Research University Partners

The SmartState Program funds Centers of Economic Excellence at South Carolina’s three senior research universities: Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the University of South Carolina. Other state universities such as South Carolina State and the College of Charleston are included as collaborative research partners.

Clemson University

The heart of Clemson University is its more than 26,000 students. Located in South Carolina’s Upstate region, Clemson offers approximately 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate programs. Ranked as the 25th best national public university by U.S. News and World Report, Clemson is a vibrant student-centered community that thrives on leadership, collaboration and a winning spirit in academics, athletics and life. To become one of the country’s top-tier research universities, Clemson University has combined the scientific and technological horsepower of a major research university with the academic and social environment of a small college. Just as founder Thomas Green Clemson intertwined his life with the state’s economic and educational development, this University’s students and faculty impact lives daily with their research and service. Clemson is led by President James P. Clements.

Medical University of South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has served the citizens of South Carolina since 1824. MUSC has expanded from a small private college for the training of physicians to a state university with a medical center and six colleges for the education of a broad range of health professionals, biomedical scientists and other health related personnel. MUSC has colleges in medicine, nursing, dental medicine, pharmacy, health professions, and graduate studies. The MUSC Health is among the state’s largest and most innovative health systems. MUSC is led by President David J. Cole.

University of South Carolina

Established in 1805, the University of South Carolina (USC) is home to more than 200 years of history and tradition, with more than 46,000 students at its eight campuses across the state. The main campus in Columbia has 324 degree programs through its 14 degree-granting colleges and schools, which include schools of Medicine in Columbia and Greenville and a School of Law. USC students have been awarded more than $13.9 million for national scholarships and fellowships since 1994. Faculty generated $218.8 million in funding for research, outreach and training programs in fiscal year 2010. USC is one of only 63 public universities listed by the Carnegie Foundation in the highest tier of research institutions in the United States. USC is led by President Harris Pastides.