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University of South Carolina
Columbia

Motto: Emollit mores nec sinit esse feros (Latin)
Motto in English: Learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel
Established: 1801
Type: Public university
Endowment: $438.5 million[1]
President: Dr. Andrew A. Sorensen (end of tenure - July 1, 2008)
Faculty: 1,621
Students: 27,390
Undergraduates: 18,648
Postgraduates: 8,742
Location: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Campus: Urban, 359 acres (1.5 km²)
Colors: Garnet and Black           
Mascot: Cocky
Athletics: NCAA Division I SEC
This image is a candidate for speedy deletion. It may be deleted after Thursday, 6 December 2007. 19 varsity teams
Website: www.sc.edu

The University of South Carolina (also referred to as USC, SC, or Carolina) is a public, co-educational, research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. Its historic campus covers over 359 acres (1.5 km²) in downtown Columbia not far from the State House. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... For other uses, see Student (disambiguation). ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Official language(s) English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude 78° 32′ W to 83... Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Cocky is the costumed male mascot of the University of South Carolina athletics teams. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... For alternate meanings see state university (disambiguation). ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... This article is about the concept. ... For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ... For other uses, see Columbia (disambiguation). ... South Carolina State House South Carolina State House The South Carolina State House is the State Capitol building of the U.S. state of South Carolina. ...


The University of South Carolina, Columbia, with approximately 27,000 students, is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System and offers more than 350 programs of study leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from fifteen degree-granting colleges and schools.[2] Professional schools on the Columbia campus include engineering, law, medicine, and pharmacy. This article is about the lead ship, store, or product of a group. ... The University of South Carolina is the largest institution of higher learning in the state of South Carolina. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Contents

History

An 1872 illustration of the Horseshoe, USC's original campus.
An 1872 illustration of the Horseshoe, USC's original campus.

The University was founded as South Carolina College in 1801 in an effort to promote harmony between the Lowcountry and the Backcountry. The College became a symbol of the South in the antebellum period as its graduates were on the forefront of secession from the Union. After the Civil War to World War II, the institution lacked a clear direction and was constantly reorganized to meet the needs of the political power in office. In 1957, the University expanded its reach through the University of South Carolina System and rapidly became the state's preeminent and most popular institution of higher education, a status it retains to this day. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (972x662, 286 KB) Summary The Horseshoe, the original campus of the University of South Carolina, cropped from a birds-eye map of Columbia, South Carolina drawn in 1872 and available here as part of the Library of Congress map collection. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (972x662, 286 KB) Summary The Horseshoe, the original campus of the University of South Carolina, cropped from a birds-eye map of Columbia, South Carolina drawn in 1872 and available here as part of the Library of Congress map collection. ... The South Carolina Low Country is a term used to describe the states coastal counties, generally south of Charleston. ... For other uses, see Upstate. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The University of South Carolina is the largest institution of higher learning in the state of South Carolina. ...

Main article: History of the University of South Carolina

This History of the University of South Carolina began in the 1700s when intersectional differences arose between the Lowcountry and the Upstate. ...

Academics

Enrollment (Fall 2005)[1]
College Undergrad Graduate
College of Arts and Sciences 7,281 1,193
Moore School of Business 3,106 403
College of Education 879 873
College of Engineering and Computing 1,299 382
School of the Environment -- 29
The Graduate School[2] -- --
College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management 1,662 78
School of Law -- 744
College of Mass Communications and Information Studies 1,514 545
School of Medicine -- 456
School of Music 320 115
College of Nursing 822 119
College of Pharmacy 388 400
Arnold School of Public Health 414 481
College of Social Work -- 520
South Carolina Honors College[3] -- --
  1. ^ As found at http://www.ipr.sc.edu/.
  2. ^ Graduate programs are run by the respective colleges,
    but all graduate degrees are awarded by the Graduate School.
  3. ^ Not a degree granting college.

The Moore School of Business is a public, coeducational, post-secondary school located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. ...

