COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
Made for each other — that's USC and the Columbia metropolitan area. Home to the state capital and a diverse population of nearly 700,000, Columbia offers the perfect balance of student-friendly, homegrown, college-town feel and big city attractions and opportunities.
Site of South Carolina's Flagship University
USC's location in Columbia gives South Carolina's flagship university access to world-class artistic, cultural and entertainment events, as well as extensive internship sites in business, health care, manufacturing and government. With the South Carolina State House located just blocks from campus, you can easily participate in learning about the legislative process.
Future Career Preparation
USC connects you to the Columbia metro area, where you'll find NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates; The State newspaper; hospitals, pharmaceutical and insurance companies; non-profits, web development firms, law offices, advertising agencies and international corporations such as Citibank, Honeywell, International Paper, Trane, Michelin, Pirelli Cables and Bose; among others who welcome you to gain hands-on professional experience and prepare for future careers.
Great Places to Gather
Within walking distance of campus, you can sample great restaurants like Groucho's or Yesterday's, all kinds of nightlife and fun boutiques and shops in the Five Points area. Cool Beans, a locally-owned coffee spot across from the Horseshoe, often serves as a late-night study hangout. And when you want a taste of the good life, try the high-end galleries and eateries throughout the Congaree Vista.
Sample our theatres, movie houses, neighborhood festivals, farmers markets, open-air concerts, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens, public sculpture areas, art galleries and museums. Then try outdoor adventures like kayaking, fishing or canoeing on Columbia's three rivers and walking, running, biking or hiking in our parks and greenways. Columbia offers all the adventure you can imagine!
Close to Everything
From our central location in South Carolina, day trips around the state are easy. It's just 30 minutes to Lake Murray, a 50,000-acre recreational area with boating, swimming and water-skiing. You can get to the Appalachian Mountains, historic Charleston or the Grand Strand beaches along the Atlantic Ocean in just over two hours.
From Congaree National Park with its champion old-growth hardwood trees to Three Rivers Greenway, Columbia offers extensive outdoor recreational opportunities.
The USC campus sits in the heart of downtown Columbia, close to government offices, hospitals, retail centers, corporate headquarters and a wide range of local businesses....learn more
Investigate possible internship opportunities and future professional directions at the USC Career Center....learn more
Check out our campus and exciting sites around Columbia with an in-person visit to USC....learn more