WELCOME TO THE SOUTH Your Guide to Columbia, the University

Your Guide to Columbia, the University
of South Carolina, and Everything
Brought to you by the Office of Student Engagement
5th Edition • 2015-2016
Updated Summer 2015
I. Welcome to the South .......................................................... 4-14
Welcome Letter
About South Carolina
Southerisms: The Quirks of the South
Terms and Slang
Food of the South
Southern Fashion
Southern Hospitality
II. The University of South Carolina .................................... 15-31
Brief History of USC
Life at USC
Carolina Handbook
Carolina Creed
USC Traditions
III. Getting Involved ................................................................... 25-28
NSE Sponsored Events
Student Organizations
Campus Life & Carolina Productions
IV. University Resources .......................................................... 32-37
National Student Exchange Office
Parking Services
Thomson Student Health Center
Counseling and Human Developement Center
Academic Centers for Excellence (ACE)
V. Important Numbers and Websites ................................. 42
VII. Columbia ................................................................................ 42-45
Places To Go and Things To Do
Local Favorites
Other Sites, Stores, and Attractions
VII. General Directions ............................................................. 46
To Broad River/Bush River Roads
To Forest Drive
To Harbison Boulevard
To Two Notch Road
To Village at Sandhill
To Columbia (CAE) Airport
IX. Beyond Columbia ......................................................... 47
IIX. Appendix ..................................................................... 48-53
National Student Exchange Office
• Located in the Office of Student Engagement • Patterson
(Garden Level)
• Phone: 803-777-6731 or 803-777-2142
• Fax: 803-777-8922
• http://www.sc.edu/studentengagement
• Facebook: Student Engagement at The University of
South Carolina
• YouTube: UofSC_StudentEngagement
• Twitter: @UofSC_OSE
• Pinterest: UofSCstuengage
• If you need anything during your time at Carolina, please
come see us or call. We’re here for you, so don’t hesitate!
Greetings and Welcome!
Welcome to the National Student Exchange Program at the University of South Carolina! We are
extremely excited you have chosen to attend USC and we know you have made a great choice. Your
experience here should be both exciting and educational. You can start making plans to learn the shag
(our state dance), eat boiled peanuts, drink sweet tea, study on our Historic Horseshoe, and take
advantage of the nationally recognized faculty, educational programs, and research facilities that you
will encounter.
Included in this guide*, you will find a plethora of information about Columbia, South Carolina, and
Everything Southern! Our goal is to introduce to you to the unique culture of the south, as well as specific
traditions in South Carolina and at the University of South Carolina. We will discuss the slang, food, and
dress of the region in order to acclimate you to our distinctive customs. We will also provide you with local
favorites from eateries to hair salons to rainy day activities! We know our guide is not all-encompassing
but we do hope that it helps you get your feet wet.
As your NSE Program Staff, we are here to help make your exchange go as smoothly as possible and be
of maximum benefit to you, do not hesitate to contact us. We hope you discover the southern hospitality
and charm that our region has to offer and we look forward to welcoming you with our “Smiling Faces.
Beautiful Places.”
Go Gamecocks!
Kimberly Dressler
Coordinator, Office of Student Engagement
Mia Cherry
Graduate Assistant
*We would like to recognize www.sc.edu and www.columbiacvb.com as a lot of the information included in this guide was
retrieved from their websites.
- South Carolina was named to honor King Charles I (Carolus is Latin for
- Name for Residents – South Carolinians
- Population – 4,723,723 (as of 2012)
CAROLINA: - Over 200 battles of the Revolutionary War were fought in South Carolina
The Palmetto
- South Carolina entered the Union on May 23, 1788 and became the 8th
- Before being known as the Palmetto State, South Carolina was known as,
and had emblazoned on their license plates, the Iodine State.
- During the Revolutionary War, the walls of the American fort on Sullivan
Island, in Charleston Harbor, were made of spongy Palmetto logs. The
logs were helpful in protecting the fort because the British cannonballs
bounced off them. Therefore, the palmetto became the state’s symbol.
- Every city within the state can be reached throughout in 4 hours or less
- South Carolina is the nation’s leading peach producer and shipper east of
the Mississippi River.
- Major Industries include farming (tobacco and soybeans), textiles,
manufacturing chemicals, processed foods, machinery, electronics, paper
products, and tourism.
- The agricultural economy includes farming tobacco and soybeans, raising
poultry, cattle, dairy products, and hogs.
- South Carolinians take pride in their state and honor South Carolina
by using the Palmetto tree as a symbol of pride and recognition (as seen
on the state flag) and place it on hats, bags, cups, jewelry, dog collars,
plates…almost anything!
- 118 movies have been filmed in South Carolina (including Sleeping with
the Enemy, Rules of Engagement, O, The Patriot, The Notebook,
Leatherheads, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Dear John, and Cold
- The Order of the Palmetto is considered the highest civilian honor in the
State of South Carolina. It was first awarded in 1971. It recognizes a
person's lifetime achievements and contributions to the State of South
1. State Tree: Sabal Palmetto
2. State Flower: South Carolina Yellow Jasmine
3. State Bird: Carolina Wren
4. State Wild Game Bird: Wild Turkey
5: State Heritage Horse: Carolina Marsh Tacky
6: State Dog: Boykin Spaniel
7. State Animal: White-tailed Deer
8: State Reptile: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
9: State Amphibian: Salamander
10. State Fish: Striped Bass
State Slogan: “Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places!”
State Songs: “Carolina” and “South Carolina On My Mind”
5. 6.
1. State Butterfly: Eastern Tiger Swalllowtail
2. State Vegetable: Collard Greens
3. State Fruit: Peach
4. State Beverage: Milk
5. State Hospitality Beverage: Tea
6. State Gemstone: Amethyst
7. State Craft: Sweetgrass Basket Weaving
8. State Snack: Boiled Peanuts
State Dance: Shag
State Popular Music: Beach Music
Terms and Slang
Dixie Palmetto Bugs
stoming grounds y’all
Antebellum the war
buggy bless your heart
the pig
mash honey
Might Could
1. Bless your heart: Used primarily by the women of the South to excuse themselves for speaking ill of someone:
“She has only a face a mother could love, bless her heart.”
2. Cocks: Shortened version of the University of South Carolina’s mascot, Gamecocks: “Go Cocks!”
3. Fixin’ to: About to do something: “I’m fixin’ to go out on the lake.”
4. Honey: Can be shortened to “Hun. An affection name: “Honey, I love those shoes!”
5. Mash: A form of push: “Mash the button.”
a. To squish up, as in “mash potatoes.”
6. Might-could: Might be able to. Auxiliaries don’t scare Southerners they way they scare Northerners; we string
them together fearlessly, “I might coulda finished choppin the wood if’n hit hadn’t rained.”
7. Palmetto Bugs: Giant flying cockroaches up to two inches long. This is one SC slang term you hope not to hear!
8. Reckon: Suppose so, or think : “I reckon they’ve gone to the store.”
9. Shag: Also known as: “The Carolina Shag”. South Carolina’s state dance that is a six-count partner dance: “I
want to learn how to shag.”
10. Hootie: Nickname for the band, Hootie and Blowfish, was actually formed at University of South Carolina in
11. Stomping grounds: One’s familiar territory: “The baseball field is my old stomping grounds where I had a
great time as a teenager.”
12. Y’all: Referring to a group of two or more people: “Where do y’all want to go to dinner?”
13. Yankees: A group of millions of Americans, that are from the Northern states of the USA: “Yankees love coming
to Charleston because of its of traditional Southern charm.”
14. Dixie: Nickname for the Southern part of the United States. The Song, “I wish I was in Dixie,” became the
unofficial anthem of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
15. Buggy: Otherwise known as a shopping cart—used at the grocery store
16. The Pig: Slang for the southern chain grocery store, Piggly Wiggly (you might encounter promotional shirts
with the slogan “I’m Big on the Pig”)
17. The War: Refers to the Civil War.
18. Antebellum: References the time in the South before the Civil War (think hoop skirts and Scarlet O’Hara)
Hey Y’all! Welcome to the world of Southern cooking, where anything can be
fried and we love our sweet tea! Did you know that many staple Southern items
like squash, tomatoes, corn, and grits were inherited from the southeastern Native
American tribes such as the Caddo, Choctaw, and Seminole? Also, the South’s
inclination of a full breakfast (as opposed to a Continental Breakfast) derives
from the British ‘fry up’ (think bacon and eggs).
•Collard greens: Loose-leafed plant that is grown for its large, dark-colored,
edible leaves. Are a staple vegetable in the South. They are usually seasoned
with smoked or salted meats, diced onions, vinegar and pepper. South Carolina is
the second leading producer in the U.S.
•Hush puppies: Delicious side dish made from cornmeal batter that is deep fried
in small sphere shapes. Severed with barbeque or fried seafood items.
Traditional Meals
•Grits (Especially shrimp and Grits): A food of Native American and is mainly
eaten at breakfast as a side dish. They consist of coarsely ground corn and many
times include shrimp. In 1976, South Carolina named grits the official state food.
• Barbeque: In the South, we take our barbeque seriously! There are many
different kinds of BBQ and vary by region. South Carolina is the only state that
includes all four recognized barbecue sauces,
including mustard-based, vinegar-based, and light and heavy tomato-based.[14]
Memphis barbecue is best known for tomato- and vinegar-based sauces.
