University of South Carolina-Beaufort

1 University Boulevard
Okatie, SC 29909
Tel: (843)208-8000
  • The University of South Carolina Beaufort consists of two campuses, North Campus, located in historic downtown Beaufort, and South Campus, located on Highway 278 in Bluffton, near Hilton Head Island.
School Highlights
  • University of South Carolina-Beaufort serves 1,794 students (80% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.
  • University of South Carolina-Beaufort is one of 2 community colleges within Beaufort County, SC.
  • The nearest community college to University of South Carolina-Beaufort is Technical College of the Lowcountry (18.4 miles away).

Top Placements (South Carolina)

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 82 teachers has declined by 28% over five years.
University of South Carolina-Beaufort(SC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty82 staff55 staff
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of University of South Carolina-Beaufort has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The University of South Carolina-Beaufort diversity score of 0.43 is less than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment1,794 students1,260 students
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio22:128:1
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,435 students726 students
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students359 students534 students
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Enrollment Breakdown SC All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Black (2007-2016)
% White
University of South Carolina-Beaufort White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
University of South Carolina-Beaufort More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Ethnicity Breakdown SC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.430.54
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,900$28,900
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $9,404 is more than the state average of $6,284. The in-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $19,424 is more than the state average of $10,399. The out-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$9,404$6,284
University of South Carolina-Beaufort In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$19,424$10,399
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid82%93%
University of South Carolina-Beaufort % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$23,292$14,979
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$7,500$5,500
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate57%58%
University of South Carolina-Beaufort Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
SAT Total Avg.935888
SAT Reading465430
University of South Carolina-Beaufort SAT Reading (2007-2016)
SAT Math470458
University of South Carolina-Beaufort SAT Math (2007-2016)
ACT Total Avg.5953
ACT Composite2018
University of South Carolina-Beaufort ACT Composite (2007-2016)
ACT English2017
University of South Carolina-Beaufort ACT English (2007-2016)
ACT Math1918
University of South Carolina-Beaufort ACT Math (2007-2016)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In 1959 another act of the South Carolina legislature created the Beaufort campus of the University of South Carolina on the original Beaufort College site on the banks of the Beaufort River to offer USC courses. In 1994 International Paper gave eighty acres of land to build an additional full-service campus of USC Beaufort in the region's highest growth area. County government agreed to finance the construction of the campus if the University were designated as a four-year university. Once state approvals for four-year status were completed, construction of the South Campus began. In June 2002, USCB was granted four-year status by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, and in 2004 USCB was accredited as a Level II baccalaureate degree granting university. Classes at the South Campus began in August 2004. The state's newest four-year university, USC Beaufort offers baccalaureate degrees, access to USC's Extended Graduate Campus classes and degrees and numerous continuing education programs at its two full-service campuses. USCB offers programs in mathematics and the natural sciences, humanities, and professional and social sciences. Its curriculum is designed to promote acquisition of knowledge and, through it, the intellectual dispositions and skills that encourage depth of understanding, tolerance of others and individual accountability. Attracting a racially and culturally diverse student body of varying ages and experiences, the University of South Carolina Beaufort draws its students primarily from the South Carolina Lowcountry, with representation from other parts of the state, other states, and foreign countries. The University encourages students to think analytically and abstractly, to explore options, to see similarities, to be open to differences, to communicate effectively, and to respect each individual. In addition to offering bacculaurete degrees, the University of South Carolina Beaufort offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees to Military Personnel at the Marine Corps Air Station and Parris Island Recruit Depot. USCB also partners with the Extended Graduate Campus of theUniversity of South Carolina to make graduate education available to citizens of the Lowcountry.

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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,284 per year for in-state students and $10,399 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,551 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in South Carolina is 62%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

South Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.54, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.