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University of South Carolina-Columbia (USC), University of South Carolina at Columbia

Address: Columbia, SC 29208, United States

Description University of South Carolina-Columbia (USC), University of South Carolina at Columbia

  • Established: 1801
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
  • Students age: 17+
  • Number of students: 34700
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of training : mixed .

The University of South Carolina-Columbia is a public university ranked among the best universities in the United States and 5% of the best universities in the world. The state's leading university was founded 210 years ago and today USC offers over 350 graduate and postgraduate programs. Faculties:

  • College of Science and Arts
  • School of Business
  • College of Education
  • Law school
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Music
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Master's and Doctoral Studies
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • School of Public Health
  • College of Social Work
  • Honors College
  • College of Hospitality, Retail and Sports Management
  • College of Information Technology and Communications.

Facts and figures

  • 9 master's courses entered the TOP-25 programs in the USA
  • Best International MBA Program in USA
  • Best PhD Program in Kinesiology in the USA
  • The university is one of the universities with the status of "the highest level of scientific activity"
  • 100 programs in medicine and health care.


  • ARWU global-2020 = 301-400 place in the world
  • QS = 571-580 place in the world
  • THE = 401-500 place in the world
  • Forbes = 201st in the United States.

Famous graduates

  • Andrew Card - politician
  • Rita Cosby - News Anchor, Three Emmy Awards Winner
  • Lindsay Graham - Senator from South Carolina
  • Richard Riley - ex-governor of South Carolina
  • Stephen Benjamin - Mayor of the City of Columbia
  • Larry Kelner - former CEO of Continental Airlines
  • John Floyd is the ex-governor of Virginia.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in University of South Carolina-Columbia (USC), University of South Carolina at Columbia

Program name


  • Language of instruction: English
  • Duration: 4-5 years
  • Age: 17+.

Undergraduate students study an extensive list of subjects in the first 2 years of study and only choose a specialization in the 3rd year. Training plans for many specialties include internships abroad and work in partner companies. Popular programs:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Anthropology
  • Art history
  • Biochemistry
  • Economy
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Geography
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Marketing.

Master's degree

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Age : 21+.

The postgraduate department offers over 200 graduate programs. There are dual majors programs - for example, you can get a master's degree in accounting and a doctor of law.

Popular destinations:

  • Right
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Music
  • Sociology
  • Tourism
  • Theatre
  • Physics
  • Nursing.

Accommodation, housing and food

Students can stay in one of the residences on campus, choose apartments or hotels nearby. The university has 24 residences with cozy comfortable rooms. Cost in student dormitories:



Price per semester

Price per year

650 Lincoln


5050 $

10100 $

820 Henderson


3965 $

$ 7390

Bates house


2930 $

5800 $

Bates west


$ 3695

$ 7390



3434 $

6868 $

Columbia Hall


4965 $

9912 $



4530 $

9060 $

East Quad - 2 Bedroom Suite


$ 4710

$ 9420

Green Quad


5646 $

$ 11292

Popular hotels:

  • Graduate Columbia
  • Hyatt place
  • Staybridge Suites
  • True by Hilton Columbia Greystone.

Events University of South Carolina-Columbia (USC), University of South Carolina at Columbia

Students participate in 540 student organizations. TOP best clubs and communities according to students:

  • American Marketing Association - An organization that helps students find internships and employment in marketing. A great chance to form valuable professional contacts as a student!
  • Campus Outreach - club members take part in conferences, master classes and trainings
  • Active Minds - the club's areas of interest include mental health, education, volunteering. Participants help organize numerous events throughout the year
  • Men's and Women's Ultimate Frisbee - students of all skill levels can practice Frisbee for fun or take part in university and national competitions
  • Collegiate Curls - The club supports students from other countries.

Student events are regularly held on the campus:

  • Talent show
  • Beauty contests
  • Festivals
  • Dance competition
  • Festival of colors.

Equipment University of South Carolina-Columbia (USC), University of South Carolina at Columbia

The largest university in the state of South Carolina covers 145 hectares in the central area of Columbia near the US government building. Academic Town is an architectural and park complex with a large number of green spaces and beautiful architectural buildings. The university library boasts the largest collection of Robert Burns' writings outside of Scotland and the largest collection of works by Ernest Hemingway. There are several historic buildings on campus, harmoniously complemented by examples of modern architecture. The Horseshoe is a historic building that reflects the style of the nation-building era. The South Caroliniana Library is at the head of the university's library system. Over the 20th century, the campus has grown greatly, and today it includes:

  • 24 student residences
  • Numerous academic buildings
  • Theatre
  • Art Gallery
  • Sports arena
  • Stadium
  • Fitness center
  • Olympic Village
  • Health centers
  • Research centers.

The location of the university is more than beneficial for students - within walking distance are shops, inexpensive cafes and restaurants, cinemas and a zoo.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The University recommends budgeting the following items of expenditure:

  • Accommodation and meals = about $ 10 388
  • Study materials = $ 1065
  • Other expenses = 1000 $ -4000 $ .

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

  • Secondary or higher education document
  • Grade transcript
  • GPA score calculated by special organizations
  • Language certificate TOEFL iBT 77, IELTS 6.5, PTE 53 (bachelor's degree)
  • Language certificate TOEFL iBT 80, IELTS 6.5, PTE 53 (master's degree)
  • Certificate of financial solvency.

Scholarships University of South Carolina-Columbia (USC), University of South Carolina at Columbia

International students can apply for financial support from a university or foundations, but the number of programs for visiting students is limited. For example, you can get an Academic Scholar - Merit Award in the amount of $ 500 + a discount on tuition.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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