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USC Welcomes ‘Extraordinary’ Class to its Main Campus

USC Welcomes ‘Extraordinary’ Class to its Main Campus

The University of South Carolina, which has used Capture Higher Ed’s Envision application and enrollment models for the past two recruitment cycles, just welcomed a class that is “among the largest and most diverse in the university’s history,” according to USC university officials.

“This is an extraordinary group of students and we’re excited to welcome them to campus as part of the Carolina family,” USC President Harris Pastides told Columbia’s WIS News. “This is just the beginning of an academic journey that will equip them with the knowledge and experiences to make a lasting impact on the world.”

According to estimates at the beginning of the semester, approximately 7,700 new freshmen and transfer students were expected to enroll at the USC Columbia campus, including more than 4,350 South Carolinians. That is more in-state, first-year students from the Palmetto State than ever before.

The Columbia campus, which saw applications this year increase by 19 percent compared to last year, also welcomed the most academically gifted class in USC’s history. Entering freshmen have the highest SAT (1275), ACT (27.7) and high school grade point average (4.7 CGPA) in school history. Also, 60 of the incoming students were valedictorians at their high school.

In addition, USC’s racial diversity continued to improve with the new class. African-American freshman enrollment is expected to rise at least 15 percent over last year and has increased 43 percent since 2015. In fact, underrepresented minorities make up 19 percent of Columbia’s freshman class, and 30 percent of all new students from South Carolina are minorities.

Including graduate students, overall enrollment at the Columbia campus is expected to reach nearly 35,000.

Since 2016, the USC main campus has used Capture’s Envision predictive engine to create application and enrollment models throughout its recruitment cycles. With industry-leading accuracy, Envision uses machine learning and behavioral data to accurately predict who will apply and enroll. The models also can be created monthly or weekly — not just yearly.

Contact us today to learn more about Envision.