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Best Values in Colleges

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University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)


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University of South Carolina is ranked 52 in Kiplinger's 2016 list of Best Values in Public Colleges and is ranked 232 among all colleges.

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ACADEMIC QUALITY

Applicants who took SAT 58%
Applicants who took ACT 41%

SAT Critical Reading Score

700+9%
600-69941%
600+50%

SAT Math Score

700+12%
600-69948%
600+60%

ACT Score

30-3624%
24-2963%
24+87%

Students applied23,341
Students admitted15,219
Admission rate65%

Students per faculty18

4-year graduation rate56%

ANNUAL COSTS

In State

Tuition$11,082
Fees$400
Room and board$10,398
Estimated book expense$1,016
Total cost$22,896

Cost after need-based aid$17,804
Cost after non-need-based aid$17,972

Average debt at graduation$28,233

Out of State

Tuition$29,898
Fees$400
Room and board$10,398
Estimated book expense$1,016
Total cost$41,712

Cost after need-based aid$36,620
Cost after non-need-based aid$36,788

SALARY DATA

Salary yardstick #$42,100

FINANCIAL AID

% of aid need met71%
Average need-based aid$5,092
Average non-need-based aid$4,924

STUDENT BODY

Total enrollment24,863

Full-Time

Men10,516
Women12,661

Part-Time

Men897
Women789

Freshmen retained88%

# - Based on the median earnings of workers who started at a particular college 10 years earlier and who received federal financial aid. The data don't consider whether the student graduated or went on to graduate school.

NA - Not available

SOURCES - Peterson's Undergraduate Database. (© 2015 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.

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