USCB's historic campus on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of charming, downtown Beaufort is now the Historic Beaufort Campus of the state's newest four-year university. The Hilton Head Gateway Campus, which opened in 2004, features on-campus student apartments and a brand-new Campus Center with dining, recreation and fitness facilities. Both campuses offer undergraduate programs of study to some 1500 students, who pay state university tuition but often feel as if they are studying at a small, liberal arts college.
Situated in the Carolina Sea Islands in a region rich in history, steeped in natural beauty, teeming with extraordinary opportunities for those who participate in golf, tennis and water sports of all kinds and thriving as one of the world's great resort destinations, USC Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.
If ever there were a perfect match of degree program and place, it is the BS in Hospitality Management. Hospitality majors come from as near as Beaufort, Ridgeland and Savannah and from as far as Hong Kong, Paris and Sierra Leone. They learn in classes and in internships with world-class resorts and restaurants.
But students with all manner of interests might argue that being in this place is perfect even if one's major is the region's only Human Services degree or more traditional degrees like English, psychology, business or education. From the native Yemassee, to the earliest Spanish explorers, to European settlers and later African slaves, this region's rich history provides fertile ground for studies in American history, archaeology and architecture, cultural diversity, Gullah history and traditions, and linguistics. The BA in Liberal Studies works especially well for majors wanting to build research in these areas into their programs of study.
Undergraduate research opportunities in state-of-the-art labs and at the research center on USCB's pristine barrier island, devoted to research and conservation, are a big part of the University's appeal to those who actually enjoy breathing formaldehyde and sinking into pluff mud. Expanding the BS in Biology, building environmental science programs and improving the odds for a baby sea turtle or two (only 1 in 1,000 survive to adulthood) are big parts of the University's strategic plan.
Beginnings bring opportunities, and USCB is at the beginning of programs, customs and traditions. It's an exciting time at an exceptional place.