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#194, overall score 32.17/100

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


  • Location: Columbia, S.C.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 25,556
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 400
  • Jewish population share: 2%
  • Student origin: 62% in-state / 38% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Daily Gamecock
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Gamecocks
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Gamecock Ultimate / SCORCH

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $12,262
  • Out-of-state tuition: $32,362
  • Room & board costs: $10,008
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $7,116
  • Average loan debt: $28,972

ACADEMICS Score: 3.33/20

  • Score: 3.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 72%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 17:1
  • Median SAT range: 1170-1330
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

  • Score: 11/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 10
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 8.67/11

  • Score: 8.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 2.35/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 63.13/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 6.67/34

  • Score: 6.67/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at USC
  • Chabad: Rohr Chabad at USC
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: All over, although mostly from the East Coast.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? There is a limited amount of Kosher products available at nearby grocery stores, but there is not currently a Kosher meal plan offered by the university nor are there any Kosher restaurants in the city.

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