The University of South Carolina, a public, coeducational research institution located in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, is committed to serving the residents of South Carolina through academic excellence and outreach.
USC's more than 46,000 students at the flagship campus in Columbia, three senior campuses and four regional campuses are enrolled in 324 degree programs offered through 14 colleges and schools, presented by more than 2,100 faculty. The university has a strong commitment to scholarship, research and student achievement.
Since 1994, students have been awarded more than $16.7 million for national scholarships and fellowships. In 2012, faculty generated $238 million in funding for research, outreach and training programs. USC is one of only 63 public universities listed by the Carnegie Foundation in the highest tier of research institutions in the U.S.
USC's scenic and historic 444-acre campus is located in the center of downtown Columbia between the South Carolina State House, the Vista shopping and restaurant district, and the Five Points entertainment district.
Columbia itself is a diverse city located at the intersection of three major river systems. It is convenient to both the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the serenity of a barefoot stroll on the beach. The weather and people are equally warm, and something is always in bloom. Our region, known as the Midlands, has long been a destination for families seeking an attractive, affordable place to live, wanting an active, outdoor lifestyle, or desiring a pleasant and relaxed culture.
As the capital and home to more than six universities and colleges, Columbia has several energetic entertainment districts that overflow with locally-owned boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, spas and salons, and night spots. For those with an outdoor spirit, the rivers, gardens, zoo and hiking and biking trails provide endless fun. History abounds and is celebrated in our museums, historic homes, universities and colleges and revitalized downtown area.
Columbia knows no strangers and welcomes newcomers with open arms.