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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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't receive any scholarships from USC directly. All my scholarships were from my high school or the state.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am very excited about off-campus housing next year. I'll be living in an apartment right beside the stadium so that will be convenient for gamedays. They also offer a shuttle to campus.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There's no weird application process. If you can pass the classes, you can succeed.

3 College Freshman

Majors: There's so many of silly and non-applicable classes I feel like I am forced to take; for example, library science.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I think the school policies hep students academic life. It doesn't always help a students social lives but it doesn't always hurt it either.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: USC is very diverse and has a variety of personalities. There is more than one description of the typical student's looks, interests, dress, social life, and relationships.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Living in South Carolina you have different weather. However, this year was extremely different we had two weeks of snow and then really warm weather.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are always parties on campus. They offer taxi and shuttles in case you are unable to drive or need a safe ride home.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. The USC police are very good and there are emergency boxes around campus if we were in danger.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere around USC is great. I feel like there is always something to do.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process was not bad at all.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am in a nursing major. It requires a lot of time and work but the outcome is worth all the hard work.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our athletics at USC are great! Our facilities are very nice. The school spirit is so great and there is nothing like game days!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I have not used the transportation much. I have only used the transportation for the Carolina football games and it was eat.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I think the off-campus dining options are really. They are very convenient and there are a variety of options

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The University of South Carolina is very good at helping everyone feel like they are excepted. They are very diverse in everything.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Columbia (the Vista) is beautiful at night and has some great things that happen in it occasionally. Plus the university is right next to the State Museum, the State Zoo, the Columbia Museum of Art and other great things to do.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Due to the fact that Columbia is not expressly a "college town" and more of a regular city, it has a great variety of awesome restaurants within walking distance from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not big on going out and partying, but I do know that 5-points has great clubs. Jillian's in the Vista has a shag night every Thursday.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I am from South Carolina, Columbia more specifically. So I have grown up with the ridiculous weather. In the winter, it goes from 80 one day to 30 the next and then back to 75. It's crazy, but not really that affective in influencing me poorly.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I have always been very pleased with the way that things are handled with school policies.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Transportation: I do not use the campus transportation very often if ever, so I do not feel qualified to answer this adequately.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is nothing like going to a USC sporting event: baseball, basketball, football, soccer, you name it. USC is so proud of our athletics and I truly enjoy being a part of that whenever I can.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: While it was not difficult to receive financial aid, I think that there should be a way to let the university/government know that I am paying for college myself, without help from my parents, yet due to the fact that they make a middle-class salary, I am unable to receive as much financial aid as I would need to adequately attend and live on/near campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The pathways are not very well lit at night except in certain areas on campus so it is pretty difficult to feel safe when walking in the evening. I have always been taught to not walk by myself but sometimes I find it necessary to. Security is good at patrolling the perimeter of campus, but it would make me feel safer if there was some sort of security patrolling the walkways.


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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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