Campus Facts



  • 1966: Clemson University at Sumter opened its doors to 97 students

  • 1973-Present: University of South Carolina Sumter


The Community Served

  • USC Sumter has served 57,311 students since 1966

  • USC Sumter's average student age is 22

  • USCSumter minority student enrollment has increased 20% since 1990

  • USC Sumter offers classes at Sumter & Shaw AFB campuses, Cardinal-Newman High School, Sumter High School, Thomas Sumter Academy, Crestwood High School, St. Francis Xavier High School & Lakewood High School

  • The 2010 Fall Semester enrollment is 1192 - Headcount and 878 - FTE

  • USC Sumter serves more than 2000 different students annually

  • Active-duty military and veterans comprise 15% of the student population

  • USC Sumter students come from the following counties: Sumter (76%); Clarendon (6%); Kershaw (5%); Richland (5%); Lee (2%); Williamsburg (1%); Other (4%)

  • 55% of USC Sumter students are full-time - 45% are part-time

  • 57% of USC Sumter students are female - 43% are male

  • 30% of USC Sumter students are minority

  • Average USC Sumter ACT & SAT scores for freshman are 19.1 and 961, respectively

  • USC Sumter students' declared majors are Arts & Letters (4%); Business (20%); Humanities (4%); Education (14%); Interdisciplinary Studies & Other (2%); Science & Mathematics (11%); & Undecided (45%)

Programs/Degrees/Courses of Study

  • Associate Degrees: Arts & Science
    (Since 1976, USC Sumter students have earned 3785 associate degrees (the average lifetime earnings for the holder of an associate degree is $400,000 more than for a high school graduate)

  • Baccalaureate Degrees: Education, Liberal Studies, and Organizational Studies
    (Since 1981, USC Sumter students have earned 1578 baccalaureate degrees through programs offered by USC Sumter in cooperation with other USC campuses and institutions (the average lifetime earnings for the holder of a bachelor's degree is $900,000 more than for a high school graduate)

Faculty and Staff

  • USC Sumter has 50 full-time faculty members, with an average annual teaching load of 8 courses each year

  • 78% of USC Sumter faculty hold terminal degrees from the following institutions:

    Bowling Green State University
    Capital University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Clemson University
    City University-London
    East Tennessee State University
    Florida International University
    Georgia State University
    Golden Gate University
    Loyola University Chicago
    Michigan State University
    North Carolina State University
    Northern Illinois University
    Purdue University
    Stanford University
    State University of New York
    State University of New York at Binghamton
    Texas Christian University
    Tulane University
    University of California Riverside
    University of Delaware
    University of Florida
    University of Georgia
    University of Maryland
    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    University of North Texas
    University of Oregon
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of South Carolina
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State Unversity
    Virginia State University
    Western Michigan University
    Yale University

  • Median annual salary of USC Sumter faculty is $49,532

  • USC Sumter has 56 full-time staff members

  • 16% of USC Sumter staff teach one or more courses each year in addition to their regular duties

  • Median annual salary of USC Sumter staff is $31,204

The Campus

  • 49.5 acres

  • $22 million replacement cost of property and physical plans

  • 236,000 square feet of heated space in eight permanent

  • 120 offices and 75 classrooms, laboratories, and other instructional spaces

  • Paved and lighted parking spaces for 700 vehicles, including 20 handicapped spaces


Economic Impact

  • USC Sumter has a $7.4 million operating budget (81% in salaries and benefits)

  • Grant expenditures in Research, Public Service & other for FY 2009 were approximately $600,000

  • Grant expenditures in Scholarships for FY 2009 were $2.0 million

  • Capital expenditures for the past ten years have totaled more than $4.6 million

  • The Sumter Partnership of the USC Educational Foundation (SPUSCEF) gives guidance and direction to USC Sumter fund-raising programs and helps provide an additional source of income to the University so that it can better fulfill its mission.  Charitable gifts allow the University  to achieve a level of excellence within its programs and activities that would not be possible otherwise.  More specifically SPUSCEF oversees the University's $1.8 million endowments and provides additional resources for scholarships, professorships, emergency loans for students, faculty/staff development, art-related activities and recognition of outstanding employees

Campus Events & Programs

Late August -- Opening Convocation with guest speaker
Fall Semester -- Scholars' Tea, featuring a scholarly presentation by a USC Sumter professor
Fall Semester -- AAAS Talent Show
September through May -- Music concerts and shows featuring various artists
September through May -- Art exhibitions highlighting various artists in the USC Sumter galleries
November -- Annual Big Wednesday activities week before Carolina/Clemson football game
January -- Observances of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with other community groups
March-- Math - Science Contest for high school juniors and seniors
Spring Semester -- Poetry Contest and readings featuring K-12 studentsSpring Semester -- Multi-Cultural Celebratrion and covered dish dinner
Spring Semester  -- Celebration of the Spoken Word spotlighting praise, poetry and storytelling
April -- S.C. Junior Academy of Science Competition for middle school & high schools students
Mid May -- Commencement with guest speaker
June -- Summer Film Series with commentary & discussion
Year-round-- William J. Reynolds aerospace art collection in W. J. Reynolds  Gallery
Year-round-- The USC Sumter Permanent Art Collection on display in various locations around the campus
Year-round-- Bookstore open featuring books and you favorite team merchandise


Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Updated May 2011