For more than 300 years, Charleston has been one of the most unique cities in America. It would be hard to imagine a place offering a more enjoyable environment in which to live and work, as it combines the best that life has to offer: historic charm of century-old homes, plantation gardens, cultural festivals, symphony and contemporary music concerts, dance and performing arts, museums, libraries, art galleries, dozens of first-rate restaurants, cozy cafes, lively night spots, mile after mile of sandy Atlantic beaches, fishing of all kinds, sailing, windsurfing, and other water sports, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey, some of the country's finest golf courses, and much more - all in a pleasant, mid-sized city that is world renowned for its friendliness courtesy, and harmony.
Charleston, a bustling seaport with about half a million people in its metropolitan area, is located on a peninsula formed by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. The historic district, in which the MUSC campus and hospital are located, offers a cosmopolitan, European style of living with quiet, winding streets and a blend of historic architecture that is carefully protected by local preservation organizations. The outerlying areas of the city include modern residential communities, seaside resorts, and suburban areas offering the pleasures of small town living. Charleston and its environs enjoy an average temperature of 65 degrees, with warm summers and mild winters which permit a wide range of year-round outdoor activities.
In addition to the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston is also home to the College of Charleston, the nation's oldest municipal college and now a state institution; Charleston Southern University; the Citadel; and Trident Technical College. With a total higher-education enrollment of 20,000 students, these institutions contribute greatly to the community and create a stimulating environment for people of all ages.