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University of South Carolina Campus Life

Housing

Dorms
grade B
Based on housing cost, capacity, student reviews and additional factors.
On-Campus Housing Available
Yes
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus
No
Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Undergrads in College Housing
29%
Average Housing Cost
$6,700 / year
Poll
61%
of students say overall dorm quality is great. 197 responses
Poll
62%
of students say the dorms' social atmosphere is great. 365 responses

Food

Campus Food
grade A
Based on meal plan cost and student reviews on the food.
Meal Plan Available
Yes
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3,970 / year
Poll
What are the best food options on campus?
Based on 646 responses
  • Pandini's
    16%
  • Chick Fil A
    16%
  • Einstein's
    15%
  • The Colloquium
    13%
  • Starbucks
    8%
  • Cafe Verde
    7%
  • Fresh Burger
    6%
73%
of students highly rate the dining facilities. 234 responses

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Campus Quality

Campus
grade A
Based on quality of housing, food services, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Life
grade A+
Based on campus diversity, social scene, student reviews, and additional factors.
Poll
What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?
Based on 188 responses
  • I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
    43%
  • I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
    47%
  • The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
    6%
  • I hate my school and have no school spirit.
    5%

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Safety

Safety
grade B minus
Based on crimes on campus, local area crime rates, and student reviews.
Poll
69%
of students say they feel extremely safe and secure on campus. 230 responses
Poll
How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?
Based on 150 responses
  • You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
    27%
  • Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
    53%
  • You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
    13%
  • If you don't partake, you're left out.
    7%
Poll
How visible are the campus police on campus?
Based on 181 responses
  • Extremely present and willing to assist students.
    16%
  • There if you need them but not overbearing.
    57%
  • Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
    19%
  • Not very visible.
    6%
  • We have campus police?
    2%

Sports

Poll
How popular are varsity sports on campus?
Based on 376 responses
  • Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
    36%
  • Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
    58%
  • Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
    5%
  • No one pays attention to varsity sports.
    1%
Men's Varsity Sports
All Track Combined, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
All Track Combined, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Equestrian, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball

Clubs & Activities

Clubs Offered
Campus Ministries, Dance, Drama/Theater, International Student Organizations, Literary Magazine, Radio Station, Student Government, Newspaper, Film Society, Television Station
Music
Choral Groups, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Music Ensembles, Musical Theater, Opera, Pep Band, Symphony Orchestra
Poll
What are your favorite campus events or traditions?
Based on 290 responses
  • Tailgating on Saturdays for Football games.
    21%
  • Tiger Burn
    16%
  • Sports games
    12%
  • Events on Greene St
    11%
  • I love the free movies that they show in Russell.
    11%
  • Baseball Games
    6%
  • Carolina Cup
    5%

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Party Scene

Party Scene
grade A+
Based on access to bars and student reviews on the party scene.
Poll
What is the party scene like on campus?
Based on 260 responses
  • Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
    18%
  • Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
    51%
  • Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
    13%
  • Good parties are few and far between.
    6%
  • Parties? What parties?
    11%
Poll
What is the biggest party event of the year?
Based on 144 responses
  • All tailgates
    38%
  • Carolina-Clemson football game!
    32%
  • St. Patrick's Day in 5-Points
    25%
  • Week after Finals aka "Survival"
    3%
  • I don't party
    1%
  • Homecoming
    1%

Greek Life

Men in Fraternities
20%
Women in Sororities
35%
52%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big. 309 responses

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