Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2891 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer labs and printing are available, the internet on campus is terrible/slow/inconsistent.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived at Capstone freshman year and enjoyed it, but they are incredibly strict and the dorm is outdated.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority, but many of my friends are and I respect what they do. Many in Greek life live in the houses in Greek village.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Workload - not too bad.

Registration and advisement - useless

Study Areas - often crowded (TCoop), but you can always fund somewhere

Professors - so far, none atrocious

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Thankfully, I had no struggles being admitted into my program but I think students definitely need to do the research and be prepared for what they are going to have to accomplish in order to be admitted into certain programs.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: My International Business program is great, with many professional and academic benefits, but unfortunately it is not a very flexible or creative program.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Five Points is a fantastic downtown area and Greek life also provides many social events, whether you are involved in Greek life or not.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The strictness about personal and academic issues is absolutely absurd considering we are all adults living on our own.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Depending on the type of people that you spend time with, you will have varying levels of exposure to drugs and alcohol, but I have never been in a situation where I felt pressured to do something I wasn't comfortable with.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is the capital city of South Carolina and between our university and the city, there is always something interesting going on.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Unfortunately, living in Columbia, South Carolina, there is a significant amount of gang violence, which adds to all of the safety issues that one would experience in any other university.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you don't get an initial scholarship when accepted it is harder to get them. Especially if you are out of state

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of choices available. The most affordable ones are 2 miles away from campus, which is not that bad but if you do not have a car, busses are not that reliable, especially when you are trying to get to class.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots of things to do, shopping, really great restaurants, etc. There is also a zoo and a stroll around campus is also nice.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse campus & open to different opinions. Surprising since it's South Carolina....

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Lots of crime, however, campus has done a good job enforcing safety. There are emergency boxes all over campus as well as a program that walks home with you if it is late at night and so on.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Although taxis are not very reliable at times, they are very affordable. Campus shuttles are free and will take you pretty much all over campus.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I plan on getting an internship in the future. Since I will be majoring in business, the business school here at USC is very helpful with everything and I have no concerns that there won't be opportunities available through the school.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with the program. I am hoping that the school of business will guide me in the right direction so that I can find a job in my field after receiving my degree.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not as bad as one would think when it comes to student housing.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is never nothing to do in Columbia. With all the options of heading downtown or to hang out at The Vista, the options are endless. Transportation is also good, the university has busses that run downtown on weekends in order for students to get home safe.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: One of the biggest complaints made by students at the university, is the wifi. However, if you are studying in your dorm or close to an ethernet outlet, it is essential to bring one with you for fast & reliable internet.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many great restaurant areas close to campus. The most popular and most accessible locations are either in The Vista or Five Points. Great food at a good price whenever one gets tired of the meal plan.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of both alcohol & drugs on campus, however, I'm guessing it's all the same in schools all around. It's also fairly easy to stay uninvolved in these types of actions. The drug and alcohol policy at USC is also well enforced.

4 College Senior

Computers: The computers are up-to-date, just needs to improve on network availability

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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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