Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2864 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved in greek life, so I honestly don't know much about it.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never experienced anything on campus that would cause me to worry about my safety, and the student health center is very helpful to students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm not much of a nightlife person, but there are plenty of things to do for those that are.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are very important her is SC, and they play a big part in campus life.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: South Carolina usually has beautiful weather. It's cold right now though.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: While I haven't met a ton of fellow students that fall into minorities, there're are some, and nobody dislikes them or mistreats them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most of the campus housing is very close to campus, and a lot of it is undergoing upgrades and renovations.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Very few students partake in substance abuse here at USC.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Rules are never any fun, but they are necessary to keep people safe. While sometimes a hassle to follow, they are good, and are in place to protect students.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: My school is located in Columbia South Carolina. There are tons of exciting things to do in this area. There's a zoo close by and museums, and a lot of great restaurants.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of stuff to do for students on campus, near campus or around the city.

3 College Senior

Transportation: No real problems except for parking for commuters.

5 College Senior

Weather: Usually great weather especially through normal school year. Summers may be too hot for some. Very few disaster level events in or around the area. Thunderstorms are usually mild. Cold weather is normally infrequent.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Most issues happen near campus as opposed to on it.

3 College Senior

Computers: Wifi nearly everywhere. Some classes require programs that you would have to buy if using your own laptop. Few colleges offer any free print quota and charge you starting with your first printed page.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Haven't noticed any pressure from or towards other students of various beliefs involving politics, religion or sexuality.

Some religious affilitates are seen handing out pamphlets around campus.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Not noticeable unless you are looking for it or hanging with the wrong people.

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Nuts about parking regulations with no warnings given whatsoever.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a shuttle service that makes regular stops around campus. There are three different routes, and I think the shuttle makes a complete lap of its route every 15 minutes. This makes it much easier to get around campus, even though I personally don't have to use the shuttle. This shuttle is free, so cost is not an issue.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into the Biology program was fairly easy, I just stated that I wanted to be a Biology major on my application, and I got in. The most important thing about getting into the Biology program at USC, or any program at most colleges really, is just to make sure that you have good grades, good test scores, and that you are involved in some kind of extracurricular activities. I have seen that it also helps to have a good bit of college credit from AP and IB tests. There was no abnormal application process, and my only tips for admission would be to make sure you fit the criteria that I listed earlier.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I think that it is pretty good being in the Biology program at USC, the teachers seem to know what they are talking about, there are opportunities to do undergraduate research through the school, and my workload isn't so demanding that I don't have any time for my other classes. Obviously the workload will depend on the teacher, and I have heard of a few teachers who have no problem with weighing you down with hours of homework every night. I enjoy being in this program because I enjoy learning about biology, and both of the biology teachers that I have had so far have been knowledgeable about the subject, so I have been able to learn a lot of new things. The labs are all fairly nice, but I really only have my high school labs to compare them with, so I'm not entirely sure how nice they are when compared to the labs in other universities.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I know that personally, nobody has tried to get me to drink with them, but I do know that there are a few alcohol stores nearby that don't card people. As far as the school's policy enforcement, I've only heard of one person getting caught with alcohol, and they were expelled.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: some will always be better than others !

5 College Student

Majors: huge list of majors to pick from !

4 College Student

Majors: So hard and competitive! great program !

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Gregory Goetz
Hometown
Fort Mitchell, KY
Major
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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