South University, Columbia

  • 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 983 students (67% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 77% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 48%.

Top Rankings

South University, Columbia ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in South Carolina for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 60 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
South University, Columbia(SC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Medium ProgramsAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty60 staff60 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South University, Columbia has declined by 32% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five years.
The South University, Columbia diversity score of 0.53 is less than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has declined by 10% over five years.
Total Enrollment983 students1,554 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio16:124:1
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# Full-Time Students659 students708 students
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# Part-Time Students324 students846 students
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# Undergraduate Students492 students708 students
# Graduate Students167 students167 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
3%
2%
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% Hispanic
4%
5%
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% Black
64%
27%
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% White
23%
52%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
% Two or more races
1%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
3%
% Unknown races
2%
7%
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Diversity Score0.530.65
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,100$28,900
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid78%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$25,084$12,001
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Median Debt for Dropouts$9,500$5,500
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Acceptance Rate49%71%
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Source: 2019 (or 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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to South University, Columbia is Centura College-Columbia (1.9 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,094 per year for in-state students and $9,919 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,507 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 67%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

South Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.65, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is Midlands Technical College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.