University of South Carolina, Columbia

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The University of South Carolina (USC, U of SC, SC, or simply Carolina) is a public research university in Columbia, South Carolina. It has seven satellite campuses throughout the state and its main campus covers over 359 acres (145 ha) in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity". It also houses the largest collection of Robert Burns and Scottish literature materials outside Scotland, and the world's largest Ernest Hemingway collection.
Founded in 1801 as South Carolina College, Columbia is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System and offers more than 350 programs of study, leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from 14 degree-granting colleges and schools. The university has a total enrollment of approximately 52,000 students, with over 35,000 on the main Columbia campus as of fall 2019, making it the largest university in South Carolina. USC also has several thousand future students in feeder programs at surrounding technical colleges. Professional schools on the Columbia campus include business, engineering, law, medicine, pharmacy, and social work.

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  • I've had a number of friends who sent their kids to University of South Carolina so I decided to tour it with my oldest daughter. Came away very impressed. Beautiful campus and can only imagine how.....  more »
  • We took a casual stroll through the campus. Enjoyed seeing the horseshoe and finding the "Cocky" statue. Beautiful place to walk.  more »
  • Visited here with my brother in-law during a trip to Columbia, SC. Loved the nice campus & the overall atmosphere during a short drive, however, it is probably not that huge compared to lots of universities in the USA. Later we attended an award giving ceremony where my niece was also a recipient. It was decent, disciplined and well organized.
  • Open floor for more intimate venue experience. Bar staff was friendly and attentive as well.

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