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Students and Culture A-
Facilities A
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University of South Carolina-Columbia is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 33,724 students and offering 278 degrees in Columbia, SC.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at University of South Carolina-Columbia.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
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Business
2,455 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
141
48
Accounting and Finance
12
Advertising
76
Business Administration and Management
365
170
12
Commerce
0
Business/managerial Economics
58
Business Statistics
20
Economics
64
7
0
Finance
363
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration
38
0
Insurance
65
International Business
121
111
Management Science
184
Marketing/marketing Management
380
Non-Profit/public/organizational Management
25
Real Estate
29
Retailing and Retail Operations
161
5
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Education and Liberal Arts
1,510 recent grads, 5 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics
0
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
15
0
Art Teacher Education
8
7
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
49
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services
41
8
Creative Writing
9
Curriculum and Instruction
11
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
95
1
0
Education
5
0
3
Educational Evaluation and Research
0
1
Educational/instructional Technology
6
Educational Leadership and Administration
40
6
23
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
1
Elementary Education and Teaching
81
21
1
English Language and Literature
115
14
5
Exercise Physiology
303
9
8
Foreign Languages and Literatures
5
French Language and Literature
15
0
General Studies
0
German Language and Literature
8
1
Higher Education/higher Education Administration
9
1
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching
28
Liberal Arts
4
132
Music Teacher Education
12
0
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
14
21
3
Public/applied History
7
Reading Teacher Education
41
6
Russian Language and Literature
11
Secondary Education and Teaching
29
3
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
1
Spanish Language and Literature
27
1
0
Special Education and Teaching
9
4
Speech-Language Pathology/pathologist
64
Sport and Fitness Administration/management
144
24
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Human and Social Sciences
1,377 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/black Studies
6
Anthropology
33
6
0
0
Archeology
0
Chinese Studies
1
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
4
Clinical Psychology
1
12
Comparative Literature
1
4
6
European Studies/civilization
2
Experimental Psychology
317
2
2
History
107
2
6
International Relations and Affairs
55
12
Latin American Studies
0
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
1
Library and Information Science
97
4
1
Linguistics
7
9
1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
0
Museology/museum Studies
2
Philosophy
19
4
0
Political Science
147
6
7
Public Administration
12
Religion/religious Studies
14
0
School Psychology
8
6
Social Sciences
8
Social Work
47
281
6
1
Sociology
62
2
4
Women's Studies
11
5
Youth Services/administration
26
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Healthcare
834 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Athletic Training/trainer
21
0
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/pathologist
1
Cardiovascular Technology/technologist
1
Gerontology
8
Health Communication
3
Health Information/medical Records Administration/administrator
7
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management
23
Medicine
85
Nurse Anesthetist
24
Nursing Administration
0
0
Nursing Science
10
5
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
1
4
Pharmacy
106
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration
0
Physical Therapy/therapist
14
Psychiatric/mental Health Nurse/nursing
0
Public Health
159
Public Health
32
5
8
Public Health/community Nurse/nursing
21
Public Health Education and Promotion
22
7
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
14
Registered Nurse
214
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions
16
6
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling
17
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Mathematics and Science
681 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
17
Biology
291
6
17
Biostatistics
3
2
Chemistry
40
5
21
Environmental Health
7
2
Epidemiology
8
13
Geography
15
5
7
Geology/earth Science
9
15
7
Geophysics and Seismology
2
Human/medical Genetics
8
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
54
6
1
Mathematics
58
6
5
Physical Sciences
10
Physics
12
3
3
Statistics
7
11
1
4
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Engineering
521 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
2
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
45
4
1
Biomedical Sciences
6
10
14
Chemical Engineering
39
5
12
Civil Engineering
58
4
9
Computer Engineering
29
16
11
Computer Software Engineering
1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
49
17
17
Engineering/industrial Management
0
Environmental Science
17
Environmental Studies
3
Mechanical Engineering
118
14
12
Nuclear Engineering
6
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Legal and Law
430 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Law Enforcement Administration
218
6
0
Criminology
4
Law
202
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Communication and Media
369 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Broadcast Journalism
45
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia
60
Journalism
25
20
Mass Communication
0
8
Public Relations/image Management
211
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Art and Design
290 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Conducting
4
5
Dance
11
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
12
12
Film/cinema/video Studies
5
Film/video and Photographic Arts
64
5
Fine Arts
60
8
Music
64
7
Music
1
Music Performance
12
16
4
Music Theory and Composition
0
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Hospitality
225 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Hospitality Management
184
10
2
Tourism and Travel Services Management
29
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Computer Technology
110 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer and Information Sciences
43
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance
1
Information Science/studies
1
Information Technology
65
Management Information Systems
0
Systems Engineering
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at University of South Carolina-Columbia.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Business Administration and Management
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Education
Educational/instructional Technology
Educational Leadership and Administration
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Specialized institution accreditations:
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (Counseling and Human Development Center - Byrnes Building)
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Law (LAW) - Professional schools American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation English Language (English Programs for Internationals)
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels Council on Education for Public Health Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health Liaison Committee on Medical Education Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A- Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 7 Reviews
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1976

internships with media companies, use of state-of-the-art technology, courses requiring use of technology

