History of the University of South Carolina

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The University of South Carolina (USC) is located in Columbia, South Carolina. The campus covers over 359 acres in downtown Columbia. It's not far from the State House.

The University of South Carolina has about 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.

The University was founded as South Carolina College in 1801. The university was established as an effort to promote harmony between the Lowcountry and the Backcountry.

USC admitted less than 59% of those who applied to be Freshmen in 2007.
USC is home to the prestigious 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.

The USC Honors College offers housing for freshmen in Maxcy College.
There are over 120 courses offered exclusively to Honors College students.
Students come from all of South Carolina counties. Students also come from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries.

The University of South Carolina campus is currently home to twenty-five residence halls.
University Housing currently provides over 6,200 on-campus housing units on campus.

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 an entirely student-run system with a Constitutional Council and Elections Commission. Students may participate in any of the 300 student organizations.

The Daily Gamecock is a student newspaper that is published Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. It is published nine times during the summer. More than 30,000 people read the newspaper. WUSC, the student run radio station, began broadcasting on the AM dial in 1947.

Students also publish a literary magazine, Garnet & Black. USC established its first television station in 2006. About 14% of the male student body and 15% of the female student body participate in Greek organizations. The Greek system has experienced a significant increase in interest with the addition of the Greek Village.

The University offers club, intramural, and varsity sports. They have 19 varsity sports teams compete in the Southeastern Conference. They are known as the Gamecocks. The Gamecocks have won six national team championships.

When South Carolina College opened its doors in 1805, the building now known as Rutledge College was the only building on campus.

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.

Over the years the eleven original buildings on the Horseshoe survived a fire, an earthquake, and the Civil War.

During the 20th century, the campus began to spread out dramatically from the Horseshoe. It includes the student union, 21 residence halls, numerous academic buildings, Longstreet Theatre, the Koger Center for the Arts, the Carolina Coliseum, the Colonial Life Arena, Sarge Frye Field, and various facilities for Olympic sports.

The University of South Carolina also operates a transit system under Parking Services called Carolina Shuttle. The system operates during the fall and spring semesters. It has limited operation during the summer, reading days, and holidays. Service is free to all USC students, faculty and staff.

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