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University of South Carolina at Columbia – Columbia, SC

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About University of South Carolina at Columbia

The University of South Carolina is the flagship university of the state of South Carolina.  Located in Columbia, SC, we offer more than seventy majors to undergraduate students, including a student-designed major option in our nationally-recognized Honors College.  The University has nationally ranked programs in International Business, Public Relations, Advertising, Marine Science, School Library Media, Health Librarianship, and University 101.  In addition, we have several professional schools, including schools of law, medicine, public health, and pharmacy.  Our students are able to become involved in over 300 campus organizations and participate in research through our Office of Undergraduate Research and our prestigious Magellan Scholars Program.  We awarded over 250 million dollars in financial aid to our students in 2006-2007.   


Basic Information
Institution Type Public
School Size Large (more than 15,000)
Setting Urban
Religious Affiliation No Preference or affiliation
Student Body
Acceptance Rate 50% - 75%
Out of State Students 25% - 50%
Single Sex or Co-ed? Co-educational
Underrepresented Students 15% - 20%
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities Services for the hearing impaired
Services for the learning disabled
Services for students with speech and communication disorders
Services for the visually impaired
Wheelchair access
Athletics Division I Teams
Applying to University of South Carolina at Columbia
Average High School GPA 3.6
Average SAT: Mathematics 580
Average SAT: Critical Reading 580
Average SAT: Writing N/A
Average ACT Composite 25
Required Test Either the SAT or the ACT is required.
Essay Not Required
Interview Not Required
Financial Information
In-state Tuition $5,000 - $9,999
Out-of-state Tuition $15,000 - $19,999
Academic Information
Degrees Doctorate
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Professional Certification
Masters
Specific Programs Double Major
Student designed major
English as a Second Language
Study abroad
Honors Program
Teacher certification
Independent Study
Work-study program
Internships
Research Opportunities
ROTC
Accelerated Study
Student employment services
View Programs and Majors at University of South Carolina at Columbia
Open Houses
Event Name Fall Open House
Web Site http://www.sc.edu/admissions
Dates Saturday September 8, 2007
Description

The Open House on September 8 runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Open House on Septembe 22 runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Choose the best day for you and join us at the Russell House on Greene Street. Students can choose from the following activities:

Campus tours
Information sessions
Academic and student services fair
Residence hall open houses

Application Process Please call the admissions office at 800-868-5872 to register and find out more information.
Contact Ms. Tomeika Banks, Admissions Counselor
Phone: 8037777644
Email: tbanks@gwm.sc.edu
Event Name Fall Open House
Web Site http://www.sc.edu/admissions
Dates Saturday September 22, 2007
Description

The Open House on September 8 runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Open House on Septembe 22 runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Choose the best day for you and join us at the Russell House on Greene Street. Students can choose from the following activities:

Campus tours
Information sessions
Academic and student services fair
Residence hall open houses

Application Process Please call the admissions office at 800-868-5872 to register and find out more information.
Contact Ms. Tomeika Banks, Admissions Counselor
Phone: 8037777644
Email: tbanks@gwm.sc.edu
Scholarships
Scholarship Name
Web Site
Application Deadline Friday December 1, 2006
Description

The University is a great buy in quality education. Compare the costs, and you'll find that tuition and living expenses at USC are competitive with other southeastern state universities. In fact, USC offers financial assistance to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Barron's Best Buys in College Education compares the University of South Carolina favorably with selected top colleges and universities in the nation. USC was also named in Kiplinger's Top 100 Best Buys for 2006.

College is affordable, if you know what steps to take. There are many types of financial assistance available: academic scholarships, federal aid, grants, and loans, to name a few. For more information about financial aid, visit USC's Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Academic scholarships available for qualified incoming freshman students are based on merit and strong academic potential. Students who receive merit-based scholarships must typically maintain a "B" (3.0) GPA to qualify for renewal each year for up to four years of study. Students must be officially accepted at the University before they can receive a scholarship. If you are interested in qualifying for an academic scholarship, it is very important for you to meet the December 1 priority application deadline. If you are interested in competing for Carolina, McNair, or Lieber Scholars awards, we strongly encourage you to apply no later than November 15, and be sure to complete the Honors College/Top Scholars application supplement along with your USC Undergraduate Application.

Among the scholarships offered by the University are the McNair Scholars Award ($15,000 per year); Carolina Scholars Award ($10,000 per year); University Scholars Award ($1,500 per year); Cooper Scholars Award ($4000  per year); McKissick Scholars Award ($2000 per year); Alumni Scholars Award ($3,500 per year); Trustees' Endowment Scholars Award ($3,000 per year); and the Valedictorian Scholars Award ($3,000 per year). Other scholarships awarded include the Lieber Scholars Award (up to $6,000 per year), departmental scholarships, and athletic grants-in-aid. For a more comprehensive scholarship list, visit General Academic Scholarships.

Students seeking financial assistance should apply early for admission to the University, since students may not be awarded financial aid until they have been officially accepted by the University. Students applying for financial aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA, which becomes available in January, may be obtained from almost all high school guidance counselors and is posted on the Web, as well (www.fafsa.ed.gov).

Application Process
Contact Mr. Derrah Cassidy, Assistant Director of Admissions
Phone: 8037777700
Email: dcassidy@sc.edu
Early Admission
Early Admission Name Early Answer Deadline
Web Site http://www.sc.edu/admissions
Application Deadline Monday October 1, 2007
Description

Freshman applicants who wish to hear an early admissions decision from the University of South Carolina-Columbia are encouraged to apply by October 1. This new early answer deadline allows students who have submitted their application and all necessary credentials by October 1 to hear an admissions decision from the University by December 20. For more information, please visit www.sc.edu/admissions

 

Application Process

Students are encouraged to apply online at www.sc.edu/admissions

 

 

Contact Ms. Tomeika Banks, Admissions Counselor
Phone: 8037777644
Email: tbanks@gwm.sc.edu

 

 
   
 
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