University of South Carolina Lancaster
|Dean||Walter P. Collins III|
|Students||2,087 (Fall 2018)|
|Campus||Urban, 150 acres (61 ha)|
The University of South Carolina Lancaster (often referred to as USCL or USC Lancaster) is a public university located in Lancaster. It is one of the four regional USC campuses. USCL is currently a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-accredited school offering two-year and four-year programs in the USC System. As of 2012 more than 1,800 students attended the University at its campus in the Piedmont region of South Carolina.
The University of South Carolina conducted a program in the 1950s to expand its reach across the state of South Carolina. Five extension campuses were established and one branch was set up in Lancaster because it was the center of a six-county region (Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Lancaster, Kershaw, and York) in the Piedmont.
The University began holding classes in an old house in downtown Lancaster, but growth soon forced it to find a larger facility. With the support of the local community, the University moved to a tract of land on the northern limits of Lancaster. Seven buildings serve as the campus for the University.
USC Lancaster offers five associate degrees (Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, AS in Business, Associate in Nursing, AS in Criminal Justice) as well as three baccalaureate degrees (Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing).
The University of South Carolina Lancaster sponsors four teams, known as the Lancers, to compete in Region X of the NJCAA. The Lancers field a women's soccer team, its inaugural season in 2007, and men's golf team that competed for the first time in 2006. 2008 was the inaugural season for the baseball team.