Contributing to the Educational and Economic Welfare of South Carolina
Since 1826, the independent sector of postsecondary education has been a vital part of the cultural, educational, and economic development of South Carolina. The independent colleges and universities continue to provide rich, robust, and diverse higher educational opportunities that are an integral part of the development and maintenance of a balance educational system in the state. Consider the following:
- SCICU’s colleges and universities serve the needs of more than 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
- While enrolling approximately 14 percent of all undergraduates in the state, SCICU member colleges and universities award more than 23 percent of the state’s bachelor degrees.
- Our colleges and universities have an average Student to Faculty Ratio of 14 to 1.
- Our independent institutions are diverse and have served the state’s minority communities for many generations. Our overall minority enrollment is 46 percent. Excluding the historically black colleges, total minority enrollment at the twenty member colleges and universities is 35 percent.
- Our total undergraduate female enrollment is 56 percent. Excluding our two women’s colleges, total female enrollment is 54 percent.
- Although most of our students are South Carolina residents, 27 percent of our undergraduate students are non-residents or from another country.
- More than 95 percent of the students attending SCICU member schools receive financial assistance.
- Direct institutional financial assistance ($260 million) accounts for 40 percent of all student aid received by students attending SCICU member institutions.
- South Carolina’s independent colleges and universities employ more than 7,000 faculty and staff and are economic engines and cultural centers adding more than $750 million annually to the state’s economy.
Source: SCICU Statistical Abstract, 2016