As one of the first institutions of higher education in the southern United States — established in 1801, just over 25 years after the American Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War — the University of South Carolina is steeped in traditions both old and new.
Whether on the Horseshoe — USC's original home — or at locations around the campus, you'll enjoy many memorable Carolina experiences, including these meaningful traditions:
- Each semester, for those who have achieved the appropriate academic credits, new junior-level students receive their USC class ring during the Ring Ceremony.
- Before the Clemson–USC football game, Carolina engineering students build a three-story effigy of Clemson's mascot for the annual Tiger Burn pep rally.
- Each fall on Bid Day, Greek sororities invite prospective members to join in a special ceremony held on the Historic Horseshoe.
- For First Night Carolina during Move-In Week, all freshmen head to south campus for the Stadium Run through the smoke tunnel onto the field, just like the football players before the start of a game. You'll also learn the Carolina fight song and Hail to Carolina, our alma mater, which the crowd sings whenever our Gamecocks score.
- After move-in and before classes start, you'll join your peers to hear the guest author of the book selected for the First-Year Reading Experience, followed by small-group discussions.
- Dig into your fries and slather on the mustard when you join the line at the Russell House Grand Market Place for lunch on Chicken Finger Wednesdays. Yum!
- Of course, football Saturdays and our Homecoming Weekend remain strong traditions at USC, even if you're not inside the stadium. It's always exciting at Carolina. Go, Gamecocks!
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Fraternity and Sorority Life
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