University of South Carolina Sumter
|University of South Carolina
|Dean||Lynwood Watts (interim)|
|Location||Sumter, SC, USA|
|Campus||Urban, 50 acres (20.2 ha)|
|Colors||Garnet and White|
The University of South Carolina Sumter is a public university located in Sumter, South Carolina. One of the four regional USC campuses which make up Palmetto College. USC Sumter is an accredited two-year school in the University of South Carolina System, it is home to approximately 1,500 students. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Colleges and Schools
- College of Arts and Sciences
- School of Nursing
- School of Business Administration
- School of Education
- School of Interdisciplinary Studies
In 1965 the Sumter County Commission on Higher Education, desiring to fulfill its purpose of starting or bringing a public college to Sumter, entered into an agreement with Clemson University to establish an academic branch of Clemson in Sumter at the old Sumter Airport site on Miller Road. This was Clemson's first such branch. The original campus consisted of four buildings and was designed to accommodate 550 students. The initial enrollment of 97 had grown to only 245 by 1973. In 1973, upset by this poor growth rate, the Commission successfully negotiated with Clemson and USC to terminate the Sumter branch's relationship with Clemson and to become a branch of the USC System.
USC Sumter now has an enrollment of more than a thousand. USC Sumter confers two-year associate's degrees and also offers baccalaureate degree programs in business administration, elementary education, nursing, early childhood education, and interdisciplinary studies.
The University of South Carolina Sumter announced on Monday, October 30, 2006 the return of intercollegiate athletics to the campus. Competitive sports have not been on campus since 1970s, when the mascot was The Partisans and the school colors were purple and white.
University of South Carolina Sumter now sponsors four collegiate teams known as the Fire Ants. The athletic department colors are garnet and white, while the university's colors are garnet, black, and white. The teams compete in Region X of Division I in the NJCAA. These sports are men's baseball and soccer, and women's soccer and softball. The USC Sumter Fire Ants began playing in the 2007-2008 academic year with baseball and softball. Men's and women's soccer began play in the fall of 2008. The University plans to add more sports as the support grows for its teams.
The baseball team plays at Riley Park, three miles east of campus. The softball team plays at Palmetto Park, a half mile northwest of campus. The soccer field is on campus.
The baseball team in its 2nd season won the 2009 NJCAA Region X regular season title. The Fire Ants came third in the Eastern District with a record of 52-11.
Proposal to Convert from Two-Year to Four-Year College
State Senator Phil Leventis along with leaders from the surrounding area attempted in 2004 to push a bill through the South Carolina General Assembly to change the university status to a four-year degree granting institution. USC president Andrew Sorensen thought the political and economic climate in the state precluded the addition of another full-service institution to the USC system. Sorensen was also unhappy with the lack of research conducted by the USC Sumter faculty. The proposal ended up dying in the state legislature.