Graduate Life

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.

Living in Columbia

The fountain at Finlay park, overlooking downtown Columbia

The fountain at Finlay park, overlooking downtown Columbia

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.

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Student Life

Student Life offers a range of campus programs. Some examples:

  • Student Organizations makes it easy for you to get involved with a create a new one!
  • Campus Recreation manages intramural sports, outdoor recreation, the Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness center and many other health promoting options on campus.
  • Carolina Productions is a student-operated organization that provides entertaining, educational, traditional and diverse programs to students, faculty, staff and community members.

Gamecock Athletics

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.

Learn more about Gamecock Athletics