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Outdoor Adventures and Recreation

The OAR community is excited to welcome all students who share a passion for engaging in outdoor pursuits, building leadership skills, exploring the Columbia and Southeastern region, serving as environmental stewards, and developing healthy behaviors for a life of wellbeing.

At a Glance

  • Home to outdoor industry students
  • Students live in the Park Place
  • Learn through hands-on experience


What Makes This Community Different

The OAR community allows students to blaze their own trail as a leader for their community and career.  Students will have an active and hands-on learning experience with Residence Life and campus partners as they learn more about themselves and others around them. 

Collaboration with Outdoor Recreation Programs and City of Columbia opportunities will enable students to attend workshops and trainings in the outdoor industry.  Additionally, the active, fun-filled community will allow students to find their fit and make their best friends during their time at Carolina.

First-Year Interest Groups (FIGS)

This community has several smaller clusters of 19 students living here, that relates to the overall theme. Students who choose to apply for this FIG community will have the opportunity to live with students who have similar outdoor activity and academic interests. Members of this FIG will have the opportunity to connect with a mentor team of students, faculty and staff during a scheduled seminar meeting time.

Outdoor Adventure and Recreation FIGS

  • Outdoors in the Palmetto State

Applying to Join This Community

Incoming Students: Submit your housing application, available on on, and follow instructions to apply for a faculty principal community.

Returning Students:  Applications will open in early January 2021.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.