Athletics

Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone is involved in the athletics; it doesn't matter if they are athletic or not. The football games, especially, is where everyone is involved and shows their school spirit. Everyone fully supports the athletics if not only for the involvement and school spirit, but for the bonding that happens because of it. The athletic facilities are amazing--the fields are well-kept and awesome, and the gym is spectacular. Not only is the school big on sports, health is very important as well and it shows.

5 College Junior

Athletics: We love our sports (especially football) and there's definitely no shortage of Gamecock spirit. It's no secret that we're "Cocky and Proud".

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school spirit makes it great to go to USC

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many teams however I am not involved

5 College Senior

Athletics: Two words: SEC Football. Gamecocks football was one of the most enjoyable surprises to me when coming down south for school. Tailgates and football make every saturday home game into a holiday, and it's honestly one of the best times ever.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 14th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 790th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Hometown
Fort Mitchell, KY
Major
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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In case you haven’t noticed from the student opinions, football is pretty much the focus of the sports calendar for USC. Students really make a big deal out of tailgating and attending the games, even if they just do it for the social aspect rather than for love of the game. While the team may not win every game, they provide the excitement that comes with national-caliber football. The football team has made it to bowl games, the baseball team is getting better (and just moved in to the brand new Carolina Stadium), and the basketball team’s future looks even more promising year after year.

On the other hand, intramurals are still a fun way for students to get together and have fun, even though they may not attract 85,000 fans per game. Anyone can join an intramural team, with a myriad of sports from which to choose (there are more intramural sports teams than there are varsity sports teams). Many students create intramural teams through a club or organization, but any individual can sign up to be on a team. Students can choose from sports such as basketball, crew, rugby, soccer, tennis, flag football, and many more. Whether it’s high personal participation or great school spirit you’re looking for, USC athletics have the best of both worlds.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southeastern Conference
Basketball: Southeastern Conference
School Colors
Garnet and black
School Nickname
Gamecocks (Cocky)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
262 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
269 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 84
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 35
Cross Country/Track: 43
Other Sports: 178
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 47%
Basketball: 17%
Baseball: 25%
Cross Country/Track: 33%
Other Sports: 61%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Body building/fitness
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey (women's)
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Mountaineering/whitewater
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Scuba
  • Seidokan Aikido
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo
  • Winter sports
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Beckham Field
  • Blatt Physical Education Center
  • Carolina Natatorium
  • Carolina Stadium
  • Cobblestone Park Golf Course
  • Colonial Life Arena
  • Cross Country Course
  • Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center
  • One Wood Farm Equestrian Center
  • Stone Stadium
  • Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center
  • Volleyball Competition Facility
  • Weems Baskin Track
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Football is, by far, the most popular sport. Not necessarily because the team is incredibly great, but because USC has got some diehard football fans. Baseball and basketball also draw pretty big crowds, both with great facilities and good teams.
Most Overlooked Teams
The women's equestrian team has achieved national championship status in recent years, and the men's and women's track and field team consistently send team members to nationals.
School Spirit
Students at USC are teeming with school spirit, especially during football season. USC T-shirts, shorts, bumper stickers, and caps are seen all around the city of Columbia, as both students and alumni display their pride at being a member of the USC community. There are many reasons that students love USC, but sports are the main reason that they display such pride. You will never see students come together the way they do before a big football game here at USC.
Getting Tickets
USC has recently switched to a convenient online ticket return system. Students go online and register for a ticket and, numbers permitting, will be notified upon receiving one. They then can print their ticket directly offline and use it to enter the game. Of course, tickets for all sporting events are free for students.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Finlay Park, the Horseshoe
Did You Know?
  • Sir Big Spur, USC's first mascot and an actual live gamecock, attends every home football game.
  • There were 11 USC athletes in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 176 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 40% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 54% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 175 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 26% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 59% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 177 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 5% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 58% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 37% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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