South University, Columbia

  • 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 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 76% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 47%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 109 teachers has grown by 75% over five years.
South University, Columbia(SC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Medium ProgramsAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty109 staff142 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South University, Columbia has declined by 45% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five years.
The South University, Columbia diversity score of 0.50 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment797 students1,682 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio7:113:1
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# Full-Time Students524 students739 students
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# Part-Time Students273 students943 students
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# Undergraduate Students383 students739 students
# Graduate Students141 students10 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
2%
2%
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% Hispanic
5%
7%
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% Black
66%
25%
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% White
24%
53%
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% Hawaiian
1%
-
% Unknown races
2%
9%
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Diversity Score0.500.64
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,100$28,800
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid94%94%
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Median Debt for Graduates$25,166$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$9,500$5,890
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Acceptance Rate49%71%
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Source: 2020 (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, 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.

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The nearest community college to South University, Columbia is Midlands Technical College (13.4 miles away).
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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.

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South Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.64, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is Midlands Technical College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.