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South University: Narrative Description


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Columbia, SC 29203-6400
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Proprietary, primarily 2-year, coed. Part of South University-Savannah. Awards certificates, terminal associate, and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1935. Setting: 2-acre urban campus. Educational spending 2003-04: $528 per student. Total enrollment: 361. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 157 applied, 65% were admitted. 0% from top 10% of their high school class, 11% from top quarter, 77% from top half. Full-time: 212 students, 83% women, 17% men. Part-time: 149 students, 86% women, 14% men. 0% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 89% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 71% 25 or older, 22% transferred in. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, interview, admissions test, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT, ACT, SAT or ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. One-time mandatory fee: $70. Tuition: $8685 per year part-time. Mandatory fees: $2895 per year part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 2 open to all. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. College housing not available. South University Library with 10,765 books, 100 serials, 250 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $184,505. 40 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus.

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