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Kiplinger's Best College Values

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University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

ACADEMIC QUALITY

Applicants who took SAT: 58%
Applicants who took ACT: 41%
SAT I Verbal score 600-699: 41%
SAT I Verbal score 700+: 9%
SAT I Verbal score 600+: 50%
SAT I Math score 600-699: 48%
SAT I Math score 700+: 12%
SAT I Math score 600+: 60%
ACT score 24-29: 63%
ACT score 30-36: 24%
ACT score 24+: 87%
Students applied: 23,341
Students admitted: 15,219
Admission rate: 65%
Students per faculty: 18
4-year graduation rate: 56%
6-year graduation rate: 0%

STUDENT BODY

Total enrollment: 24,863
Full-time enrolled men: 10,516
Full-time enrolled women: 12,661
Part-time enrolled men: 897
Part-time enrolled women: 789
Freshmen retained: 88%

ANNUAL COSTS

Tuition (in state): $11,082
Fees (in state): $400
Tuition (out of state): $29,898
Fees (out of state): $400
Room and board: $10,398
Est. book expense: $1,016
Total cost (in state): $22,896
Total cost (out of state): $41,712
Cost after need-based aid
(in state):
$17,804
Cost after non-need-based aid
(in state):
$17,972
Cost after need-based aid
(out of state):
$36,620
Cost after non-need-based aid
(out of state):
$36,788
Average debt at graduation: $28,233

FINANCIAL AID

% of aid need met: 71%
Average need-based aid: $5,092
Average non-need-based aid: $4,924

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

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