• She-Crab Soup: A rich soup, similar to bisque, made of milk or heavy cream,
crab or fish stock, Atlantic blue crab meat, and (traditionally) crab roe, and a
small amount of dry sherry added as it is plated. One of South Carolina's finest
culinary creations; this dish is made with crab meat, crab roe, and sherry.
• Oysters: Can be eaten on the half shell, raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried,
roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed, broiled or used in a variety of drinks.
Oyster Roasts are a tradition in the South that allows family and friends to get
together. They usually occur in the winter months when the oysters are not
spawning, and the taste of these plump creatures is at its best.
• Chicken and Dumplings: A comfort food of the south and is a combination of
multiple dumplings, boiled chicken meat, and chicken broth.
• Meatloaf: made up of ground meat and fillers and formed into a loaf shape.
Covered with either a tomato-based, barbeque, or gravy sauce. Usually served
with mashed potatoes.
• Meat and Three: Choice of any meat and three vegetables side dishes. Very
common in traditional ‘home cooking’ style restaurants.
banana pudding
Traditional Desserts and Drinks
chicken and dumplings
peacan pie
pound cake
peach cobler
•Sweet Tea: All tea in the south is sweet, if
you like it otherwise be sure to specify.
Consider the “house wine of the south.”
•Coke: All ‘soda’ in the South is called ‘coke’.
If you ever order ‘coke’ to drink, the server
will most likely ask what kind.
•Peach Cobbler: South Carolina is the #2
peach producer in the nation and lead all
southern states, including Georgia! Naturally
our favorite kind of cobbler is peach.
•Pecan Pie: Sweet pie made mostly of corn
syrup and pecan nuts. This dessert is a must
at any Southern Thanksgiving or Holiday
•Sweet Potato Casserole: Dish made up of
mashed sweet potatoes topped with brown
sugar and pecan toppings. Most commonly
served at Thanksgiving.
•Pound cake: The name comes from the traditional way it was prepared: one pound
each of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. Pound cakes come in a variety of flavors like
lemon, coconut cream, chocolate, marble swirl, etc. and are often served at picnics and
•Banana Pudding: This yummy concoction consists of repeated layers of vanilla
custard (sometimespudding), vanilla wafers, and sliced bananas. It is all topped off
with whipped cream!
Fair Food
As the weather gets cooler and the leaves began to turn, residents of South Carolina
know that not only fall is around the corner, but so is the State Fair! The State Fair
takes place right here in
Columbia. It is a 12-day event of rides, games, and best of all, fair food. Everything
at the fair is fried, unhealthy, and absolutely delicious. It is an event that you do not
want to miss! The dates for 2012 State Fair are October 10 – 21. Here is a preview
of the scrumptious foods that you will find only at the fair: •Deep-fried twinkies •Fried
Coca-Cola •Fried Kool-aid •Elephant ears (deep-fried batter covered in powdered
sugar) •Corn dogs •Gyros •Fried Snickers •Fried Oreos •1.5 pound turkey legs! •Fiske
fries doused with vinegar •Candied (Granny Smith) apples •Cotton candy •Funnel
Vera Bradley
You will likely see these brightly-colored, swirling and often floral patterns
all across campus. Vera Bradley bags are popular school totes. Ladies will
also carry Vera Bradley purses and on long weekends, pack in her
A motif made by overlapping or combining the initials of an individual, a
company, or a newly engaged or married couple. A traditional 3-letter
monogram has the initial of the individual’s last name set larger or in the
middle, where the first initial appears to the left and the middle initial to
the right. For a newly engaged or married couple, the last name would be
in the middle and the initials on each side would be the first names of each
person. Monograms are popular everywhere but especially popular in the
south. We will monogram everything from a dog’s collar to towels to
handbags to stationary to luggage hats to cups to napkins. If there is an
option to monogram an item, Southerners are going to take it!
Croakies is the name of an American company that makes neoprene
straps that attach to the frame of sunglasses to ensure they stay wrapped
around your neck in case they are knocked from your face. Croakies is the
trademarked name brand, but even generic neoprene eyewear straps are
referred to as croakies. According to Ehow.com, “The original Croakie
eyewear retainer was invented by a ski patrolman in Jacksonhole,
Wyoming in 1977. He sought a way to keep glasses from falling off of his
head during his adventures and found his solution in the neoprene material
used to construct wetsuits. Using the idea of a Chinese finger trap, he
constructed his first eyewear strap and could keep his glasses hanging
around his neck and secured on his head during rigorous activity.” Croakies
have become much more than a necessity for active outdoor enthusiasts.
They have crossed over into the college fashion world, especially among
Southern fraternity boys.
Sperrys (boat shoes)
“Sperry Top-Sider has been an American Original since 1935 when Paul
Sperry invented the first boat shoe for sailors. As Paul Sperry watched his
cocker spaniel, Prince, run across the ice on a winter’s day in Connecticut,
he noticed his dog’s amazing ability to maintain traction on the slippery
surface. Turning over Prince’s paw, he observed hundreds of tiny cracks
and cuts going in all directions. These wave-like grooves became the
inspiration for Mr. Sperry’s latest patent, called Razor-Siping™, and
were instrumental in maximizing the traction and performance of the
Authentic Original Sperry Top-Sider first introduced in 1935.”
Seer Sucker
Thin, all-cotton fabric, commonly striped or checkered, used to make
clothing for spring and summer wear. Seersucker is woven in such a way
that some threads bunch together, giving the fabric a wrinkled
appearance in places. This feature causes the fabric to be mostly held
away from the skin when worn, facilitating improved heat dissipation and
air circulation. Common items of clothing made from seersucker include
suits, pants, shorts, and dresses. You will also see patterns—whales, fish,
crabs, flamingos, palm trees—on pants and shorts!
Bow Ties
The bow tie is making a comeback with fun-formal events such as dinner,
cocktail parties and nights out on the town. Bow ties, especially narrow "string
ties," are still popular with men of all ages in the American South. It is also
much more common to wear a bow tie with a dinner jacket than it is to wear a
necktie with one; the latter is technically incorrect. Bow ties are also sometimes
worn as an alternative to ascot ties when wearing a morning coat.
A sundress is intended to be worn by women in warm weather. Typically, it is an
informal or casual dress in a lightweight fabric, most commonly cotton, and
usually loose fitting. The dress is intended to be worn without a layering top,
and the design must therefore cut a balance between modesty and sun
exposure. Lilly Pulitzer popularized the sundress in the 1960s.
There are several distinct features of typical Sothern Hospitality, or etiquette.
Some of the customs may be seen as odd or offensive by others; however, they
are considered polite in Southern culture and are an expression of a
traditional warm greeting and care for one another. First, the use of “Sir” or
“Ma’am” is a sign of respect and is used often in regular conversation. The act
of opening doors for women is common and again, is seen as an act of
respect. Southerners are known for excessive talking and slowness. They love
to gab and catch up on others’ lives. It is common for a quick grocery store trip
intended to only take twenty minutes to take over forty-five because a
Southerner ran into a neighbor. People from the South are also traditionally
big on smiling and waving. They often greet passing strangers with a great
smile or a giant wave. Also, do not be surprised if people say hello or ask how
you’re doing when passing. This practice is especially common on college
campuses. And let’s not forget food! Food is an important part of Southern
culture. Southerners will use any excuse to get family and friends together and
eat a big ‘ol meal. Many families have a ‘Sunday Supper’ where all members
gather at one house around lunchtime and feast on an array of dishes brought
by everyone. During mourning or if a member of a community is ill, the
neighborhood will come together and proud the family with meals for at least
two weeks. Southerners also love to call people they know by their last names.
The closer you are with someone, eventually your first name disappears
entirely to them and you’re only known by your last name. Take it as a sign of
The Palmetto State established South Carolina College—the precursor to the University
A Brief
of South Carolina—on Dec. 19, 1801, as part of an effort to unite South Carolinians in
History of the wake of the American Revolution. South Carolina's leaders saw the new college as
a way to promote "the good order and harmony" of the state. The founding of South
Carolina College was also a part of the Southern public college movement spurred
Carolina’s by Thomas Jefferson. Within 20 years of one another, Georgia, North Carolina, South
Carolina, and Virginia established state-supported colleges. In the antebellum era, the
Flagship Palmetto State generously supported South Carolina College, and it became one of the
influential colleges in the South before 1861, earning a reputation as the training
University most
ground for South Carolina's
antebellum elite.
The Horseshoe campus
The campus grew around the modified quadrangle of the Horseshoe. In 1805,
four years after the college was chartered, its first building, Rutledge, was
completed. Classes began that year with two faculty members and nine students.
As the only academic facility, Rutledge served as classroom, lab, library, chapel,
and student and faculty housing until DeSaussure was completed on the north
side of the Horseshoe in 1809. Throughout the next 38 years, the Horseshoe took
shape with eight more buildings. (The Horseshoe’s 11th building, and the only
one not built in the 19th century, is McKissick, completed in 1940.) Robert Mills,
the nation’s first federal architect and the designer of the Washington Monument,
greatly influenced the architecture of South Carolina College. Mills was involved
in the design of Rutledge, South Caroliniana Library, and Maxcy Monument in the
center of the Horseshoe, named for the first president of the college, Jonathan
Maxcy. The South Caroliniana Library was the first freestanding college library
building in the nation when it was completed in 1840.
