South Carolina State University: Narrative Description
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY G-8
300 College St. Northeast
Orangeburg, SC 29117-0001
Web Site: http://www.scsu.edu/
State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1896. Setting: 160-acre small town campus. Endowment: $651,061. Research spending 2003-04: $2.8 million. Total enrollment: 4,294. Faculty: 267 (211 full-time, 56 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 4,364 applied, 53% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 22% from top quarter, 56% from top half. 35 student government officers. Full-time: 3,345 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 359 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 26 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 0.03% Native American, 0.2% Hispanic, 98% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 0.02% 25 or older, 58% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 76% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; home economics/vocational home economics. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).
Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 7/31. Notification: continuous.
Costs Per Year:
Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $6170 full-time, $257 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,978 full-time, $541 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $185 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition varies according to course load, degree level, reciprocity agreements, and student level. College room and board: $5776. College room only: $3468. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.
Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 89 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 20% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Student Union Board, NAACP. Major annual events: Spring Convocation, Smith-Hammond Middleton Memorial Program, Bulldog Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 2,049 students; 2,142 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Miller F. Whittaker Library plus 1 other with 273,264 books, 1,346 serials, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.
Orangeburg is in an agricultural and dairying area. Its industries include textiles, wood products, meat packing, chemicals, and baking goods. This is a suburban community with a temperate climate. Airline service is available at nearby Columbia. Railroad and bus lines serve the immediate community. There is a public library, churches of major denominations, a hospital, and major civic and fraternal organizations. Some part-time employment is available. Local recreation includes four theatres, swimming, fishing and many sports.
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