South Carolina State University Details
300 South College Street, NE
Knowledge, Duty, Honor
|Level of Selectivity
SCSU is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, with a population
of 13,700. Annual events include the Festival of Roses for the state and
the Orangeburg County Fair. Points of interest include the Edisto Gardens
and the National Fish Hatchery. Beautiful Cypress Gardens of Charleston
and the Atlantic Ocean are approximately 70 miles away.
South Carolina State University (SCSU) is a four-year, state-supported,
coed, liberal arts institution founded in 1872 as South Carolina
Agricultural and Mechanical Institute. From 1872 to 1895, SCSU existed
within the institution of Claflin College. In 1895, the South Carolina
General Assembly enacted legislation for the severance of SCSU from
SCSU opened independent of Claflin in 1896 as a land-grant institution
under the name of the Colored Normal Industrial Agricultural and
Mechanical College of South Carolina. The name changed to South Carolina
State College in 1954. With an expanded mission to provide programs in
advanced study, the school received university status in 1992 and thus
adopted its present name.
Traditionally, the College has focused on teacher education, research, and
service. As a land-grant institution, SCSU is committed to providing
undergraduate instruction that combines liberal arts with vocational
education. SCSU is also committed to community service, offering programs
related to agriculture as well as adult and continuing education programs.
The sixty-building campus is situated on 160 acres, with a variety of
architectural styles. An additional 286 acres are located at Camp Daniel
in Elloree, South Carolina. The campus facilities include the Martin
Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, Henderson-Davis Theater, Hodge Hall, and Duke
Gymnasium and Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art facility.
South Carolina State University is accredited by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of
Science, and masterís degrees.
|Costs per Year
2002Ė03 Tuition: $1860 (in-state); $3636 (out-of-state)
Room and board: $1140 (room); $960(board)
Special fees: $1069
Estimated total cost: $5729 (in-state); $7505 (out-of-state)
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 33
Financial Aid Specific to the School
The Army and Air Force ROTC offer two- and four-year scholarships that
pay tuition, fees, books, and other expenses, and provide a monthly stipend.
June 1 (fall); November 1 (spring)
Financial Aid Contact:
Graduation from an accredited high school (or
equivalent) and completion of the following units: 4 English; 3
mathematics; 2 lab science; 1 social studies; 1 history; economics;
government (recommended); 1 advanced mathematics or computer science or
combination; and 1 world history, world geography or western civilization;
official high school transcript; cumulative ďCĒ average; achievement tests
and English composition test for counseling and placement; and a recent
physical exam. A $25 non-refundable application fee is required.
Admission Application Deadline: July 31.
Admission Contact: Office of Admissions, South Carolina State College,
Campus PO Box 7127, 300 College Street, NE, Orangeburg, South Carolina
29117; Telephone: 803-536-7185 or 7186; 800-260-5956 (toll-free).
A minimum of 120 semester hours and completion of
core requirements to include the following hours: 6 mathematics, 6
science, and 1 computer course for math, business, engineering, and
nursing majors; ROTC or four physical education courses; completion of
Senior Exit Survey; passing of English Competency Exam; and last 30 hours
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 4,693
Other regions: 6 states; 8 international
Campus Regulations: All single undergraduates must live on campus unless
residing in the city proper no more than 20 miles away; 2.0 GPA needed to
participate in one of the various committees of the Student Union Board.
Entering students must attend orientation.
Campus Services: Health center, career counseling and placement, tutoring,
religious services, and campus post office.
Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater,
concerts, art exhibits, band, and religious activities. Students may work
on The Collegian (student-run newspaper) or The Bulldog (yearbook).
Communication majors or volunteers may work in the radio station WSSB-FM,
which is owned and operated by the College. Timely information is provided
about events within Orangeburg, Calhoun, and Bamberg counties.
Leadership opportunities are found in the Student Government Association
and numerous other organizations including social, honorary, departmental,
service, and religious groups. Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha,
Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities
include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta
Sigma. Honor societies are also represented on campus.
Housing Availability: 2,194 housing spaces; eight dorms for women; four
dorms for men; married student housing available on a first-come,
Handicapped Services: Wheelchair accessibility and services for the
hearing impaired and speech disabled.
Number of faculty members: 244
Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
Full-time faculty members: 214
Part-time faculty members: 30
Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 75%
South Carolina State College is a member of the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA Division Iómenís football is Division I-AA) and
the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
Intercollegiate Sports: menís basketball, cross-country, football, golf,
tennis, and track and field; womenís basketball, bowling, cross-country,
golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball.
Intramural Sports: badminton, basketball, football, handball, racquetball,
softball, table tennis, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, South Carolina State University,
Campus PO Box 7546, 300 South College Street, NE, Orangeburg, South
Carolina 29117; Telephone: 803-536-7242, 7243, or 7244; 800-260-5956 Ext.
7242 or 7243 (toll-free); 803-533-3634 (fax).
August-May (semester hours)
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May 9
Two summer sessions.
Bachelor of Arts: Agribusiness, Art, Art Education, Art: Printmaking,
Biology Education, Business Economics, Business Education, Chemistry,
Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Drama,
Early Childhood Education, Electrical Engineering Technology, Elementary
Education, English, French, Food and Nutrition, Health Education, History,
Industrial Engineering Technology, Music Performance, Music Technology,
Political Psychology, Science, Sociology, Speech Pathology and Audiology,
Theater, Visual Arts
Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Aerospace, Biology, Business
Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Family and Consumer Services,
Home Economics, Human Services, Industrial Technology Education,
Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mechanical
Engineering Technology, Music Education, Music Merchandising, Nursing,
Office Management and Administration, Physical Education, Physics,
Psychology, Secondary Education, Sociology, Social Studies, Social Work,
Spanish, Special Education, Speech Pathology and Audiology
Preprofessional Programs: Agriculture, Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry,
Masterís Degrees: Agribusiness, Biology Education, Business Education,
Chemistry Education, Counseling, Counselor Education, Early Childhood
Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, English
Education, Food and Nutrition, Home Economics Education, Individual and
Family Development, Industrial Technology Education, Mathematics
Education, Nursing, Nutritional Healthcare, Rehabilitation Counseling,
Science, Science Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies Education,
Special Education, Speech Pathology and Audiology
Doctorate: Educational Administration