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 1,464 students (50% 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 72% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.
  • South University, Columbia is one of 2 community colleges within Richland County, SC.
  • The nearest community college to South University, Columbia is Centura College-Columbia (1.9 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 60 teachers has declined by 16% over five years.
South University, Columbia(SC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty60 staff55 staff
South University, Columbia Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of South University, Columbia has declined by 10% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The South University, Columbia diversity score of 0.59 is more than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has grown by 14% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,464 students1,260 students
South University, Columbia Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio24:128:1
South University, Columbia Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students726 students726 students
South University, Columbia Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students738 students534 students
South University, Columbia Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
South University, Columbia Enrollment Breakdown SC All Enrollment Breakdown
# Undergraduate Students536 students708 students
# Graduate Students190 students190 students
South University, Columbia Graduation BreakDown SC All Graduation Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
South University, Columbia American Indian/Alaskan (2013-2016)
% Asian
South University, Columbia Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
South University, Columbia Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
South University, Columbia Black (2007-2016)
% White
South University, Columbia White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
% Unknown races
South University, Columbia Ethnicity Breakdown SC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.590.54
South University, Columbia Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,100$28,900
South University, Columbia Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

    % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid78%94%
    South University, Columbia % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
    Median Debt for Graduates$25,167$14,979
    South University, Columbia Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
    Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$5,500
    South University, Columbia Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
    Acceptance Rate49%71%
    South University, Columbia Percent Admitted (2007-2013)
    Source: 2016 (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.

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