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University Of South Carolina History

The University of South Carolina has about 27,000 students, is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System and offers more than 350 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from fifteen degree-granting colleges and schools.

The University was founded as South Carolina College in 1801. The university was established as an effort to promote harmony between the Lowcountry and the Backcountry.

USC admitted less than 59% of those who applied to be Freshmen in 2007.

USC is home to the prestigious South Carolina Honors College, which is designed to offer academically gifted undergraduates the advantages of an Ivy League quality small college in the setting of a large metropolitan university.

The USC Honors College offers housing for freshmen in Maxcy College. There are over 120 courses offered exclusively to Honors College students.

Students come from all of South Carolina counties. Students also come from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries.

The University of South Carolina campus is currently home to twenty-five residence halls.
University Housing currently provides over 6,200 on-campus housing units on campus.

Students can have a voice in the University’s administration and have an impact on the quality of student life by election to and service in Student Government. Student Government is an entirely student-run system with a Constitutional Council and Elections Commission. Students may participate in any of the 300 student organizations.

The Daily Gamecock is a student newspaper that is published Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. It is published nine times during the summer. More than 30,000 people read the newspaper.

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