Stability, post-war boom
Carolina went through several reorganizations in which the curriculum frequently
changed and its status shifted from college to university and back again. In
1906, the institution was rechartered for the final time as the University of South
Carolina. In the early decades of the 20th century, Carolina made strides
toward becoming a comprehensive university, and in 1917 became the first s
tate-supported college or university in South Carolina to earn regional
accreditation. The 1920s witnessed further progress and growth, with the
introduction of new colleges and degree programs, including the doctorate. The
Great Depression temporarily stalled this progress, but the outbreak of World
War II launched an era that transformed the University. Carolina hosted Naval
training programs during the war, and enrollment more than doubled in the
post-war era as veterans took advantage of the G.I. Bill.
Integration, enrollment explosion
In the 1950s, the University began recruiting national-caliber faculty and
extended its presence beyond Columbia with the establishment of campuses
in communities across South Carolina. On Sept. 11, 1963, Henrie D.
Monteith, Robert Anderson and James Solomon became the first of an
increasing number of African-American students to enroll at the University
in the 20th century; in 1965, Monteith became the first African-American
graduate, earning a BS in biochemistry.
In the ensuing years, Carolina underwent explosive growth as the “baby boom” generation
entered college. Enrollment stood at 5,660 in 1960, but by 1979 had reached nearly 26,000
students on the Columbia campus alone.
National recognition
Today the University of South Carolina is not only the state's flagship university
but also is a rising national star. It is consistently ranked as the country's best
program for international business by U.S. News & World Report and other
publications; is one of only 40 public universities in the nation with the
Carnegie Foundation's highest research designation to be named among the
nation's leaders in providing programs that benefit and engage communities;
was ranked No. 42 in the nation for in-state students by Kiplinger's "Best Values
in Public Colleges" in 2011; and was on the Princeton Review's "100 Best Value
Colleges for 2012" list.
SSC (Self Service Carolina)
Self Service Carolina is a site you will visit often to access your personal USC
data and information. After logging in to SSC with your VIP ID and password,
you can chose which category on the menu best fits your needs or what you are
looking for. In “Academics”, you can register for classes, get your transcript, and
This section will give
see your schedule. In “Financial”, you can see your fees, pay your bills, and add
you information about
money to your Carolina Card. In “Personal”, you can change your VIP pin, edit
resources, offices,
personal data information, see your housing assignment, and sign-up for Carolina
events, athletics, and
Alert. In “Technology”, you can change your network password and check other
traditions at the
campus technology information. http://vip.sc.edu
University of South
Carolina. We hope
Blackboard is a course-management system that all USC students and faculty
this information will
help you begin to feel have access to. All of your classes will be listed on Blackboard, but how often
you will need to use it will vary by professor. Instructors usually attach all course
at home here.
documents such as the syllabus and supplemental readings to Blackboard and
also use some of its features to communicate with students. Your professor may
also require you to take quizzes or exams on Blackboard and interact with your
classmates using the Discussion Board feature. You log in to Blackboard using
your USC ID and password.
http://blackboard.sc.edu or http://vip.sc.edu “Blackboard” then “Columbia & 2
year campuses”
You can access your email through Self Service Carolina. Your email is your
university ID [email protected] Your password is the password you have set
up for SSC. USC uses Microsoft Outlook. If you do not wish to access, your email
from here, you can have your USC email forwarded to another address. We will
communicate with you often through email so please make sure to check it on a
regular basis. When receiving emails from the Office of Student Engagement
and National Student Exchange, please respond immediately or at least within 24
hours unless noted otherwise.
Carolina Card
Your Carolina Card is the most necessary form of identification you will need
throughout campus. You must have it present to check out books at the library,
enter your residence hall, be admitted in to athletic events along with a ticket,
and to use many other university services which may require proof of your
enrollment at USC. The Carolina Card is also a declining debit card for purchases
you will make at the university. When you put money on your Carolina Card (aka
Carolina Cash), you can swipe your card to pay for Carolina Dining services, items
from campus vending machines, laundry machines in the residence halls, copies,
expenses at the Student Health Center, concessions at Williams Brice Stadium
and the Colonial Life Arena, purchases at the Russell House University Bookstore,
equipment rentals from the Strom Thurmond Wellness, and much, much more.
Carolina Cash can be added through Self Service Carolina or at one of the
several Automatic Deposit Machines throughout campus. Local businesses will not
accept Carolina Cards and Carolina Cash as a form of payment, but you may get
a discount if you show your ID. The Carolina Card office is located in the
basement of the Russell House University Union. Make sure to bring a driver’s
license, passport, or other photo identification. Your first card is free, but a lost or
stolen ID is $35.00 to replace. For more information on the Carolina Card, see
Carolina Alert
Every Friday around noon, you will hear a loud rooster crow. We do have
that much school spirit that when our beloved gamecock crows it is music
to our ears, but this is actually a weekly test of the outdoor warning alerts.
Those alarms are just one of the many ways the university will communicate
to students, faculty, and staff about weather emergencies and other types
of threats to the campus community. You can find a list of all the notification
outlets on www.sc.edu/carolinaalert/carolinaalert.shtml These include
websites, radio and TV stations, on-campus alarms, and social media outlets.
Most students will sign up for the Carolina Alert text messages through SSC and will also follow
Carolina Alert on Facebook (www.facebook.com/carolinaalert) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/
Russell House University Union
The Russell House is the University of South Carolina’s Student Union and a
place where you will probably frequent a few times a week. The Russell
House is home to many offices and student services including the Carolina
Card, post office and student mailboxes, Quick Copy (a copy and print
center), Parent Programs, Greek Life, Multicultural Student Affairs, Substance
Abuse Prevention and Education, and the University Bookstore. On the
second floor of the Russell House is the Campus Life Center which has the
offices for Student Organizations, Student Government, Community Service,
Leadership Programs, Women Student Services, and Carolina Productions.
Also on the second floor is the Russell House Theatre where free movies are
shown every Thursday through Sunday along with other campus events and
activities. The Russell House Ballroom is on the second floor as well and is
used for bigger events. On the third floor are the offices for Student Media,
Orientation & Testing, Veteran Services, and Carolina Styles, a small barber
shop. Throughout the Russell House there are a number of places to eat. On
the first floor is Pandini’s (pizza, sandwiches, and salads), Freschen’s (frozen
yogurts and smoothies), Horseshoe Deli, Barnes & Noble Café (sandwiches,
baked goods, coffee, smoothies), and the Grand Market Place (food court).
The second floor has a lot of chain restaurants such as Taco Bell, Einstein’s Bagels, and Woodstock Cafe. Also throughout the Russell House are a number
of meeting rooms and places to study.
Where to Buy Books
There are three bookstores that cater to USC students:
•Russell House University Bookstore – first level of the Russell House University
Union; you can also use your Carolina Card here and a portion of all sales at the
University Bookstore go to study scholarships
•Addams Bookstore – 152 South Assembly Street
At these locations, you can pre-order books and choose the rental option. Professors will submit
their lists of required texts to all locations. You can also order your books from a website of your
preference such as Amazon or Half.com
Carolina Shuttle
Also known as “Shuttle Cock”, the Carolina Shuttle is a very helpful and convenient
way to get around campus. There are six different routes that make a stop close
to almost anywhere you would need to be. The each bus makes a stop
approximately every fifteen minutes, but you can track your bus’s arrival using
NextBus on a smart phone or on via the NextBus website on a computer. Each
stop has a map of the shuttle routes and we will provide you with a map as well,
but here are the routes and their stops:
Blue – Coliseum --> Music/Discovery Plaza Garage --> Coker Life Science --> PE
Center --> Nursing
Red – Greek Village --> Music/Discovery Plaza Garage --> Coliseum --> Horseshoe
--> Pendleton Garage --> Capstone/Moore School of Business
Green – Bates --> CLS--> Horseshoe --> Horizon Garage --> Swearingen
Yellow – Bates --> Nursing --> Horizon Garage --> Engineering at Catawba
North Loop (Gray) – Barnwell Parking Lot --> Capstone/Moore School of Business
--> Nursing --> National Advocacy Center --> McMaster --> 1600 Hampton
Express (Black) – Coliseum --> Law School --> Horseshoe --> Discovery Garage
Evening – Coliseum --> Music --> Russell House --> Nursing --> Capstone/BA -->
Maxcy --> Byrnes --> CLS --> Swearingen --> Roost --> Bates --> P.E. Center -->
Greek Village
All buses run from 7:30am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday when classes are in
session. The Evening Shuttle consists of two 15-passenger vans that run from 6pm to
12:30 am.
The Thomas Cooper Library is the main library on campus is located next to the
Russell House. Though it may not look that big from the outside, the majority of
the library is 5 floors underground. It can get very confusing when you are
going down to get to Level 4! Keep this in mind, the lower the number of the level
you need to get to, the lower you should go. During the school year, TCL is open
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It has a large computer lab, a number of study
rooms of all sizes, a café on the main level, and a friendly and helpful staff.
Other libraries on campus include the Hollings Special Collections Library (which is
in the back of TCL), Springs Business Library, Moving Image Research Collections,
the Mathematics Library, the Music Library, and the South Caroliniana Library.
