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South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, SC, USA
3.62 Average Rating

Founded in 1896, South Carolina State University is a 4-year public school in central South Carolina and the only public Historically Black College and University in the state. SCSU is home to six academic departments conferring undergraduate degrees and is the only university in South Carolina to offer a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering. Additionally, the SCSU campus hosts the only undergraduate environmental science field station in the United States. The campus also features the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, the only HBCU-based facility that combines an art museum and planetarium.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • HBCU
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town

0
100
78%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Fall Regular Decision July 31, 2020
Spring Regular Decision October 31, 2019
Other April 1, 2019

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
86%
Out-Of-State Students
15%
68%
Submitting ACT
43%
Submitting SAT
Average SAT Composite: 898
0
1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
2,942
Total Number of Undergrads
2,524
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
58%
20-39 Students
34%
40-99 Students
6%
0
100
15%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
36%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
17:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$21,795
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$11,060
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$21,750
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$9,000
Books and Supplies
$2000

Aid & Grants

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
74%
Average Aid Per Year
$9,204
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
74%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,125
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$13,559

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
81%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,805
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$22,500
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$341
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
52%
48%
Student Organizations
157
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
74%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
No

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Bulldog
School Colors
Blue/Garnet
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Columbia
Atlanta
Charleston
Charlotte
Washington
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
35%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$32,500
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What Students Are Saying

3.62 Average Rating
If you are looking for a loving and caring environment South Carolina State University is the place to be. You will not regret coming to this university.
Mark
South Carolina State University is a wonderful school that teaches you many life lessons, and has a lot to offer. SC State is very diverse to the point that there is an organization for just about everything you can imagine. We also have top professors that not only teach but give insight to further our knowledge and help us become successful.
Jessica from Charlotte, NC
If you are adventurous, outgoing, and enjoy a challenge, SC State is for you. Being here teaches you how to separate yourself from competitors and how to sell your skills in a limited amount of time and words. I cannot imagine being anywhere else.
Najee from Macon, GA
South Carolina State is a great School. very diverse even being a HBCU there are very many different people that attend the school. Bulldog pride is all you can expect when you walk across campus.
William from SC
South Carolina State is a nice enviornment. People overall are friendly. Teachers really care about student success.
Jessica from Greenville, SC
It an ok school, You meet nice people. But the tution is getting crazy
Shaki from Orangburge, SC
My school is beyond amazing for an biology student like myself. My favorite HBCU in the nation and my favorite biology program. SCSU is my number one school and I won't go nowhere else, it's like home.
Alexis from Timmonsville, SC

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