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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I wouldn't say the diversity is the greatest but it is a big southern school with a certain reputation.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is pretty diverse and has different clubs based on race, politics, religious, or even sex so it's easy to fit in more around campus and get involved with other people and a good way to know more.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse group. Great atmosphere to learn from each other.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a bit of racism and reverse racism in the South compared to my home state of California. It is okay as long as people don't participate in it. Everyone I have come across is overall very nice though!

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not much diversity. Everyone's pretty much white, middle-upper class, and dress nicely. People aren't really too fond of the LGBT community. Political views are more conservative but it's not that obvious or a big deal really if you're not.

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While many USC students claim that the campus is very diverse, statistics indicate otherwise. The campus is 79 percent Caucasian and 15 percent African American, leaving only 6 percent for other nationalities. One reason that students may be under the impression that the campus exhibits more diversity than in reality is because of the many organizations that cater to individual ethnic groups, such as the Filipino-American Student Association, the Hindu Students Council, and the NAACP that increase students’ awareness of ethnic groups on campus. The truth of the matter is that many students do not come from an incredibly diverse background, so the presence of a small number of international students or persons of a different ethnic background makes the campus diverse to them.

While USC is certainly not among the most diverse schools in the nation, it is actually pretty consistent with the amount of diversity found at other universities across the nation. In general, many colleges across the nation cannot boast extreme diversity, but USC has a long way to go before it may be considered truly diverse.

Facts & Statistics

African American
11%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
4%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
46%
Common States of Residence
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 19%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 16%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
USC has a relatively quiet but very prideful gay community. The BGLSA (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Alliance) has a very strong presence on campus, and events such as the Birdcage (the USC-sponsored drag show) attract mass numbers every year.
Political Activity
Although USC sits in the heart of Columbia, S.C. (a city noted for its conservative history), the campus emanates all ranges and views of political activism. It is not uncommon for student organizations to form and lead protests in front of the state house, located a few blocks away. Debates on campus spanning all topics occur with frequency.
Economic Status
Most students come from middle-class backgrounds; although on any given day one will see a student or two cruising in a luxury car their parents bought them.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is by far the most prominent religion on campus. There are a lot of religious clubs and organizations, most of which are Christian-oriented, but there are also organizations for students of other religious convictions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a total of 13 minority clubs on campus, but they are generally unseen and unheard. The African American groups are the most well-recognized minority organizations on campus, and there are a few African American fraternities and sororities.
Did You Know?
In 1873 and throughout the Reconstruction Era, USC was the only state school in the south to grant degrees to African Americans.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 144 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 30% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 193 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 8% Liberal
  • 35% Moderate
  • 25% Conservative
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 25% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 193 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 86 responses

  • 42% Republican
  • 22% Democratic
  • 19% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 15% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 33% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 53% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 11% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 4% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 85 responses

  • 25% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 49% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 21% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 5% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 144 responses

  • 44% Very accepting.
  • 44% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.

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