Columbia, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2904 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Sophomore

Transportation: Regional campus of a larger university. Located in a very small town with no public transportation provided. Inner-campus school functions that require transportation is always provided very conveniently.

4 College Senior

Weather: South Carolina is always beautiful.

3 College Senior

Majors: Know your math don't be stupid.

3 College Senior

Majors: Its Mechanical Engineering... You guess.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Five points is the really only big party spot unless you want to live that fratastic life. Other wise small to medium house parties are frequent.

3 College Senior

Computers: Sometimes slow, sometimes have port problems, sometimes work perfectly fine.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, but I plan to get one the summer after my junior year. But, I am little scared because my resume does not match up with a lot of my classmates. I am a member of my dorm hall government, so hopefully that will look on my resume.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My career goal is to find a job in my field of study and travel the world due to my job.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The local weather does not have a big affect on my campus experience I am at work most of the time or in my room.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty much everywhere.

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College Junior

Campus Housing: I've never lived in campus housing.

3 College Junior

Weather: The winter is mild and spring and fall are wonderful, but the summer is brutal.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you are a transfer student you can say goodbye to any aid or scholarships.

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: Most of the year its sunny and warm. In the winter it doesn't get to cold, and then if it snows even one snowflake you are guaranteed a snow day or two.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of options for off campus housing. There are apartment complexes everywhere for college students, and many houses that will rent out to students. There are places for every price range and lots of amenities such as pools and their own gyms.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are lots of dorms on campus with different kinds of rooms, and many are under construction that will be brand new for Fall 2014.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are tons of computer labs on campus if you know where they are, many of which if they are in your departments building you can get free printing.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Five-Points is the most popular place to go to go out, there are tons of different bars to meet friends at and party.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The hospitality program at USC is great. In my second year in it, I have loved every single professor I have at in the hospitality school and have made tons of connections around the community form talking to them outside of class at different school sponsored events.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe walking around campus during the daytime. At night I do not walking alone, but no girl ever should be alone in the dark in any city. There are blue lights all around campus to run to if you feel any sense of danger, and the police come right away.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love Columbia, SC. It is smack in the middle of South Carolina so it is only a two hour drive to the mountains, two hours to the ocean, one hour to Charlotte, and about three from Atlanta. There is plenty to do in Columbia with all of the river walks, and nightlife in Five Points and the Vista.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: USC does not seem to be very strict, as compared to other southern schools.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is nothing like a Saturday at Williams Brice during football season. The entire city shuts down to root on their Gamecocks against other very popular schools in the SEC. The amount of school spirit is obvious from the fields of tailgating spots around the stadium and everywhere in the city.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining around USC is great. Since it is right in the city, there are tons of places to eat at. Many within walking distance from campus, and an endless amount if you have a car. Right downtown, the Vista, Five Points, and over the bridge in Cayce there is a huge variety of restaurants whether you want a sub, fine dining, or a dollar menu.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a TON of options to eat off campus, especially if you live in a dorm, there are a lot of things that are in walking distance. However they do get a bit old, and I wish we had less chains and more little places.


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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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