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University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, SC

The University of South Carolina says, "The primary mission of the University of South Carolina Columbia is the education of the state’s citizens through teaching, research, creative activity, and community engagement. Among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities, the University of South Carolina Columbia is the major research institution of the university system and its largest campus. At the heart of its mission lies the university’s responsibility to state and society to promote the dissemination of knowledge, cultural enrichment, and an enhanced quality of life." [Source]

Website: http://www.sc.edu/

B

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27,271
Undergraduate
Enrollment
65%
4-Year
Graduation Rate
$12,688
In-State Tuition & Fees
(annually)
$33,928
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
(annually)

15:1
Student to Faculty Ratio
3.3%
Student Loan Default Rate
General Education Requirements

Composition

YES

Literature

NO

Foreign Language

NO

U.S. Government/History

YES

Economics

NO

Mathematics

YES

Science

YES


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Curriculum last evaluated: 8/20/2021

2019-20 enrollment and tuition data, and four-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2012, are derived from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator.