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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: 55%
Applicants who took ACT: 46%
SAT I Verbal score 600-699: 39%
SAT I Verbal score 700+: 10%
SAT I Verbal score 600+: 49%
SAT I Math score 600-699: 50%
SAT I Math score 700+: 9%
SAT I Math score 600+: 59%
ACT score 24-29: 59%
ACT score 30-36: 27%
ACT score 24+: 86%
Students applied: 25,736
Students admitted: 16,611
Admission rate: 65%
Students per faculty: 18
4-year graduation rate: 55%
6-year graduation rate: 0%

STUDENT BODY

Total enrollment: 25,237
Full-time enrolled men: 10,824
Full-time enrolled women: 12,789
Part-time enrolled men: 884
Part-time enrolled women: 740
Freshmen retained: 88%

ANNUAL COSTS

Tuition (in state): $11,454
Fees (in state): $400
Tuition (out of state): $30,882
Fees (out of state): $400
Room and board: $9,700
Est. book expense: $1,008
Total cost (in state): $22,562
Total cost (out of state): $41,990
Cost after need-based aid
(in state):
$17,587
Cost after non-need-based aid
(in state):
$17,505
Cost after need-based aid
(out of state):
$37,015
Cost after non-need-based aid
(out of state):
$36,933
Average debt at graduation: $28,517

FINANCIAL AID

% of aid need met: 78%
Average need-based aid: $4,975
Average non-need-based aid: $5,057

SOURCE: Peterson's Undergraduate Database (© 2016 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.

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