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USC Sumter is located in the heart of the state, about 45 miles east of the capital of Columbia, South Carolina. USC Sumter became a University campus in 1973 and today has an enrollment of about 1,000 per academic year. USC Sumter confers two-year associate's degrees and offers baccalaureate degree programs in business through USC Aiken and education through USC Upstate. Palmetto College offers fourteen bachelors degrees that can be completed on the USC Sumter campus. 


What Makes Us Great

We offer students affordable tuition, as well as campus clubs and athletic opportunities, making USC Sumter a memorable college experience. Our faculty provides a solid academic foundation for all students, who prove their success at the next level every year.

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#2 Community College in SC

USC Sumter Ranked #2 Community College in South Carolina by Niche

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Military Friendly Designation

USC Sumter is committed to creating sustainable and meaningful benefits for the military community.

Military Spouse Friendly Designation

Military Spouse Friendly Designation

USC Sumter is commited to helping be a part of military families.

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Marks of Distinction

We are proud to announce that we have earned #MarksOfDistinction from @LeadOnClimate for our hard work and leadership on #climateaction as part of the Climate Leadership Network!

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Reader's Choice / Best of Sumter

USC Sumter has been named "Best College" by readers of the Item for 17 of the past 18 years.


Every Student is an Individual

Campus life is important and we look forward to helping you explore the possibilities at USC Sumter. You’re an individual, and our faculty recognizes that. We’re here to help you reach your full potential and open up a world of possibilities.

Our students move forward, whether that means continuing on to a four-year school, finding meaningful work in a field they love, or just knowing their next step. Every student at USC Sumter is an individual and our goal is to help you succeed.



The University of South Carolina is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. 

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of South Carolina. The accreditation report of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is available to the public in the Office of the Provost and the Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance and is on reserve at the Thomas Cooper Library.