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

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3 College Student

Campus Dining: Personally, I am not a big fan of our on campus dining. There is only on all you can eat buffet dining hall.

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: There are many different types of students at USC. Of course at any college there are the party animals and there are the geeks. For the most part, everyone gets along just fine!

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: In any city there are larger quantities of drug activities.

3 College Student

Facilities: For the most part, if you are on campus you are going to class. Occasionally there are student organization fairs in the center of campus at Russell House.

3 College Student

Facilities: USC has nice facilities. Russell House, Strom, the Colonial Life Arena are just a few of the nicest buildings on campus.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Columbia has a great variety of restaurants.

4 College Student

Weather: South Carolina weather is great; I love warm weather.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: I have not had too much experience with authorities so far. I have learned that if you act smart then you should be good to go.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Nightlife is close to campus and offer a good variety to students.

3 College Student

Transportation: I personally do not have a car so I rely on catching a ride home when the time comes. Eventually, having a car will be much more convenient.

3 College Student

Parking: Parking in any city is difficult. I think there should be more parking lots for students that are closer to campus.

5 College Student

Athletics: USC has such a variety of ways to get involved with sports. In order to get loyalty points for football games, students are encouraged to attend sports games such as soccer and volleyball. Intramural sports are a huge part of campus too. Last year, for example, there were 213 flag football teams competing.

4 College Student

Diversity: I think it is great that there is so much diversity on campus. Diversity is a great way to make connections all over the world. Being a part of a campus full of diversity also may change your way of thinking than it was before coming to this diverse school.

3 College Student

Scholarships: Simple survey that doesn't take too much time.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing process is pretty bad. There are 31, 00 students at the university. freshman classes have been as large as 4,000 students. Housing is guaranteed for freshmen. After your freshman year, if you want housing, you are entered into a lottery with the rest of the student population and you have to just HOPE you get housig. After you're freshman year, you are encouraged to move off campus but that does not fair well if you cannot afford $500 dollars a month (and thats on the low end pricing for the off campus housing). There are shuttles that run between campus and the off campus communities but most of them stop running after 6pma nd do not run on weekends so you will be stranded on campus or off campus in your room if you do not have a car or unless you can hitch a ride with someone.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug and underage alcohol use does happen but is not seen abundantly. It is normally done off campus in the privacy of their homes. People of course get drunk in weekends and at the bars in five points but get arrested for public intoxication if they are too unruly. Police are EVERYWHERE in five pints for crowd control and safety measures. If you are on campus or in a dorm and break a alcohol or drug guideline, you will be fined, have a hearing, or if really serious, possibly be expelled from the dorm or school.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: if you get caught breaking the honor code, i.e. cheating or plagiarism, you will be reported and possibly suspended or expelled. Drug use and underage alcohol use carries hefty fines of over $200 dollars depending on the infraction. Visitation policies differ dorm by dorm.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are a few places available on campus to eat. There is a 'hot-line' eatery available in each end of campus in all four directions. The main eatery is in the student union and consist of a grill place, a specialty pizza eatery, a frozen yogurt/ice cream parlor, a sub-sandwich place, and salad bar, fruits and vegetables stand, taco bell, pizzqa hut, chick-fil-a, a burgur place and a hot-line. there is also asian cusine, a taco bar and a healthy meal place that will give you lean foods and perfect healthy portions. the other places on campus are very similar to that minus the fast food options. Two dorms hold two of the eteries in their common areas and one dorm has an all you can eat buffet that is attainable on the meal plan. two places stay open until 3am for express food. meal plans come in a variety of opitions from 5 meals a week to 21 meals a week. or the flex option which allows you to get more food in one sitting than a meal plan.

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3 College Junior

Weather: When it rains on campus, it pours. The water pools up and floods in some places because the campus is sitting at the top of a hill in some places. The walkways are made mostly of brick and the brick gets really slippery when it rains accompanied by slippery leaves that fall from the many trees located on campus. Other than that, campus weather is fine and beautiful.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: There are shuttles that will take you to the airports in charlotte if needed. taxis are always around, especially on weekends to give rides to drunken students from five points to their homes. The campus shuttles run frequently and there is an app you can put on your phone to let you know of their arrival time. they run about every 10 minutes. The entire campus from one end to another is about a 20 minute walk.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Campus is becoming more diverse but still has far to go. Just recently in the past year, a multicultural greek board to govern the multicultural greek organizations on campus. Majority of the student population is white and is prevalent in classes. There are organizations for different ethnicities, religions, and political and religious beliefs.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is very present on campus. People are seen walking around in their shirts and jackets or monogrammed bags representing their organizations. Greeks and non greeks get along fine on campus. there are no disparities between the two groups. Greeks often host events open to the entire campus and do community service int he surrounding community. Historically black organizations and PHC/IFC organizations do not do very much collaboration or fraternizing but respect each other. Greek housing is only currently available for PHC/IFC organizations in Greek village which is part of campus similar to a coldesac community full of greek houses.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is not much to do in columbia. there is a state museum, an art museum, some galleries, and a nice pathway a couple miles long that goes along the riverside. There a few parks nearby with beautiful landscapes. You'll have to drive a few miles if you want to go to a shopping center or a mall. The downtown columbia area is located a few blocks from campus so it is in walking distance as well as the state capital. Locals are friendly towards students as it is a football town and the city supports the school and team. There are different attractions that come to the fairgrounds such as the state fair, guns hows, international fairs and other events.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many eating options on both sides of campus. The Vista and Five Points are on two opposite ends of campus. The Vista offers more ethnic restaurants and classier places to eat as well as a few bars. It is catered to the crowd that is a little older and mature but still enjoys going out. Five points is catered to the college partiers. It is a strip of bars door to door. Some serve food but not many. Lines are out the door, music is loud and bumping and its the perfect place to go if you want to meet new people, have a good time with drinks and dancing and really live that wild weekend college life.

2 College Junior

Parking: There is no need to have a car on campus but if you don't have one there is no way to get to surrounding walmarts or grocery/shopping stores. There are bars and restaurants that are nearby and in walking distance. Parking is a nightmare during peak class times in the morning and in the evening. The lots fill up quickly. there is not nearly enough space for all the parking that commuters do to the school from nearby off-campus housing. if you park somewhere you are not supposed to, you WILL get a ticket between $8 and $25.


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Gregory Goetz
Fort Mitchell, KY
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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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