University of South Carolina-Beaufort

1 University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Tel: (843)208-8000
1,715 students
Public institution
The University of South Carolina Beaufort consists of two campuses, North Campus, located in historic downtown Beaufort, and South Campus, located on Highway 278 in Bluffton, near Hilton Head Island.
School Highlights:
University of South Carolina-Beaufort serves 1,715 students (80% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is lower than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 38% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 36%.
University of South Carolina-Beaufort is one of 2 community colleges within Beaufort County, SC.
The nearest community college is Technical College of the Lowcountry (18.4 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 87 teachers has declined by 9% over five years.
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 87 staff
59 staff

Student Body

The student population of 1,715 teachers has grown by 21% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has increased from 14:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,715 students
1,282 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 20:1
University of South Carolina-Beaufort student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
1,375 students
810 students
# Part-Time Students 340 students
1,017 students
Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Black (2006-2013)
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
% Non Resident races
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.42 0.53

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $8,972 is more than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $18,824 is more than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $8,972 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $18,824 $10,294
Total Dormitory Capacity 476 255
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 91%
Percent Admitted 73%
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Percent Admitted (2006-2013)
SAT Total Avg. 935
University of South Carolina-Beaufort sat total (2006-2013)
SAT Reading 465
SAT Math 470
ACT Composite Avg. 20
ACT English 20
ACT Math 19
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

In 1959 another act of the South Carolina legislature created the Beaufort campus of the University of South Carolina on the original Beaufort College site on the banks of the Beaufort River to offer USC courses. In 1994 International Paper gave eighty acres of land to build an additional full-service campus of USC Beaufort in the region's highest growth area. County government agreed to finance the construction of the campus if the University were designated as a four-year university. Once state approvals for four-year status were completed, construction of the South Campus began. In June 2002, USCB was granted four-year status by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, and in 2004 USCB was accredited as a Level II baccalaureate degree granting university. Classes at the South Campus began in August 2004. The state's newest four-year university, USC Beaufort offers baccalaureate degrees, access to USC's Extended Graduate Campus classes and degrees and numerous continuing education programs at its two full-service campuses. USCB offers programs in mathematics and the natural sciences, humanities, and professional and social sciences. Its curriculum is designed to promote acquisition of knowledge and, through it, the intellectual dispositions and skills that encourage depth of understanding, tolerance of others and individual accountability. Attracting a racially and culturally diverse student body of varying ages and experiences, the University of South Carolina Beaufort draws its students primarily from the South Carolina Lowcountry, with representation from other parts of the state, other states, and foreign countries. The University encourages students to think analytically and abstractly, to explore options, to see similarities, to be open to differences, to communicate effectively, and to respect each individual. In addition to offering bacculaurete degrees, the University of South Carolina Beaufort offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees to Military Personnel at the Marine Corps Air Station and Parris Island Recruit Depot. USCB also partners with the Extended Graduate Campus of theUniversity of South Carolina to make graduate education available to citizens of the Lowcountry.

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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,589 per year for in-state students and $8,916 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,830 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 77%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

South Carolina community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is ITT Technical Institute-Columbia. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.