University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

University of South Carolina is an impressive, large university, integrated into the city of Columbia, the state capital, with a campus as well. There are a wide breadth of programs with some interesting unique offerings.

– Vast campus embedded into the state capital, Columbia
– Can walk to town to walk to with nightlife, shopping, and eateries
– Greater Columbia population 800,000
– Guaranteed housing for freshman
– 25,000 undergrads
– 39% from out of state
– NC, CT, NJ, VA, MD, Georgia are feeder states
– Tier 1 research institution
– International business program ranked #1 nationally 17 years in a row
– 17:1 student to faculty ratio
– A breadth of program offerings
– Can apply undeclared, declaring your major after sophomore year
– Minimum requirements to transfer into business school from Arts and Sciences
– Business is number 1 choice for freshman applicants
– Business school has their own career center
– Nursing and Pharmacy not a direct admit. Need to apply during undergraduate years
– Exercise science not a direct admit – Apply to Public Health and then the specialty
– Honors College – Additional application, 2 essays
– Capstone Scholars program – 2 year program, finishes after sophomore year, focusing on leadership, automatically considered when you apply
– 1130-1280 SAT, 25-30 ACT range, 3.69-4.44 GPA, do Superscore among redesigned tests, no writing score needed on SAT
– More rigorous acceptance criteria for out of state students
– Recalculate GPA for core courses, extra points given for honors, dual enrollment and AP
– 3 lab sciences, Bio, Chem and 1 further is a minimum
– Not on Common App
– Will be on Coalition application
– 10/15 early application deadline, Honors College and top scholars deadline 11/15
– Out of State COA $41K
– FAFSA financial aid
– Transfer student applicants – Each school has their own transfer requirements
– 25% Greek participation
– Strong classical ballet focus
– Separate dining hall for student athletes for them to use
– Athletics very large focus
– Unique programs: Sports and Entertainment Management, Hospitality, Retail Management, Fashion Merchandising (not design), Supply Chain, Marine Science
– Crossover schools: Clemson, University of Georgia, UNC chapel hill, NC state, Alabama, Auburn, University of Florida
– Business district is right off campus with plenty of internship opportunities

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