Admissions

Classified as more selective,[3] USC admitted less than 63% of those who applied to be Freshmen in 2007.[4] When admitting Freshmen, the university puts emphases on the rigor of high school study and scores on standardized test, SAT or ACT. It also considers class rank, extracurricular activities, and an optional personal statement. The average incoming freshman had a combined SAT score of 1183[5] and a high school GPA of 3.87.[6] Freshmen can refer to multiple things: For the comic book, see Freshmen_(comics). ... The ACT® test is a standardized achievement examination for college admissions in the United States produced by ACT, Inc. ... The initials GPA can refer, among other things, to Grade Point Average; see Grade (education) Guinness Peat Aviation General Practice Australia, a private, independent medical accreditation society Greyhound Pets of America This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Honors college

The University of South Carolina is home to the prestigious nationally recognized South Carolina Honors College, which is designed to offer academically gifted undergraduates the advantages of an Ivy League quality small college in the setting of a large metropolitan university. After gaining acceptance to the University of South Carolina, students must apply separately to the Honors College and demonstrate significant academic achievement to be accepted. Entering freshman in the program have an average weighted GPA of over 4.4 and an SAT score of 1410.[7] For other uses, see Ivy League (disambiguation). ...

Maxcy Residential College.
Maxcy Residential College.

The USC Honors College offers housing for freshman in Maxcy College, located on the University's historic Horseshoe. Additional Horseshoe housing in apartment-style residents are available to upperclassman Honors student in various buildings. Current development plans call for a new Honors College residence to be built on the site of the University's "Towers" dormitories. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ...


There are over 120 courses offered exclusively to Honors College students. Students are required to complete a Senior Thesis under the direction of a faculty member in order to graduate from the College with Honors. This article is about the thesis in academia. ...


Research

Carolina is the only university in South Carolina to be designated a research institution of "very high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This classification is the foundation's highest, given to 62 public and 32 private research institutions in the United States.[8][9] Carnagie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1905 and chartered in 1906 by an Act of Congress. ...


During his tenure, former Carolina president John Palms articulated a "Cathedrals of Excellence" budgeting philosophy. Palms was an expert fundraiser who advocated that the money be channeled into USC's best programs, rather than spread the funds evenly. The strategy would pay off in the long term when these programs became nationally prominent, making a name for USC and attracting grant money. The board of directors has since used his notion to shield certain colleges from budget cuts at the expense of others. His primary goal was for the University of South Carolina to be admitted to the Association of American Universities - an association of the leading 62 research universities in the United States and Canada.


Current USC president Andrew Sorensen raised even larger sums for research, including a $300 million grant for colorectal cancer. In the spirit of Palms' budget, the board of directors moved to transform university land on Assembly Street into an "innovation district" called Innovista that will develop four strengths: biomedicine, nanotechnology, environmental science and alternative fuels. Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. ... See drugs, medication, and pharmacology for substances that treat patients. ... Nanotechnology refers broadly to a field of applied science and technology whose unifying theme is the control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale, generally 100 nanometers or smaller, and the fabrication of devices with critical dimensions that lie within that size range. ... Environmental science is the study of the interactions among the physical, chemical and biological components of the environment; with a focus on pollution and degradation of the environment related to human activities; and the impact on biodiversity and sustainability from local and global development. ... Alternative fuel refers to methods of powering an engine that do not involve petroleum (oil). ...


Innovista is a partnered development with the City of Columbia and will form an ecosystem of sorts. The 200-acre (0.8 km²) campus will house offices and private research firms among the university offices and labs, as well as hold residences and retail. Those who live and work in the Innovista will have easy access to the Congaree Vista and a Publix, as well as being within walking distance of the Five Points bar and shopping district. All told, Innovista will add five million square feet of floor space to the metro area and could set Columbia on a more urban path.[10] Congaree Vista is a cosmopolitan section of Columbia, South Carolina, on the banks of the Congaree River which was revitalized during the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Publix Super Markets, Inc. ... Five Points in Columbia, South Carolina is a shopping, restaurant, and nightlife area that attracts customers from the nearby University of South Carolina and throughout the Columbia metropolitan area. ...


