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University President Harris Pastides and others welcomed Carolina's biggest and best freshman class to campus.
University President Harris Pastides and others welcomed Carolina's biggest and best freshman class to campus.

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The university has more than 41,070 students enrolled on its eight campuses, meaning that one in three students enrolled in a public, four-year institution in the Palmetto State is at a University of South Carolina campus, said Dr. Dennis Pruitt, vice president of student affairs and vice provost of academic support.

“This record number comes during the same week that a report for the Commission on Higher Education has found that people with bachelor’s degrees earn more than $1.2 million more over their lifetime than those with high school degrees,” Pruitt said.

“Every part of our state benefits by having a college-educated workforce, and the university’s statewide campuses play an integral role in that education,” he said.

The university began the 2009 – 10 academic year with accolades in the 2010 “Best Colleges Guide” by U.S.News & World Report. The undergraduate international-business program at The Darla Moore School of Business was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the 13th consecutive year, and the university’s First-Year Experience and Learning Communities programs were highlighted in the guide’s “Programs to Look For” section. The university also was among 19 colleges and universities recognized by the guide for “making the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.”

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Fall 2009 enrollment

  • 20,521 -- Undergraduates on the Columbia campus
  • 41,070 -- Total enrollment on all eight campuses
  • 5,130 -- First-year students (3,930 freshmen, 1,200 transfers)
  • 600 -- Students enrolled in Bridge Program, preparing to transition from technical schools to Carolina
  • 1194 -- Average SAT score for all incoming freshmen
  • 1410 -- Average SAT score for the 320 incoming Carolina Honors College freshmen
  • 1306 -- Average SAT score for the 500 incoming freshmen in the Capstone Scholars program

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