Columbia, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2669 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The Honor's dorm is the best. There isn't enough campus housing for everyone to live on campus, but there's a lot of housing options close to campus

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5 College Senior

Academics: The USC Business school is fantastic. There are a lot of internship and scholarship opportunities.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: The best night life is going to sports games at night with friends. The nightlife is pretty varied and consists of parties in dorms, Greek parties, off campus parties and bars.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options are varied and plentiful and better than campus food.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: The safety and security on campus is fine. There are some safety issues off campus in Five Points, a bar area within walking distance of campus, but it's fine if students walk around there in a group.

4 College Senior

Transportation: There are some transportation options, like shuttle bus, city bus and ride-share, but it's best to have a car. The airport is fairly close.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing selection is varied and plentiful. I will miss the low cost of living here.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere in Columbia is a great, friendly town. Awesome sports scene at USC. Games are always fun.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is probably average. I haven't noticed any problems

5 College Senior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus. People expect diversity and accept the differences.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: I received scholarships. For high school students, scholarships are mostly based on test scores. There are multiple scholarship opportunities available after freshman year that are based on GPA and activities.

College Senior

Computers: I use my own computer and don't use the computers at my school

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I have not experienced any pressure to participate in the drug scene at school. It's a non-factor.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: There are plenty of social opportunities available at USC outside of the Greek system

5 College Senior

Athletics: All the factors involving athletics are fantastic. School spirit is great. Games are always fun.

5 College Senior

Weather: The local weather has a positive affect on the campus experience

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center is a great resource to use, and I'm sick a lot so it works out well for me. However, Columbia is not a very safe city and numerous people have reported being robbed at night, so I am afraid to walk alone at night across/anywhere on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I know it's hard for the police to solve every crime, but it seems like for the most part all they do is arrest people for public intoxication, and less arrests for more serious crimes. For example, last year a student was raped outside of my dorm.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It is a cult of students who believe they are benefitting their community and future, but are actually just making themselves appear very unprofessional for their future!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It is mostly just fast food restaurants. Where I am from, many restaurants are localized and owned by town residents, not corporations, which is unfortunate.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The downtown area, Five Points, is really popular, but a little unsafe. The Vista is also a nice place to go, with newer buildings and a safer scene.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city itself isn't very beautiful, and the few things that are beautiful, are on campus. There is not much to do besides go out to Five Points or the Vista on any given night.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I did not have any abnormal issues getting into my major, it was actually just a form and I was accepted.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The teachers are from a wide variety, and are very interesting. I love my major, but I wish Columbia was more equipped for anthropological studies.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Things may be broken for weeks at a time without someone repairing them.


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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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