August in Columbia means thousands of students will pour into the area, filling the community with a thriving college scene that puts a smile on the faces of residents and visitors. The students are part of the reason Columbia is such a progressive area. The impact of these colleges and universities ripples throughout the community, changing the way Columbia looks and what Columbia is. Great Columbia Giveaway clue: 3 of the region's institutions of higher learning are historically black.
More than half a billion dollars in infrastructure investment is on the books and ready to transform a river corridor, significant sites and community gateways into a destination you'll want to visit and won't want to miss. Plans for a multi-million dollar project planned by the University of South Carolina (USC), to include a new baseball stadium along the Congaree River, 47 acres of greenspace and a center for research that will rival any on the East Coast, caused one University trustee to say that it "will turn this mid-size city into a world-class destination."
Pictured above: University of South Carolina's Historic Horseshoe, Allen University's Historic Arnett Hall)
Founded in 1870 by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Allen University is the first institution of higher education in South Carolina founded by African Americans for the express purpose...More
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Columbia International University educates people from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. Accredited undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs focus on academic...More
The first thing you'll notice when you visit Limestone College is that we are grounded in history. Founded in 1845, our campus is a unique combination of history and progress, with about half of our...More
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A comprehensive institution offering associate and bachelor's degrees in Business and Health Professions.
Chartered in 1801 as South Carolina College, the University has grown from one building on the historic Horseshoe to over 155 facilities on more than 358 acres. USC Columbia offers more than 350...More
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