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300 College St NE, Orangeburg, SC

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South Carolina State University is a public historically black institution located in Orangeburg, SC. Most historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were established after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. As a land grant institution this school is one of the larger public institutions in the state of South Carolina. Nearly four thousand students enroll at South Carolina State University per year.

Areas of study offered at SC State include but are not limited to:

  • Family And Consumer Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Education
  • Psychology

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken to apply to this school. Scores in a range of 15 to 19 on the ACT or 760 to 930 on the SAT are needed to greatly increase the chance of getting accepted. Approximately 100 percent of all applicant were admitted at South Carolina State University, with 27 percent of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition varies for in-state and nonresidents. In-state residents pay approximately $10,000 and out-of-state residents pay $20,000 for the year. The price of on-campus housing is around $6,100 per year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements.

The South Carolina State University Bulldogs participate in a number of athletic programs, as part of the NCAA organization. Athletic programs available may include:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AA)

Students may visit the SC State website to see a complete list of areas of study, programs, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the students South Carolina State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting into South Carolina State University.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Required
  • Letters of Recommendation are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English0 - 0
ACT ® Math0 - 0
ACT ® Composite Score15 - 19

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into SC State

The table below lists the chances of getting accepted into SC State.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants3,267
Granted Admissions3,130 (96%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled834 (27%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at South Carolina State University is about 4,400, with undergraduate students making up about 86% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $16,100. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $25 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State Tuition: $8,700-$10,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $18,000-$21,120
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $390-$460 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $760-$910 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid96%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships90%$9,738
Receiving Student Loans84%$7,255

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 12%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, South Carolina State University may offer services to students including:

  • Distance learning
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of South Carolina State University is around 35%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years14%
Graduating in 5 Years15%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Art and Design Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

SC State is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
  • Track and Field (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
  • Football (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Bowling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by South Carolina State University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Family and Consumer Sciences (B)
  • Nutrition and Wellness Studies (B)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (M)

Business and Marketing Studies

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Education

Psychology

Health and Clinical Professions

Security and Protective Services

Public Administration and Social Services

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer (B)

Engineering Technology

  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (B)
  • Mechanical Technology Technician (B)
  • Industrial Technology (B)
  • Civil Engineering Technology (B)
  • Surveying Technology

English Language and Literature

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Engineering

  • Nuclear Engineering (B)

Visual and Performing Arts

Physical Sciences

History

Agriculture Operations

  • Agricultural Business (B)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures (B)

Communications and Journalism

  • Media Studies

Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

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