Higher Education


A small, public university with just over 1,750 students from around the world, the University of South Carolina Beaufort is a dynamic and vibrant academic community that serves the Lowcountry and beyond.


Led by Chancellor Al M. Panu, the University has two campuses situated in the heart of the Lowcountry—the Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, S.C., and the Historic Beaufort campus in Beaufort, S.C. These two campuses bring powerful futures to life through:


  • 30 academic programs and majors that incorporate exceptional instruction, extensive hands-on learning, and leading-edge resources and technology.
  • A location in proximity to world-class resorts at Hilton Head Island, the historically rich artistic setting in Beaufort, and much more to elevate hands-on learning.
  • A student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1 that delivers a highly individualized learning environment.
  • Leading educational opportunities at a truly affordable price, since USCB is known as the most affordable four-year institution in the state of South Carolina.
  • Research opportunities in state-of-the art laboratories, a Student Research and Scholarship Day, and the ability to present research nationally and publish in nationally respected journals.


With its heritage dating back to Beaufort College in the late 1700s, USCB continues to play a large role in the powerful futures of our students, faculty and staff, and communities we serve throughout the Lowcountry.


One of sixteen colleges comprising the South Carolina Technical College System, the Technical College of the Lowcountry traces its origin to the Mather School founded in 1868.  The college is a comprehensive, public, two-year college dedicated to serving the diverse educational needs of the rural counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper.  The College annually serves approximately 10,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non-traditional, fulltime, and part-time.


The Technical College of the Lowcountry provides quality, affordable academic and technical programs leading to Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates in an environment fostering excellence in teaching and learning.  The College prepares graduates with knowledge and skills for transfer to senior colleges and universities and for careers in computer technology, industrial technology, engineering technology, occupational technology, business, health sciences, and public service.


The College serves as an effective partner in the economic and human resource development of the Lowcountry.  As an open admissions institution, the Technical College of the Lowcountry offers academic, transfer, and specialized programs.   Offerings include developmental education; arts and sciences; career development; specialized, contract courses tailored for specific businesses and industries; and continuing education to meet the workforce needs of the Lowcountry.  In addition to responding to local and regional needs of the area, the College recognizes that state, national, and international issues affect the lives of the citizens of the Lowcountry and responds to these issues appropriately.


In support of its educational programs and services the College offers comprehensive student development services to all who seek to better their lives through education.  In an atmosphere of shared values, the College encourages creativity, innovation, and resourcefulness among its students, faculty, staff, and administrators.  With a commitment to excellence, the Technical College of the Lowcountry creates a positive, student-centered environment.  The College empowers individuals by enabling them to learn and to develop throughout their lifetimes.