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Facts & Statistics

SC State University, an 1890 land grant, senior comprehensive institution of approximately 2,900 students, is committed to providing affordable and accessible quality baccalaureate, master’s educational specialist and doctoral degree programs. SC State, through instruction, research, technology and service, contributes to economic development, enhances the quality of life of citizens, and prepares highly skilled, competent and socially aware graduates (30,000) to meet life’s challenges and demands and enables them to work and live productively in a dynamic, global society.



  • As South Carolina’s only public, historically black college and university (HBCU), there are several programs unique to SC State University (SC State).

    SC State boasts:
    • The only Bachelor of Science program in nuclear engineering in South Carolina and at an HBCU.

    • The only Master of Science degree in transportation and the only Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in agribusiness in South Carolina.

    • The only Doctor of Education degree in the state with a concentration in educational administration.  SC State is ranked third in the nation in graduating minorities with the doctor of education degree.

    • A Bachelor of Science degree in physics with an option or concentration in Medical Physics.  Graduates of this program are prepared to enter employment in the field or go on to graduate school. 

    • A Top 10 ranking for most enrolled ROTC cadets (No. 1 HBCU) and No. 1 ranking in social mobility for three years (2006, 2007, and 2009) from Washington Monthly.

    • The only HBCU to be ranked as an over performing College in the U.S. and No 5. Among national public HBCU’s by U.S. News and World Report.

    • SC State’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter was named an Exemplary Chapter International Honor Society in fall 2012.

    • Identified as the exclusive HBCU for research in the state of South Carolina by Forbes Magazine.

Programs and Outreach

  • SC State University is the only university in South Carolina participating in President Barack Obama’s USAID program to provide textbooks and other learning materials to schools in Africa (Zanzibar, Tanzania);

  • Founded in 1947, SC State’s ROTC “Bulldog Battalion” averages approximately 100 cadets and is one of the largest producers of minority officers for the Army.

  • The 1890 Research and Extension Program offers a variety of services to rural and urban limited resource families.


  • SC Gate 3SC State consists of approximately 107 buildings on 160 acres of land on its main campus in Orangeburg, and an additional 267 acres at Camp Harry E. Daniels in Ellore, S.C.

  • The new Engineering and Computer Science Complex opens in early 2013.  The 24.5 million, 86, 500-square-foot complex will feature innovative classrooms, research centers, laboratories, offices and other academic support spaces.

  • The James E. Clyburn Center conducts research and trains skilled workers, especially minority workers, in the transportation industry.

  • SC State has the only undergraduate environmental science field station in the nation.

  • SC State is the only HBCU in the country with an interdisciplinary art museum and planetarium in one facility, the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium.

  • The Leroy Davis Sr. Science and Research Complex, an extension of Hodge Hall, is a recently constructed state-of-the-art facility housing the Department of Biology and Physical Sciences.  The Leroy Davis, Dr. Science and Research Complex opened in January 2011.

SC State Alumni includes;

  • Approximately 30,000 alumni, with more than 18,500 residing in South Carolina.

  • Fifteen college presidents

  • The Honorable James E. Clyburn, ‘61, Assistant Democrat Leader

  • General Clifford Stanley, ‘69, was appointed as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

  • Major General Abraham J. Turner, ‘76, commanded the nation’s largest initial entry training post (Fort Jackson).

  • Army ROTCBrigadier General Stephen Twitty, ‘84, was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the nation’s third highest award for valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • More than 2035 minority officers in the U.S. Army and 16 General Officers.

  • 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 Beatty, ‘74, third African-American Supreme Court Judge in S.C.

  • Coach Willie Jefferies, ‘60, was inducted into the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame

  • One hundred and nineteen athletes who have entered the ranks of professional sports.

  • Harry Carson, ‘75, David “Deacon” Jones, ‘58 and Marion Motley, ‘39 were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • John Gilliam, ‘67, was the first player from SC State University drafted by the NFL.


  • The SC State Bulldog Athletic program offers six men’s sports and six women’s sports as a member of the Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

  • The SC State Bulldog football team has won or shared five MEAC titles (‘04, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, “13).

  • The 2010 volleyball team won the MEAC championship and made its first ever appearance in the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship.

  • The Bulldog men’s and women’s tennis teams have won a combined 20 championships in the last 12 seasons under two-time USTA Coach of the Year Hardeep Judge.


With the various activities on campus and the thousands of individuals who visit SC State, the University significantly impacts the economy of the City of Orangeburg, as well as the State of South Carolina. In the Orangeburg community, SC State supports 1,558 jobs and has a $152.5 million impact; and our statewide impact is $181.5 million.