Jewish students at the Rohr Chabad Student Center at the University of South Carolina.

University of South Carolina

#162, overall score 29.84/100

Fun Fact:

Many Gamecocks football fans tailgate in a line of repurposed train cars called the “Cockaboose Railroad.”

Why should Jewish students attend USC? USC has been very welcoming of its Jewish students and the general campus climate is mostly one of support for Judaism and Israel. — Rabbi Sruly Epstein, Rohr Chabad House at the University of South Carolina


  • Acceptance rate: 68%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 18:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $11,854
  • Out-of-state tuition: $31,282
  • Room & board costs: $9,700
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $7,116


  • Location: Columbia, S.C.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 25,237
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 400
  • Jewish population share: 2%
  • Student origin: 61% in-state / 39% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Gamecocks
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Warbird, SCORCH

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 12.17/40

  • Score: 12.17/40
  • Hillel: Hillel at USC
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad House at the University of South Carolina
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over (although mostly from the East Coast).
  • Kosher food details: There is a Trader Joe’s 15 minutes from the University that sells kosher poultry and some cheeses, as well as a Publix that sells a limited variety of kosher cheese.
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