University of South Carolina-Sumter

Tel: (803)775-8727
925 students
Public institution
The University of South Carolina Sumter, a regional campus of the University of South Carolina, has as its mission to provide higher education and intellectual leadership for the Sumter area. At the heart of this mission is a teaching faculty of high quality dedicated to excellence in instruction, scholarship, public and professional service and creative endeavor which enrich the classroom experience. USC Sumter offers a varied curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and aimed at preparing students to continue their education in the university and throughout life. The University of South Carolina Sumter recruits students prepared to begin or planning to complete a baccalaureate level education.
School Highlights:
University of South Carolina-Sumter serves 925 students (57% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 49% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 45%.
University of South Carolina-Sumter is one of 2 community colleges within Sumter County, SC.
The nearest community college is Central Carolina Technical College (0.1 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 36 teachers has declined by 58% over five years.
University of South Carolina-Sumter Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 36 staff
59 staff

Student Body

The student population of 925 teachers has declined by 18% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has increased from 12:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.44 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment
925 students
1,282 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 26:1
# Full-Time Students
525 students
810 students
# Part-Time Students 400 students
1,017 students
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
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. 0.44 0.53

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $6,482 is more than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $15,632 is more than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $6,482 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $15,632 $10,294
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 99%
Percent Admitted 55%
SAT Total Avg. 945
SAT Reading 475
SAT Math 470
ACT Composite Avg. 19
ACT English 19
ACT Math 18
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

The University of South Carolina Sumter was established to encourage higher education in Sumter and adjacent counties. It primarily serves students from Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Williamsburg, and Kershaw counties. The institution itself grants the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees and provides for the completion of selected bachelor degrees on campus through cooperative agreements with other institutions. As early as 1960, a dialogue was established between representatives of Sumter and Clemson University to establish a two-year branch campus. The desire for an institution of higher learning was not abated after the opening of Sumter Area Technical Center in 1962 and a partnership was struck in 1965 to establish Clemson's first academic branch in Sumter. The Sumter County Commission for Higher Education resisted this concept, but were ultimately forced to agree to the plot selected by Edwards. The site occupied 35 acres of grassy fields that once served as the Sumter Airport. The original campus designed by Charles McCreight consisted of four one-story buildings: an Administration Building, Classroom Building, Science Building and Library totaling 59,000 square feet. The Administration Building was sited on Miller Drive, considered the "front door" of the campus. The remaining buildings were located behind the Administration Building, forming a pedestrian courtyard between them. The landscape design by Robert Marvin featured many trees, mostly live oaks and bald cypress trees. The facility was formally dedicated on April 24, 1967. A full range of programs is available on the USC Sumter campus from associate degrees through a variety of graduate offerings. The bachelor's degree offerings in business administration, elementary education, early childhood education, interdisciplinary studies, and nursing meet the educational needs of most students without having to leave Sumter. A wide range of transfer programs is also available into undergraduate programs such as accounting, engineering, pharmacy, liberal arts, biology, computer science, criminal justice, media arts without loss of any credit.

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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 0.58, which is higher 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.