Columbia, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2843 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity of the campus is easily accepted, regardless of ethnicity/race, economic background, political beliefs, religion, and/or sexual orientation. Diversity is something that we're all familiar with so it's not that hard to accept that there's diversity on campus as well.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Student life is never boring. There are always events that are available for students, great athletic centers, a student center that's within the library, and great study spots like the Horseshoe. Chicken Finger Wednesdays and Tiger Burn are long standing traditions, just like our football pride.

5 College Junior

Athletics: We love our sports (especially football) and there's definitely no shortage of Gamecock spirit. It's no secret that we're "Cocky and Proud".

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are great places to start meeting new people. New building and renovations are underway so that students can have even better housing experiences. Parking is a hassle, however. It's easier to walk or have an easier form of transportation, like a bike or moped.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is a great city. Tons of stuff to do.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: After freshman year, plan to move off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: School policies are enforced. I feel safe and that my best interest is put forth on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The party scene is great. Five points is literally right down the street from the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Even though it is big the class sizes are not too big.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: the career center is really useful!!!!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: You get used to the food! Its pretty good!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school spirit makes it great to go to USC

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I love USC. Sometimes it can be strict, but it is for your safety.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love it here!!! Everyone at my school are friendlier than ever. The whole school is amazing, which I love going here.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: If you've bothered reading any of these things I've so arduously typed out for you, then good for you, you'll be a success here. This school will turn you into a new person and absolutely for the better. If you're not a total recluse and can hold a conversation with people, then absolutely come here. You'll love it. I'll say that again. You'll love it. This school was the best decision of my young life, and it will be for you too. You'll fall in love with the weather , the women, and the tailgates. That I can promise you. Any more advice? Come find me on saturdays at the Olympia pool parties. You can't miss me.

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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Nightlife is the bomb dot com. 5 points for all your extracurricular alcohogit needs. When you're older and more civilized meander over to the vista and you'll meet some swanky locals and share in some less slurred conversation. All-in-all, there's more people out at night than during the day most of the time. Party on gamecocks.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many teams however I am not involved

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Depends on your RM, but most are super chill, and if you respect that they're on the hook for you being retarded and acting a fool at 3 AM, then you'll do alright. Strict dorms: Capstone, women's quad, Patterson. Real lenient dorms: Bates, Bates west, Columbia Hall, west/east/south quads (in moderation though).

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have found a great place to live

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I am able to get medicine and important information

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: This is a pretty serious topic requiring a pretty serious and honest answer. Listen girls, don't be stupid and you'll be alright. I've heard some pretty screwed up stuff about dudes slipping rufalin in drinks, so always be mindful: it does happen. Saying that makes me want to puke, because most of us would never even consider such disgusting behavior, but not everyone has the same pristine moral code of ethics. You'll quickly find out that the world isn't all sunshine and rainbows, so keep a level head, and always watch your drinks closely.

That being said, these are rare cases, but happens more than you'd think. Just a word of caution. Find your limit, test your limit, but by all means, if you're over your limit, make sure you're around friends.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've made a lot of connections and learned a lot during my first year. I also may have found the love of my life.

4 College Senior

Academics: Maybe this is everywhere, but I love the professors at our school. A select few include Professor Freeman for freshman chem, professor thompson for any exercise science majors out there. Also Lawrence Rhu and Brian Glavey for any English majors out there. Many other professors to fall in love with I'm sure, but those are some of my favorites.

Registration? I hate it, but I'm also one to sign up late for classes all the time. Speaking of registration... I should do that now....eventually...when I get back to school...?

4 College Senior

Academics: Just transferred into EXSC, so not much to say about that other than our advisors are pretty awesome. I've found an internship on my own, so I didn't need much help there, but take some initiative, seize opportunities when they come your way, and you'll do spectacularly here.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Like anywhere, you'll get tired of the food. Snag colloquium and Slamdini's for sure and you'll make it out alive. Bates if you need all-you-can-eat post-gym. And healthy food is offered in Russell House. Welcome to the freshman 15 if you can eat chick fil a for all three meals. If you can do that for a few days straight, then I salute you, I've been there before. Oh, and you'll love me for this... Taco bell, upstairs at Russell house, get a crunchwrap and 2 soft tacos and it's exactly $6.23 for your dinner meal-plan swipe. You're welcome freshies.


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Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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If there is one word to describe the experiences you will have at USC, it would have to be "unforgettable." Being away from home for the first time at USC is both exciting and scary at times, but the freedom you get when you come here feels natural. It makes you wonder why they don’t send people to college sooner! Academically, there are courses and professors who can make you look at things in ways you never considered before. Facts and figures will be thrown at you, but some of the professors (and your peers) can teach you a lot about life as well. It’s also a very cool thing to see laid-back professors who will sometimes move their classes out onto the Horseshoe lawn.

On top of this, with such a large student population, you will inevitably form new relationships that will last a lifetime. As at any college, the quality of the experience depends on what you put into it. There are thousands of new people to meet, tons of activities going on, and things to learn both in and out of class. Those who don’t take advantage of these opportunities will not get a lot out of their experience here. Some students get tired of being at USC after a while, and some hate it from the start for whatever reason. USC is not the place for everyone, but overall, students seem to be thoroughly enamored with Carolina and wouldn’t trade their title of Gamecocks for anything in the world. There seems to be an aura of its own inherent to the University, and its welcoming vibe is infectious.

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