Definitely make a point to make a quick (or longer) trip to the South Caroliniana
Library. It is one of USC’s hidden gems. South Caroliniana is located on the
historic Horseshoe. It was USC’s main library up until 1940 and was designed
by architect Robert Mills, a South Carolina native who designed many landmark
buildings in Washington D.C. during the 1800s, his most famous being the
Washington Monument. South Caroliniana’s other claim to fame is that was the
first free-standing academic library in the country. It houses many original
university archives and other historic documents.
Thomas Cooper Library
Student Success Center
Thomas Cooper Fountain
The Student Success Center is another great resource on campus to help you
achieve your academic goals. The SSC is located on the Mezzanine Level (top
floor) of the Thomas Cooper Library and offers services including supplemental
instruction (SI), tutoring, cross-campus advising, financial literacy, and resources
of special student populations (i.e. transfer, out-of-state, etc.). The SSC staff is
very friendly and helpful and will be more than happy to point you to the right
Career Center
The University of South Carolina Career Center is another great campus
resource devoted to students’ success. The Career Center has a helpful staff
to guide students in making decisions about majors and relevant career paths,
internships and summer jobs, graduate school, and other options for their futures.
Staff members also revise resumes and cover letters and give feedback and
tips on interview skills. The Career Center hosts a Career Fair each semester
which often leads to interviews, internships, and full-time positions for many USC
students. Students can meet with a Career Center staff member by
appointment or by coming to the Center’s On-Call hours Monday through Friday
1-4pm. There is also a plethora of information regarding any career-related
topic on the Career Center’s website. The Career Center is located on the sixth
floor of the H. William Close Building (Business Administration building)
ACE (Academic Coaching and Engagement)
ACE is a great resource on campus to help students succeed and excel in all their
academic and personal endeavors at USC. Struggling with managing your time
or figuring how the right way to study for an exam? Want to learn some new
strategies on taking notes or concentrating more in class? ACE is a part of the
Student Success CenterSign up to meet with an ACE Coach who can help you
figure out some new ways to succeed in your classes and also point you to some
other campus resources that might be helpful while you are at USC. ACE also
offers math tutoring and writing consultations. NSE students are required to meet
with an ACE coach at least once before October 1. SSC offices are located in
Bates House, Columbia Hall, Sims Hall, and the Thomas Cooper Library. You can
make an appointment online by visiting www.sc.edu/success or by
calling 777-1000
Healthy Carolina Farmer’s Market
In an effort to promote healthy living and sustainability, USC hosts an on-campus
Farmers Market every Tuesday on or around Greene Street in front of the
Russell House. The Farmers Market is from 10am to 2pm and begins in late
August or early September and runs through early to mid November. The
market returns in late March for about a month and also comes back in the
summer from early June to late July. The vendors sell locally grown and made
products such as produce, baked goods, seafood, boiled peanuts, kettlecorn,
jams, sauces, soaps, lotions, and much more. The First Lady of USC, Mrs. Patricia
Moore-Pastides, is a strong supporter of the Farmers Market and she and her
staff will usually pass out a free in-season piece of produce to students
passing through the market. Vendors at the Farmers Market gernerally only
accept cash.
Campus Recreation
The University of South Carolina has a number of opportunities to keep you fit, active,
and moving! Perhaps the most well-known spot for recreation is the beautiful Strom
Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center. The Strom (as it is commonly referred as) opened
in 2003 and is a state-of-the-art facility and has been the recipient of awards
honoring facilities of its kind. It includes a cardio deck with over 80 machines, strength
and conditioning area, indoor track, indoor climbing wall, racquetball and squash
courts, basketball courts, indoor pool, indoor hot tub, and an outdoor resort-like pool
with a sand volleyball court nearby. For a fee, you can buy a pass to take group
exercise classes such as yoga, spinning, or Zumba.
Looking for a little bit more adventure? Sign up for a day or weekend trip through
the Outdoor Recreation Office. Past Adventure Trips include kayaking on the Saluda
River, surfing at Folly Beach, SC, mountain biking in Augusta, GA, and backpacking the
Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Outdoor Rec also offers Service and Sustainability trips
like cleaning up the Broad River here in Columbia.
Campus Rec also coordinates intramurals. There is a small fee to be in an intramural league.
Intramurals are a great way continue playing a sport you have done your whole life or a way to
try something new and experience some friendly competition. Examples of IM teams at USC are
ultimate Frisbee, basketball, dodgeball, and sand volleyball.
In addition to the Strom, students can also work out at the Blatt Physical Education
Center. It includes many of the same amenities as the Strom such as cardio and weight
areas, basketball courts, racquetball courts, sand volleyball, an indoor pool, and
outdoor multipurpose fields.
The Horseshoe
The Horseshoe (also casually and affectionately known as the ‘Shoe) is the
original part of the University of South Carolina’s campus which dates back to
1805. The gates that lead into the Horseshoe have become a symbol for the
university. The Horseshoe is made up 11 historic buildings which are all in use
and serve different roles for the university such as classrooms, offices, residence
halls, and the President’s House. 10 of those buildings date back to the 19th
century and the entire Horseshoe is listed on the National Register of Historic
Places. The engraved bricks that make up the pathways through and around the
Horseshoe have been donated by alumni. The Horseshoe continues to be heart
and center of the University of South Carolina. On a nice day, it will be filled
with students playing Frisbee, enjoying lunch, or studying. If a prominent figure or event comes to USC, it is very likely they will speak or perform from the
Horseshoe. Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, alumni Hootie and the
Blowfish, and ESPN’s College Game Day are the select few who have
addressed the university from the Horseshoe.
Performing Arts
If you enjoy the performing arts, there are many ways you can enjoy them or
even participate in them while in Columbia. The USC Department of Theater
and Dance and the School of Music have performances at least once a month
throughout the semester. You can find their schedules on their websites and
can also be added to their mailing lists. Students of any major are eligible to
audition for a Theater production. Some classes require students to attend a
USC performance which is a great way for students to watch their very talented
Larger performing arts events are also common in Columbia and USC. Many big names have
performed at the Colonial Life Arena such as Keith Urban, Usher, and Prince. Touring Broadway musicals and symphonies usually perform at the Koger Center. There are also smaller
venues throughout Columbia for local bands, community theater, and independent films.
www.cas.sc.edu/THEA - www.music.sc.edu - http://koger.sc.edu - www.coloniallifearena.com www.nickelodeon.org - www.trustus.org - www.towntheatre.com
The Daily Gamecock
The Daily Gamecock is the student-run newspaper that comes out every day
Monday through Friday. It does a great job of covering campus, city, state, nation,
and world issues and stories that are of interest to USC students. The Daily
Gamecock is a must-read each morning to know what people are or will be talking
about. Students of any major can apply to be part of The Daily Gamecock staff.
They are always looking for new reporters, columnists, sports writers,
photographers, and layout designers.
www.thedailygamecock.com , www.facebook.com/The-Daily-Gamecock,
Garnet & Black magazine
Garnet & Black was originally the name of the University of South Carolina
yearbook, but now it is the quarterly magazine completely run and produced by
students from the layout, writing, photographing, publishing, and distributing.
Students are excited to read Garnet & Black each time it comes out because it is
covers edgier topics and has sections covering style, travel, entertainment,
restaurant reviews, and other trends. Like The Daily Gamecock, any student of any
major can work for Garnet & Black.
www.gandbmagazine.com, www.facebook.com – Garnet and Black, www.twitter.
Student Gamecock Television (SGTV) is a student run cable channel airing on
campus cable channel 4. The station's goal is to offer educational opportunities
to USC Students and provide entertaining and informative programming to the
campus community. Students of any major who are interested in helping out with
SGTV can email the station manager at [email protected] or stop by the office in
Russell House 330.
WUSC-FM is the 2500-watt noncommercial, educational, free-format student
radio station at USC, broadcasting in HD Radio 24 hours per day at 90.5 FM. The
station introduces new music and provides alternative programming for its
listeners, including specialty programs focusing on a single genre of music such as
blues, punk, metal, acoustic, and jazz.
All students interested in radio production, announcing, music reviewing, or promotion are invited
to join WUSC. For information, contact the Station Manager at [email protected] You can listen
online at www.wusc.sc.edu
Carolina Handbook
Every school has their own special guideline book, USC is no different. Known as
the Carolina Community, this is a lengthy document and as much as we would have
loved to have printed it all for you it was just not feasible. Visit http://www.sa.sc.
edu/carolinacommunity/to read up on plagiarism, attendance and behavior
policies. As a student at the University of South Carolina, you are responsible for
knowing and upholding it on and off campus.
Carolinian Creed
The Carolinian Creed really embodies everything that USC is and wants to
be. So read it, sign it, and mean it.
The community of scholars at the
University of South Carolina is dedicated to
personal and academic excellence.
Choosing to join the community obligates each member
to a code of civilized behavior.
As a Carolinian...
I will practice
personal and academic integrity;
I will respect
the dignity of all persons;
I will respect
the rights and property of others;
I will discourage
bigotry, while striving to learn from
differences in people, ideas and opinions;
I will demonstrate
concern for others, their feelings, and their need for
conditions which support their work and development.
Allegiance to these ideals requires each Carolinian
to refrain from and discourage behaviors which threaten
the freedom and respect every individual deserves.
