South University-Columbia

Tel: (803)799-9082
1,675 students
Private for-profit
South University is a private academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of a diverse student population. The institution offers focused curricula at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.
School Highlights:
South University-Columbia serves 1,675 students (68% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 36%.
South University-Columbia is one of 3 community colleges within Richland County, SC.
The nearest community college is Centura College-Columbia (1.9 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 62 teachers has grown by 29% over five years.
South University-Columbia 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 Private for-profit Public
Total Faculty 62 staff
59 staff

Student Body

The student population of 1,675 teachers has grown by 107% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has increased from 20:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.52 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 92% over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,675 students
1,282 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 27:1
22:1
# Full-Time Students
1,134 students
810 students
# Part-Time Students 541 students
1,017 students
South University-Columbia Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
South University-Columbia Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
# Undergraduate Students 910 students 784 students
# Graduate Students 224 students 23 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
% Asian
3%
2%
South University-Columbia Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
4%
7%
South University-Columbia Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
65%
12%
South University-Columbia Black (2006-2013)
% White
25%
57%
South University-Columbia White (2006-2013)
% Unknown races
3%
3%
South University-Columbia 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. 0.52 0.53
South University-Columbia Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $16,360 is more than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $16,360 is more than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $16,360 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $16,360 $10,294
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 100%
89%
Percent Admitted 51%
78%
South University-Columbia Percent Admitted (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

The University traces its heritage to 1899, when Dr. John Draughon established Draughon's Practical Business College in Savannah, GA. Since its humble beginnings, South University has experienced continued growth transforming from a two-year college into a four-year, SACS-accredited University offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs with campus locations in Savannah, GA, Columbia, SC, Montgomery, AL, Tampa, FL and West Palm Beach, FL. Today, South University continues to build on its more than a century of academic excellence by continuing to be a recognized innovator in higher education. With the introduction of South University Online, students can pursue both undergraduate degree and master's degree programs ranging from Criminal Justice to an MBA. South University offers a wide range of educational programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Programs are offered in Accounting, Allied Health Science, Anesthesiologist Assistant, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Graphic Design, Health Science, Healthcare Management, Information Technology, Legal Studies, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Paralegal Studies, Pharmacy, Physical Therapist Assisting, Physician Assistant, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies and Professional Counseling. South University's Columbia campus is nestled in the historic district of Eau Claire, just minutes north of downtown and South Carolina's state capitol building. South University's Columbia campus provides classroom and student service areas and is equipped with computer labs and medical laboratories for use by students. The library houses a large collection that includes an extensive law library. Students may retrieve periodicals in paper or electronic form. Students may also access several commercial on-line services including WESTLAW, the computerized legal research service; LIRN; SearchBank; Infotract; and UMI ProQuest, and the Electronic Library. Internet access is available on all computers throughout the campus. South University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as a Level V institution eligible to award associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

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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.