University of South Carolina-Sumter

200 Miller Rd
Sumter, SC 29150-2498
Tel: (803)775-8727
878 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 878 students (60% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
Minority enrollment is 52% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.
University of South Carolina-Sumter is one of 2 community colleges within Sumter County, SC.
The nearest community college is Central Carolina Technical College (0.10 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 36 teachers has declined by 63% over five years.
College University of South Carolina-Sumter (SC) Community College Avg.
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
44 staff

Student Body

The student population of 878 has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has increased from 11:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.61 is more than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has grown by 12% over five years.
Total Enrollment 878 students 1,090 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 24:1
# Full-Time Students 523 students
708 students
# Part-Time Students 355 students
524 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. 0.61 0.54

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $6,284 is more than the state average of $4,396. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $15,158 is more than the state average of $8,104. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $6,284 $4,396
Out-State Tuition Fees $15,158 $8,104
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 93%
Percent Admitted 58%
SAT Total Avg. 945
SAT Reading 475
SAT Math 470
ACT Total Avg. 56
ACT Composite 19
ACT English 19
ACT Math 18
Source: 2014 (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.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 3,963 students | 0.10 Mi506 N Guignard Dr
    Sumter SC  29150
  • Centura College-Columbia
    Private for-profit
    70 students | 34.20 Mi7500 Two Notch Road
    Columbia SC  29223
  • 1,464 students | 35.60 Mi9 Science Court
    Columbia SC  29203
  • 717 students | 37.00 Mi601 Martin Luther King Jr Ave
    Kingstree SC  29556
  • 3,060 students | 37.40 Mi3250 Saint Matthews Rd
    Orangeburg SC  29118
Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,396 per year for in-state students and $8,104 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,547 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 69%. 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 0.54, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is Virginia College-Greenville. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.