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Located in the heart of South Carolina’s capital city, Columbia, the Darla Moore School of Business is an integral part of the region. With a metropolitan-area population of approximately 750,000, Columbia offers a wide variety of cultural and outdoor activities. Attractions in the area include the Columbia Museum of Art, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, the State Museum, Lake Murray, Congaree National Park, Riverwalk Park and Three Rivers Greenway.

The USC campus borders the state capitol building and government offices along with Columbia’s central business district. While its cosmopolitan downtown offers many of the amenities of larger cities, Columbia is also known for its livability. Traffic is light, housing is affordable and people are friendly and welcoming.


The Moore School’s new building opened its doors in 2014 and has already generated considerable buzz, both for its striking appearance and for its open and flexible design, which facilitates increased interaction and collaboration among faculty and students. The building’s many innovative features reflect extensive input from students, faculty and members of the business community about how space can be optimized for business education.

Designed to be one of the world’s largest environmentally sustainable academic buildings, the Moore School’s new home has hundreds of individual green features that collectively create significant energy efficiencies and environmentally responsible business practices. Careful choices of construction materials and practices have also allowed the Moore School to extend its definition of sustainability beyond environmental stewardship to include a healthier work environment. In these and other ways, the building is a physical embodiment of the Moore School’s commitment to forward-thinking thought leadership for the business community.

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