University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina (abbreviated as USC) is a public research-focused university in Columbia that was founded in 1801. The college, originally known as South Carolina College, began providing instruction in 1805. The university had only one structure (now known as Rutledge College) at the time, which included the administration office, instructional areas, a residence hall, and a chapel. The General Assembly granted it university status and gave it its current name in 1865. USC’s 19 varsity teams compete as Gamecocks in the South-eastern Conference, which is affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

USC’s 359-acre main campus in downtown Columbia is home to cutting-edge academic and administrative buildings, athletic facilities, university dormitories, dining venues, parking lots, green spaces, and paths. Aside from that, USC has seven satellite campuses spread across the state: Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, Union, Aiken, Beaufort, and Upstate. To enable better study and research, each of the campuses has exceptional academic facilities such as contemporary classrooms, high-tech laboratories, and lecture halls. The main source of information for studying, teaching, and research is the university libraries. Both students and faculty have access to all printed and digital resources. Aside from that, the university offers free Wi-Fi and transportation to its students. The ‘Daily Gamecock,’ a student-run newspaper, was established in 1908 and is published throughout the spring semesters.

USC includes nine colleges and six schools that offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional degrees as well as a variety of professional courses. Students can study arts, sciences, business, medicine, engineering, computing, law, nursing, music, information and communication technology, pharmacy, public health, social work, sports management, hospitality, and education. Environmental and sustainability research, energy research, advanced materials research, and health sciences research are all supported by the institution. Currently, the university has 52,633 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. There are 35,364 students enrolled on the Columbia campus alone, with 25,237 undergraduates and 8,487 postgraduates. The institution employs approximately 2,325 faculty personnel, with 1,662 on the main campus.

Why University Of South Carolina?

  • More than 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 120 countries pick from 300 degree programmes ranging from the arts and sciences to engineering, business to education, medicine to media.
  • The Carnegie Foundation has designated 32 public universities as having both Research and Community Engagement certifications.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked us first in international business.
  • There are 25,254 undergraduates.
  • Columbia is also the home of state government and the headquarters of major state and regional enterprises, thus internship and employment possibilities abound.
  • There are 270,000 proud alumni all across the world.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked it 49th among top public schools and 48th in business programmes.

University Of South Carolina Rankings

  • #301-400 Universities Rankings – ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) 2020
  • #551-600 World University Ranking – QS 2021
  • #401-500 University Ranking – THE (Times Higher Education) 2021
  • #118 National University Ranking – US News & World Report 2021
  • #325 Global Universities – US News & World Report 2021

University Of South Carolina Course Rankings

University of South Carolina Business Courses Ranks

  • #70 Best Business School USA – Bloomberg 2019
  • #77 GMBA Ranking – FT (Financial Times) 2017
  • #151-200 Global MBA – QS 2021
  • #251-300 Accounting & Finance – QS 2020
  • #251-300 PG Business and Economics – THE (Times Higher Education) 2021
  • #62 Graduate Business School – US News & World Report 2021
  • #38 UG Business – US News & World Report 2021

University of South Carolina Engineering Courses Ranks

  • #401-450Engineering and Technology  – QS 2020
  • #201-250 PG Engineering and Technology – THE (Times Higher Education) 2021
  • #66 Chemical Engineering PG – US News & World Report 2021
  • #75 Civil Engineering PG – US News & World Report 2021
  • #93 Biomedical Engineering PG – US News & World Report 2021
  • #97 Electrical Engineering PG – US News & World Report 2021
  • #94 Mechanical Engineering PG – US News & World Report 2021

University of South Carolina Computers Courses Ranks

  • #97 Computer Engineering PG – US News & World Report 2021

Admission Standards – Very High

SAT 1180/1370
ACT 25/31
GPA 4.15

Applications Accepted – 68.6%

Applications Due Dec 1, 2021
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $65

University Of South Carolina Tuition Fees

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
MBA (2 Courses) 11 Month – 22 Month USD 39044 – USD 40790
Engineering (8 Courses) 2 Year – 4 Year USD 27408 – USD 32196
Science (2 Courses) 2 Year – 4 Year USD 27408 – USD 30882
Management (4 Courses) 1 Year – 4 Year USD 18360 – USD 30882

University Of South Carolina Entry Requirements

Courses Exam
Engineering GRE , IELTS , TOEFL , PTE , SAT
Management GMAT , GRE , IELTS , TOEFL , PTE , SAT

University Of South Carolina Application Process

Application Fee: 100 USD for undergraduate and 50 USD for postgraduate

Application Deadline

Undergraduate deadlines(freshman)-

Term Deadlines
Spring semester November 1
Fall semester February 1
Honors college application November 15

Graduate deadlines-

Term Deadlines
Spring November 1
Summer and fall April 1

Supporting Documents:

  • Official Certificate
  • Official transcript
  • A certified translated copy of the transcript or certificate if it’s not in English
  • English Test Results
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Certificate of financial support

University Of South Carolina English Language Test Scores

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit an English Language Test. Below are the acceptable tests and the minimum scores:

Tests Undergraduate Score Postgraduate Score
TOEFL PBT 550 570
TOEFL iBT 77 80
IELTS 6.5 6.5
PTE 53 53


University Of South Carolina Highlights

Institution Type Public
Student Population 35,000+
FAFSA Code 003448
Application Cost 50 USD for postgraduate and 100 USD for undergraduate
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Higher Education (CHE), Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Analytics (OIRAA)
Average Cost of Attendance 24,000 USD
Students: Faculty Ratio 17:1

University Of South Carolina Annual Cost To Attend

Fee Cost
South Carolina Resident Tuition $12,288
Books and Supplies $1,085
Other Fees $400
Room and Board $10,670
Budget for Other Expenses $4,386
Total One Year Cost $28,829


Fee Cost
Out of State Resident Tuition $33,528
Books and Supplies $1,085
Other Fees $400
Room and Board $10,670
Budget for Other Expenses $4,386
Total One Year Cost $50,069