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USC System Mission Statement

Approved by the Board of Trustees - October 11, 2019

Approved by SC Commission on Higher Education – December 5, 2019

Next Board of Trustees Scheduled Review - October 2023

The primary mission of the University of South Carolina System is the education of the state's diverse citizens
through teaching, research, creative activity, and community engagement. This public university system
serves students from its flagship Columbia campus, three comprehensive universities (Aiken, Beaufort, 
and Upstate), and four regional Palmetto College campuses (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union).

The University of South Carolina System offers degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, 
and doctoral levels. Through classroom and laboratory instruction delivered in a variety of face-to-face 
and distance learning formats and modalities, degree programs are offered in the following areas: 
arts and sciences; business; education; engineering and computing; hospitality, retail, and sport management; 
information and communications; law; medicine; music; nursing; pharmacy; public health; and social

With a flagship campus recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a top research and community engaged 
institution and nationally ranked in start-up businesses, and an eight-campus system that confers 
nearly 40% of all bachelor’s and graduate degrees awarded at public institutions in South Carolina, 
the university has a profound relevance, reach, and impact on the people of the state. The University 
of South Carolina System provides all students with the highest-quality education, including the
knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success and responsible citizenship in a complex and 
changing world through engagement in nationally and internationally ranked research, scholarship,
service, and artistic creation.

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