees and salads to deli, international, vegetarian/vegan, bakery and grill choices, sushi and fast food.
  8. University 101, listed as a "Program to Look for" by U.S. News & World Report, introduces you to important academic resources and campus facilities while helping you make a smooth transition to college life.
  9. Big-name concerts and special USC events take place at the Colonial Center.
  10. The Magellan Scholar Program offers up to $12,000 in funding for individual research projects so you can pursue your intellectual interests in depth.


Enrollment (as of Fall 2013)
Total: 31,964
Undergraduate: 24,180
Graduate: 6,259

Freshman Class (as of Fall 2013)
Applied: 23,013
Enrolled: 5,040
GPA (high school average): 3.97
SAT range: 1120-1280
ACT range: 24-29

Honors College (freshmen)
Enrolled: 411
GPA (high school average): 4.66
SAT range: 13901465
ACT range: 3133

All Undergraduates
Male: 46%
Female: 54%
In-state: 65%
Out-of-state: 35%
Minority: 20.6%
Living on campus: 28.5%

Total: 1,620+
With Ph.D.: 84%

USC Academic Degrees
Bachelor: 85
Master: 111
Doctoral: 64
First professional (law, medicine, pharmacy): 3

Tuition (estimated base, annual; 20132014)
In-state: $10,816
Out-of-state: $28,528

Financial Aid
Ninety-six percent of new freshmen receive some type of financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or work-study assistance. More than one-third of the class receives academic scholarships.

Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC

South Carolina's capital city offers a perfect balance of city life, college atmosphere, culture, entertainment, shopping, outdoor adventure and employment.

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Gamecock Athletics

Gamecock Athletics

USC fields NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference (SEC) varsity teams in 11 women's and eight men's sports.

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Students Having a Good Time at USC

Good Times

With more than 400 USC student clubs and organizations, you can find as much fun as you can handle!

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1801: USC established in Columbia

From a single building on the Historic Horseshoe, we now enroll more than 44,000 students at eight campus locations across the state.