National rankings

Publication Rank[11] Category
U.S. News & World Report # 1 Undergraduate international business for 11th consecutive year
# 2 Graduate international business
(17th consecutive year as either # 1 or # 2)
# 24 Best business programs (among public universities)
# 19 Graduate library science, including # 2 school library media
and # 8 health information
# 58 Nursing master's program
# 3 School psychology doctoral program
# 12 Graduate social psychology
# 91 Law Schools
# 112 National Universities
(out of 262 institutions; # 54 out of 164 public institutions)
Entrepreneur Top 50 Business schools in entrepreneurship
Forbes Magazine # 49 Graduate business schools' "return on investment"
Latin Trade # 5 MBA programs for Latin Americans
National Science Foundation # 38 Chemistry and biochemistry federally funded research
National Science Foundation # 12 Chemical Engineering total funded research
American Academy of Kinesiology
& Physical Education
# 8 Exercise science
Journal of Health Education # 5 Health education doctoral program
Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education # 9 Hotel, restaurant, & tourism management
American Board of Pediatrics # 2 Pediatrics residency program
Journal of Public Affairs Education # 10 Publication rates of faculty research in journals
associated with the American Society for Public Administration
Kiplinger's Personal Finance # 31 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

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Student life

Demographics

Approximately 27,000 students attend the Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina, coming from all 46 South Carolina counties. In addition, students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries are represented. (Another 13,000 students study at the regional campuses of the University of South Carolina System.) Enrollment statistics for Fall 2005 indicate the following: The University of South Carolina is the largest institution of higher learning in the state of South Carolina. ...

  • Undergraduates 77%, Graduates 19%, Professionals 4%
  • Males 40%, Females 60%
  • Full-time 75%, Part-time 25%
  • Residents 83%, Non-residents 17%
  • Minorities 18%

Housing

The University of South Carolina campus is currently home to twenty-five residence halls, the last of which opened in of the fall of 2004. The housing on campus is under the supervision of Department of Student Housing, and quality of life is enhanced through the Resident Hall Association.

Capstone House est.1967.
Capstone House est.1967.

University Housing currently provides over 6,200 on-campus housing units on campus. Most of these Housing Centers have rooms that are air-conditioned and offer phone and cable television outlets and data connections that are networked to the University mainframe with access to the Internet. Housing provides many types of living experiences on the campus some include: family residents in the 9 story Cliff Apartments each apartment is furnished with a stove and refrigerator. Rent includes all utilities. Freshmen housing, these centers, or residence halls, have layouts that maximize opportunities for student interaction. Freshman Centers typically feature double rooms and one central bathroom on each floor per unit. Notable freshmen centers include the 10-story Columbia Hall, 10-story Bates House and Patterson Hall. Apartment style units are located in the modern housing units are which are commonly referred to as the “Quads” they are the most requested type of housing among upper-level students. All are air-conditioned featuring two-, three-, and four-private bedroom floor plans with a living/dining area, kitchen, and bath.[12]. Residential learning communities offer a great opportunity to live with students who have similar academic interests. Learning communities enhance students’ living experience by providing active learning experiences, faculty-student interactions, and opportunities to explore diversity, community service, undergraduate research, and study abroad some of these centers are Maxcy College, Capstone, and Preston Residential College Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 3456 pixel, file size: 3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 3456 pixel, file size: 3. ...


