Columbia's colleges and universities offer a wide variety of majors and degree programs, preparing students to enter the workforce.
The University of South Carolina's main campus is located in Columbia, where students can choose from more than 324 degree programs. The four-year school's Columbia campus enrolls about 31,200 students and employs more than 1,600 full-time faculty members, making it one of the city's top employers. In addition to its academic programs, the university is known for its athletic teams, which are nicknamed the Gamecocks.
Midlands Technical College, a two-year school, conveniently offers campuses throughout Lexington County. The school's Columbia campus covers 31 acres and includes 12 buildings, while the West Columbia campus spans 65 acres and has 15 buildings. MTC offers approximately 100 degree, diploma and certificate programs, and also provides specific training for more than 100 local businesses and industries.
Located in the Carolina Research Park, South University's Columbia campus provides associate, bachelor's and master's programs in professional nursing, business, health care, graphic design and legal studies, with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program also available.
Primarily a women's school focusing on female leadership, Columbia College also provides coeducational evening and graduate programs. The school's Women's College offers more than 30 majors and programs of study, and more than half of the students pursue advanced degrees after graduation. In additional, Columbia College's evening program includes 12 majors, and the graduate program offers a Master of Education in Higher Education, a Master of Education in Divergent Learning and a Master of Arts in Organizational Change and Leadership.
Benedict College is a historically African-American school located on a 90-acre campus in an urban setting. The private college offers majors and degree programs in six schools, including the School of Business and Economics; School of Education; School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; School of Honors; and School of Continuing Education. Also historically African American, Allen University is a Christian school with eight majors in 21 concentrations.
Preparing students for Christian ministry, Columbia International University offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs. Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary also provides education from a Christian perspective and offers a three-year Master of Divinity program, as well as a two-year Master of Arts in Religion program and a one-year Master of Sacred Theology program.