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Fast Facts

Fast Facts

In 1896, South Carolina State University was founded with the mission to provide students in-state with a quality education at an affordable cost. Our history of excellence has carried over into the next century, as we currently serve over 2,600 students from all across the country and all over the globe.
We offer a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs and certificates that can lead you toward a successful career in your desired field. On top of that, we provide you with countless extracurricular activities and exciting on-campus events that enhance your college career and create life-long memories.
Got a few minutes? Learn more about what sets SC State apart, and why we're proud to call ourselves Bulldogs.

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Fast Facts

Current Number of Students:

  • Undergraduate: 2,374 (89.6%)
  • Graduate: 275 (10.4%)

Location: Orangeburg, South Carolina
Mascot: Bulldog

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What You'll Learn

What You'll Learn

As a Bulldog, you will have the opportunity to choose from 17 different subject areas, comprising some 60 different majors. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in programs that are exclusive to SC State, like:
  • The only Bachelor of Science program in nuclear engineering in SC and at an HBCU.
  • Master of Science degree in transportation and the only Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in agribusiness.
  • The only Doctor of Education degree in the state with a concentration in educational administration.
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in physics with a concentration in Medical Physics.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity.
You'll learn from highly-experienced instructors who often have years of field experience under their belts, and in programs that are nationally accredited. Currently, SC State holds a top 10 ranking for most enrolled ROTC cadets (No. 1 HBCU), and No. 1 ranking in social mobility for three years (2006, 2007, 2009) from Washington Monthly. SC State was also identified by Forbes Magazine as the exclusive HBCU for research in the state of South Carolina.
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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

On the SC State campus, you will discover exceptional facilities that house a number of helpful resources for academics—such as the career center, the Miller F. Whittaker Library, the PUSH Writing Center, and more. A few of these facilities include:
  • Engineering and Computer Science Complex with innovative classrooms, research centers, laboratories, offices, and more.
  • James E. Clyburn Center for conducting research and training workers in the transportation industry.
  • The state-of-the-art Leroy Davis Sr. Science and Research Complex (an extension of Hodge Hall).
  • The only undergraduate science field station in the nation.
What You Will Achieve

What You Will Achieve

With a history of demonstrated excellence, SC State has over 30,000 alumni, many of whom have made strides in areas like athletics, engineering, medicine, the arts, and more. From leadership positions in local and national government, to leadership positions in the U.S. army, our alumni exemplify exactly what it means to be a Bulldog. More recently, SC State has been recognized by familiar faces like U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, who spoke at the 2022 Freshman Convocation. Our alumni include:
  • The Honorable James E. Clyburn, '61, Assistant Democrat Leader
  • Gen. Clifford Stanley, '69, who was appointed as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
  • More than 2035 officers in the U.S. Army and 16 General Officers
  • Brig. Gen. Stephen Twitty, ‘84, was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the nation’s third-highest award for valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • More than 120 professional athletes
  • The Honorable Matthew Perry, Jr., ‘48, Senior U.S. District Judge
  • The Honorable Ernest Finney, Jr., ‘54, former S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • The Honorable Donald W. Beatty, '74, Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court
As a graduate of SC State, you will have the skills you need to kickstart a successful career and grow into a leader for the benefit of your work and community. You'll also walk away with a tight-knit family of alumni and current students that inspire and empower you to achieve more than you thought possible.