University of South Carolina

902 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208

School Details

The University of South Carolina is a public, four-year institution of higher education, with multiple campus locations throughout the state of South Carolina.


The University of South Carolina was founded in 1801 as South Carolina College. The institution began in one building in the capitol city of Columbia. The campus expanded around that first building into a modified quadrangle called the “Horseshoe”. In the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era of the late 19th Century, the University of South Carolina became one of the first Southern institutions of higher learning to admit and grant degrees to African-Americans. Because of the wariness of the post-War South, the institution was forced to close until 1880. When it reopened, it only admitted white students and focused its programs on agricultural studies. In 1963, the school re-integrated by enrolling three African American students. In the 1950s the University started to expand throughout the state of South Carolina.

The University of South Carolina is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Many programs at USC have additional accreditation through other agencies and organizations.

The University of South Carolina offers its students a wide variety of extracurricular activities. There are over 400 clubs and organizations on campus. Around 20 percent of the students are part of the Greek system of the university. Garnet and Black is the student magazine, the Daily Gamecock is the campus newspaper, News from Last Thursday is the humor newspaper, and WUSC-FM is the campus radio station. South Carolina’s athletic programs compete in the NCAA Southeastern Conference Division I and are nicknamed the Gamecocks. There are 19 intercollegiate men’s and women’s teams. Before the football team plays the Clemson University Tigers, there is a Tiger Burn pep rally, wherein students build an effigy of the Clemson mascot and burn it.


The four-year campuses of the University of South Carolina System include: USC Aiken, USC Beaufort, and USC Upstate. Palmetto College, which is a part of the USC System represents the associate degree-granting campuses. The Palmetto College campuses include: USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, and USC Union. The colleges and schools that make up the University of South Carolina include:

  • the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Darla Moore School of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computing
  • the Graduate School
  • School of Law
  • College of Mass Communications and Information Studies
  • School of Music
  • College of Nursing
  • South Carolina College of Pharmacy
  • Arnold School of Public Health
  • College of Social Work
  • the Schools of Medicine in Columbia and Greenville
  • South Carolina Honors College
  • College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management.

Students are also afforded many academic resources and campus services. The campus offers a Foreign Language Learning Language Center, a writing center, pre-professional advising, and disability services. Students can take advantage of the health center, a counseling and human development center, and the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.


In addition to traditional degrees and academic programs, the University of South Carolina also offers online bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees, and individual courses through its Palmetto College. The online bachelor’s degrees include: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Human Services, Liberal Studies, Organizational Leadership, and the RN-BSN program. The graduate degrees include: Master of Education in Teaching, Master of Health Information Technology, Master of Public Health, Master of Education in Educational Administration, Master of Science in Engineering Management, and the Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. The delivery methods for online education through the University of South Carolina is determined by the instructor, which can include recorded video and forum interaction. Admissions requirements, tuition, and graduation requirements are all according to the specific programs.


About 63% of prospective students who apply to the University of South Carolina’s flagship campus in Columbia are admitted and 34% of those students actually enroll. Around 54% of undergraduate students are from South Carolina and 92% of undergraduates are under the age of 24. The overall graduation rate for USC is about 72%. The University of South Carolina enrolls 31,288 students and 23,263 of those students are undergraduates.


The in-state tuition and fees for undergraduates are estimated to be $10,488 and $27,644 for out-of-state. About 72% of all undergraduate students receive some kind of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships. About 49% of students take out federal student loans.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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