The Historic Horseshoe

For South Carolina:
A Path to Excellence

Since 1801, the University of South Carolina has shared the goals, triumphs and hardships of its state. South Carolina, one of the fastest-growing flagship universities in the nation, offers abundant opportunities for students to succeed, from cutting-edge research initiatives to highly personal student services, from top-ranked academic programs to top-ranked athletics teams.

As our world changes constantly — sometimes seemingly overnight — an agile university committed to properly serving its students, community and state well into the future must periodically reevaluate its priorities, opportunities and goals. It is in this light that a new strategic plan has been created to propel the University of South Carolina to future successes.

There are challenges ahead for higher education all over the country. But in its history, the University of South Carolina has perhaps never been so well-prepared to tackle the future and succeed: South Carolina has never been so highly regarded, highly accomplished or highly sought-after as a destination for those seeking a top-notch degree. To continue to be a leading public research university, South Carolina must constantly improve its technology, facilities and programs and identify areas of strength and opportunities to assess the current social, political and economic landscapes, deal with funding issues and find new resources. South Carolina is known for having an indomitable spirit; with proper foresight, planning and execution, that spirit will lead us through today’s — and tomorrow’s — challenges.





Strategic Priority

The Best Students

Student working with a small robot in the Assistive Robotics and Technology Lab

Attract, inspire, challenge and enable our students to become innovative thinkers and transformative leaders.

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World-Class Faculty and Staff

Professor smiling while addressing a class

Assemble and cultivate a world-class faculty and staff.

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Outstanding Research

Student and a professor having a discussion.

Create new pathways to research excellence in order to become Association of American Universities eligible.

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Increase Diversity

Student working on machinery in an engineering lab.

Cultivate a more diverse, equitable and inclusive campus culture where every individual, regardless of background, has the full opportunity to flourish and thrive.

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Integrated and Interoperative System

Two students and a professor examining composite materials in the McNair Aerospace Center

Harness the power, attributes and institutional diversity of an integrated and interoperative university system that enhances access, success and affordability for every eligible S.C. student.

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Community Partnerships

Student researcher helping a community member in the Montgomery Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic.

Spur innovation and economic development through impactful community partnerships.

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Excellent Infrastructure

Student working in the School of Journalism and Communications’ broadcast control room.

Provide a sustainable campus infrastructure — physical, virtual, fundraising and administrative — that supports academic excellence and preeminent student life.

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Win With Character

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Build teams that win with excellence and character.

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