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Columbia is the state capital and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 129,272 according to the 2010 census. The 2011 United States Census estimates put the city at 130,591. Columbia is the county seat of Richland County, but a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. The city is the center of a metropolitan statistical area of 784,745, the second-largest within the state. The name "Columbia" was a poetic term for the Americas derived from Christopher Columbus.

Located 13 miles (21 km) northwest of South Carolina's geographic center, Columbia is the primary city of the Midlands region of South Carolina, which comprises several counties in the central portion of the state. The city lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Saluda and the Broad, which merge at Columbia to form the Congaree River, which is popular with paddlers and kayakers in the area. The state's flagship and largest university, the University of South Carolina, is located in Columbia. Historically, the city was the location of the South Carolina Secession Convention, which marked the departure of the first state from the Union in the events leading up to the Civil War.

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Schools in and around Columbia, SC

Name
University of South Carolina-Columbia
Four or more years; Public; $25,952 average out-state tuition; $9,768 average in-state tuition
Benedict College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $15,356 average out-state tuition; $15,356 average in-state tuition
Columbia College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $24,600 average out-state tuition; $24,600 average in-state tuition
Columbia International University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $17,520 average out-state tuition; $17,520 average in-state tuition
Allen University
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $11,540 average out-state tuition; $11,540 average in-state tuition
South University-Columbia
Four or more years; Private for profit; $15,735 average out-state tuition; $15,735 average in-state tuition
Medix School-Fortis College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Private for profit; $15,410 average out-state tuition; $15,410 average in-state tuition

Columbia, SC Scholarships

Name Amount Deadline
Marian A. Smith Scholarship Award $2,000 January 21, 2017
SETC Secondary School Scholarship $1,000 January 15, 2017
Polly Holliday Award $1,000 January 28, 2017
L. Phil and Alice J. Wicker Scholarship $500 January 31, 2017
Marion Maccarrell Scott Scholarship Varies January 31, 2017