With all of the improvements that have been made on campus, students seem to be very satisfied overall. The Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center houses five basketball courts, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor track, a climbing wall, racquetball courts, and strength training equipment. Students really enjoy taking advantage of the long hours and brand new equipment in this multi-million-dollar facility. There is also the Colonial Life Arena, which is the largest arena in the state, seating 18,000 and featuring a state-of-the-art sound system and a four-sided scoreboard.
The Russell House University Union is where students get food, check their mail, see free movies in the Carolina Theater, attend group events, and watch entertainers and speakers ranging from USC students to nationally recognized talent. Built in the 1950s, it may be termed average in comparison with some of USC’s other facilities, but it seems to meet the needs of students. The Thomas Cooper library (seven floors, five of which are underground) contains 3 million volumes and microforms and more than 200 computers. In addition, USC has been working to create a program that would allow students to access resources at all of the university libraries throughout the state.