The president of the University of South Carolina serves as the top officer of the university system as well as the Columbia campus.
UofSC is a globally recognized, high-impact research university committed to a superior student experience and dedicated to innovation in learning, research, and community engagement. With eight campuses across 20 locations, including a Carnegie One research institution, three top-ranked regional comprehensive universities, four two-year Palmetto College campuses, and Palmetto College Online, the University of South Carolina System offers more than 450 degree programs and enrolls more than 51,000 students, serving a diverse population of students with widely varying backgrounds and career goals. As the state’s flagship system and leading educator, UofSC confers approximately 65% of all bachelor’s and graduate degrees awarded at public colleges and universities in South Carolina, and is uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health, and research needs. The University has 300,000 living alumni around the world.
Founded in 1801, the research university in Columbia is among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities and the largest campus in the UofSC System, enrolling nearly 27,000 undergraduate students and approximately 8,000 students in graduate and professional programs. At the heart of its mission lies the University’s responsibility to the state and nation to promote the creation and dissemination of knowledge, cultural enrichment, and an enhanced quality of life.
Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a top research and service institution, UofSC’s Columbia campus is one of only 32 public universities to receive both the top-tier research and community engagement designations. The flagship campus has profound relevance, reach, and impact on the people of South Carolina as home to the nation’s top public honors college; #1 rankings in international business and sports sciences; 100 health science degree programs; the largest teacher education program in the state; distinguished programs in aerospace research, engineering, data and computer science; a nationally recognized incubator and start-up culture; and, more than $250 million in funded research. With 47 nationally ranked academic programs and 320 degree options, the Columbia campus leads the way in providing 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, community outreach, and artistic creation.
UofSC’s campuses have been recognized for their commitment to diversity, including being a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity’s HEED award for seven consecutive years and ranking among the top three-percent of all universities for graduating African-American students. UofSC is also known as military friendly, with programs serving ROTC and active duty students, veterans, and a Palmetto College location at Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army’s largest basic training installation.
UofSC is committed to cultivating successful leaders, new generations of bold thinkers, and committed problem solvers through both on-campus and online degree programs. The University is driven to build healthier, more educated communities, inspiring a better way of life for the State of South Carolina and beyond. The Education Trust named UofSC as one of the nation’s top institutions in closing the achievement gap and the Brookings Institute ranked UofSC as one of the best universities for providing upward mobility for its students.