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Culture At USC

Over the years, the University of South Carolina has developed a culture distinct from any other university, and has created a place you would love to call home!

Language and Greetings

The most common language at USC is English. Most conversations begin with eye contact, and a greeting, such as "hello" or "how are you". Casual greeting gestures are typically handshakes or waving you hand.

Weather and Time

The University of South Carolina is located in the GMT-5 Timezone and run on Eastern Standard Time.

Columbia is known for it's slogan "Famously hot" for it's heat in the summers. Average weather for each season include:

  • Spring: 80 F

  • Summer: 91 F

  • Fall: 74 F

  • Winter: 60 F

Clothing for warm weather:

  • Short sleeve shirts

  • Shorts

  • Tennis shoes

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

Clothing for cold weather:

  • Long sleeve shirts

  • Sweaters

  • Jackets

  • Pants

  • Beanies


One of our main icons is our mascot Cocky! You will find him all around campus, at sporting events, and various evens around Columbia. Along with our mascot you'll see our hand sign "Spurs Up" showing pride in our school. Finally, we have two songs you will here all throughout campus, "Sandstorm" and the Alma Mater.

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