America's Reconstruction

The University of South Carolina Beaufort

The University of South Carolina Beaufort consists of two campuses: the Historic Beaufort Campus located in downtown Beaufort, and the Hilton Head Gateway Campus located in Bluffton, near Hilton Head Island. USCB is one of the 3 senior campuses in the University of South Carolina system and is a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredited four-year University. The proposed 2015 Summer Institute will be held at the downtown campus in Beaufort’s historic District. This setting is an ideal location because it offers a more intimate setting and walking access to historical sites and societies, libraries, museums, shops, cafes, restaurants, art galleries, and Beaufort’s lovely water front. The town itself provides some of the most important examples of antebellum architecture in the South and has been designated as a National Landmark District. Founded in 1795 USCB supports the study and appreciation of this area’s unique geography, ecology, history, and culture. USC Beaufort has one of the oldest traditions of higher education in the nation. During the Civil War, it was closed and used as a Union Army hospital from 1861 to 1865 and was home to the Freedman’s Bureau during Reconstruction. In 1909 it became the Beaufort Elementary School, which it remained until 1959. Today the historic campus is home to the Performing Arts Center, classrooms, faculty offices, and the Sea Islands Center art gallery. The Historic Beaufort campus is comprised of seven buildings within a four-block radius, and sits on the intercoastal waterway. The USC Beaufort campus offers a computer lab and classrooms that has state of the art technology and a library setting that provides Internet terminals and space for individual study and leisure reading.