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College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Whether you're a northerner who comes to USC or originally from the south, it's pretty much widely expected that you own a few polo t-shirts, if you're a male, or an oversized brightly colored Carolina sweatshirt with the "University of South Carolina" arching over the back of the shirt from the left sleeve, over the back, and onto the right sleeve. Other than that, Vineyard Vines is the only other requirement, aside from your USC apparel, of course. Everyone here is pretty accepting and I've made a ton of friends just from meeting them in classes and seeing them outside of class afterwards. No one is too stuck up or too involved with themselves to recognize that there are other people in the world besides themselves.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are lots of attractive people around campus, but pretty much everyone is the same. It's easy to find a hookup, harder to find unique people.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Typical students dress for comfort, especially around exam times

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People are very concerned with appearance and are often shallow. Greek life does amazing things for the campus and it's members but those in it can often forget the reason for joining and use it more so as a social status.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most girls are in greek life, so they're pretty stereotypical. Guys can be douche bags just like everywhere else, but overall everyone is pretty nice and friendly.

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It’s true that the weather is sweltering down here in South Carolina, but the guys and girls are even hotter! According to students, the guys tend to be more chivalrous and charming than the average, and the girls are beautiful even when many of them may fall into the typical Southern belle category. They are the blonde and the beautiful, complete with a distinctive Southern drawl and, of course, boasting a perfect golden-brown tan from hours out in the hot Carolina sun.

This is not to say that all girls and guys are good-looking. It just depends on what you find attractive. There are many different kinds of people with varying appearances, such as who dress up in skirts and suits every day and those who go to class in their pajamas. There are also the Goths, the skaters, the Greeks, the athletes, and the intellectuals. Based on the traditional “standards” of attractiveness, students seem to think that USC is rather well-endowed with beautiful people.
 

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
54%
Male Undergrads
46%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
Free condoms are available to students. At the Women's Care Clinic, students can also purchase birth control pills, Depo-Provera injections, Lunelle monthly injections, vaginal contraceptive rings, the Ortho Evra contraceptive skin patch, and diaphragms.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Outdoor pool at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center
  2. The Horseshoe
  3. Frat/sorority parties
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Frat parties
  2. Dorm rooms
  3. The Horseshoe
  4. House parties
  5. Clubs
Social Scene
The social scene at USC is always bustling. Because the campus is so big, and because there is such a big student body population, the parties are plentiful. Students generally enjoy taking the opportunity to get away from their studies. On the contrary, not everyone at Carolina is a social butterfly. You will find different kinds of people, some who don't care to socialize at all, and others who can't seem to stop. However, students in general are quite amiable, and it's not hard to find friends, whether it's in class, at the dorms, or out and about around campus. The abundance of social activity at USC is one of the things that make it such an exciting place to live and learn.
Hookups or Relationships?
The odds of finding a significant other at USC are really good, just because there are so many options. There are slightly more females than males on campus, but you wouldn't even be able to tell by walking around campus. While many students date or hook up, the majority of students are not involved in serious, long-term relationships.
Best Places to Meet Guys/Girls
Meeting guys/girls is actually a pretty simple task given the minimal amount of social acumen it requires at USC. With a fair ratio of guys to girls, singles always seem to be present. The state's warm weather make the outdoor pool at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center a hotspot for flirting action, codicil with the Horseshoe, which serves as Columbia's "beachfront" on warm days with girls and guys sunbathing or doing homework. Class is also a common starting ground for relationships.
Dress Code
At USC, pretty much anything goes in terms of clothing. Most people tend to dress casually in whatever keeps them cool and comfortable. Some students don't even bother getting out of their pajamas before going to class. But there are also some people who don't go out in public without wearing a dress or a tie. Punky, preppy, messy, artsy-whatever your style, you will undoubtedly find your niche here at USC. Even though shorts or jeans and T-shirts are the norm, clothing generally doesn't attract too much attention, even if someone is wearing something completely out of the ordinary.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 118 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 116 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 142 responses

  • 22% Casual dating at your school
  • 19% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 14% Long-distance relationship
  • 12% None
  • 10% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 10% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 3% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 50 responses

  • 16% What sorority are you in?
  • 16% Content
  • 16% School Spirit
  • 14% Energetic
  • 10% Ambitious
  • 8% Joyful
  • 8% Focused
  • 8% Greek
  • 2% Hopeful
  • 2% Shallow

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 42 responses

  • 21% Coed dorms
  • 19% Around Campus
  • 19% Downtown
  • 14% Frat/sorority parties
  • 12% Campus activities and clubs
  • 5% The Horseshoe
  • 3% Pool
  • 3% In class
  • 2% Sporting Events
  • 1% Dining areas

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 50 responses

  • 30% Getting involved in organizations
  • 29% Dorms
  • 22% In class
  • 10% Greek Life
  • 9% Downtown

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 69% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 17% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 3% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 142 responses

  • 51% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 44% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 4% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 1% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.

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