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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our athletics are played in the SEC and in baseball and most women's sports we have competed for a conference title which brings a buzz around campus but our football team hasn't been the best the past two years but the school still rallies around them especially on big game days

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: USC is in the best conference in the world, the SEC. So if we're being real, obviously sports are big here. Gamecock football is HUGE! Obviously, other varsity sports are overshadowed by the football team, but we are proud of every single team we have and they're all amazing and athletic. Williams Brice Stadium is a beautiful magical place, its an atmosphere every student gamecock wants to be in and everyone else is afraid of. I'm only going to be a sophomore so I have only a little experience with this stuff, but school spirit and big sports was in my top 3 necessities when applying to schools, and USC has definitely got it. We also don't just have great facilities for the athletes, the students are pretty spoiled too, haha. Two gyms and multiple athletic fields, we just can't be beat. Type in google "Strom Fitness Center" and try to tell me its not the most beautiful athletic center you have ever seen. I rest my case.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Students and faculty members go crazy cheering for the school. No onw can stop our school spirit.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Football is really big around here.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: EVERYONE is obsessed with the gamecock team


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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
  • NAA
  • 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
  • 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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 340 responses

  • 37% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 58% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 340 responses

  • 11% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 59% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 341 responses

  • 55% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 40% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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