Founded in 1801, we enjoy a rich history of more than 200 years of academic leadership, and we're building on that tradition. South Carolina is one of a select group of universities to earn the Carnegie top-tier designation in both research activity and community engagement. According to national publications like Kiplinger’s Inc., Forbes and U.S. News and World Report, our programs stack up against the best in the nation and around the world.
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Get to know our campus by seeing the major sights along our suggested walking route. To see additional areas of campus, we recommend hopping in your car and taking our driving tour. Estimated time to complete this tour: 60 minutes.
Looking to see parts of our campus that are located a little bit farther from the center? Or maybe you want to explore Columbia? Our driving tour will take you around the edge of campus and into the city of Columbia. Estimated time to complete this tour: 60 minutes. *For your personal safety, please refrain from cell phone usage while driving.
Each one of our residence halls has its own personality, community and unique opportunities for students. Check out this tour to learn about which residence hall might be the right fit for you. While some lobbies are open to the public, individual rooms are not available to be viewed by the public. Please use the videos provided at each stop to get a better idea of the what an individual room could look like.
A visit to the University of South Carolina isn't complete without a glimpse of the historic Horseshoe. The U-shaped original campus — once called South Carolina College — has seen more than two centuries of history unfold, earning it a position on the National Register of Historic Places. It's also the place where the university took the necessary step of acknowledging that the picturesque grounds and the daily life inside its walls relied upon enslaved workers.