South Carolina

South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, SC
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1896
  • Enrollment: 2,649
  • Mascot: Bulldogs
  • Colors: Garnet and Blue
  • Motto: Ready All to Do and Dare
  • Campus Setting: Town
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

South Carolina State University, located in the town of Orangeburg, SC, boasts a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1896. As a public land-grant institution, it was established during a transformative period in American history, particularly in the post-Civil War era, to provide advanced education to African-American students. Over the years, SCSU has evolved into a prominent center for higher learning, playing a pivotal role in the educational and social advancement of its community.

Today, South Carolina State University serves a diverse student body of 2,649, offering a wide range of academic programs. The university provides Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctor's degrees, along with less than one year, Postbaccalaureate, and Post-Master's certificates. Its popular majors include Business, Nursing, Education, Engineering, and Social Sciences, reflecting the university's commitment to offering comprehensive and relevant education that meets the needs of the modern workforce.

In the realm of athletics, South Carolina State University competes in the NCAA Division I, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), with its teams known as the Bulldogs. The mascot, the Bulldog, symbolizes the tenacity and spirit of the university's athletic and academic endeavors. The university's campus, set in a town environment, provides a close-knit community atmosphere, complete with campus housing facilities. Embracing its motto, "Ready All to Do and Dare," South Carolina State University continues to inspire its students to face challenges with courage and determination, preparing them for successful and impactful careers.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (803) 536-7186  
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  • Financial Aid: (803) 536-8396
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Popular Majors
  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences

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NCAA Division I - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) 

Team Name: Bulldogs

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Tennis

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Cross Country 
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Tennis
  • Soccer (Independent)
  • Volleyball

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