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Member Profile: University of South Carolina

Each issue, we're going to profile one of our member institutions so you can get to know us better.

This month, we're headed south to introduce you to the Gamecocks of the University of South Carolina! (

USC at a Glance


Columbia, South Carolina


19 colleges and schools


Board of Trustees




23,000 (Columbia campus); 34,693 (all 8 campuses)


1,833 (full-time, all 8 campuses)


more than 198,000

  Degree Programs:

more than 350

  Degrees Awarded:

7,355 (all 8 campuses); 5,780 (Columbia)


$302.6 million (June 2001)

  Research Support:

approx. $12 million

  Athletic Nickname:


  School Colors:

Garnet and Black

  Alma Mater:

"We Hail Thee Carolina"

Chartered in 1801 as South Carolina College, the University of South Carolina remains on its original site in Columbia, the state capital, and is dedicated to its role as a publicly-assisted coeducational institution serving its students.

Today, the campus has grown from one building on the historic Horseshoe to 175 facilities on 330 acres. USC Columbia offers more than 350 undergraduate and graduate courses of study. Nearly 24,000 of USC's 36,000 students are on the Columbia campus, 36 percent of whom are enrolled in graduate and professional programs.

In addition to the main campus at Columbia, USC has two senior campuses-Aiken and Spartanburg-and five regional campuses-Beaufort, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union.

The entire USC system offers more than 360 degree programs-many of which are nationally and internationally ranked-from the arts, humanities, health and physical science, to law, business and engineering and other professional studies. Program offerings include:

  • baccalaureate degrees in 124 areas
  • five programs of study for associate degrees
  • master's degrees in 175 areas
  • doctoral degrees in 63 areas
  • first professional degrees in law, medicine, and pharmacy.

In addition to the course offerings on-site, USC also is committed to developing its distance education program offerings. Its mission is clear:

The mission of USC's Distance Education and Instructional Support (DEIS) is to support university faculty and administration in the development and delivery of instructional media and to support academic units by delivering courses and providing student services to distant learners who cannot come to campus.

Click here to learn more about USC's Distance Education and Instructional Support (DEIS) program and to find the one that's right for you.