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University History

  • Areal view of McKissick Museum surrounded by the historic trees of the horseshoe and Capstone House and buildings in the background.

Architecture and Green Spaces

The university is more than a campus or the individual classrooms that comprise it. The spaces and structures color your college and alumni experience in unforgettable ways.

A Campus of Distinction

From modern buildings with energy efficient sustainability features to centuries-old gardens that embody living history, the University of South Carolina campus is a place to be explored time and again.


Get the Backstory

To explore the history of our flagship campus to greater depths, delve into “On the Horseshoe: A Guide to the Historic Campus of the University of South Carolina” or try Neoclassical to Midcentury Modern, (Episode 16) of the university's Remembering the Days podcast.

What all architects are really trying to achieve is a building that people will love for many, many decades. And it's this quality of timelessness that’s difficult to achieve.

Derek Gruner, University Architect and  Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction

University History

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