University of South Carolina – Columbia
Columbia, SC 29208
(800) 868-5872
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

The University of South Carolina is a public four-year research institution in Columbia, S.C. Additional campuses are also in Aiken, Bluffton, Lancaster, Allendale, Sumter, Union, and Spartanburg, S.C. The main campus was originally founded in 1801 as South Carolina College and became known by its current name in 1865. Today the school serves more than 30,000 students. The U.S. News & World Report ranked the university 55th on their list of the top public schools.

Programs Offered

Students enrolled at the University of South Carolina can choose from a number of bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs to suit their educational background and career goals. Available areas of study include anthropology, art, business, chemistry, criminal justice, earth and ocean sciences, English, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, religious studies, engineering, education, hospitality management, music, and medicine. Distance learning opportunities are also available for working adults and students seeking more flexibility. Online courses are offered in biology, criminal justice, education, English, history, nursing, psychology, social work, and women and gender studies.


The University of South Carolina has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1917. Programs in pharmacy, law, physical therapy, psychology, speech-language pathology, health services administration, nursing, English language, nurse anesthesia, public health, medicine, art and design, music, theatre, and teacher education have also earned specialized accreditation.


Prospective University of South Carolina students are encouraged to submit their application online. In addition to this form, students will need to request that their official high school transcripts and admissions test scores be sent to the school’s admissions office. A $50 application fee is required for undergraduate students. Students who have completed any other college courses prior to applying to the University of South Carolina will need to send these transcripts as well. For more information about admissions for transfer or graduate students, please visit the school’s website or contact an admissions advisor.

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