South University-Columbia
Columbia, SC 29203


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model For Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Quarter
Total enrollment 1,270
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Student to faculty ratio 11:1
Campus housing No
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


South University-Columbia has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, South University-Columbia's tuition was $17,210 for all students regardless of residency (7.4% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $21,918
In State Tuition
National Average = $16,024
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $16,024
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 96% of South University-Columbia's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 78% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,781 (which is 9.2% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at South University-Columbia in 2016-2017, was 21, which is 91% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,396 (which is 10.6% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,378
Federal Loan
National Average = $7,154
Financial aid
National Average = 89%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, South University-Columbia has enrolled a total of 1,270 students (668 students full-time and 602 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,270 students, 189 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 23% men and 77% women and 885 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 385 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Black/African American: 64%

White: 25%

Hispanic: 3%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Asian: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 0%

Two or more races: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at South University-Columbia.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 68% 768
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 9% 99
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 8% 93
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4% 41
Psychology 3% 30
Legal Professions And Studies 2% 27
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 2% 20
Visual And Performing Arts 1% 7
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 0% 0
Theology And Religious Vocations 0% 0

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 36%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of South University-Columbia full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $26,804

The typical median income of South University-Columbia graduates 6 years after enrollment is $24,300. Last year, out of the total 1,821 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,602 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 2,131 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,790 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $24,300 $29,500
Employment Rate 88% 84%
Total Graduates 1,821 2,131

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

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Charlotte School of Law
78.1 mile away
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96.1 mile away