Currently 9-story Patterson Hall, with a housing capacity of approximately 600 freshmen females, is Carolina’s largest residence hall. The tallest and most notable landmark on the Columbia campus is the 18-story Capstone House. Top of Carolina Dining Room is on the 18th floor and was the only revolving restaurant on an American college campus. In the fall of 2004, the 29 Million Dollar West Quad was the last residence hall opened on campus and is one of only four in the world to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The 172,000-square-foot (16,000 m²) complex includes three four-story buildings with the latest technology and environmental features for conserving water and energy and creating a healthier, greener environment for the 500 undergraduate students who call it home. West Quad, was built with a significant amount of recycled materials, ranging from the cement blocks and copper roof to the interior carpet, is also intended to encourage students to learn more about their environment.[13]

An illustration of the new Honors College Residence Halls.
An illustration of the new Honors College Residence Halls.

The future of housing on the Carolina Campus will include the new The Honors College Residence Hall which will be on the site of the former University's "Towers" dormitories. The residence hall will house will be a 600- to 700-beds and shoot for Gold LEED certification after its completion. The Honors dorm’s exterior design includes three wings perpendicular to Blossom Street and a main wing parallel to Blossom Street and facing the rear of the Graduate Science Research Center. The basic floor plan calls for “pods” that would include a common living area for 12 students who would live in either single- or double-occupancy rooms. Bathrooms shared by two to four students would be incorporated into each pod. A learning center will be incorporated into the main building and situated to allow convenient access for those who don’t live in the residence hall. Until the completion of the Honors dorm, housing for Honors students are currently in Maxcy College on the historic Horseshoe which under the current plan will be turned into apartment and suite-style units for basic university students. In addition to Maxcy’s renovation the 18-story Capstone House will also be turned from Honors College residence hall to a general student resident hall.[14] Image File history File links Newhonorsdorm. ... Image File history File links Newhonorsdorm. ...


Since campus academic enrollment exceeds the capacity of on-campus housing, the University is in the process of adding more resident halls, most of which will be suite-style. Some students as a result live in popular off-campus housing, including apartments at College Suites, RiverSide Estates/University Commons, The Wilshire House at Union Station, Whaley's Mill, Granby Mill, and Sterling University; houses in the Shandon, Rosewood, and Olympia areas of Columbia; and off-campus housing provided by Greek organizations.[15]


Student Government

Students can have a voice in the University's administration and have an impact on the quality of student life by election to and service in Student Government.


Student Government is composed of the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative Branches. A 50-member Student Senate is led by the Student Body Vice President. Student Senate enacts referendums, resolutions, and bills to enhance the student body in non-academic fields, maintains a budget for student life programs and organizations, confirms nominations for cabinet positions, and makes recommendations for change within the University.


Student Government is an entirely student-run system with a Constitutional Council (its version of the Supreme Court) and Elections Commission. Student Government authority derives from the Student Government Constitution, a document written and adopted with the inception of Student Government and overseen by the President of the University of South Carolina and the University's Board of Trustees.


Organizations

Students may participate in any of the 300 registered student organizations.


Carolina Productions is a student organization responsible for providing diverse educational programs, entertainment, and special events for the University. It is composed of seven commissions, each of which concentrates on separate programming.


Honor societies include Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Phi Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, Carolina Scholars Association, Chi Sigma Iota, Eta Sigma Delta, Gamma Beta Phi, Golden Key, Kappa Delta Epsilon, McNair Scholars Association, Mortar Board, Mu Sigma Rho, National Residence Hall Honorary, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Omicron Delta Kappa, Order of Omega, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Lambda Sigma, Phi Sigma Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, Psi Chi, Rho Chi, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Sigma Delta Pi, Sigma Iota Rho, and Tau Beta Pi.


Professional organizations include Academy of Student Pharmacists, Alpha Kappa Psi, American Marketing Association, Delta Sigma Pi, Gamecock Pre-Veterinary Association, Library and Information Science Student Association, Phi Alpha Delta, Public Relations Student Society of America, Social Work Student Association, Student Nurses Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, among others.


Religious organizations include Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ, Chi Alpha (Assemblies of God), Christ's Student Church (Church of Christ), Hillel (Jewish), Lutheran Campus Ministry, Methodist Student Network, Muslim Students Association [4], Presbyterian (USA) Student Association, Reformed University Fellowship (Presbyterian Church in America), St. Thomas More Catholic Community, and Student Christian Fellowship.


