University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie

465 James Brandt Blvd
Allendale, SC 29810-0000
Tel: (800)922-5500
  • USC Salkehatchie plays an important role in helping the University fulfill its priority of providing students with an educational experience of the highest quality, grounded in the traditional liberal arts. USC Salkehatchie acts as a resource to its five-county area by serving as a focal point for the cultural and intellectual development of the area through providing various cultural, intellectual, economic, and education programs. Its academic, community development, cultural, public service, and recreational programs and services reflect USC Salkehatchie's purpose to enhance and enrich the communities of its service area and to improve the quality of life of its citizens.
School Highlights
  • University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie serves 1,076 students (50% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is higher than the state community college average of 28:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 55% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.
  • University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie is the only community colleges within Allendale County, SC.
  • The nearest community college is Denmark Technical College (22.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 34 teachers has declined by 15% over five years.
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie(SC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty34 staff55 staff
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,076 has declined by 6% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has increased from 30:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.62 is more than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has grown by 14% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,076 students1,260 students
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio32:128:1
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students542 students726 students
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students534 students534 students
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Enrollment Breakdown SC All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Black (2007-2016)
% White
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
% Two or more races
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Ethnicity Breakdown SC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.620.54
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,000$28,900
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $6,686 is less than the state average of $6,687. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $16,130 is more than the state average of $10,638. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$6,686$6,687
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$16,130$10,638
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%94%
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$14,979
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate53%58%
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
SAT Total Avg.820888
SAT Reading410430
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie SAT Reading (2007-2016)
SAT Math410458
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie SAT Math (2007-2016)
ACT Total Avg.5053
ACT Composite1718
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie ACT Composite (2007-2016)
ACT English1717
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie ACT English (2007-2016)
ACT Math1618
University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie ACT Math (2007-2016)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • USC Salkehatchie was established in 1965 as a regional center of the University of South Carolina as a result of local civic commitment initiated by residents from Allendale, Bamberg, and Hampton counties who organized a movement to create a regional campus in 1964. The General Assembly of South Carolina responded to this momentum by creating the Western Carolina Higher Education Commission, which is composed of two representatives from each of the participating counties. Barnwell County joined the compact three years later, followed by Colleton County in 1984. The expansion of facilities began in June 1972 when the Allendale Hut Complex, was deeded to the campus by Allendale County. USC Salkehatchie now owns homes and other buildings adjacent to the original building that now house faculty offices and the Extended Graduate Campus program. To provide for future expansion, the campus commission purchased 65 acres of adjoining land in February 1975. A master plan has been developed for future expansion of the campus. The Science/Administration Building is located on the 65-acre tract and has been available for classes since the fall 1981 semester. In 1983 the campus added the Salkehatchie Civic Arts Center. The most recent addition was a 29,500 square-foot Library/Computer Science Building, which opened for use in fall 1991, located next to the Science/Administration Building in the central part of campus. Also in 1991, the Sarah T. Winthrop Foundation donated an additional 94 acres adjacent to the original location, bringing the current holdings to over 150 acres. The Salkehatchie Regional Campus of the University of South Carolina offers the Associate in Arts degree and the Associate in Science degree as well as coursework applicable to a baccalaureate degree awarded by other institutions. The growth of USC Salkehatchie can also been seen in the expansion of its curricula. New areas of study have been added over the years, including applied professions, education, criminal justice, geography, music, physical education, and computer science.

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Did You Know?
For South Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,687 per year for in-state students and $10,638 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 scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.54, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in South Carolina is The Art Institute of Charleston. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.