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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.…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Truc from Vietnam
  • I am a current student here

    There are various places on campus for you to eat. The food varies from different places in the world. If you want more, there are also some buffet restaurant for you to join.

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  • 4
  • Anna from Irmo, SC
  • I am a current student here

    There are plenty of food and dining options for students on campus including the different meal halls and restaurants that accept the Carolina Card.

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  • 4
  • Sally from Columbia, SC
  • I am a current student here

    USC makes it a point to brag about how awesome their chefs are, and none of the students can disagree! My only complaint is that there aren't very many central locations for food, so the lines can be kind of long and the dining areas are a little crowded.

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  • 4
  • Stephanie
  • 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
  • Anonymous
  • 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
  • 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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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • GamecoxAnonymous
  • I am a current student here

    Panhellenic, IFC, and multicultural organizations are a crucial cog in the campus.

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  • 0
  • Sally from Columbia, SC
  • I am a current student here

    Everyone involved in a sorority that I know thoroughly enjoys it. The frat lots during football games are AWESOME. The houses also seem very nice!

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  • 0
  • Stephanie
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Julia from South Carolina
  • 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
  • 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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