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University of South Carolina-Columbia Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
21,033
Total Undergrads
Including 1,560 Part-time
4,469
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 45 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

55% Women
45% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division I-A

Southeastern Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

8
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $257,014)
9
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 -

Diversity

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%
Disabilities
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
Living
  • 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
Other
  • 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
  • Julia from South Carolina
  • 5
  • I met some of my best friends in my dorm. I live in the international dorm, which has exposed me to a variety of cultures and broadened my worldview.…

  • Jan-05-2015 Read More
  • Anonymous
  • 4
  • usc offers every living option. i am staying in capstone, which is known for being one of the best dorms. all of the dorms i looked at seemed clean and…

  • Jun-08-2016 Read More

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Stephanie
  • Oct-21-2016 I am a current student here

    The food on campus is a great offering. The Russell House (student union) is equipped with fast food stops as well as healthier options. There is a Taco Bell, Chik-fil-A, Pizza Hut as well as the healthier options where you can make your own salad, get a fresh sandwich, as well as many other options. There are several dining locations all over campus where you can grab a quick bite to eat, no matter where you are! I was fortunate to live in Bates House dorm my freshman year which had a dining hall on the first floor, which made it very easy to use up all my meal swipes.

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  • 5
  • Ivan from Camden, SC
  • Sep-13-2016 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    the food court has everything that you need if your hungry.

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  • 5
  • Anonymous
  • Jun-08-2016 I am a current student here

    i was pleasantly surprised when i tried the food. usc has a lot of options. the food will never be as good as mom's cooking, but it's worth the cost.

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  • 3
  • Cassandra from Murrells Inlet, SC
  • Jan-04-2016 I am a current student here

    USC has a huge amount of dining options all around campus. It is not that bad either, but you should change it up regularly. I made the mistake of eating at the same few places all the time until I disliked the food!

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  • 5
  • Sydney from Greater Atlanta, GA
  • Dec-10-2015 I am a current student here

    USC actually has one of the top 25 dining programs in the nation. Variety of cultural options and dining hall styles. (Buffet, etc) Most options are attainable with a meal swipe included in mandatory meal plan for freshman. A lot of options that are open past midnight too. Newest dining additions: Global Cafe in Darla Moore School of Business and Community Table at 650 Lincoln.

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  • 5
  • Ashley from Ninety Six, SC
  • Jun-10-2015 I am a current student here

    So many options for dining. They do require freshmen to pay for at least the 10-meal-a-week meal plan, but with all of the great places they have for dining, you'll definitely use it.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Stephanie
  • Oct-21-2016 I am a current student here

    I participated in Sorority Recruitment and I loved it. It was a long week to two weeks of recruitment and every minute was worth it to find my home in the greek system. Sorority and Fraternity life are great ways to meet other people (especially when you are an out-of-state student who didn't know anyone like I was) as well as to get involved in a community and make the university feel smaller. Within the sororities and fraternities, there are so many ways to get involved as well!

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • Jun-08-2016 I am a current student here

    i personally am not rushing, but my friends say it is a lot of fun. they have made a lot of life long friendships rushing.

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  • 0
  • Cassandra from Murrells Inlet, SC
  • Jan-04-2016 I am a current student here

    I am a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, which is a music fraternity. We aren't as big as most of the Greek organizations on campus and don't have a house in Greek Village either. I will say, however, that this organization is one of my favorite things to be in! I have met so many amazing people through the organization and get to spread my love for music with them too.

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  • 0
  • Rachelle from Beaufort, SC
  • Aug-11-2015 I am a past student here

    There are a lot of fraternities and sororities. I never joined, but they seem fun and are great for networking after graduation.

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  • 0
  • Ashley from Ninety Six, SC
  • Jun-10-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek life is very big at USC. If you aren't a part of it, it can get very annoying. But only for the first year.

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  • 0
  • Julia from South Carolina
  • Jan-05-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek Life at an SEC school is different from other colleges. We have a large presence of sororities and fraternities on campus. About 1 in 4 people are involved in the Greek community. They make their presence felt through their philanthropy events on and off campus, as well as partying and wearing letters around campus. Unlike in the movies, it's not Greeks pitted against non-Greeks at school. I have many friends in sororities but also many not in sororities. Quite frankly, if you're not Greek, nobody cares. If you want to pledge and find a group that's the right fit for you, that's great and it's an awesome way to shrink a large campus. A good way for shy people to make friends outside of their dorms is joining a sorority or fraternity, but it's not the only option. If you don't want to rush, that's fine. At the end of the day, your friends care about YOU, not the letters you wear on your t-shirt.

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  • 0
  • Sophie from Ashburn, VA
  • Jan-02-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I have always been interested in joining Greek life at my future college. When I saw the houses for the sororities and fraternities I fell in love. The houses are huge and all have southern designs. Also, all of the members were warm and welcoming when I was looking around.

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  • 0
  • Lauren from Gahanna, OH
  • Nov-07-2014 I am a current student here

    As a non-greek, it feels like almost everyone is involved in Greek life; they have a really big presence on campus. Even if you don't want to get involved with a social fraternity or sorority, there are other types of Greek organizations that you can join, like service sororities or fraternities or ones involved with your major.

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