USC Lancaster Looks at Building Dorms
LANCASTER, SC – The garnet and black flies proudly above USC’s regional campus in Lancaster.
Soon there could be a new addition to the two-year school. Dorms.
The school is looking to boost enrollment and attract more students.
Former student Nefratina Dixon started here and moved to USC Columbia.
“I think it will be a great opportunity, and since they're trying to expand into a 4-year university, it'll be a great thing,” Dixon says.
They hope boosting enrollment will help boost the prosperity of this regional campus, which has struggled to stay open in recent years.
In 2009, former Governor Mark Sanford proposed closing the Lancaster campus, along with two others.
He’s argued it's within driving distance of other schools.
But students say the school is important to this region of the state.
“This like a foundation for a lot of kids around here, just getting out of high school, you don't want to go too far away from home,” Dixon says.
Lancaster County also has a 14 percent unemployment rate.
Local leaders are hopeful growing the campus could help the local economy as well.
The eventual goal would be to compete with local universities like Winthrop.
“It'll make more focus on Lancaster, SC and it'll just be a good thing for Lancaster all around,” Dixon says.
Something positive for students and the local community.