Are you kidding!?! This is SEC football; of course there are traditions! SEC football
means great games against Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt,
Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas A&M, and Mississippi
State. And of course we always play our rival, Clemson! Although a lot of traditions do coincide with football, there are many other traditions that are unique to
USC that does not revolve around athletics.
Official Nickname: Fighting Gamecocks (Shortened to ‘Gamecocks’
and ‘Cocks’)
Colors: Garnet and Black
Mascot: Cocky
Cockaboose Railroad: The most unique form of tailgating Just behind
the south end zone stands at Williams-Brice Stadium sit 22 real train
cabooses, all of which have been renovated to the hilt to provide an
almost luxurious tailgating experience. Each Cockaboose has a sun
deck where fans grill out, party, and listen to music—for the most diehard Cocks fans.
Stadium Nickname: “The Cockpit”
Alma Mater – We Hail Thee Carolina
We hail thee, Carolina, and sing thy high praise
With loyal devotion, remembering the days
When proudly we sought thee, thy children to be:
Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Since pilgrims of learning, we entered thy walls
And found dearest comrades in thy classic halls
We’ve honored and loved thee as sons faithfully;
Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Generations of sons have rejoiced to proclaim
Thy watchword of service, thy beauty and fame;
For ages to come shall their rallying cry be:
Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Fair shrine of high honor and truth, thou shalt still
Blaze forth as a beacon, thy mission fulfill,
And crowned by all hearts in a new jubilee:
Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Singing the Alma Mater is one of the University of South Carolina’s most beloved traditions. You
will hear the song played around campus, at university ceremonies, and especially at athletic
events. When the song reaches “Here’s a health” students and alumni will raise their right arm,
curve their fingers as if holding a drink, and offer a toast to Carolina.
Fight Song – The Fighting Gamecocks Lead the Way
Another song you will hear at USC athletic events is the fight song:
Hey, Let’s give a cheer, Carolina is here,
The Fighting Gamecocks lead the way.
Who gives a care, If the going gets tough,
And when it is rough, that’s when the ‘Cocks get going.
Hail to our colors of garnet and Black,
In Carolina pride have we.
So, Go Gamecocks Go - FIGHT!
Drive for the goal - FIGHT!
USC will win today - GO COCKS!
So, let’s give a cheer, Carolina is here.
The Fighting Gamecocks All The Way!
Chicken Finger Wednesday
Chicken Finger Wednesday is one of USC students’ favorite meals and something they look
forward to each week. The famous chicken fingers and curly fries can be purchased in the Grand
Market Place on the first floor of the Russell House. There will probably be a line so follow and
look for the crowds!
Dance Marathon
Every February, hundreds of USC students participate in Dance Marathon. Dance
Marathon is an event that happens on campuses across the country to raise money
for the Children’s Miracle Network. It is 24 hours of straight dancing and moving!
DM at USC is the largest student-run philanthropy in the state of South Carolina.
During the marathon students learn different dances to keep them moving, dress in
silly outfits, and are visited by children and their families who directly benefit from
the funds donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.
Class Rings
While you at USC, you will probably hear students talking about getting their
class ring and mentions of the Ring Ceremony. The class ring tradition began in
1999 as a way for students to build their lifelong relationship with the university
as they move towards being alumni. Students have the option of
ordering a class ring and are they presented with it by the President at the Ring
Ceremony which takes place in November and April on the Horseshoe
(weather-permitting). It is always a special time for students to reflect on their
years at Carolina.
Homecoming is an exciting week each fall at USC. Every year Homecoming has a
different theme, but the events throughout the week remain the same.
Homecoming Week starts with clubs and organizations putting up homemade
banners on Greene Street. Monday is Homecoming Kickoff on Greene Street
where students can pick up Homecoming swag and other freebies from
organizations, university offices, and local business. Tuesday night is the Showcase
which introduces the Homecoming King and Queen candidates. Wednesday is
Canned Creations where groups build different structures out of canned goods
and then those cans are donated to a local food bank. Wednesday night is the
much anticipated Spurs and Struts dance competition. Thursday is the Cockfest
Pep Rally and Friday is a parade through campus with student-made floats. On
Friday evening is a Step Show featuring members of the NPHC Greek
organizations (if you have never gone to a step show, this is a MUST!!! Incredible!)
Homecoming Week culminates on Saturday with a football game!
Tiger Burn is probably one of the most popular traditions at Carolina. The
of Tiger Burn grew from the 1902 feud between Carolina and Clemson
students over Professor Colcock’s drawing of a gamecock crowing over a
CLEMSON, defeated tiger. Each year, students design and construct a 25-foot tiger that is
burned at a pep rally the week before the Carolina-Clemson football game
OF COURSE! (Recently it has been the Monday before the game). Until 1959, this annual
gridiron brawl was known as Big Thursday and was always played during the
week of the State Fair in Columbia. The Carolina-Clemson game is now played
the Saturday after Thanksgiving (usually rivalry weekend in college football).
The Annual Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive is another campus tradition the week before the
Carolina-Clemson football game. Each school encourages students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans
to participate. Each donor receives shirt recognizing the event and free food while they wait to
be discharged from the donation site. The winning school is publicly announced and received a
trophy at the game.
We’ll let Cocky
Tell you about
his roots…
The University of South Carolina is the only major college athletic program in the
country that uses "Fighting Gamecocks" as its official nickname and mascot. The
University's athletic teams have been known as Gamecocks for almost 100 years.
At the turn of the century (1900), after struggling for more than decade under
numerous nicknames, the school's football team was first referred to unofficially as
"Gamecocks." In 1903, Columbia's morning newspaper, The State, shortened the
name to one word and South Carolina teams have been Gamecocks ever since.
Those early teams must have been a feisty and spirited group. A gamecock, of
course, is a fighting rooster known for its spirit and courage. A cock fight, which
was a popular sport throughout the United States in the 19th century, would last
until the death of one of the combatants. Cock fighting has been outlawed by most
states for humanitarian reasons, but it is still held surreptitiously in many areas.
The State of South Carolina has long been closely connected with the
breeding and training of fighting gamecocks. General Thomas Sumter, famed
guerrilla fighter of the Revolutionary War, was known as "The Fighting
NSE Sponsored Events
Mark your calendars for the following events we have planned to help you get
acquainted with USC’s campus, local culture, and other NSE students.
Sun., Aug. 16– Campus Tour, Yoghut, and Fee Payment 1:00pm
Mon., Aug. 17 – NSE Lunch & Orientation 11:30pm
Fri., Dec. 5– NSE EOS Dinner
All other Fall dates To Be Announced
Student Organizations
Here at USC, there are over 300 registered student organizations on campus,
you're sure to find one that meets your interests! There are numerous organizations
in the following areas: Greek Life• Honor•
Interest •International• Media• Military •Political• Professional •Religious •Residence
Hall Government• Service •Sport. Make sure to check out the Student
Organization Fair Wednesday September 4 from 11-2 on Greene Street.
Carolina Production (CP) events
Carolina Productions, commonly referred to as CP, is awesome. They bring in great
music (Colbie Caillat, David Cook), Wacky Wednesdays, USC Idol, and many other
great events. They also bring in great movies all the time, and they’re FREE.
Movies play Thursday-Sunday in the Russell House Theater. As CP is always
adding new events to their schedule, we thought it would be wise to just give you
their link: http://cp.sc.edu/.
doesn’t love football, basketball, baseball or any of the other awesome
athletic events on this campus? USC students have a lot of spirit and are always up
for supporting their favorite athletic team.
Where are the athletic events located?
•Football – Williams Brice Stadium. Just FYI the stadium is named after a lady
and you can’t miss this stadium as it rises above everything on Assembly.
•Baseball – Carolina Stadium. The new baseball facility that has been called the
crown jewel among baseball stadiums across the country, sounds about right for a
2-time CWS championship team!!
•Basketball – Colonial Life Arena. Besides basketball, the Colonial Life Arena also
hosts many concerts and other events throughout the year.
Willams-Brice Stadium
Carolina Stadium
Colonial Life Arena
GameDay Attire
When you head out to your first University of South Carolina football game, you
might wonder, “Did a bunch of people just come from a wedding?” Fans get
pretty dressed up for football games here in SEC (Southeastern Conference)
Country! Girls will wear black or garnet cocktail dresses and guys will wear
khakis (sometimes with gamecocks embroidered on them), collared shirts, and
bow-ties. Mostly members of the Greek community will be the ones all decked out,
but a majority of Gamecock fans do put some thought and effort into their
Gameday appearance and attire. Of course, there are plenty of people in jeans,
shorts, T-shirts, and even some crazier outfits. Regardless of what you choose to
wear, make sure you are sporting garnet and black and nothing close to the
opposing team’s colors and definitely NOT orange!
Tailgating is another big tradition at USC and any SEC school. On game day,
every spot surrounding Williams-Brice Stadium will be covered with RVs, tents,
trucks, and tables, many covered in Gamecock paraphernalia. Most fans arrive
3-5 hours before a game to enjoy some good food, laughs, and a friendly game
of cornhole. Many people will bring along a TV to catch up on the scores and
predictions for other games going on that day while they wait for the USC game
to start. Some people who don’t have tickets just come to tailgate and watch the
game from their TV outside of Williams-Brice Stadium.
