South Carolina State University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: South Carolina


Founded in 1896, South Carolina State is a public, historically black university located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The university is committed to making education accessible, and the school frequently ranks highly for social mobility. Undergraduates can choose from over 50 majors with biology, business and family and consumer sciences being the most popular. The university is made up of three colleges, and the school takes pride in its small classes supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the South Carolina State Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Family and Consumer Sciences, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 4888
Total Grad Students: 1129
Undergraduate Students: 3759
Faculty: 252

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1

Percent Male: 46%
Percent Female: 54%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 17%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 39%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

300 College St
Orangeburg South Carolina 29117


Main Email:

Main Phone: 800-260-5956

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Abiola Wilson-Brigmon
Administrative Coordinator, Admissions, Recruitment and Scholarships
1(803) 536-7130

Transfer Services Contact:
Rose Johnson-Raysor
Student Services Program Coordinator, Admissions, Recruitment and Scholarships
1(803) 533-3601

International Admissions Contact:
Carolyn Free
Director of Multicultural Affairs, Enrollment Management
1(803) 536-8402

Athletics Contact:
Charlene Johnson
Athletic Director, Athletics
1(803) 536-8172

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
A minimum 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent of a "C" on the other scales.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
"C", "B" & "A" grades only are transferable to the University for college level work, 101 level course work or higher. The University does not accept remedial or developmental course work.

Credits (Min/Max):
Transfer students must earn at least 30 semester hours in residence at South Carolina State University to earn a degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
Submit High School transcript and official SAT/ACT Scores if less than 30 semester hours college-level work have been attempted in a regionally accredited college or university.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Not required

Essay(s) required:
SC State University does not require an essay or personal statement for Undergraduate applicants.

Application Fee:
A Non-Refundable Application Fee of $25.00. Both Electronic and Paper applications are accepted.

Other Requirements:

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Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 15 19
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 380 460
Math 380 470

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 96%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -96%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1200

Other Expenses: 5682

Room and Board: 9286

Tuition and Fees: 18170

Total Cost: 34338

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 9258

Total Cost – In-State: 25426

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Various aid packages are available for transfer students at SC State University. For additional information, please contact our Office of Financial Aid at 1(803) 536-7067 or

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Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7833

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 87%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 80%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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