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South Carolina, University of

coeducational U.S. state university system based in South Carolina's capital city of Columbia. In addition to the main campus at Columbia, there are four-year branch campuses at Aiken and Spartanburg and two-year regional campuses at Union, Sumter, Beaufort, Lancaster, and Allendale, the latter of which is known as the Salkehatchie campus. The comprehensive state university system offers more than 350 degree programs, including about 10 associate degrees, 120 bachelor's, 180 master's, 60 Ph.D.'s, and professional degrees in law, medicine, and pharmacy. University scholars conduct research in such areas as marine biology, fracture mechanics, industrial policy, artificial intelligence, pharmacoeconomics, earth sciences, archaeology and anthropology, suicide, and families. Library holdings at the main campus exceed 2.6 million volumes. There are approximately 36,800 students in enrollment throughout the eight campuses of the university.

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