Minority and international student organizations include Association of African American Students, Students Allied for Latin America, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Alliance, Black Graduate Student Association, Hellenic Student Organization, NAACP, Brothers of Nubian Descent, Ethnic Student Ministries, Indian Student Association, International Student Association, Nihon Club, Fellowship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars, Taiwanese Students Association, Thai Students Association, Turkish Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, Filipino-American Student Association, SEED, SALA, Pastafarians at USC, Society of Black Engineers, Hindu Students Council, and African-American Male Institue.


Other organizations include choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, USC "The Mighty Sound of the Southeast" Marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, symphony orchestra, and the campus radio station.


Students can also join the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) or participate in any of the local projects sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a training program of the United States armed forces present on college campuses to recruit and educate commissioned officers. ... Official Habitat for Humanity logo Habitat for Humanity is an international, Christian, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building quality, low-cost, affordable housing. ...


Media

The Daily Gamecock is an editorially independent student newspaper that is published Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and nine times during the summer, with the exception of university holidays and exam periods. It has a readership of more than 30,000 and is distributed across the University campus and regional campuses in the USC System. The Daily Gamecock (formerly The Gamecock) is the daily editorially independent newspaper of the University of South Carolina. ...


The student run radio station, WUSC, began broadcasting on the AM dial in 1947. In January of 1977 WUSC began broadcasting on the FM dial, and in 1982 the station found its current home at 90.5 FM. In June of 2006, WUSC upgraded to a current digital transmitter and are now broadcasting in HD radio. WUSC-FM was one of the first stations in the state to broadcast in HD and recently made history by being the first station in the state to broadcast in HD2. WUSC-FM is a student-run radio station operating at the University of South Carolina. ...


Students also publish a literary magazine, Garnet & Black, which was formed in 1994 as a consolidation of the university's former yearbook and its literary magazine. The magazine focuses on timely issues and trends of student interest and regularly offering tidbits on current events and a "Create" section showcasing students' literature and artwork. It is published four times a year and is free to students at many locations across the Carolina community.[16]


In the Fall 2006, USC established its first television station, Student Government Television (SGTV). It was funded by Student Government until April 2007 when Student Government released SGTV to the Department of Student Media, which operates Garnet & Black, The Daily Gamecock, and WUSC. SGTV airs Monday through Thursdays from 6pm-10pm and all weekend long and can be seen on cable channel 4. SGTV provides original, informative, and entertaining programming and serves as an outlet for student work.


Greek life

Currently, about 16% of the male student body and 17% of the female student body participate in Greek organizations.

  • Total Number of Fraternities: 22
  • Total Number of Sororities: 14

The Greek system has experienced a significant increase in interest with the addition of the Greek Village, where houses are owned and managed by individual Greek organizations. All students who live in these buildings are members of a sorority or fraternity.[17]

The Greek Village.
The Greek Village.

The following chart is a list of fraternities and sororities with houses in the Greek Village: Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 199 pixelsFull resolution (2117 × 527 pixel, file size: 167 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Greek Village at the University of South Carolina I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 199 pixelsFull resolution (2117 × 527 pixel, file size: 167 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Greek Village at the University of South Carolina I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...

