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About University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

University of South Carolina released their Early Decision results on Monday December 13th. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the University of South Carolina Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

University of South Carolina Overview

University of South Carolina is a public, state school in an urban setting in Columbia, South Carolina. University of South Carolina was founded in 1801 and now enrolls around 35,468 students a year, including 27,270 undergrads. University of South Carolina offers on-campus housing for up to 9,001 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at University of South Carolina! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of University of South Carolina's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? University of South Carolina students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? University of South Carolina has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? University of South Carolina has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at University of South Carolina on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at University of South Carolina on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to University of South Carolina for Fall 2022 is December 1.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from University of South Carolina by March 21.

2021 University of South Carolina Facts At-A-Glance
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Overall Acceptance Rate 69%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 0%
Average GPA 4.3
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 65%

Is University of South Carolina a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a better idea of what University of South Carolina offers and if it could be the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for University of South Carolina

It is moderately difficult to get into University of South Carolina. Around 69% of applicants get into University of South Carolina each year. Last year, 31,268 students applied to University of South Carolina and 21,464 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of South Carolina

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at University of South Carolina, around 90% return for their sophomore year. University of South Carolina's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 78%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook University of South Carolina Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Recent University of South Carolina grads have an average starting salary of $53,553 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Tuition and Financial Aid at University of South Carolina

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. University of South Carolina meets 72% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend University of South Carolina full-time are awarded $10,087 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $33,345 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at University of South Carolina. Based on this information, how does University of South Carolina sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is University of South Carolina a good school for you?

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Where is University of South Carolina?

University of South Carolina is located in the urban setting of Columbia, South Carolina.

If you want to see University of South Carolina for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take 126 and 77 to Columbia, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Columbia Metropolitan.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of South Carolina and Columbia are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1244 Blossom Street Columbia, SC 29208

Campus Setting: Urban

University of South Carolina Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of South Carolina is Dec 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of South Carolina is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Wondering what life at University of South Carolina is like? There are approximately 35,468 students enrolled at University of South Carolina, including 27,270 undergraduate students and 8,198 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 60% percent are from SC and 40% percent of students are from other states.


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