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Media Arts, Class of 2011

Classes that focused on real world problems and situations. Many various clubs and organizations on campus to further your education as well. Also, a very up to date website and online tools such as Blackboard.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Educational Specialist in Counselor Education, Class of 2004

information about professional organizations and networking opportunities with alumni and other professionals in the same field

Rated January 2016
Alumni
International Relations, Class of 1989

Job counselor, advanced technology, networking

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Spanish, Class of 2004

Many practicum experiences, study abroad options, and mentors

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 2007

Don't know. Career center I think

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 7 Reviews
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1976

When I attended, journalism students got to know each other well and learned and made mistakes together. Building relationships with faculty was encouraged, and J-School faculty were always available in their offices or in the classroom.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Media Arts, Class of 2011

Football is very big at my school. There are a lot of Fraternities and Sororities. Business majors and pre law and pre med students make up the majority of the population.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 2007

Greek culture pretty pervasive. Large student body. Football focused.

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 7 Reviews
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1976

Journalism has been merged into communications and library science and has just moved into a new facility and state-of-the-art labs.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Media Arts, Class of 2011

All the facilities at USC are top notch. From the Wellness Center, the student center, and the library, all are constantly being updated and kept up to date. Dorms are getting better and they are always building new ones, but there are still some older dorms on campus.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
International Relations, Class of 1989

Everything was satisfactory. Clean snd efficient

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Spanish, Class of 2004

All new since I left!

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Social Work, Class of 1999

spacious and good tech available

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 7 Reviews
Alumni
Journalism, Class of 1976

Publishing an in-house newspaper, printed and online, working at the college newspaper, sports enjoying the benefits of living in the state capital.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Media Arts, Class of 2011

Football and tailgating are the most popular activities. Greek life is very big.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Educational Specialist in Counselor Education, Class of 2004

There are a wide range of organizations, groups, and activities.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Spanish, Class of 2004

Greek life is big, but there's a club for everything.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 2007

Don't really know- wasn't very involved

Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
University of South Carolina-Columbia Business Program
UDC Contributor

Take your business education beyond borders. In the USC international business program travel is more than just an option. It’s essential! You can count on spending at least one semester studying abroad. But students who want to really immerse themselves into another culture have plenty of opportunities to do so. Depending on the program track you choose, you can spend anywhere from two semesters to two years studying in destinations like France, Egypt, Chile, and China. Read the blogs written by students abroad for awesome insight into their unique experiences. Some have salsa danced in Chile. Others have toured the United Nations Office in Switzerland. USC students and local students travel, live, and work together—and in the process learn from each other. That means you will also build interpersonal skills essential for conducting business in an interconnected world. You’ll enjoy taking courses on the USC campus, too, in the new Moore School of Business building. Your class schedule might include the typical microeconomics course along with international marketing, and maybe even Advanced Japanese. You’ll leave USC with language, multicultural, and business skills that will allow you to take your career anywhere.

Featured Alumni Review
Mackenzie
Bachelor's in Public Health, Class of 2015

U I could go on forever about my favorite parts of studying at USC, but I really have to give a lot of credit to the Office of Study Abroad. Studying abroad was a huge priority of mine that both my professors and my study abroad advisers helped me accomplish. I knew that I needed to find ways to finance my studies in Thailand. The Study Abroad Office not only provided me with all of the possible scholarships and grants I was eligible for, but also invested their time into helping prepare for my trip. I met with my advisers and professors weekly to edit and review my applications. Because of their support I was able to fully fund my study abroad trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand, which ultimately lead me to my career path in health policy. I was actually bit by a spider while I was there and had to go to the hospital. Within 30 minutes I saw an insect specialist who spoke English fluently and prescribed me two medications. The emergency room visit plus the prescriptions cost me a total of $50. I realized that if a developing country like Thailand has such a cost effective and inclusive healthcare system, then all countries should be able to do the same, including those that are underdeveloped and need it the most. Right now I am working on domestic policies that include healthcare, but in the future I plan to earn a Masters in Global Health Policy and Systems and work on financing health systems in developing countries.

Featured Alumni Review
Jared
Sport and Entertainment Management, Class of 2015

U I was involved in the Sport and Entertainment Management as well as the Physical Education program at USC. From the first day of class, nearly every professor I had in both programs made an effort to know our names, where we were from, and our career goals. Also, the professors bring the pedigree, experience, and a willingness to build personal relationships that makes it easy for students to use professors as networking contacts. I currently have a full time job but I still remain in contact with many of my professors from USC regarding open opportunities. Also, in the Sport and Entertainment Management Program students have multiple opportunities to get involved in working in all levels of the sport industry, such as the Masters, the Olympic Games, the World Cup and other various opportunities for internships.

