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Medical University of South Carolina: Narrative Description


171 Ashley Ave.
Charleston, SC 29425-0002
Tel: (843)792-2300; Admissions: (843)792-3813; Fax: (843)792-3764; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, upper-level, specialized, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1824. Setting: 61-acre urban campus. Endowment: $68.4 million. Research spending 2002-03: $99.9 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $55,776 per student. Total enrollment: 2,306. Faculty: 1,264 (1,096 full-time, 168 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. Full-time: 232 students, 81% women, 19% men. Part-time: 89 students, 84% women, 16% men. Students come from 19 states and territories, 10% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 0.3% Hispanic, 16% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 59% 25 or older, 0% transferred in. Retention: 87% of 2003 full-time entering class returned. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Charleston Higher Education Consortium, University of South Carolina, University Center of Greenville, Francis Marion University.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $80. State resident tuition: $7608 full-time, $661 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $21,040 full-time, $1846 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $674 full-time, $906 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Tuition state resident $7354 nursing full-time, $7860 health professions full-time; nonresident $20,138 nursing, $21942 health professions.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Social organizations: 11 open to all. Most popular organizations: MUSC Student Government Association, Multicultural Group Advisory Board, Public Health Interest Group, International Association, Crisis Ministries. Major annual events: Alhambra, Back to School Party, Halloween Horror Cruise. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Medical University of South Carolina Library plus 1 other with 225,061 books, 3,088 micro-form titles, 3,746 serials, 1,570 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $5.3 million. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: See The Citadel.

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