Fraternities Sororities
Alpha Tau Omega Delta Zeta
Chi Psi Alpha Delta Pi
Lambda Chi Alpha Chi Omega
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Delta Delta Delta
Pi Kappa Phi Gamma Phi Beta
Sigma Chi Kappa Delta
Kappa Alpha Kappa Kappa Gamma
Kappa Sigma Zeta Tau Alpha
Sigma Nu Alpha Chi Omega
Pi Kappa Alpha
Omega Psi Phi*
  • =currently being sub-leased

ATΩ (Alpha Tau Omega) (commonly known as ATO, Taus, Alpha Taus) is an American social fraternity that annually ranks among the top ten national fraternities for numbers of chapters and total number of members. ... Delta Zeta (ΔΖ) is a college sorority founded on October 24, 1902, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. ... Chi Psi, ΧΨ is a fraternity consisting of more than 30 chapters (known as alphas) at American colleges and universities. ... Alpha Delta Pi (ΑΔΠ) was founded May 15, 1851 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia making it the first female fraternal organization. ... Lambda Chi Alpha (ΛΧΑ), headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the largest mens general fraternities in North America with more than 250,000 initiated members and chapters at more than 300 universities. ... Chi Omega (ΧΩ) is the largest womens fraternal organization in the National Panhellenic Conference. ... Sigma Alpha Epsilon (ΣΑΕ) is a secret letter, social college fraternity. ... Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ), also known as Tri Delta, is a national collegiate sorority founded on November 27, 1888. ... Pi Kappa Phi is a national social fraternity that was founded in the spirit of nu phi, meaning non-fraternity. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. ... Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) was the first sorority founded at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University), in Farmville, Virginia. ... The Kappa Alpha Order is a collegiate order of Christian knights. ... Kappa Kappa Gamma (ΚΚΓ) is a college womens fraternity, founded on October 13, 1870 at Monmouth College, Illinois. ... ΚΣ (Kappa Sigma) is an international fraternity with currently 234 chapters and 42 colonies in North America. ... Zeta Tau Alpha (ΖΤΑ) is a womens fraternity, founded October 15, 1898 at what used to be State Female Normal School but is now known as Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. ... ΣΝ (Sigma Nu) is an undergraduate college fraternity with chapters in the United States and Canada. ... Alpha Chi Omega (ΑΧΩ, also known as A-Chi-O) is a womens fraternity founded on October 15, 1885. ... Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity (ΠΚΑ) is an international, secret, social, Greek-letter, college fraternity. ... Omega Psi Phi (ΩΨΦ) is a national fraternity, and was the first black national fraternal organization to be founded at a historically black college. ...

Athletics

The University offers club, intramural, and varsity sports. Its 19 varsity sports teams compete in the Southeastern Conference and are known as the Gamecocks. The Gamecocks have won six national team championships: 2002 NCAA championship in women's track & field, 2005 & 2007 National Championship in women's equestrian, and 2005-2007 Hunt Seat National Championships in women's equestrian. Also, the men's and women's track & field teams have produced many NCAA individual champions, world championship medalists, and Olympic medalists. The men's baseball and basketball teams have also produced Olympic medalists. Other significant accomplishments include: 2005 NCAA runner-up in women's track & field; NCAA runner-up three times in baseball (2002, 1977, 1975); 1993 NCAA runner-up in men's soccer; and 2005 & 2006 NIT championships in men's basketball. See grid at the main article for other championships. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... A gamecock is a strong, colorful, and territorial type of chicken, or fowl, bred for maximum aggression. ... NIT redirects here. ...

The University of South Carolinas 19 varsity sports teams are known as the Gamecocks. ...

Recreation

Students tend to socialize off campus in Five Points and the Congaree Vista. Both of these areas are within walking distance of campus and offer restaurants, bars, cafés, and a variety of local entertainment. Five Points in Columbia, South Carolina is a shopping, restaurant, and nightlife area that attracts customers from the nearby University of South Carolina and throughout the Columbia metropolitan area. ... Congaree Vista is a cosmopolitan section of Columbia, South Carolina, on the banks of the Congaree River which was revitalized during the late 1990s and early 2000s. ...


Lake Murray and the three rivers (Saluda River, Broad River, and Congaree River) around Columbia offer students many recreational activities. Lake Murray is a lake in the U.S. state of South Carolina. ... // The Saluda River is a principal tributary of the Congaree River, about 200 mi (320 km) long, in northern and western South Carolina in the United States. ... The Broad River is a river in North and South Carolina, United States. ... Congaree River at the fall line, Columbia, South Carolina The Congaree River is a short but wide river in South Carolina in the United States. ...


