Established in 1801, University of South Carolina is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Columbia (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), South Carolina. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Aiken, Allendale, Beaufort, Columbia, Lancaster, Sumter, Spartanburg, Union. Officially accredited/recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, University of South Carolina (USC) is a very large (enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of South Carolina (USC) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 215 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 50-60% making this US higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. USC also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.