South Carolina: Leading in 2021
Posted on: January 8, 2021; Updated on: January 8, 2021
As we turn our attention to the possibilities ahead of us, the University of South
Carolina has never been more resolved to transform the lives of the people of South
Carolina, the nation and the world. So we must not be complacent. This is a year to
be bold, and we are driven by a relentless energy to be the nation’s preeminent flagship
Keeping Education Affordable
Ensuring access to a quality degree is our priority at Carolina, so we froze tuition
this year and have already committed to a tuition freeze for the 2021-22 academic
year. The University of South Carolina is — and will remain — the most affordable
public research university in the state. We applaud the willingness of the governor
and the General Assembly to reinvest in higher education, and we look forward to strengthening
our mutual commitment to access and affordability this year.
Prioritizing Health Care
We are working with the governor and legislators to expand the work of the university’s
world-class Arnold School of Public Health, our nationally acclaimed medical schools
and our partnership with DHEC. And we’re collaborating with the state and other public
and private partners on a new health village on Bull Street that will be a center
of health sciences excellence for the entire state. This comprehensive campus will
foster health innovations and serve as home base for expanded critical health programs
in rural areas and throughout South Carolina.
Partnering with HBCUs
We recognize the important roles that historically black colleges and universities
play in our state, so we are partnering with them. By working with the state’s HBCUs,
we will provide accessible, affordable options for students who begin at those schools
to get advanced degrees at the University of South Carolina in areas such as engineering,
journalism and health care.
Representing All South Carolinians
It’s imperative that a state’s flagship university reflects and serves its population.
By increasing accessibility and resources for all students, we can ensure that each
individual, regardless of background, has every opportunity to thrive. And our reach
is already improving: More than half of our incoming students are from South Carolina,
nearly 18 percent of the new freshman class are first-generation college students,
African American freshman enrollment grew by 28 percent last year, and underrepresented
minorities make up 25 percent of new students.
The university has a $5.5 billion impact on South Carolina and is one of the largest
economic drivers in our state. We fuel innovation by aligning research with business,
help to create a thriving marketplace and educate and train tomorrow’s workforce.
All of these actions and more help to improve the fortunes of South Carolinians. It
might be a new year, but our commitment remains the same at the University of South
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