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Reviews 2934 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different places to eat in Columbia. Food off-campus should never be an issue that's for sure.

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I mean, the prettiest thing in Columbia is the University. It's not safe, so much gang crime. There are no professional sports, it revolves around college sports. Cost of living is cheap because salaries are bare to none. Nightlife is based for college students, not graduates or older crowds. Just no.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living in a Columbia Hall freshman year was the best experience of my life. It is actually where I met my boyfriend, of now three years. You meet sooo many people and you bond over activities that you have in common such as rush or maybe majors or same classes. You make friends so quickly and there are always people around to keep you company. I would do anything to relive freshman year again.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Columbia is not a safe city at all. There have been many crimes right outside of campus and some on. There are police, lots of them, but unfortunately they choose to focus more on giving out drinking tickets downtown rather than the gang crime going on throughout the city, which is the students' biggest threat.

4 College Senior

Diversity: There is so much diversity on campus. Which should totally be expected considering we have over 25,000 students that attend classes here daily.

5 College Senior

Facilities: This school and campus is absolutely beautiful. There's something about being a Gamecock that is unlike anything else in this world, the whole school is united in this.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I mean, it's a dining hall. Definitely good for a college cafeteria. The variety is definitely the best part, there's so much to choose from! But hours and days of business are weird so be careful.

5 College Senior

Academics: Early childhood education GUARANTEES an internship. They literally find one that best suits you and put you in it during one whole semester of college! It's super tough work, but think about it, this is like the only major where you can get an actual real job after college, forever. Teachers are always going to be necessary. It's amazing.

3 College Senior

Academics: Registration: if you're a freshman, do not expect to get into the classes you need. If you're a senior, say goodbye to Friday classes for good. The whole registration process if often confusing and messed up but that goes along with having counselors who have no idea what they're doing and can't fulfill students needs.

4 College Senior

Majors: Getting into a major requires work in the sense that there is a minimum GPA you must have and courses you must take. This helps keep students focused and on track. However, majority of the advising that goes on within different majors is absolutely awful. I am an early childhood education major and am just about the only major that doesn't have issues because there is one advisor and she is on top of it and amazing. Other majors do things like "group advising" where you don't have one on one time that relieves stress and most of the advisors have no idea what they're talking about which is crucial considering your graduation depends on their competence.

4 College Senior

Majors: The early childhood education program offers SO much work outside of campus with students in actual classroom settings all throughout the city. However, some professors that teach the major have no idea how to teach, period. Others, are absolutely amazing. The best part is definitely the amount of time you are given to work with students hands on. However, this does require a car in order to commute to different schools.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The places closer to campus are really nice but extremely expensive. The places further away from campus require a car and are unsafe, but much cheaper.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: A dining hall is a dining hall is how I see it. They work hard to crank out lots of food to feed tons of students and they do a great job, but it is hard to be really creative and diverse when feeding that many people in short spans of time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It doesn't really matter one way or another to me and it really doesn't affect the social scene that much around campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The whole department is there to help you through the whole process. When I started having issues because I was hitting my limits, they worked with me to make some plans to use what I could get effectively.

Recent Alumnus

Majors: I have not had an internship so I can not answer this question.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: My program is great because it is more than what people think that it is. When you start talking about all the different things that you can do with this major people open their eyes and see it in a whole new light. There are many times that other students in other majors will come to us for help in their courses because of our information abilities.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletics are an integral part of campus-life and it shows openly on campus. The teams are well supported by the students and faculty alike. The athletic facilities are top notch and provide great opportunities for non-athletes just as well as regular athletes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Most students on campus are clean cut, smart, friendly and great to meet. There are always going to be a few rotten apples in any barrel but those are easily overlooked.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Most of dorms are like any other dorm, a square room that fits two people in it decently. It is great for being socially interactive with fellow students but overall its a place to live.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It's like any other campus I have seen, apartments are apartments and not necessarily designed to be convenient for students but the landlords are fair.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The campus is beautiful with a blend of old and new architecture to make spaces unique and interesting. There are lots of green spaces and areas to relax and study in outside. The library is top-notch and provides a wonderful array of services for students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I am a picky eater in that I just don't want any run of the mill chain place and really enjoy ethnic cuisine and there a great number of choices around campus to pick from. Most of these choices have decent prices, great food quality/presentation and a friendly atmosphere.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The professors are wonderful and have lots of real world experience that they bring into the classroom which enhances the learning achieved in a course. Almost all of the professors are great at making a personal connection with the students and interacting with them outside of office hours to bring more learning to the student. The workloads are at times high, but they make the student focus and see the end game and get everything done.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I love my major and it great because many other majors come to us to help them when they need to do research or organize information and they are not sure where to begin.

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Gregory Goetz
Hometown
Fort Mitchell, KY
Major
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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