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University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina (also referred to as USC, SC, or Carolina) is a public, co-educational research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States, with 7 surrounding satellite campuses. Its historic campus covers over 359 acres (1.5 km2) in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The University has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its research and engagement, has received a Top-10 ranking from U.S. News & World Report for being “most promising and innovative,” and for decades has received annual recognition for its prestigious undergraduate and graduate International Business programs.  It also houses the largest collection of Robert Burns and Scottish literature materials outside of Scotland.

Founded in 1801, USC is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System and offers more than 350 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from fourteen degree-granting colleges and schools to an enrollment of approximately 44,557 students, 29,597 on the main Columbia campus. USC also has several thousand future students in feeder programs at surrounding technical colleges. Professional schools on the Columbia campus include business, engineering, law, medicine, and pharmacy.

University of South Carolina Rankings in 2010

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University of South Carolina Tuition and Fees

Kiplingers Personal Finance magazine ranks the University of South Carolina as one of the “100 Best Buys in College Education.” That’s not the only list you’ll find us on— U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of South Carolina as one of the best national public institutions. When your son or daughter attends USC, you’ll find that excellence doesn’t have to be expensive.

Estimated college expenses at USC are itemized on the charts below. Remember, this is the general “sticker price” of attending Carolina, and does not take into account your potential financial aid and scholarship awards.

Freshman Student Expenses
2010-11 Annual Estimate Fall and Spring Combined
S.C. Resident Nonresident
Tuition and Technology Fee $9,786 $25,362
Housing (traditional, suite) $3,980-$4,450 $3,980-$4,450
Meals (10-21 Meal Plan) $2,288-$2,678 $2,288-$2,678
Books and Supplies (average) $936 $936
Transfer Student Expenses
2010-11 Annual Estimate Fall and Spring Combined
S.C. Resident Nonresident
Tuition and Technology Fee $9,786 $25,362
Housing (trad’l, suite, apartment) $3,980-$6,440 $3,980-$6,440
Meals (10-21 Meal Plan) $2,288-$2,678 $2,288-$2,678
Books and Supplies (average) $936 $936

The estimated expenses outlined above do not include financial aid or scholarship awards. These estimated costs are intended to help students to anticipate expenses. Some students will spend more than the typical amounts, others less, depending on individual lifestyles and circumstances. A student’s eligibility for financial aid, however, will not be based on individual preferences and spending habits, but on the standard budget allowances.*

*NOTES:

  • Estimates for housing and meals include a range of costs dependent on individual selection.
  • Additional academic fees apply to certain majors.
  • Tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan expenses are subject to change by the Board of Trustees at any time.
  • The data presented here is estimated solely for the convenience of prospective students and their families. Current students should view specific semester information. Survey data gatherers should contact the Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance for official University data.

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