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University of South Carolina-Columbia Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,560 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 45 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

55% Women
45% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Southeastern Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $257,014)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $124,077)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 62 158 - -
Baseball 36 - - -
Basketball 14 25 - Yes
Equestrian - 36 - -
Football 111 - Yes -
Golf 8 12 Yes Yes
Soccer 25 36 Yes Yes
Softball - 24 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 27 43 Yes -
Tennis 10 8 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 21 Yes Yes
Badminton - - Yes -
Bowling - - - Yes
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Dance - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Weight Lifting - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.6%
Black/non-Hispanic 11.6%
Hispanic 3.0%
Non-resident alien 4.2%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.5%
Two or more races 2.7%
White/non-Hispanic 74.2%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 21 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 2
Drug Law Violation 69
Liquor Law Violation 21
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 2
Property Crime 122
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Melissa from Columbia, SC
  • 3
  • freshman year in the dorms could be great, or horrible. it is so important that you get along with your roommate because that can make or break your year.…

  • Feb-23-2012 Read More
  • Morgan from Lexington, SC
  • 2
  • the older dorms smell bad and you hear horror stories of the ways they are falling apart. however, the university has a lot of plans to renovate many of the…

  • Feb-18-2012 Read More
  • Curtrina from Summerville, SC
  • 4
  • dorm life is fun. there's nothing like sitting in the hallway with your floormates just having a good time. the dorms are spacious with plenty of closet space. there's even…

  • Feb-22-2012 Read More
  • Michael from Independence, OH
  • 4
  • most of the dorms are really nice and are green certified. most are also apartment style where you may have four people to a room. some dorms have individual bedrooms…

  • Jan-28-2012 Read More
  • Sandra from Columbia, SC
  • 3
  • dorm life depends on which residence hall you live in. traditional style dorms (south tower, bates, etc) have hall bathrooms, while suite style dorms (capstone, patterson, etc) have two rooms…

  • Feb-08-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Madison from Greer, SC
  • Oct-22-2014 I am a current student here

    At the University of South Carolina we are offered food at multiple dining halls across campus. You are never more than a 10 minute walk from the closest eating place that you can use your Carolina meal swipes for. The business that serves us food is Sodexo which gives a variety so you can gain your freshman fifteen in no time with an expansive amount of choices to choose from.

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  • 5
  • Elizabeth from Anderson, SC
  • Sep-02-2014 I am a current student here

    There are so many dining options and major food places that you have access too with your meal plan like Chickfila, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. There are dining halls all around campus so you never have to go far for food and there are so many different types of food so the meals are never boring.

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  • 4
  • Jordan
  • Aug-10-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Food wasn't bad when I went on my visit. Could have some more options though.

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  • 4
  • Ashley from Spartanburg, SC
  • May-15-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    There are many different dining areas to choose from giving you a wide varitey of food to choose from.

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  • 3
  • Sathesh from Florence, SC
  • Apr-03-2014 I am a current student here

    The meal plan here is frustrating to me. You have to choose a set number of meals you want to eat a week and then you receive a corresponding number of meal swipes of the card. The catch is that you have to use them all in a week otherwise the money goes to waste! The meal timing is divided into four sections. There is breakfast from about 0730-1100, lunch at 1100-1600, dinner from 1600-0000, and then something called midnight swipe from 0000-0300. You can only spend a swipe once during a meal period meaning you can't use two swipes during breakfast. Also, you can only use a meal swipe for the midnight period if you've missed a meal period during the day. For example, if I ate breakfast and dinner, but skipped lunch, I can go to an on campus restaurant that is open after midnight and spend a swipe there. The swipes are also like credit, and the credit is different for each period. This means if you buy food that costs more than the credit, you have to pay the difference somehow. You can find a list of all the restaurants on campus that use meal plan on the USC website. I would say that the selection is very good. There are fast food places like Chick-fil-a and Taco bell, dining lines similar to high school such as the Grand Market Place and Honeycomb Cafe, buffets like Bates, and even higher class eateries like Preston's. They also make a point to accommodate to every diet. You can find carnivorous, vegetarian, and vegan options at the various restaurants.

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  • 3
  • Anon.
  • Mar-18-2014 I am a current student here

    There are many dining options including Pizza Hut, Einsteins, Starbucks, Garden Toss, Naturally Woodstock, Santorini's (Greek food), a Mexican place, a Chinese place, and multiple places wherein you can get sandwiches/wraps. All of the food is of good quality.

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  • 3
  • Heather
  • Feb-18-2014 I am a current student here

    The food at USC-Columbia is definitely better than other universities but I got bored of the choices very quickly. I was a vegetarian first semester but there are not many vegetarian options so I decided to eat meat again this semester so I can have a lot more nutritious options.

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  • 4
  • Casey
  • Feb-04-2014 I am a current student here

    Once again, the food was a lot better than expected. There are many options, including pizza, sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers, and the hot line which varied daily. There are also Einstein's bagels and other little cafes on the meal plan. You are required to try Pandinis at least once even though it goes over the meal plan, but it is actually amazing. I thought I would get sick of the food really fast, but I didn't. The only downside is that the healthier options don't usually fit on the meal plan, but if you get the 16+ meal plan, you can use your residence dollars to pay the difference.

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  • 3
  • L
  • Jan-18-2014 I am a current student here

    The food can be tasty for the most part but extremely greasy and unhealthy. Most freshman do gain a lot of weight. The sophomores I know that live off campus now without a meal plan lost weight.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Jordan
  • Aug-10-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Seems like a big part of the campus. The houses are huge!

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  • 0
  • Whitney from Columbia, SC
  • Jun-02-2014 I am a current student here

    Very secret unless you are running for homecoming and need the funds to win. For students who aren't in the greek life we know nothing about it.

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  • 0
  • Anon.
  • Mar-18-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is HUGE here. I personally do not participate in it, but the majority of students do. If you are not interested in Greek life, that does not mean USC is not a match for you! I love it just the same!

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  • 0
  • Heather
  • Feb-18-2014 I am a current student here

    I'm personally not involved in Greek life but I know that it's a really popular thing here. If you're not interested in the preppy types of sororities or fraternities like in movies but you want to be involved in greek life, you may want to consider taking part in a service fraternity or a business fraternity, which tend to be co-ed.

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  • 0
  • Casey
  • Feb-04-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek life is huge, and I'm actually not part of it, but almost all of my friends are in sororities and they absolutely love it. They host numerous functions and mixers, volunteer for their philanthropy, and host events such as the homecoming week activities. It's definitely something to consider, even if you don't think you're a typical sorority girl. Everyone finds their home and meets some of their best friends through rushing.

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  • 0
  • L
  • Jan-18-2014 I am a current student here

    The Zetas almost got in trouble for drugs during rush week and boys in fraternities are usually assholes or unintelligent. If you want to be a part of greek life, join one that has a good reputation. also, the fees are really expensive.

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  • 0
  • Gina from Naperville, IL
  • Dec-31-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is intense at south carolina. It seems like everyone is apart of it and those who are are dedicated to their fraternity. Despite how it seems it is perfectly fine to not be involved.

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