South Carolina State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

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South Carolina State University Admissions Overview:

South Carolina State University has an acceptance rate of 86%, making it accessible to the vast majority of applicants. As part of the application process, students will need to submit an application, scores from the SAT or ACT, high school transcripts, and a letter of recommendation. Contact the admissions office with any questions you may have.

Admissions Data (2016):

South Carolina State University Description:

Founded in 1896, South Carolina State is a public, historically Black university located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The university is committed to making education accessible, and the school frequently ranks highly for social mobility. Undergraduates can choose from over 50 majors with biology, business and family and consumer sciences being the most popular. The university is made up of three colleges, and the school takes pride in its small classes supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the South Carolina State Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,905 (2,529 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 90% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,420 (in-state); $20,500 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $2,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,000
  • Other Expenses: $8,000
  • Total Cost: $29,420 (in-state); $39,500 (out-of-state)

South Carolina State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 90%
    • Loans: 84%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,456
    • Loans: $6,873

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Family and Consumer Sciences, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 70%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 20%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 19%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 38%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Basketball, Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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South Carolina State University Mission Statement:

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"South Carolina State University (SC State) is a historically Black public 1890 land-grant senior comprehensive institution of approximately 4,500-6,000 students. Located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, SC State University is committed to providing affordable and accessible quality baccalaureate programs in the areas of business, applied professional sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, engineering technology, education, arts, and humanities. A number of programs are offered at the master's level in teaching, human services and agribusiness, and the educational specialist and doctorate programs are offered in educational administration."

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