The University of South Carolina
USC is at the heart of South Carolina’s post high school education system. It supports tens of thousands of students each year, and provides over 350 programs of study leading to bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees. It’s campus is integral in Columbia’s downtown. Learn more from USC’s website:
Award Winning Public Schools
The Midlands has a top notch public school system that features blue ribbon awarded schools. These schools have consistently high standardized testing scores, and feature excellent service learning programs. The South Carolina Department of Education website has some excellent tools to evaluate school performanace:
Other Higher Education
Columbia boasts the following higher education institutions:
Being centrally located, Columbia as grown to be a focal point of the culture of South Carolina. Here is a list of special points of interest in the Columbia area:
- SC State Museum – Features art, history, natural history and science/technology exhibits, especially as it relates to South Carolina.
- EdVenture Children Museum – A special museum, located on the Congaree River, focused on the education and development of children.
- Columbia Museum of Art
- Riverbanks Zoo and Garden – An award winning zoo, located on the Saluda river, Riverbanks offer over 3000 species of animals, and a separate Botanical Garden featuring over 4200 species of plant life.
- Five Points – A downtown hot spot, made popular by students of the University of South Carolina, this area offers robust shopping, dining, and an active nightlife scene.
- The Vista – Literally, it’s a vista leading down to one of Columbia’s major rivers, the Congaree. The area has been revitalized by the City of Columbia, and has an array of fine dining, professional offices, are exhibits, nightlife entertainment, and shopping.
Columbia welcomes our troops. With all the branches service represented here, we understand the needs of a military family. Fort Jackson is within 30 minutes of any part of Columbia, and we can help you find a home with easy access to it.