Recent accomplishments

  • Since 1994 students have won 313 national fellowship and scholarship competitions totaling more than $9 million dollars for advanced academic study. Included are Marshall, Rhodes, Truman, National Science Foundation, Fulbright, Goldwater, Madison, Cooke, and Javits Scholars, among others[18]
  • Two more public relations teams from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications won national titles at the 2006 Bateman Competition sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America. Teams were challenged to design campaigns that would increase awareness and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, and of the more than ninety universities that started, sixty-two actually submitted entries. USC's Keystone Group won the international campaign division, and the University's Merlin Group won the regional campaign division. In 2004, USC won a national title while another USC team placed third. USC also won the 2002 competition.[19]
  • USC-affiliated athletes won seven medals at the 2004 Olympic Games.[20]

The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ...

Campus

The Horseshoe at the center of USC's campus as it looks today.
The Horseshoe at the center of USC's campus as it looks today.

When South Carolina College opened its doors in 1805, the building now known as Rutledge College was the only building on campus. Located one block southeast of the State Capitol, it served as an administrative office, academic building, residence hall, and chapel. However, the master plan for the original campus called for a total of eleven buildings, all facing a large lush gathering area. In 1807, the original President's House was the next building to be erected. The building now known as DeSaussure College followed shortly thereafter, and the remaining eight buildings were constructed over the next several decades. When completed, all eleven buildings formed a U-shape open to Sumter Street. This modified quadrangle is known as the Horseshoe. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3456x2304, 5632 KB) Brandon Davis, Maxcy Monument in the center of the USC Horseshoe, 2006 I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3456x2304, 5632 KB) Brandon Davis, Maxcy Monument in the center of the USC Horseshoe, 2006 I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...


The Horseshoe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and most of its buildings reflect the federal style of architecture in vogue in the early days of the nation. Among them is the Caroliniana Library, which was designed by Robert Mills and is the first freestanding academic library in the United States.[21] Old Campus District, University of South Carolina, is a National Historic District on the main campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina The district, centered around The Horseshoe, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... Robert Mills (1781 - 1855) is sometimes called the first native born American to become a professional architect; Charles Bulfinch perhaps has a clearer claim to this honor. ...


Over the years the eleven original buildings on the Horseshoe survived a fire, an earthquake, and the Civil War, but in 1940 McKissick Museum replaced the original President's House. The President's House would eventually return to the Horseshoe after extensive remodeling of one of its original buildings, which was dedicated as such in 1952.


During the 20th century, the campus began to spread out dramatically from the Horseshoe. Today it includes the student union, 21 residence halls, numerous academic buildings, Longstreet Theatre, the Koger Center for the Arts, the Carolina Coliseum, the Colonial Center, Sarge Frye Field, and various facilities for Olympic sports. (Williams-Brice Stadium is located approximately one mile off campus.) The Koger Center for the Arts is an arts center located in Columbia, South Carolina, on the University of South Carolina campus. ... The Colonial Center is a multi-purpose arena in Columbia, South Carolina, primarily home to the University of South Carolina mens and womens basketball teams. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... Carolina takes the field to the song 2001 at Williams-Brice Stadium, rated the best entrance in college football by Williams-Brice Stadium is the home football stadium for the South Carolina Gamecocks, the college football team representing the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. ...


Recent additions to the campus are the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, the Greek village, and the Green Quad.

USC's new LEED building West Quad.

The Green Quad was opened in the fall of 2004 as a residence hall and is one of only four in the world to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x683, 119 KB) Brandon Davis, Photo of USCs West Quad. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x683, 119 KB) Brandon Davis, Photo of USCs West Quad. ... 7 World Trade Center, considered New York Citys first green office tower by gaining gold status in the U.S. Green Building Councils LEED program. ...


