Columbia, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2864 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus is fairly lenient and is easy to stay out of trouble.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: A whole lot of fun

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The parties and clubs I have been to were great for the most part.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The cost and the ease of the housing process are the only things people might have problems with. The ease of the housing process isn't difficult, but it also isn't easy. The application for housing is fairly long and depending on which learning community you want to live in you might have to fill out more applications. The cost of housing might cause problems to people who don't have much money to get into college. Plus there are insurances that must be acquired.

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I didn't pay attention to people's looks. The only thing I noticed about the guys and girls there was that either they were studying, working, or had someplace to go.

College Freshman

Overall Experience: I haven't met any teachers or taken any courses yet because I am a freshman and college hasn't started yet. However, I met some of the alumni and the First Lady of the college. All were very nice and explained a lot about USC. The campus is so beautiful and I have learned a lot about what it would be like to live there. However, I must experience it for myself in order to truly share my overall experience there.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: From what I've learned, the student career prospects and the value of a degree from this school is exceptional. There is a Career Center that helps students find jobs and/or internships. There is even a welcoming program that introduces new students to the Career Center and tells us how they can aid us.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I haven't experienced it myself, but from what I have researched the on campus dining is pretty good.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone is involved in the athletics; it doesn't matter if they are athletic or not. The football games, especially, is where everyone is involved and shows their school spirit. Everyone fully supports the athletics if not only for the involvement and school spirit, but for the bonding that happens because of it. The athletic facilities are amazing--the fields are well-kept and awesome, and the gym is spectacular. Not only is the school big on sports, health is very important as well and it shows.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about off-campus housing yet because I am going to be a freshman. All freshmen are required to live on campus. However, off-campus housing will be addressed when school starts.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I believe that the safety and security is perfect but nothing is absolutely perfect. I still have concerns regarding safety and security because it's always good to be wary. Though I love the safety services put in place on campus--police boxes, campus police from the police department, etc--I will still be worried about the security on campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of choices when deciding where to eat. The variety and convenience of the dining options are very pleasant. I don't have experience with the student discounts yet but I have read about and heard that they are wonderful.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: People are very welcoming and warm to others. I haven't been around the city much, but the locals are fairly friendly.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is beautiful and well-kept. I love every single part of it.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: People don't usually talk about it. Either people don't care or they have more important things to worry about. The attitude towards diversity is mostly indifferent.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get the scholarship I wanted, but that was out of my control. I am still working on scholarships and if I can't get some from USC, then I will try here and on other scholarship sites.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not interested in the Greek life at USC, so I don't know much about them. The only thing I know is that the houses are pretty nice.

College Freshman

Academics: I'm not in college yet. School has not started.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There are many options to choose from when choosing a major. I don't know much about the professors and registration process yet because I haven't been to orientation yet. Orientation is where we learn all we need to about our curriculum, professors, and it's where we register for classes. Before orientation, we take a math and and an optional foreign language placement test.

College Freshman

Majors: I've never been an intern.

5 College Freshman

Majors: It's extremely easy to get into a program. There are no specific qualifications that one needs to get into a program. There are, however, specific qualifications that need to be met to be accepted into the school itself. After that, everything else pertaining to choosing a major and getting accepted into that program is no trouble.

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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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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