USC-Columbia, founded in 1801, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Business; Criminal Justice; Education; Engineering; Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management; Journalism and Mass Communications; Library and Information Science; Liberal Arts; Nursing; Pharmacy; Science and Mathematics; and Social Work; through the Schools of the Environment, Law, Medicine, Music, and Public Health; and through the Honors College. Its 250-acre campus, including a pre-Civil War area listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Columbia, in central South Carolina.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
27,270
Undergraduates
12,599
Men - 46.2%
14,672
Women - 53.8%
8,198
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
69% of 31,268 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
December 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
4.26 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
Not reported
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Cost of Attendance
Not reported
Tuition and Fees
Not reported
Room and Board
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
72%
Average Freshman Award
$10,087
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$33,345
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,555
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Columbia Population
132,130
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
27% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Cocky
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.2%
Asian
3.8%
Black/African-American
9.1%
Hispanic/Latino
5.4%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
4.3%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
76.2%
Unknown
0.8%
International Students
2.5%
First-Year Students Returning
89.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
64.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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