2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$21,898

Net Price

62%

Admitted

24%

Enrolled

78%

Graduation Rate

18/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

University of South Carolina-Columbia

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 35,471. In 2021, there were 878 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #3 in South Carolina and ranks #163 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Postgraduate Certificate, Master, Doctor

Psychology Graduates

878

Total Enrollment

35,471

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Ranking for University of South Carolina-Columbia

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#3

South Carolina Rank

Combining ranking factors for 31 schools that offer psychology degrees in South Carolina, University of South Carolina-Columbia ranks #3.

#163

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., University of South Carolina-Columbia ranks #163.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, University of South Carolina-Columbia offers Experimental Psychology, Research Psychology and Social Work at the bachelor level. At the postgraduate certificate level, the university offers Social Work. At the master level Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Applied Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Research Psychology, School Psychology and Social Work are offered. At the doctorate level Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Applied Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Research Psychology, School Psychology and Social Work are offered.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSPG CERTMAPhD
Clinical Psychology43
Counseling and Applied Psychology134
Experimental Psychology31935
Research Psychology31935
School Psychology61
Social Work3361531
Total Graduates671618219
US Department of Education

Psychology Program Accreditation(s)

  • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) – PhD Doctoral programs
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) – Predoctoral internship programs Counseling and Human Development Center – Byrnes Building
  • Public Health (PHBG) – Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
  • School Psychology (SCPSY) – PhD Doctoral programs

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 42,045 students applied to the University of South Carolina-Columbia. The university admitted 62% and 24% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for South Carolina universities is 7,243. On average, all South Carolina institutions admit 72% and 25% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of University of South Carolina-Columbia students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 87%. Compared to all South Carolina four or more years colleges, the percentage is 69%.

The overall graduation rate for University of South Carolina-Columbia is 78%, compared to 52% for all South Carolina universities, while the number of students who transferred out of the program is 21%.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare USC to South Carolina Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of University of South Carolina-Columbia to the average of all South Carolina four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

USC

42,045

Applicants

62%

Percent Admitted

24%

Percent Enrolled

87%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

78%

Graduation Rate

SC Colleges

7,243

Applicants

72%

Percent Admitted

25%

Percent Enrolled

69%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

52%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 1,947 or 72% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 762 or 28% part-time faculty members employed at University of South Carolina-Columbia. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 1,675 or 62%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

USC

18 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

72%

Percent Full-Time

28%

Percent Part-Time

62%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

SC Colleges

14 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

59%

Percent Full-Time

41%

Percent Part-Time

57%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at University of South Carolina-Columbia the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $12,288, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,085.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $13,734 and the average cost for graduate fees is $400.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend University of South Carolina-Columbia in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for University of South Carolina-Columbia2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$10,990
On-Campus Living Expenses$4,386
Total Living Expenses$15,376
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$12,288
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,085
Total Undergraduate Expenses$28,749
In-State, Graduate Tuition$13,734
In-State, Graduate Fees$400
Total Graduate Expenses$14,134
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend University of South Carolina-Columbia is $21,898. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend University of South Carolina-Columbia presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$12,130$12,610
$30,001 – $48,000$16,404$16,370
$48,001 – $75,000$20,325$19,976
$75,001 – $110,000$22,517$22,375
$110,001 and more$24,733$24,716
US Department of Education

Compare University of South Carolina-Columbia to all South Carolina universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

USC

$28,749

Cost to Attend

$6,864

Average Financial Aid

95%

Percent Receiving Aid

$21,898

Net Price

SC Colleges

$34,902

Cost to Attend

$14,809

Average Financial Aid

96%

Percent Receiving Aid

$18,675

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 5,429 or 95%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 22,322 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $6,864.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid22,322$6,864
Pell Grants5,331$4,937
Federal Student Loans11,763$6,469
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the University of South Carolina-Columbia to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

USC

22,322

Grant or Scholarship Aid

57%

Grants or Scholarships

5,331

Number of Pell Grants

14%

Pell Grants

11,763

Federal Student Loans

30%

Federal Student Loans

SC Colleges

3,389

Grant or Scholarship Aid

53%

Grants or Scholarships

1,195

Number of Pell Grants

19%

Pell Grants

1,862

Federal Student Loans

29%

Federal Student Loans

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