The campus continues to expand west toward the Congaree River in support of its research initiatives (see below). Three separate sites, each specializing in its own research area, will initially cover 500,000 square feet (50,000 m²) spread over six city blocks and will eventually grow to 5,000,000 square feet (500,000 m²). This new district of campus, named Innovista,[22] will mix university and private research buildings, parking garages, and commercial and residential units. At the center will be a public plaza called Foundation Square. Congaree River at the fall line, Columbia, South Carolina The Congaree River is a short but wide river in South Carolina in the United States. ...


Future plans also include a new home for the School of Law and a new baseball stadium along the Congaree River.[23]


The University of South Carolina also operates a transit system under Parking Services called Carolina Shuttle (formerly ShuttleCock) which operates Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm with 7 rotues and 14 buses including convered buses that use more energy-efficient biodiesel. The Evening Shuttle operates from 6pm to 12:30am. The system operates during the Fall and Spring semesters, with limited operation during the summer, reading days, and holidays. Service is free to all USC students, faculty and staff.[24]


See also

People

The University has over 250,000 living alumni.[25]

The following are notable individuals associated with the University of South Carolina. ...

Presidents

During its more than two hundred year history, the University has had over 30 presidents.

The following are the presidents of the University of South Carolina. ...

Board of Trustees

Since its charter in 1801, the University has been governed by a board of trustees, which now governs the entire USC system.

The University of South Carolina is the largest institution of higher learning in the state of South Carolina. ...

Points of interest

  • W. Gordon Belser Arboretum
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Capstone House
  • Gibbes Green
  • The Horseshoe
  • Longstreet Theatre
  • McKissick Museum
  • McMaster
  • National Advocacy Center
  • Horseshoe Gates
  • Green Quad
  • Close/Hipp Building (Darla Moore School of Business )
  • School of Law
  • Koger Center for the Arts
  • Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center
  • Thomas Cooper Library
  • South Caroliniana Library
  • Maxcy Monument

The W. Gordon Belser Arboretum (6. ... Carolina takes the field to the song 2001 at Williams-Brice Stadium, rated the best entrance in college football by Williams-Brice Stadium is the home football stadium for the South Carolina Gamecocks, the college football team representing the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. ... The Koger Center for the Arts is an arts center located in Columbia, South Carolina, on the University of South Carolina campus. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ University of South Carolina - About the University
  2. ^ University of South Carolina - About the University
  3. ^ Carolina Listing at the Carnegie Foundation
  4. ^ USC Common Data Set, 2005
  5. ^ University of South Carolina Snapshot (06/07). Retrieved on 10/27/2007.
  6. ^ Peterson’s Summary of School
  7. ^ SCHC Visitors Information
  8. ^ http://uscnews.sc.edu/rsrc-admn069.html
  9. ^ untitled
  10. ^ University of South Carolina - Highlights
  11. ^ University of South Carolina - Highlights
  12. ^ Apartment Style Description
  13. ^ West Quad Grand Opening
  14. ^ Welcome to the South Carolina Honors College
  15. ^ USC Institutional Assessment and Compliance
  16. ^ Usc: Student Media
  17. ^ Usc: Greek Life
  18. ^ University of South Carolina - Highlights
  19. ^ i-SITE: 2006 Bateman Teams Win Two National Titles
  20. ^ USC Final Medal Count: a record SEVEN MEDALS! :: USC brings home plenty of hardware
  21. ^ About South Caroliniana Library - University Libraries - USC
  22. ^ Innovista: Innovative Research and modern, urban lifestyle
  23. ^ University of South Carolina - Highlights
  24. ^ USC Vehicle Management & Parking Services
  25. ^ University of South Carolina - About the University

Resources

  • 1. Hollis, Daniel Walker, (1951) University of South Carolina Volume I South Carolina College, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press
  • 2. Hollis, Daniel Walker, (1956) University of South Carolina Volume II College to University Columbia: University of South Carolina Press

External links

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