Academics

Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Workload - not too bad.

Registration and advisement - useless

Study Areas - often crowded (TCoop), but you can always fund somewhere

Professors - so far, none atrocious

5 College Senior

Academics: The academics here is some of the best in the state when it comes to applying knowledge

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Library's great, academics are challenging but doable. It all depends on your major though.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Biology (Pre-med): Bio majors have a pretty tough workload but they make it pretty easy to balance classes so you don't get too overwhelmed. Advisors are helpful if you reach out to them. Classes get filled very quickly so you have to make sure to take care of any holds before you're allowed to register for classes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great professors at least for my major. Decent workload, mostly papers for my major

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 101st
    Best Course Variety
  • 143rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 203rd
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 438th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 517th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Hometown
Fort Mitchell, KY
Major
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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It seems impossible for students to categorize the teachers at here as good or bad. The difficulty is that the students have a range of preferences when it comes to teaching methods. While some think that the best teachers are the ones that give them an easy A, others prefer a challenge. Some prefer a lecture format and others find a Socratic-style question-and-answer session more stimulating. There are all kinds of teachers with varying teaching methods and levels of personal involvement with the students, and many students use www.ratemyprofessor.com to decide which professors to take when signing up for classes. Academic advisers are helpful when trying to find out information about particular teachers, but sometimes students are forced to rely on word of mouth and independent research to find out what teachers will best meet their needs.

There are multiple programs favorable to students excelling in their academic pursuits. The Honors College provides academic opportunities for students who qualify, offering challenging courses with the best teachers, seminars, and perks such as better on-campus housing. Similarly, students accepted to the Capstone Scholars Program enjoy special housing and opportunities to study abroad. The University 101 Program—a nationally renowned college introductory class open only to freshman—teaches students how to adapt to the university environment while they earn class credit. Students can also choose to be a part of one of USC’s nationally ranked programs like international business and marine science. This is an exciting time to be attending the University of South Carolina because of the growth and changes being made. Ultimately, the education you receive here depends on the effort you put forth, but the means of obtaining an excellent education is definitely there for those who desire to take advantage.
 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,230
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
518
Total FT Faculty
1,525
Faculty with Terminal Degree
83%
Average Faculty Salary
$83,238
Full-Time Retention Rate
87%
Part-Time Retention Rate
46%
Transfer-Out Rate
11%
Graduation Rate
72%
Programs/Majors Offered
150
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 46%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 45%
  • 50 or More Students: 9%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Arnold School of Public Health
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computing
  • College of Hospitality, Retail, & Sport Management
  • College of Mass Communications & Information Studies
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Social Work
  • Moore School of Business
  • School of Music
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Experimental Psychology: 2%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 2%
  • Social Work: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Dorm study rooms
  • Horseshoe
  • Thomas Cooper Library
Tips to Succeed
  • A lot of your exams will fall on the same week, especially at the beginning of the semester, so do not procrastinate with readings and homework.
  • Be prepared before going for advisement because the advisors don't always know what they're talking about.
  • Be proactive when applying for internships and scholarships.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Go to class and actually pay attention.
  • Plan ahead by researching and applying for scholarships and internships as soon as possible-talk to counselors in the Career Center.
  • Research professors before registering for class.
  • You are the main key to your success; assert yourself and don't be a faceless student in the University community.
Did You Know?
  • The University of South Carolina encompasses multiple nationally recognized programs among various academic surveys-#1 International Business for undergrads, #2 International Business for graduate students, #5 Marine Science, and #9 Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. The College of Engineering and Information Technology is a national leader in fuel cell research.
  • Houston Texans owner Robert McNair, Pulitzer Prizewinner Jim Hoagland, and Grammy Award-winning musicians Hootie and the Blowfish are among some of the University of South Carolina's most notable alumni.
  • What is an hour? At the University of South Carolina, an hour usually refers to a credit, and doesn't necessarily mean an hour of time. The amount of credit received for a class is measured in hours, and most classes are worth one or three credit hours.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 22 responses

  • 30% Hootie and the Blowfish - Grammy Award-winning musicians
  • 21% Darla Moore
  • 17% Lots of NFL players
  • 8% Robert C. McNair - entrepreneur, philanthropist
  • 8% Dan Reeves - former NFL head coach
  • 6% George Rogers
  • 3% Marva Smalls - executive VP, Nickelodeon/MTV Networks
  • 3% Andrew Card Jr. - former White House chief of staff
  • 2% Alex English - basketball hall of famer
  • 2% Leeza Gibbons - television celebrity
  • 0% Jim Hoagland - journalist, foreign correspondent
  • 0% Charles Frazier - author of "Cold Mountain"

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 107 responses

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Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 107 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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