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South Carolina State University: Narrative Description


300 College St. Northeast
Orangeburg, SC 29117-0001
Tel: (803)536-7000
Free: 800-260-5956
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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).

Entrance Requirements:

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.

Collegiate Environment:

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.

Community Environment:

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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