• South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of South University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (www.sacscoc.org). 

School Highlights

South University, Columbia serves 797 students (66% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 7:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 76% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 797 students
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Minority enrollment: 76%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

South University, Columbia ranks among the top 20% of public schools in South Carolina for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 109 teachers has grown by 81% over five years.
South University, Columbia
(SC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
109 staff
142 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South University, Columbia has declined by 29% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The South University, Columbia diversity score of 0.50 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
797 students
1,925 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
12:1
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# Full-Time Students
524 students
646 students
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# Part-Time Students
273 students
1,167 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of South University, Columbia.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
100 students
359 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
383 students
646 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
141 students
5 students
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SC All Graduation Breakdown
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
n/a
1,317 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
2 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
260 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
2%
2%
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% Hispanic
5%
5%
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% Black
66%
24%
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% White
24%
62%
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% Hawaiian
1%
n/a
% Two or more races
n/a
4%
% Unknown races
2%
3%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in SC.
Diversity Score
0.50
0.55
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
n/a
1.95%
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
0.19%
2.47%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,100
$28,800
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of South University, Columbia and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of SC by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
94%
95%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$25,379
$11,729
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in South University, Columbia and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in SC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$9,500
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in South University, Columbia and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in SC by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
49%
71%
This chart display the percent admitted of South University, Columbia and the community college average percent admitted of SC by year, with the latest 2012-13 school year data.
SAT Reading
n/a
430
SAT Math
n/a
458
SAT Writing
n/a
413
ACT Composite
n/a
18
ACT English
n/a
17
ACT Math
n/a
18
ACT Writing
n/a
6
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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, Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science, 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. 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.
Profile last updated: 05/26/2022

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What is the acceptance rate of South University, Columbia?

The acceptance rate of South University, Columbia is 49%, which is lower than the state average of 71%.

What is South University, Columbia's ranking?

South University, Columbia ranks among the top 20% of community college in South Carolina for: Average community college minority breakdown and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 797 students
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Minority enrollment: 76%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,692 per year for in-state students and $10,568 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $10,258 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 78%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

South Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.55, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is University of South Carolina-Sumter. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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