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Academics

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I don't believe the academics are the best but the Honor's College is phenomenal.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Just wish there was more help for students

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics and professors are pretty great. The workload can be average to heavy depending on the classes or your major. There are good study areas within dorms or in the Thomas Cooper library, you can even get help by going to SI sessions or going to the student success center. The registration process can sometimes be difficult when you actually do register but your adviser does help you with what classes you are needing to take.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are okay. Some are fantastic; those are the ones who are passionate about their field and genuinely want to see the students succeed. However, some professors have their heads so far up their asses that they only care about their opinion regarding their field and have no interest teaching valuable information.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I enjoy studying in the library. Very good study facility.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 195 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 112 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 111 responses

  • 32% This was my dream school.
  • 58% This was one of my top choices.
  • 11% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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