Home to South Carolina’s premier research university, our campus teems with a wealth of cultural, intellectual, and recreational opportunities. We encourage our graduate students to foster an explorer spirit and to take part in USC’s rich campus community.
To help you make the most of campus life, view our list of Campus Resources in the New & Current Students section of our website.
For such a laid-back town, Columbia packs quite an urban punch. Residents enjoy a nationally ranked zoo & botanical garden, an award-winning library system, two major arts & entertainment districts, and a cultural scene replete with a world-class art museum, 6 professional dance companies, and 3 professional theaters. The capital of South Carolina and the state's largest city, Columbia consistently ranks among the most livable and affordable mid-sized cities.
Student Life offers a range of campus programs. Some examples:
Get your "Gamecock On" and attend as many Gamecock Athletic events as possible. Gamecock football games are the centerpiece of fall entertainment in Columbia, so come out, tailgate and cheer for the Gamecocks. Our two-time national champion baseball team heats up the spring and summer months, with some of the best baseball in the United States.