The university’s mission is to educate the state’s diverse population through teaching, research, activity and service. The university is expanding west in support of its research initiatives in nanotechnology, health sciences, future fuels, the environment and information technologies. Founded in 1801, then-South Carolina College flourished pre-Civil War, overcame postwar struggles, was rechartered in 1906 as a university, and transformed itself as a national institution in the 20th and 21st centuries. Take a quick look at the University of South Carolina and youll find some pretty impressive numbers. Weve earned the Carnegie Foundations top-tier designation in research activity and community engagement. According to national publications like Kiplingers Inc. and U.S. News and World Report, our programs really stack up against the best in the nation and around the world.