Columbia, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2891 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is an awesome city with a great southern charm. USC is close to lots of different parts of the South, such as Myrtle Beach, Charlotte, and even Florida

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's hot and humid in the sumer and cold and snowy in the winter, but we get snow all year round and nothing is better than that

5 College Freshman

Athletics: There's nothing like football in the South

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I could still use more money, but they did give me some aid

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I havent gotten into any trouble so I don't really know what the strictness is like. But there are a lot of issues with parking on campus

4 College Freshman

Majors: The student success center is great with helping find internships, plus employers really respect the school and program i'm in, and seem to be impressed in interviews

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am in the best International Business Program in the county, and I couldn't be happier

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty much your typical chains and fast food options, but it does taste good and most of the options are within walking distance

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in one of the on campus apartments, and it's very nice to have my own room and kitchen. However, I don't get to spend a lot of time getting to know my floor or the rest of my dorm, and I feel like I'm missing out on that aspect

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Living on campus, you can walk everywhere that's necessary. But once you move off campus you need some sort of reliable transportation

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I love the tailgates and gamedays, it's unlike anything any other school has

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of alcohol usage on campus, but I don't see too much dangerous drug use around

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process has been trying. It is important that you keep up with your information incase any discrepancies come up.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The majority of the girls in my residence are apart of some sorority. Most of them seem pretty nice & they participate in some sort of community service.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few apartments within 5 minutes of campus. Most apartments have shuttles that run daily for students who do not have transportation.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few fast food restaurants near campus.

4 College Junior

Transportation: I've never taken a shuttle, but I've heard that they are fairly convenient.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Football and baseball are probably the sports USC is best known for. The students are very supportive of both and they should be. Our teams are great!

College Junior

Drug Safety: I am never in any circumstances to observe drug or alcohol use.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Its okay. Winters are mild. But its always really humid.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Its okay, gets old after a while. And if you arent 21 or have a fake, you literally cant do anything.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's easy to find, but spots fill up quickly and prices increase like crazy.

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.


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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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