With a tuition sticker price of almost $10,000 a year and housing at about $4,000, the University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus is one of the most expensive public colleges and universities in the Southeast.
But it’s also one of the best values in higher education, according to a new ranking.
USC was the only school in the state ranked in the 50 best values among public colleges and universities, a rating done by Princeton Review and USA Today.
USC was praised for awarding more than 1,000 need-based and merit-based scholarships to entering freshmen each year. The school also received kudos for having a top-flight faculty and a rich college-town atmosphere.
“This national ranking clearly shows that the University of South Carolina is among the best public universities in the nation for academics and affordability,” said Dennis Pruitt, USC’s vice president for student affairs and dean of students.