The University of South Carolina Gamecocks feature perhaps the most unique and
electrifying pregame entry in all of college football. In fact, The Sporting News
rated USC's "2001" as the most exciting pregame entry in all of college
football. As the minutes wind down on the game clock prior to the opening kickoff,
the Gamecocks leave the locker room following final pregame instruction from their
coaching staff and assemble in the tunnel in the southwest corner of Williams-Brice
Stadium. Then, as the crowd of more than 82,000 begins its roar of anticipation,
the first notes of the theme song from "2001-A Space Odyssey" blare over the
stadium sound system. As the music continues, the enthusiasm of the crowd is
feverish. Finally, at just the exact moment, in perfect coordination with the music,
the Gamecocks hit the field running, and the stadium goes wild.
This magical moment has been captured by national television, including ESPN,
CBS, ABC, Jefferson-Pilot, ESPN-2, and WTBS, during those networks' telecasts of
games at Williams-Brice Stadium. It is indeed one of the special traditions in
college football.
The theme "2001" corresponds with the University's Bicentennial, which was
celebrated eleven years ago.
Football Cheers & Chants
Here a couple common football cheers you will hear at football games. You’ll pick
up on them quickly, but here’s a headstart:
U-S-C- Gooooooooooooooo Cocks!!!! (Through the game)
Go! Fight! Win! Kick ass!!! (At the beginning of any kick-off in every quarter)
When USC gets a first down…
Announcer: That’s another Carolina…
Audience: FIRST DOWN
Sandstorm is an electrifying techno beat that is played throughout the game, but
the first time it is played is the best and loudest! The moment it comes on
throughout Williams-Brice Stadium, students jump out of their seats, if they are not
already up, and start jumping and bouncing in the stands and waving a towel put
on their seats by a local business. These couple minutes of energy and passion are
just one of the reasons the USC student section is one of the best and loudest in the
How do you receive your tickets? Football Season Ticket Information
All ticket request and claim periods begin at 9:00 a.m. on the first indicated
and end at 5:00 p.m. on the last day indicated. Students have a two day
request period to long onto Ticketmaster on their Student Account Manager
and request for a ticket to the game occurring that week. Should the number of ticket requests exceed the number of tickets available for the game,
students will be placed in point order (largest to smallest) based on loyalty
points. Winners are contacted by email to claim their ticket during the claim
period. If the number of requests does not exceed the number of tickets
available for the game, then every student that requested a ticket will
receive a notification email to claim their ticket. Tickets are to be claimed
by 5:00 p.m. on the last day indicated. Any tickets not claimed by students
at the end of the claim period will be offered to students on a first-come,
first-served basis beginning on the date indicated. Tickets will be available
on demand beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the first day indicated up until 4:00
p.m. on the last date indicated.
2015 Football Season Schedule
2015-2016 SCHEDULE
Opponent / Event
Thursday, 9/3
Saturday, 9/12
Saturday, 9/19
Saturday, 9/26
Saturday, 10/3
Saturday, 10/10
Saturday, 10/17
Saturday, 10/31
Saturday, 11/7
Saturday, 11/14
Saturday, 11/21
Saturday, 11/28
vs North Carolina
Texas A&M*
The Citadel
Charlotte, NC
Columbia, SC
Athens, GA
Columbia, SC
Columbia, MO
Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC
College Station, TX
Knoxville, TN
Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC
Time / Result
* Denotes SEC contest
Other Sports
Gamecock fans do love football, but they also love cheering on USC athletes in other sports.
The University of South Carolina is now home to the 2010 and 2011 College World Series Champions. It
was a thrill that our baseball team won in 2010, but even more exciting that they won again for a second
straight year. The baseball team’s season starts in late February and they play at Carolina Stadium.
Gamecock basketball, both men and women’s teams, always do pretty well. In January 2010 the men’s
basketball team defeated number 1 Kentucky! Both teams play at the Colonial Life Arena.
Make sure to check out other Gamecock teams while you are here such as men and women’s soccer, swimming and diving, and volleyball! For all things having to do with USC sports, visit
Admit it, at your home institution you probably know where to go for
whatever you need without having to look too much up. Here at the
University of South Carolina, however, you’re probably a little lost, but have
no fear! The NSE office is here to help! Below you’ll find some of the main
resources will help you navigate campus, as well as their locations and
general information about what they provide. Remember, you are a
Carolinian while you are here, so take full advantage of all the services we
National Student Exchange Office
• Located in the Office of Student Engagement • Patterson (Garden Level)
• Phone: 803-777-6731 or 803-777-2142
• Fax: 803-777-8922
• http://www.sc.edu/studentengagement
• Facebook: Student Engagement at The University of South Carolina
• Twitter: @UofSC_OSE
• Pinterest: UofSCstuengage
• Youtube: UofSC_StudentEngagement
If you need anything during your time at Carolina, please come see us or call.
We’re here for you, so don’t hesitate!
Parking Services
1501 Pendleton St (located in the Pendleton Garage on the first level)
Phone: 803-777-4209
Fax: 803-777-4325
For the 2013– 2014 academic year, prices are as follows:
Student Parking: $80 full year ($60 Spring Semester Only)
Student permits are valid at any time in “Student” and “Any Decal” lots. In
addition, student permits are valid in “Faculty/Staff” lots between 5:00pm and
7:30am Monday through Thursday and from 5:00pm Friday through 7:30am
Monday. Vehicles with student permits may not park in reserved spaces at any
time. You can request a parking permit online using VIP.
Parking Garages and Reserved Spots
Student rates
Blossom Street Garage
Senate Street Garage
Bull Street Garage
Horizon Garage
Discovery Plaza Garage
maximum height for vehicle
These spots go on sale in May (for the following fall) and are sold on
first-come, first served basis. You’ll need to call Parking Services to obtain
a permit for the garages; they are not available via VIP.
If you wait until August to purchase your permit, you’ll likely have to pick
it up at the Parking Services office, rather than having it mailed to you, so
be sure to check and make sure. The shuttle and parking map is located at
FYI: If you plan on moving to Columbia before August, you can purchase a
student permit for the summer for $30.
For more information on parking, refer to their website at http://www.
sc.edu/vmps/park.html. There’s also information about motorcycle and bike
parking areas, as well as prices. If you use the meters around campus and
Columbia, make sure you have plenty of quarters. An unpaid meter can
result in a $7 parking ticket from USC and a $10 from the city.
Advisement, Registration, & Transcripts
If you will be at USC for the entire school year, you will need to make
arrangements to be advised by your academic advisor at your home
institution. Make sure to contact them in early October so you can plan a
time to discuss what classes you will take in the spring. Registration begins
in early-November. Please talk to the NSE staff about how to register for
spring courses. After all grades are recorded at the end of the semester in
December, make sure to send a transcript to your home institution. They will
require an official transcript; you will need to get that from the University
Registrar. You can contact the Registrar’s office through their website:
www.registrar.sc.edu. YOU are responsible for this not NSE.
Thomson Student Health Center
General Medicine Clinic: 803- 777-3175 (call to make doctor
Women’s Care Clinic: 803- 777-6816
The center is located behind the Russell House
Hours of Operation:
Fall and Spring Semester:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays 4 p.m.-8 p.m. (for urgent conditions only)
Closed on university holidays
The Health Center Staff
Health care is provided by a full time medical staff of physicians and nurse
practitioners. All full time physicians and nurse practitioners are licensed by the
State of South Carolina and either board certified or eligible for board
certification in their specialty area. The Medical Staff is supported by
experienced licensed registered nurses, most of who are certified by the American
Nursing Association in the specialty of College Health Nursing. Pharmacy,
laboratory, radiology, and physical therapy services are available on-site, and are
staffed by registered or certified personnel TSHC does not provide inpatient,
overnight, or after-hours services, and no emergency services are provided.
Making an appointment for non-urgent, routine, and chronic health care needs is
encouraged, though students with an acute illness or injury may call for a same day
appointment or walk-in. All Columbia campus students enrolled in at least one (1)
credit hour in a degree program are eligible for care at the health center (TSHC)
and the Counseling and Human Development Center (CHDC). Spouses of eligible
students may be seen on a space available basis. Continuing students, i.e. students
who are between academic periods, retain eligibility for care under continuation
of care rules. For example, Fall students who will be returning in the spring can
receive care over the winter break. Spring semester students who are not taking
summer classes but will return in the fall are eligible for care during the summer.
The pharmacy accepts prescriptions from your private physician, in or out of state. You may bring
in the original prescription, or have your physician telephone or fax your prescription to us. Please
remember that the pharmacy cannot call your pharmacy or your physician to ask for prescription
transfers. You also have the option of choosing your own pharmacy—Columbia has tons of
pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens.
Counseling and Human Development Center
The center offers individual and group counseling, couples and family therapy,
workshops, outreach, biofeedback, & psychological testing services. Initial visits for
students are free. Students who have paid the Health Fee portion of the University
Fee are eligible for 10 free sessions. Beyond 10 sessions, each session is $35 per
session. If you cancel an appointment less than 24-hours in advance or do not show
up, you will be charged a $35 cancellation fee.
