College Profile

University of South Carolina-Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
  • Public
    4 year
  • 27.3K
    Full + Part time Students
  • 1:17
    Faculty to Student Ratio
  • 8%
    Transfer Student Ratio
  • $14.1K
    Avg. Financial Aid
The University of South Carolina–Columbia is a flagship institution serving a diverse population of more than 35,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Approximately 60 percent of the student body is composed of South Carolina residents. Nonresident students represent all fifty states and more than 100 countries. The University of South Carolina is a state-funded coeducational institution and is a major research center for the state. Situated in the state’s capital city, South Carolina’s location is ideal for students participating in internships related to their majors or seeking part-time employment. Carolina is a comprehensive university that offers more than 300 degree programs and over ninety undergraduate majors.
Over 207,000 courses transfer into University of South Carolina-Columbia
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Founded 1801
Total Faculty 2,498
Full-Time Undergraduate 26,328
Part-Time Undergraduate 952
Application Acceptance Rate 66%
Transfer Students 1,307
Programs 128 Programs
Courses 3,308 Courses
Transfer Agreements 100 incoming Transfer Agreements
Equivalencies 207,074 incoming Equivalencies
22,398 outgoing Equivalencies

Financial Information

In-State Tuition $12,688
Out-of-State Tuition $33,928
Books and Supplies $1,312
Federal Loans: Undergrads receiving aid 49%
Federal Loans: Average amount received $6,790
Scholarships & Grants: Undergrads receiving aid 72%
Scholarships & Grants: Average amount received $7,315
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid:
    In order to be considered for need-based financial aid, transfer students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Tuition and Fees:
    Estimated Expenses: S.C.Resident Nonresident Tuition and Technology fee $12,688 $33,928

Information for Transfer In Students

  • Accepts Transfers:
    The University of South Carolina-Columbia accepts transfer students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Transfer Applications Received:
    Spring 2022: 1,141 Summer 2022: 245 Fall 2022: 3,091
  • Transfer Applications Accepted:
    Spring 2022: 681 Summer 2022: 124 Fall 2022: 2,082
  • Percentage Accepted:
    Spring 2022: 60% Summer 2022: 51% Fall 2022: 67%
  • Transfer Applicants Enrolled:
    Spring 2022: 406 Summer 2022: 60 Fall 2022: 1,247
  • Transfer Agreements:
    The University of South Carolina-Columbia maintains a Bridge Program with the South Carolina Technical College System. Students can attend one of the 16 technical colleges and transfer to USC after completing 30 college-level credit hours.
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  • Degree Completion Programs:
  • Technical/Vocation Credit Accepted:
    Must be Regionally Accredited

Application Deadlines for Transfer

Spring November 1
Summer I May 1
Summer II May 1
Fall July 1 (credentials due by Aug 1)

Transfer Application Requirements

  • Minimum GPA:
    Transfer applicants from regionally accredited colleges and universities must have at least a cumulative 2.25 grade-point average on a 4.00 scale (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0). Several colleges and programs within the University, however, require higher grades than these minimum University entrance standards. To view these requirements, please visit: To view deadline information, please visit:…
  • Official Transcripts:
    Students must upload unofficial transcripts from each institution attended at the time of application submission. Prior to enrollment, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will notify applicants when official transcripts are due
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    Not required
  • Essay:
    Not required
  • Application Fee:
    Nonrefundable $65 application fee.
  • Interview:
    The University of South Carolina does not conduct admissions interviews.
  • Associates Degree Required:
  • Other Requirements:
    If fewer than 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of college-level work have been attempted, then the applicant must meet both transfer and freshman entrance requirements.
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Transfer Credit Policy

  • Minimum Grade:
    Transfer credits must be for academic courses completed with grades of "C" or better from regionally accredited institutions. The number of credits acceptable to the University and the number which may apply toward a particular degree may differ.
  • Credits (Min/Max):
    A maximum of 76 semester hours from a regionally accredited junior or two-year college may be transferred to the University for degree credit.

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University of South Carolina-Columbia

Office of Undergraduate Admissions 902 Sumter St. Access/Lieber College
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
United States
Main Phone:


Transfer Admission Contact:
Alison Scheide
Assistant Director for Transfer Partnerships, Undergraduate Admissions
International Admissions Contact:
Frank McClary
Associate Director for International Admissions, Undergraduate Admissions
Athletic Director Contact:
Gamecock Athletics
Veterans Services Contact:
Office of Veterans Services
Last updated on 5/18/2023 by University of South Carolina-Columbia.