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The University of South Carolina-Beaufort is located in the state’s “Lowcountry” area along the extensive coastal strip; the city of Beaufort is located approximately 50+ miles to the southwest of the state capital of Charleston, and roughly the same distance northeast of Savannah in neighboring Georgia.

The school, also referred to simply as USC-Beaufort, was originally established in 1795 as Beaufort College with the intention of serving the educational needs of surrounding planters’ families. During the Civil War, the school was forced to close and was actually occupied by Union forces for use as a make-shift hospital. In 1959, higher education was reinitiated at USC-Beaufort due to the expansion of the University of South Carolina system; in 2002, USC-Beaufort was finally upgraded to the status of “senior campus” and since then offers baccalaureate degrees. At more or less the same time, the school opened a second campus in Bluffton (situated a few dozen miles to the southwest).


Academic accreditation for USC-Beaufort is given by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is academically broken down into the following departments: Nursing, Education, Hospitality Management, Business Administration, Science and Mathematics, Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, and English, Speech and Theatre.

USC-Beaufort is distinguished by being one of the only schools to offer a Human Services bachelor’s degree program in the southeast region. The hospitality program attracts a significant amount of national as well as international students and provides students real experience thanks to the nearby resorts on Hilton Head Island.

USC-Beaufort offers one graduate level degree program: a Master of Arts in Teaching, which is conducted on a full-time basis over the course of 16 months.

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USC-Beaufort breaks its admissions procedures down according to the type of person applying, with all applicants falling into one of the following categories: incoming freshman, transfer, international freshman, international transfer, non-degree seeking, readmit, concurrent, and transient.

The most dominant category, that of incoming freshman, is obliged to submit the application form (online or in print), pay the $40 fee, submit an official high school transcript, and finally submit SAT or ACT scores. After graduating, such applicants are required to send their final high school transcript including date of graduation (in addition to the transcript mentioned above).

As a minimum, USC-Beaufort requires incoming freshmen to have taken coursework during high school that includes the following: four units of English; three units of mathematics (changed to four units for 2011-2012 incoming freshmen; three lab science units; three social studies units; two foreign language units; four academic elective units; and one physical science unit.

Financial Aid

Students (whether newly-admitted or otherwise) may apply for financial aid at USC-Beaufort via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, available online. As financial aid is given on a first-come, first-serve basis students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA forms as early as possible.

Students at USC-Beaufort receive various kinds of aid at the federal and state level, in the form of loans, grants, scholarships as well as student employment opportunities. A few types of financial aid received would include the Federal Pell Grant, the Academic Competitiveness Grant, the National SMART Grant, and the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship to merely mention a few.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3908th for the average student loan amount.
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The student body at USC-Beaufort (which over recent years has plateaued around the 1,500 level, both campuses inclusive) is in its majority made up of full-time students, with ample on-campus housing options available.

Various student organizations and clubs thrive on- and off-campus, and a token sampling would include the Student Organization, the Art Club, the African American Student Association, the Environmental Club, the Gamma Beta Phi honor society, and the student newspaper Shark Byte.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The sports teams at USC-Beaufort are collectively known as the Sand Sharks and the school’s competing colors are blue and red. The school is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in the Sun Conference.

USC-Beaufort fields men’s sports teams in golf, baseball, track, tennis and cross country; its women’s teams compete in cross country, soccer, golf, tennis, softball, volleyball and track.

Information Summary

Ranks 30th in South Carolina and 1723rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.11
Arrest 13 0.69

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 22 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 4 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 60 0.47
Larceny 314 2.48
Vehicle theft 16 0.13

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4501

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1233rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,586 $8,586 $18,438
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $386 $386 $386
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $358 $358 $768
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,396 $21,396 $31,248
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,796 $22,796 $32,648
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,014 $14,014 $23,866

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,158 $8,558 $8,158 $8,558 $17,270 $17,956
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,173(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,203 $7,284
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,024 $3,376
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,289 $7,786
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,024 $3,611
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,261 $3,376

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,387 (487 male / 900 female)
Admitted 1,013 (329 male / 684 female)
Admission rate 73%
First-time Enrollment 410 (149 male / 261 female)
FT Enrollment 389 (142 male / 247 female)
PT Enrollment 21 (7 male / 14 female)
Total Enrollment1,724

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Baseball Conference Florida Sun Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Florida Sun Conference

ACT Test Admission

1143rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 44%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 21
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22

SAT Test Admission

1172nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 69%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 500
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 510
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 830 / 1010

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity572
Meals per Week14
Room Fee$5,000
Board Fee$2,200

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2449th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $58,505 ($61,783 male / $51,840 female)
Number of FT Faculty 63 (33 male / 30 female)
Number of PT Faculty 134
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $1,649,159

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