Byrnes Bldg 7th Floor
Hours of Operation:
Fall and Spring Semester:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed on university holidays
Numbers and
Important Numbers
National Student Exchange Office
University Bookstore
Parking Services
Thomson Health Center
Counseling and Human Development Center
USC Division of Law Enforcement and
(803)777-6731 or 803-777-2142
(803)777-4283 or 800-922-9755
Helpful Internet Websites
University of South Carolina
Registrar's Office
USC Graduate School
Office of the Bursar
Division of Student Affairs
UNIV 101 & NRC for First-Year Students &
Students in Transition
***See appendix for an extended list of local Columbia resources and numbers***
•Largest city in South Carolina with a population of 129,272
•The city’s mayor is Steve Benjamin—as USC alum
•The city’s name comes from a poetic synonym for America, derived from the
name of Christopher Columbus.
•The city lies at the confluence of two rivers, Saluda and Broad, which merge to
form the Congaree River
•Columbia is known for many things, one of them being its humid subtropical
climate. The average temperature in during summer months is 93 degrees—hence
the current city slogan, “Famously Hot”
•Columbia is home to many famous faces such as Kristin Davis (Charlotte from Sex
and the City), Mary-Louise Parker, Hootie & the Blowfish, Rob Thomas of
Matchbox Twenty, Young Jeezy, and President Woodrow Wilson.
•The country’s oldest community theatre in continuous use, Town Theatre, is in
•Columbia hosts the South Carolina State Fair each year in October.
Columbia Life
Columbia has many nicknames: “A Capital Place to Be,” “Famously
Hot,” “Cola,” and their newest one, “Home to the 2010 & 2011
College World Series Champions”. One thing is for sure, no single
nickname can encompass all that the city has to offer! As the
capital of South Carolina, Columbia offers an indie vibe that sizzles
with shopping, dining, attractions, and nightlife. With all of Columbia’s
vast opportunities, we have highlighted some local favorites to make
your exploration of the city a bit easier. You can find phone numbers,
websites, and location of all local favorites in the appendix.
Local Favorites
Hair Salons & Cuts
•Paul Mitchell Hair School •Tillman Salon •Seven Doors Salon •Logan Raye
•Blue Orchid •Austral Salon •For guys – Sports Clips
•Wells Fargo •Bank of America •Carolina Collegiate Credit Union• TD Bank
• National Bank of South Carolina (NBSC)
•Publix •Walmart •Gamecock Bi-Lo •Kroger •Food Lion
•For organic food: Rosewood Market & Earth Fare (both have a fantastic
lunch bar) •The Fresh Market •Whole Foods •Trader Joes
•Columbiana Mall •Village at Sandhills •Shops on Devine Street •Five Points
• Mast General •Cross Hill Market •Charlotte- SouthPark and Concord Mills
Get your oil changed/car repaired
•Nutall’s •Complete Care Care •Master Tire •Jiffy Lube on Devine •AAA
Mexican Restaurants
•Eric’s San Jose •Tio’s •San Jose’s •Casa Linda • Monterrey’s
•Cantina 76 •Salsarita’s
Fine Dining
• Gervais & Vine •California Dreaming •Saluda’s •Garibaldi Café •Pasta
Fresca •Blue Marlin •Tsunami Sushi •Liberty Tap Room
Cheap Eats
•Lizard’s Thicket •Beezer’s •Village Idiot •Pita Pit
•Which Which •Five Guy’s •Jimmy John’s •College Grounds •Immaculate
Consumption •Groucho’s •Carolina Café •Hooligan’s •Zoes Kitchen
Pizza Places
•Mellow Mushroom •Za’s Brick Oven •Village Idiot •Pops •Dano’s •Pizzaman
•Old Chicago
Places to eat on Campus
•Colloquium •Pandini’s •Marble Slab •Preston’s •Santorini Greek Food
Coffee Shops
•Nonnahs •Cool Beans •Carolina Café •Starbucks in the Vista •Immaculate
Consumption •Drip in 5 points
•Nonnahs •32° Yogurt Bar •Yoghut •Cupcake •Marble Slab •Chocolate
Nirvana •Insomnia Cookies •Pelican Ice
• Motor Supply •Di Prato’s Delicatessen •Original Pancake House
•Café Strudel •Gourmet Shop
BBQ Joints
•Big T Bar-B-Q •DOC’s Barbecue •Hudson’s Smokehouse •Little Pigs
Barbecue •Maurice’s Gourmet Barbecue •Southern Belly •Palmetto Pig
Where to watch the game
•Wild Wings •Rockaway’s •Wild Hare •Publick House •Liberty’s •Flying
Saucer •Thirsty Fellow •Carolina Ale House
Sunny Saturday Activity
•Riverwalk •Finlay Park •Lay out at the Strom or at the River •Hang out on the
Horseshoe •Lake Murray •Riverbanks Zoo •South Carolina State House •Congaree
National Park •Sally Salamander Downtown Walking Tour •Ultimate Frisbee in Finlay
Park •Sandy’s for Ice Cream
Rainy Day Activity
•Frankie’s Fun Park •Columbia Museum of Art • South Carolina State Museum •South
Carolina Governor’s Mansion and Gardens •Columbia City Ballet •Visit Mast
Sporting Events
•USC FOOTBALL! •USC Baseball •Columbia Blowfish Baseball (Summer) •Intramurals
•USC Basketball •USC Soccer •Roller Derby
Place to buy Gamecock gear
•Adam’s Bookstore •Russell House Bookstore •Wal-Mart •Target
•Jewelry Warehouse
See a movie
•For free at the Russell House! •St. Andrews ($2 theatre) •Richland Mall •Village at
Sandhill •Columbiana Grande •Dutch Square •www.colamovies.com •Nickelodean
Hot Spots
As in any city, there are many different districts in Columbia. It is important to get
to know each district because they all offer something different. Below is a list of
districts and a brief description.
Main Street/Downtown: Main Street is quickly becoming the hip part of town as
condos, new restaurants and nightlife hot spots move in and cater to a youthful new
set of residents.
The Vista: This area offers many upscale dining options and is spotted with some
nice sports bars. It also boasts specialty shops and 60 art galleries.
Five Points: Five Points emerged 75 years ago as a laid-back bohemian
neighborhood. Today, the area is known for its charming locally-owned restaurants,
stores, and bars. It is also home to Columbia’s famous St. Patrick’s Day festival.
Devine Street: Boasts a collection of upscale boutiques and fine dining. A fun place
to spend the afternoon window shopping!
Sandhill: A new community where residents live, work, and play all in the same
place. This area offers everything from a 16-threater movie cinema, restaurants,
and a ton of specialty shops.
Harbison: This area is outside of the main center of Columbia. It is the hub for
shopping due to the Columbiana Mall, which is the biggest mall in the midlands
region. It also offers endless dining options.
Chapin: A small town, about 30 minutes outside of downtown Columbia, is the
gateway to Lake Murray.
The lists provided are certainly not comprehensive. We won’t be offended if you
bypass our lists to do your own research!
Our recommendation to continue your own research:
Freetimes Bites & Sites: Columbia’s Guide to Restaurants and Attractions, the
Freetimes newspaper (located in the purple kiosks around Columbia) and The State
Freetimes: http://www.free-times.com/
The State newspaper: http://www.thestate.com/
General Directions (from Central Columbia)
To Broad River Road/Bush River Road: Take Blossom Street to west
Huger. Turn right onto Huger and follow to 1-126 westbound. Exit onto the
Greystone/Riverside Zoo Exit, turn right off the exit and follow Greystone
until it dead ends at Broad River Road. If you want to go to Bush River Road
(to reach Dutch Square mall), turn left onto Broad River Road and Bush
River will be on the Left.
To Forest Drive: Take Sumter Street north to Taylor Street. Turn right onto
Taylor Street and follow east through Allen University and Benedict College.
Taylor becomes Forest Drive. Richland Mall is at the intersection of Forest
Drive and Beltline.
To Harbison Boulevard: Take Blossom Street west to Huger. Turn right onto
Huger and follow to I-126 westbound, which becomes 1-26 (Spartanburg).
Take Exit 103 onto Harbison Boulevard and follow road around curve to
Lowes, Home Depot, Columbiana Center, Pier One, Best Buy, Wal-Mart,
Circuit City, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sam’s Club, Carmike Cinemas, and
Columbiana Grande.
To Two Notch Road: Take Sumter Street north to Gervais Street. Turn right
onto Gervais then left onto Bull Street. Bull Street Becomes I-277. Take exit
I-20 East (Florence), then take exit #74 off 120 onto Two Notch Road. Turn
right to go to Lowe’s, Pier One, Best Buy, and Columbia Place Park (which
includes Steve&Berrys and Macy’s). Take a left to find Target, Stein mart,
Linens-N-Things, and Home Depot.
To Village at Sandhill: Take Sumter Street north to Gervais Street. Turn
right onto Gervais then left onto Bull Street. Bull Street Becomes I-277. Take
exit I-20 East (Florence), then take exit #80 (Clemson Road). Turn left off
the exit. Go Three Miles. Village at Sandhill is on the left.
To Columbia Airport (CAE): Take I-26 towards Charleston. Take exit #113,
which will be Airport Boulevard. At the light (immediately off the exit), take
a right and stay in the right lane. Take right lane onto John Hardee
Expressway which leads to Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
Airport’s website: http://www.columbiaairport.com/
Checker Yellow-picks up from the Five Points fountain and returns students
home within a five-mile radius of campus. Students must present their
Carolina Card to the cab driver for the free ride. Cabs will be clearly
identified with the Carolina Cab insignia. Call 803.799.3311 for a ride
Blue Ribbon-Call 803.754.8163
Train service: Amtrak-amtrak.com
Bus service: CMRTA- http://gocmrta.com/
Weekend Vacations
South Carolina is a great place simply for the fact that you are in driving distance
from many other beautiful cities. Make the most out of your time here by gaining
cultural experiences outside the Columbia city limits. From thriving metropolises like
Atlanta and Charlotte to historical cities like Charleston and Savannah to
everything in between, Columbia is less than 3 hours away from seven charming
southern cities!
