The University of the State of Santa Catarina (Udesc), which has excellence in higher education working in the areas of teaching, research, and extension, completed, in 2015, its 50th anniversary, having a multicampus structure, with 12 units distributed in nine cities of the State from Santa Catarina, in the South Region of Brazil, in addition to 32 on-site support centers for distance learning, in partnership with the Open University of Brazil, from the Ministry of Education (UAB / MEC).
Currently, there are 15 thousand students distributed in 59 undergraduate courses and 48 masters and doctorates, which are offered free of charge. More than 95% of effective professors are masters and doctors. Admission to the university can be done via entrance exams (summer and winter), Unified Selection System (Sisu), and transfer notices. In all, there are more than three thousand vacancies every year, 20% for public school students and 10% for blacks.