University of South Carolina-Sumter

  • The University of South Carolina Sumter, a regional campus of the University of South Carolina, has as its mission to provide higher education and intellectual leadership for the Sumter area. At the heart of this mission is a teaching faculty of high quality dedicated to excellence in instruction, scholarship, public and professional service and creative endeavor which enrich the classroom experience. USC Sumter offers a varied curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and aimed at preparing students to continue their education in the university and throughout life. The University of South Carolina Sumter recruits students prepared to begin or planning to complete a baccalaureate level education.
School Highlights
  • University of South Carolina-Sumter serves 878 students (60% 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 52% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.
  • University of South Carolina-Sumter is one of 2 community colleges within Sumter County, SC.
  • The nearest community college to University of South Carolina-Sumter is Central Carolina Technical College (0.1 miles away).

Top Placements

University of South Carolina-Sumter places among the top 20% of community colleges in South Carolina for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 36 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
University of South Carolina-Sumter(SC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty36 staff55 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of University of South Carolina-Sumter has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The University of South Carolina-Sumter diversity score of 0.60 is more than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment878 students1,260 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio24:128:1
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# Full-Time Students523 students726 students
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# Part-Time Students355 students534 students
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% Asian
1%
1%
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% Hispanic
2%
3%
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% Black
40%
27%
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% White
48%
62%
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% Two or more races
6%
2%
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% Unknown races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score0.600.54
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College Completion Rate
12%
12%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,400$28,900
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $6,686 is more than the state average of $6,284. 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 $10,399. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$6,686$6,284
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Out-State Tuition Fees$16,130$10,399
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid93%93%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,788$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,500$5,500
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Acceptance Rate58%58%
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SAT Total Avg.945888
SAT Reading475430
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SAT Math470458
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ACT Total Avg.5653
ACT Composite1918
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ACT English1917
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ACT Math1818
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The University of South Carolina Sumter was established to encourage higher education in Sumter and adjacent counties. It primarily serves students from Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Williamsburg, and Kershaw counties. The institution itself grants the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees and provides for the completion of selected bachelor degrees on campus through cooperative agreements with other institutions. As early as 1960, a dialogue was established between representatives of Sumter and Clemson University to establish a two-year branch campus. The desire for an institution of higher learning was not abated after the opening of Sumter Area Technical Center in 1962 and a partnership was struck in 1965 to establish Clemson's first academic branch in Sumter. The Sumter County Commission for Higher Education resisted this concept, but were ultimately forced to agree to the plot selected by Edwards. The site occupied 35 acres of grassy fields that once served as the Sumter Airport. The original campus designed by Charles McCreight consisted of four one-story buildings: an Administration Building, Classroom Building, Science Building and Library totaling 59,000 square feet. The Administration Building was sited on Miller Drive, considered the "front door" of the campus. The remaining buildings were located behind the Administration Building, forming a pedestrian courtyard between them. The landscape design by Robert Marvin featured many trees, mostly live oaks and bald cypress trees. The facility was formally dedicated on April 24, 1967. A full range of programs is available on the USC Sumter campus from associate degrees through a variety of graduate offerings. The bachelor's degree offerings in business administration, elementary education, early childhood education, interdisciplinary studies, and nursing meet the educational needs of most students without having to leave Sumter. A wide range of transfer programs is also available into undergraduate programs such as accounting, engineering, pharmacy, liberal arts, biology, computer science, criminal justice, media arts without loss of any credit.

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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.