Atlanta, GA
Charleston, SC
Greenville, SC
Atlanta, GA: 200 Miles Away
•Atlanta Braves Game •Georgia Aquarium (world’s largest) • Word of Coca-Cola
•Underground Atlanta •CNN Studio Tour •High Museum of Art
Charleston, SC: 110 Miles Away
•South Carolina Aquarium •Old City Market •Rainbow Row •King Street Shopping
•Waterfront Park •Folly Beach •Isle of Palms
Savannah, GA: 159 Miles Away
•Tybee Island •St. Patrick’s Day Festival •Forsyth Park •Telfair Museum of Art •Paula
Deen Tour
Greenville, SC: 103 Miles Away
•Greenville Zoo •Greenville Drive Minor Baseball •Falls Park on the Reedy River
•Fall for Greenville Festival
Charlotte, NC: 90 Miles Away
•Carowinds Amusement Park •Discovery Place •Numerous Botanical Gardens
•Levine Museum of the New South •NASCAR Hall of Fame
Myrtle Beach, SC: 145 Miles Away
•Many beaches! •Family Kingdom Amusement Park •Myrtle Beach Pelicans Minor
Baseball •
Asheville, NC: 158 Miles Away
•Biltmore House •Asheville Art Museum •Asheville Urban Trail •Blue Ridge National
Heritage Area •Linville Caverns
Beaufort/Hunting Island, SC:
145 Miles Away
•Barrier Islands (5 total) •Museum of Parris Island •Annual Shrimp Festival •Sheldon
Church ruins
is some additional information we would like to pass along to you….
Appendix Here
From Columbia: An Everyday Guide
All Numbers listed are area code 803.
Advanced Auto Parts
Complete Car Care
Dave’s Transmission
Frank’s Car Wash
Jiffy Lube
Master Tire
Three Men Auto
Personal Auto Care & Detailing
Bank of America
Carolina Collegiate
First Citizens
National Bank of SC
Palmetto Citizens
Regions Bank
SC Bank & Trust
SouthTrust Bank
TD Bank
Wells Fargo
4526 Forest Dr
4731 Devine Street
3601 Main Street
1628 Gervais Street
2146 Sumter Street
4741 Forest Drive
4414 Devine Street
2405 Millwood
421 McNulty St,
Blythewood, SC
1215 Rosewood Drive
1218 Elmood Avenue
1301 Gervais Street
2111 Devine
3401 Forest Drive
710 Pulaski Street
2464 Main Street
1213 Lady Street
1241 Main Street
1320 Washington
1010 Gervais Street
520 Gervais Street
1201 Main Street
1940 Blossom Street
4875 Forest Drive
1330 Lady Street
Grocery Stores
Bi-Lo; Gamecock
Earth Fare
Food Lion
Fresh Market, The
Piggly Wiggly
Rosewood Market
Trader Joe’s
Whole Foods
4464 Devine Street
3312 Devine Street
1001 Harden Street
4840 Forest Drive
3403 Forest Drive
3818 Devine Street
501 Gervais Street
2803 Rosewood Drive
4516 Forest Dr Columbia
5420 Forest Drive
702 Cross Hill
Hair Salons & Cuts
Austral Salon
Blue Orchid
Logan Raye
Paul Mitchell Hair School
Seven Doors Salon
Sports Clips
Tillman Salon
2100 Beltline Blvd
2850 Devine Street
801 Gervais Street
700 Gervais Street
1419 Sumter Street
4711 Forest Drive
1507 Gervais Street
Cheap ($1.50 to $6.00)
Andy’s Deli
Carolina Café
College Grounds Café
Cool Beans
Drip Coffee Shop
El Burrito
Five Guy’s
Immaculate Consumption
Insomnia Cookies
Jimmy Johns
Lizard’s Thicket
Sandy’s Hot Dogs
Sonic Drive-in
Village Idiot
Which Which
Zoes Kitchen
2005 Devine Street
919 Sumter Street
945 Sumter Street
1217 College Street
1217 College Street
729 Saluda Avenue
934 Harden Street
931 Senate St
611 Harden Street
4840 Forest Drive
1031 Assembly Street
933 Main Street
2013 Devine Street
2015 Devine Street
818 Elmwood Avenue
625 Main Street
341 S. Woodrow Street
825 Main Street
315 Assembly Street
747 Saluda Avenue (Five Pts)
830 Assembly Street
2009 Devine Street
928 Main Street
1320 Main Street
Moderate ($6.01 to 10.00)
Big T Bar-B-Q
Café Strudel
Carolina Ale House
Carolina Wing & Rib House
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Cantina 76
Casa Linda
D’s Wings
Dano’s Pizza
Devine Foods
DOC’s Barbecue
El Chico’s
Eric’s San Jose
Fatz Cafe
Flying Saucer
Hudson’s Smokehouse
Liberty Tap Room
Little Pigs Barbecue
Mellow Mushroom
Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
Palmetto Pig
Papa John’s Pizza
Pawley’s Front Porch
Pizza Hut
Pizza Joint
NY Pizza
Publick House
Salty Nut Café
TGI Friday’s
Thirsty Fellow
Wild Hare Sports Café
Wild Wings
Z Pizza
Za’s Brick Oven
4505 Devine Street
7535 Garners Ferry Road
118 State Street
708 Lady Street
600 Gervais Street
370 Columbiana Drive
2901-A Devine Street
2009 North Beltline Boulevard
936 Gervais Street
920 Axtel Drive
2800 Rosewood Drive
2702 Devine Street
1601 Shop Road
1728 Bush Rive Road
6118 Garners Ferry Road
7420 Broad River Rd
931 Senate Street
700 Harden Street
4952 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC
900 Main Street
828 Gervais Street
4927 Alpine Road
4710 Forest Drive
1009 Gervais Street
931 Senate Street
922 Main Street
530 Devine Street
136 Assembly Street
827 Harden Street
617 Main Street
3246 Forest Drive
707 Harden Street
2307 Devine Street
2719 Rosewood Drive
2000 Greene Street
1115 Assembly Street
3400 Forest Drive
621 Gadsden Street
921 Sumter Street
902 Gervais Street
729 Lady Street
2030 Devine Street
1004 Gervais Street
2930 Devine St
Expensive ($10.01 and up)
Blue Marlin
Bull Market
California Dreaming
Di Prato’s Delicatessen
Garibaldi Café
Gervais & Vine
Longhorn Steakhouse
M. Café
Motor Supply Company
Olive Garden
Pasta Fresca
Tsunami Sushi
Villa Tronco
1200 Lincoln Street
902-C Gervais Street
401 Main Street
342 Pickens Street
Greene Street
620-A Gervais Street
902 Gervais Street
1417 Sumter Street
902-F Gervais Street
920 Gervais Street
274 Harbison Boulevard
3405 Forest Drive
751 Saluda Avenue
700 Gervais Street
1213 Blanding Street
**A more comprehensive list of restaurants and addresses can be found at:
Fun Parks/Theaters
Colonial Center
Frankie’s Fun Park
Koger Center for the Arts
Palmetto Falls Waterpark
Saluda Shoals
Carmike Cinemas
Columbiana Center)
Columbiana Grande
Dutch Square
Regal Cinemas
Sandhill Cinema
St. Andrews Road Multi-Cinema
801 Lincoln Street
140 Parkridge Drive
1051 Greene Street
5605 Bush River Rd
100 Columbiana Circle (behind
1250 Bower Parkway
800 Bush River Road
937 Main Street
3400 Forest Drive (atop the Richland
450 Tower Center Place
527 St. Andrews Road
Other Attractions
Riverbanks Zoo
SC State House
Museum of Art
SC State Museum
SC Governor’s
Mansion & Gardens
Columbia City Ballet
Columbia Place
Columbiana Center
Dutch Square
Richland Mall
Village at Sandhill
Cross Hill Market
More Stores
Adam’s Bookstore
Bed, Bath, & Beyond
Best Buy
Home Depot
Jewelry Warehouse
Pier One
Sam’s Club
Tripps Cleaners
500 Wildlife Parkway www.riverbanks.org
1101 Gervais Street www.scstatehouse.gov/studentpage/
1515 Main Street
301 Gervais Street
800 Richland Street
1545 Main Street
7201 Two Notch Road
1-26 & Harbison Boulevard
800 Bush River Road
3400 Forest Drive
700 Cross Hill Road
152 S. Assembly Street
136 Harbison Boulevard
6090 Garners Ferry Road
370 Harbison Boulevard
7006 Two Notch Road
5130 Harbison Boulevard
7701 Two Notch Road
817 St. Andrews Road
390 Harbison Boulevard
7420 Garners Ferry Road
250 Harbison Boulevard
5426 Forest Drive
350 Harbison Boulevard
7501 Garners Ferry Road
360 Harbison Boulevard
134 Harbison Boulevard
6110 Garners Ferry Road
830 Harden Street (Five Pts)