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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
  • Olivia from IN
  • Jan-07-2015 I am a current student here

    The food at USC is good and the options are plentiful however the meal plan can become a bit frustrating. Students are only given 3 swipes per day and you can only use one swipe during a certain time period. For example, the lunch time period is 11-4 so during that time you are only allotted one swipe. Swipes do not roll over from week to week but they do allow you to select a meal plan that best works for you. You can have as little 10 meals swipes per week or as many as 21 swipes per week. There is a wide variety of food and healthier options can be found. There are nicer places you can go to sit down and eat or options that you can simply grab and go.

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  • 4
  • Julia from South Carolina
  • Jan-05-2015 I am a current student here

    The food could be better, but it's pretty good for college dining. There are many places to eat all over campus. Vegetarians, Vegans, and people with other diet preferences have a surprising amount of options, considering the school is in the South. While there aren't as many vegan options here as there would be at Berkley or DePaul, you won't just be restricted to the salad bar. Since the school is located in the state capitol, you merely have to walk a few blocks of campus to find a plethora of options. From Starbucks to the South Carolina natives' favorite: Cookout, Bojangles to the health food places, there are options for everyone.

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  • 5
  • Sophie from Ashburn, VA
  • Jan-02-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    There are many options for food on the USC campus. There is Chick-fil-a to cafe style food. You will always find something to eat. Also, you are allowed to get to-go boxes, most schools will not let you take food out.

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  • 3
  • Alexis from Easley, SC
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    I'm a vegetarian so my options were relatively limited but each year they are adding more options and becoming more cognizant of the different types of eaters.

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  • 4
  • Lillian from Annandale, VI
  • Dec-12-2014 I am a current student here

    There are many options of food on most parts of campus, and where there are not right now, they are building dining halls.

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  • 5
  • Emily from Bennettsville, SC
  • Nov-12-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    They have a wide array of dinning options. It is great that they have a chik-fil-a and over 5 starbucks

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  • 2
  • An out of state freshman
  • Nov-07-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is pretty gross, the meal plan is a rip off but every freshman is required to have one. It's is annoying to only be able to use swipes during certain time periods and have each swipe count as money.

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  • 3
  • Lauren from Gahanna, OH
  • Nov-07-2014 I am a current student here

    The meal plan here is kind of strange, seeing that you can only use one swipe for a meal, so if you eat lunch, you can't get anything on the meal plan again until dinner. There are also many things that go over the money allotted for a meal swipe, so at some places on campus, like Pandini's, a pasta and pizza place, and the Colloquim, which is kind of like a Panera Bread, you can't really get a lot for the money. But other than that, the meal plan is pretty good. There are also a bunch of restaurants right off campus that you can get food at if you don't want any on campus food (ie the Wendy's across from the business school and a Chipotle right off campus).

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  • 5
  • Scott from NC
  • Nov-07-2014 I am a current student here

    The dining options at USC are much better than most college campuses. There are 27 restaurants that accept a meal swipe credit, and they serve a wide variety of food and are conveniently located all over campus. Students with a meal plan are not restricted to one or two dining halls that serve the same thing every day. There are a lot of conveniently located cafeterias as well as fast food options. The only thing that I wish they had more of is all-you-can-eat restaurants. But otherwise, I am more than satisfied with the food I am getting as a college student. Check out for more info.

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  • 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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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 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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  • 0
  • Scott from NC
  • Nov-07-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is very active here, and there is a very nice Greek Village where a lot of students in fraternities and sororities live. However, it is by no means necessary to go greek in order to have a good time.

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  • 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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