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Rebecca
Exercise Science with Minors in Spanish and Chemistry, Class of 2015

U I was an Exercise Science major with a focus in Scientific Foundations, which includes many courses that pre-med and pre-physician assistant students need in order to apply to higher level education. Students have to participate in a practicum in order to graduate and have a lot of flexibility as to what they can choose. USC has many sites already established, or students can find their own location and create their own internship experience. Because of this practicum and the pre-established connection USC had with Moore Orthopedic I was able to shadow a Physician Assistant (PA) twice per week every week for an entire semester, totaling over 70 hours of shadowing experience. I observed numerous surgeries like ACL reconstruction and total hip, shoulder and knee replacements. I was also able to create a long-term relationship with a PA. I do believe this experience supplemented my Physician Assistant program application and made it stand out in a positive way. I was accepted into five Physician Assistant schools and will be attending in the fall; I have USC and this experience to thank for that.

Questions and Answers about University of South Carolina-Columbia

Do you have questions about furthering your education with University of South Carolina-Columbia? People are listening and are ready to help. Plus, we're pretty sure others have the same question you do!

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Who are the notable alumni?
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Do you know the origins of the band name Hootie & The Blowfish? The band members merged together the nicknames of two of their USC friends and the name stuck. Now you know! Darius Rucker, Hootie & The Blowfish front man turned country music star, is an alumnus of USC. So are the rest of the band members. Alumni are also professional athletes who play baseball, basketball, soccer, and football. Just a few graduates who were drafted into the NFL include Washington Redskins Cornerback Chris Culliver, Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback Sheldon Dion Brown, and San Diego Chargers Linebacker Melvin Ingram. Some have risen to top government positions. Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Joe Wilson both graduated from the USC School of Law. Other graduates landed careers in the industry of flight. This includes Former CEO of United Airlines Glenn Tilton, Former CEO of Continental Airlines Larry Kellner, and David A. King, Director of Shuttle Processing for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John F. Kennedy Space Center. Clearly students leave USC with many talents.

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What is the campus setting like?
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USC gushes with Southern charm and hospitality. Step onto the brick walkway and you’ll find yourself on the historic Horseshoe. That’s the stretch of campus that houses the original USC buildings. Trees create a shady canopy over the lushly landscaped campus as well as Gibbes Green, a peaceful hangout spot complete with Wi-Fi access. Fresh air and high-speed Internet make the perfect pair. When the weather is warm you can take a dip in the pool outside of “The Strom,” officially known as the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. Or if you’re looking for social and leadership activities stop by Russell House University Union. Here students can sign up for local weekly service trips or catch a game of laser tag. Russell House is the place to grab a fresh batch of chicken fingers every Wednesday. Why? It’s tradition! On Tuesdays students can stroll through the farmer’s market on Greene Street and stock up on sustainable products and produce. In fact, if sustainability is your style, consider living in Green Quad. It’s where 500 students learn and live green values while enjoying apartment-style housing and weekly yoga. Do you thrive on living an active and fast-paced lifestyle or prefer to keep it calm and mindful? Either way you can create your ideal college experience at USC.

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What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
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You can enroll in online programs through Palmetto College. Palmetto is part of the USC system. They offer online bachelor’s degree completion programs in health promotion, nursing, organizational leadership, business administration, criminal justice, liberal studies, human services, and elementary education. You can also explore their online graduate program options. U.S. World & News Report ranked the graduate nursing program number one in the nation in 2016. For online graduate degrees, the school offers public health, teaching, health information technology, educational administration, and curriculum and instruction. Further, career changers and developing professionals alike can benefit from the university’s continuing education programs. For example, you could earn a grant writing certificate on-campus or a paralegal certificate online. Plus, you always have the option to take an individual online course to learn new information and skills just-because.

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What are the athletic highlights?
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The USC Gamecocks are “something to crow about.” For one, USC breeds national championship-winning equestrians. The equestrian team took the Southeastern Conference championships in 2013 and 2014 and landed their third national championship in 2015. The Gamecocks have collectively scored numerous conference championships in soccer, baseball, track and field, basketball, and golf. They’re also a team with a dream: to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity. USC partners with elementary schools to run the Active Gamecocks program, where kids who make time for regular physical activity can win free tickets to upcoming Gamecock events. These student-athletes also complete service activities throughout the year. They take time out of their busy training schedules to visit hospitalized veterans and read to children. A team that does good deeds together succeeds together, right?

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What are the school's academic highlights?
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It all starts with the Carolina Core. Every student, regardless of major, is required to take 10 core courses as an undergraduate. These courses will help you to build a strong foundation of communication, problem solving, analytical reasoning, and multicultural skills. You can put your skills to work by getting involved in a research project. USC is the only university in South Carolina to have been designated as one with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. Students can apply to be a Magellan Scholar and receive up to $3,000 in funding to research a topic of interest. Magellan Scholars have studied a little bit of everything: math anxiety, maternal mortality, sexual assault, ADHD diagnoses, and underwater cave mapping. Also, you can access additional Magellan research funds if you are a student in the Honors College. Like the online graduate nursing program, USC’s Honors College has been ranked number one in the nation. A This accomplishment appeared in the 2012 publication of A Review of Fifty Public Honors Programs. Honors College students have access to honors-designated dorms, scholarships, advisers, and courses. Where else could you take Football Writing or Knitting and Philosophy? All in all USC offers a solid education coupled with specialized support and a vibrant student life.

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