University of South Carolina



From the inaugural class of nine students served by two faculty members, from the dawn of the 19th century, from the original Rutledge Hall on the Historic Horseshoe, the Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina has grown to serve more than 29,000 students with classrooms, laboratories, offices, residential sites, athletics and performance venues, wellness facilities and extensive green spaces that contribute to your complete educational experience.

Feels Like Home

No matter how large our campus or how many people benefit from the USC experience, you'll feel right at home in our friendly neighborhood. We offer mind-expanding possibilities enhanced with personal attention, comfortably small communities and warm Southern hospitality. You'll love it here!

Safe and Secure

As you live and study with us, your safety is our priority. USC's professional law enforcement and safety staff members cover the campus, patrolling 24/7, monitoring closed-circuit cameras and responding to your concerns. In addition to the security provided by the campus-wide Carolina Alert notification system and your individual ID card, you'll find emergency call boxes located across campus. Evening safety escort services are just a phone call away. Our full-time Crime Prevention and Community Relations officer shares tips, training presentations and other resources to help you stay safe at USC.

Great Places

While we can only scratch the surface of the fantastic locations you'll discover when you visit USC in person, be sure to check out a few of these campus hangouts and make yourself at home!

  • USC's Barnes & Noble College Bookstore
  • Grand Market Place food court and restaurants
  • The Clapping Circle
  • Greek Village
  • The Green Quad

And don't miss our Starbucks in the Russell House University Union it's the largest you'll find at any college in the United States!

Want to learn more before you visit campus? Contact the USC Visitor Center!

400+ USC student clubs and organizations

Whether you're into martial arts, Model UN, ballroom dance, journalism and media, student government, music or more, you're sure to find others who share your interests or you can start a group of your own!

Strom Thurmond Center

Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center

Stay healthy with indoor and outdoor pools, a climbing wall, indoor track, five basketball courts and all the workout equipment you'll need.

Visit Strom Thurmond Center Wellness and Fitness Center
Russell House University Union

Russell House University Union

Stop here every day for great food, entertainment, student organization offices, mail delivery and important campus services.

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Historic Horseshoe

Historic Horseshoe

Enjoy this beautiful green space in the heart of USC's original campus for year-round outdoor studying, games, picnics and ceremonies.

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