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Columbia, South Carolina

The University of South Carolina is located in Columbia, the state's capitol city and cultural hub. It has been in this location for over two hundred years, with the old section of campus (the "Horseshoe") being widely recognized for its lasting beauty. Greater Columbia has over 583,000 people, over 600 restaurants, 8 major hospitals, and 5 large shopping malls. The city of Columbia is located 2 1/2 hours by car from the Grand Strand at Myrtle Beach, 2 hours from historic Charleston, and 2 hours from the scenic Smoky Mountains. Average annual snowfall is less than 2-inches and rarely lasts a day. Recreational opportunities include boating, fishing, and skiing on Lake Murray (located only 20 minutes from campus), music and arts festivals, and a nationally recognized zoo.

The economic climate is vibrant and the cost of living much less than is usually associated with urban areas. The University community is ethnically diverse, as demonstrated by its national ranking of tenth in the number of master's degrees awarded to African Americans. We believe you will find Columbia a fine place in which to live and study.

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