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South Carolina State University

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South Carolina State University is a historically African American university in the city of Orangeburg, South Carolina. It is a public school with both a space grant and a land grant. The motto of the university is Knowledge, Duty, Honor.


In 1896, SCSU was founded as South Carolina’s only public university for black youth. Originally it provided an outreach program that sent agents into surrounding counties to disperse knowledge among poor black farm families. Both historically and today, the university has had a reputation for turning out excellent school teachers. After World War II, the school saw its funding increase significantly in order to make the “separate but equal” policy a reality. Many students and faculty participated in the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s. In 1968, their dedication to freedom saw three students killed and twenty-seven wounded by state officers.


Undergraduate courses of study are organized through three main divisions: the College of Business & Applied Professional Sciences; the College of Education, Humanities, & Social Sciences; and the College of Science, Mathematics, & Engineering Technology. These three colleges house fourteen different departments that offer dozens of different degrees. Graduate students are their programs are all organized under the School of Graduate Studies.

Honors College

The Honors College provides growth, distinction, and achievement for the most qualified scholars. The classes are small and challenging, and emphasize critical thinking. Freshman and sophomore classes emphasize content and subject matter, while junior and senior courses focus on application of knowledge within a students’ major.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

SCSU offers the only undergraduate Nuclear Engineering Program in the state of South Carolina. It is also home to the only Environmental Sciences Field Station in the country. The university provides the only MS degree in Transportation and the only Doctor of Education Degree in South Carolina.


The admissions office requires a completed admissions application, official high school transcript (including GPA and class rank), and scores from either or both the SAT I or ACT before an applicant is considered for admission. High school course requirements include four units of English; three units each of mathematics, laboratory sciences, and social studies; and two units of foreign language.

Advanced Placement credit is awarded to students with scores of three and above when tested in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Advanced Placement is granted in twenty-four different classes or disciplines. All new students are required to participate in Orientation, which consists of Orientation Week and the one-semester course University 101, which introduces and acclimates students to the university experience.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office offers grants and loans, and access to other programs through the National Student Loan Data System and the Department of Education. Students who wish to receive aid must maintain the University’s definition of satisfactory academic progress. Depending on the number of hours earned, students may be expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average that is higher than 1.40 or more. Students with 100 hours or more must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Students who fail to meet these requirements can be placed on probation or suspended.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2289th for the average student loan amount.
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Student Life offers eight residence halls for women and four residence halls for men. Sixty percent of undergraduates live in residence halls. Students are often assigned to specific halls based on classification. All residences are fully furnished.

The campus is also home to an on-campus health center, Counseling and Self Development Center, special programs for disabled students, leadership training, and psychometric services.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Bulldogs compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference of the NCAA. Competitive teams fielded by the athletic department include cross country, football, softball, track & field, volleyball, women’s soccer, and men’s & women’s basketball, bowling, golf, and tennis. The university also offers a wide variety of intramural sports for recreational student athletes.


SCSU has a long and proud history of educating black students for over 100 years. The institution and its constituents were quite active in the civil rights movement, and today they maintain that dedication to civil rights on and off their campus. Other popular traditions on campus include a nationally known marching band, Marching 101, as well as a strong ROTC program.

Local Community

Orangeburg was originally settled in 1704 by trader George Sterling. Today, the city offers a variety of entertainment and educational activities to locals and visitors alike, including the Edisto Memorial Gardens, Stanback Planetarium, Orangeburg Part-Time Players, and the beautiful Hillcrest Golf Course.


Notable alumni include:

  • President of the Riland Educational Corporation Nefertari Imani Bakara
  • Former Morehouse College President Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
  • President of Alabama A&M University Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr.
  • President of Alcorn State University Dr. M. Christopher Brown II
  • Sports talk radio personality Doug Stewart
  • Congress Majority Whip James E. Clyburn
  • United States Federal Judge Matthew J. Perry
  • Professional football players Phillip Adams, Deacon Jones,Rickey Anderson, Orlando Brown, Rafael Bush, Barney Bussey, and Arthur Love

Information Summary

Ranks 23rd in South Carolina and 1348th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in South Carolina and 559th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.02
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 5 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 33 0.76
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 6 0.14

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 43 0.30
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 5 0.04
Robbery 24 0.17
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 283 2.00
Larceny 486 3.44
Vehicle theft 54 0.38

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4506

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 923rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,906 $8,906 $18,040
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $870 $870 $870
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $407 $407 $788
FT Graduate Tuition $8,906 $8,906 $18,040
FT Graduate Required Fees $870 $870 $870
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $543 $543 $1,051
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $26,244 $26,244 $35,378
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,292 $27,292 $36,426
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,290 $16,290 $25,424

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,258(N/C) $9,258(N/C) $18,170(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,286(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,682(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,318(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,698(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,014(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,499 (1,800 male / 2,699 female)
Admitted 2,285 (960 male / 1,325 female)
Admission rate 51%
First-time Enrollment 569 (284 male / 285 female)
FT Enrollment 560 (280 male / 280 female)
PT Enrollment 9 (4 male / 5 female)
Total Enrollment3,463

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1326th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 39%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 19

SAT Test Admission

1323rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 61%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 416
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 425 / 436
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 825 / 852

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,100
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$6,300
Board Fee$2,986

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 621 6 3 2 55 3 690
Accounting 14 3 17
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 7 7
Art Teacher Education
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 26 3 18 47
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 39 2 2 43
Business Administration and Management, General 29 2 31
Business Teacher Education
Business/Commerce, General 4 3 7
Business/Managerial Economics 8 8
Chemistry, General 7 7
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 6 6
Computer and Information Sciences, General 17 17
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 24 2 26
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 41 1 42
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 5
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 12 1 13
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 15 1 2 18
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 6 3 9
Elementary Education and Teaching 17 1 18
English Language and Literature, General 9 1 10
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 53 1 1 55
Fine/Studio Arts, General 7 1 8
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 9 1 10
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 1
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 11 2 13
History, General 6 6
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Industrial Technology/Technician 10 10
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 19 1 20
Mass Communication/Media Studies 12 12
Mathematics, General 3 3
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 7 1 1 9
Music Management 4 4
Music Teacher Education 3 3
Nuclear Engineering 2 1 3
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 24 2 26
Physics, General 3 1 4
Political Science and Government, General 18 18
Psychology, General 29 1 1 31
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 42 2 44
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 28 1 29
Secondary Education and Teaching 5 1 1 7
Social Sciences, General
Social Work 24 3 27
Sociology 4 4
Special Education and Teaching, General
Surveying Technology/Surveying
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 5 5
Transportation/Mobility Management 6 1 7

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1866th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $63,857 ($65,133 male / $57,958 female)
Number of FT Faculty 207 (113 male / 94 female)
Number of PT Faculty 332
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $5,226,636

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