University of South Carolina

Location Columbia
Established 1801
Famous For Health Sciences


The University of South Carolina is a renowned public research university located in Columbia, South Carolina. USC is the largest university in the state by enrollment and is the flagship of the University of South Carolina System. The university was founded in 1801 as South Carolina College, and its main campus is spread over 359 acres of land situated in downtown Columbia. Interestingly, the university houses the largest collection of Robert Burns and various Scottish literature outside of Scotland and also has the world's largest Ernest Hemingway collection. 

The university offers more than 350 programs leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees through its 14 colleges and schools. The disciplines taught at the university include business, law, pharmacy, medicine, social work, engineering, computing, hospitality, retail and sport management, and music, among others.

Services for International Students

The university offers various special programs and opportunities for learning and growing. Students can work with the Career Center at the university to start their career planning before graduation and have a one-on-one conversation regarding their goals and also find internship opportunities in their chosen fields. To fully enjoy their university experience, they can also join any of the clubs and organizations to explore more interests while studying.


  • 115th in the National Universities by the US News National Universities Rankings 
  • 54th in the Best Undergraduate Teaching category in the US News National Universities Rankings 
  • 361st in the Top Performers on Social Mobility category in the US News National Universities Rankings 
  • 53rd in the Top Public Schools category in the US News National Universities Rankings 
  • 501-600th in the world and 275th in the US by Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2023 and 2022, respectively 
  • 701-750th in the world and 111-120th in the US by QS World University Rankings of 2023


The housing at USC is available through traditional-style residence halls, suite-style residence halls, new pod-style residence halls, apartment-style residence halls, new-suite, and affiliated apartment-style residence halls. All the types have different occupancy settings, which can be chosen by students according to their needs. 

About Location

As Columbia is the capital of South Carolina, it offers a diverse range of opportunities for growth to the students. The city has a strong arts and cultural scene with various galleries and museums, music venues and other performances and exhibits happening throughout the city. Students can also enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and kayaking during their free time.

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