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University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina, 29208 803-777-0169
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Located in downtown Columbia, the University of South Carolina was founded in 1801 and has 7 satellite campuses throughout the state. Touted as a modern research university, the college offers over 350 programs of study from 14 degree-granting schools to its 33,575 undergraduate and graduate students. Popular modes of study include business, engineering, law, medicine, and social work but the university also offers courses in humanities and the arts. Many of the buildings on campus are noted in the National Register of Historic Places and, with landmarks like the McCutchen House and the stately South Caroliniana Library gracing its lawns, the Horseshoe is the most recognized part of campus. Visitors can schedule a campus tour or enjoy theater performances, sports, concerts, and art exhibits. 


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 Visitors Center is open 8:30am-5pm, Monday-Friday; 11am-3pm, Saturday.


  • Children's programs
  • Lectures & symposia
  • Concerts & shows


  • Visitor Center
  • Campus tours
  • Museum & gallery
  • Live theater & music
  • Sporting events
  • Restaurants


  • What dining options are at the University of South Carolina?

    The campus is home to more than 20 different dining choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try restaurants like Einstein Bros. Bagels, Fresh Burger, Global Cafe, Horseshoe Deli, and the Cafe la Verde or visit the website for a complete list of restaurants.
  • how do I schedule a tour for University of South Carolina?

    Student-guided walking tours are offered on weekdays. Most tours last around 90 minutes and visitors should plan to book a tour at least two weeks in advance. Visit the website or call (800) 922-9755 to reserve a tour date. 

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