University of South Carolina-Columbia is a public research university at Columbia, South Carolina. It was founded in 1801, and is known for its research activity and engagement with the local community. With more than 33,500 undergraduates, it has a big, diverse student body that is extremely spirited. Its southern hospitality is palpable, with its initiatives aimed at making every student feel at home. It hosts amazing student events, from concerts to musicals, and is home to more than 400 student organizations. With the Carolina Core, undergrads are given a solid education, and its fitness center & outdoor pool makes it easy to stay fit. The Gamecocks compete in NCAA Division I sports, and really come alive during football season! USC cornbread, sweet tea and BBQ makes memories sweeter, as does the possibility of a weekend at Charleston or Myrtle Beach. University of South Carolina-Columbia, home to the beginnings of Hootie and the Blowfish and former South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, guarantees a welcoming campus life.