Location
Columbia, SC
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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 Student

Greek Life: For the most part, Greek events keep to the Greeks.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: There's a lot to do here. It's a big city so there are festivals and events constantly happening. There are also lots of museums to go to as well. And there's plenty of bars for nightlife entertainment as well.

4 College Student

Diversity: If you have a stance or belief in something, there's a group of people for you here. There are lots of international students and they bring in a whole new culture. There are lots of cultural events on campus as well such as Russian cuisine night, there's a Indian festival thing and plenty others.

5 College Student

Academics: There is a great variety of classes to choose from for electives. Finding something you're interested in is no problem. Workload is just about right. There is work, but it is definitely manageable if it is kept up with. All the professors I have had care about what they teach and the students. There are supplemental instruction times and plenty of office hours where the professor or a TA can help.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love the greek life here. We all support one another philanthropy events and have fun together. Its so fun to get to know other friends in other sororities and see what they are doing. I think Non-Greeks don't think an different about Greeks unless they had some rare horrible experience. Greek housing is amazing! I highly recommend living in the house because its nice, clean, where the meals are, and there is a shuttle that takes you from Greek village to campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: A majority of the time its sunny and warm. But in the winter time it does get down to the 20s and 30s. The mornings are usually the coldest. There have been some days when its in the 30s in the morning and 65 by the afternoon. When it rains it pours. It doesn't really affect the campus experience because anywhere you go, you will experience all kinds of weather.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: As a nursing major, I knew coming to college would be a challenge. But at USC they really test your ability to adapt to change and to learn how to teach yourself and apply your knowledge to the real world. I have learned so much this past year and a half.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Computers: I bring my own computer where I go

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not sure what to comment on the strictness I live off campus

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The white Greeks are treated different then the black Greeks. They get more privileges!!!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorms are old and are on the outskirts of campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is what it is

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: All the majors have very helpful professor and advisors.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Each apartment has shuttles to take students to and from campus. There also is campus shuttle that run daily around campus for long distance walks.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Some students have express how they feel about other on race is a negative expression

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The weather is typical southern weather. Cold during the winter and hot during the summer.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Theres always some sort of festival, concert, or party going on somewhere nearby. The night life is eccentric and the shopping is great.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I never feel unsafe, even when I may be walking around late at night. There are tons of emergency boxes there if you feel like someone is making you weary or you feel unsafe. The campus does have a reputation for theft which is why I never leave my things unattended anywhere. The police are all very nice and there when you need them

3 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The dorm's are really strict on visitation policies, especially if you live in an all girls dorm. The University also holds high standards on their honor code, cheating is not tolerated. They are also cracking down on the night life scene. They do not tolerate underage drinking at all.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academics: I have an intense workload, but I love what I'm heading for. All my professors have been great, I have a great advisor and I really am getting more into my future career with what I am learning right now

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Weather: Its never too hot or too cold here. It's perfect for walking from class to class. Makes me enjoy living on campus even more

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: I've never been the type to be very school spirited or go to school sporting events but Gamecock nation has changed me. Going to your first Carolina football game is one of the most unforgettable experiences you will have as a freshman. Everyone goes all out with their attire and sets up some insane tailgating tents. Just this past season on the frat lots, they had a stage and a band play during the tailgating hours it was just so much fun! Everyone gets so rallied up in the games, with our chants and cheers. Football is a huge part of Carolina life.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great because you get to meet a lot of new people and you get to experience living on your own. Living in Patterson Hall, I was lucky to get in because it is the newest renovated dorm on campus and nearly every girl was trying to get in. Patterson is conveniently located near the center of campus which is great because its nearby all the main class buildings, especially the student union where we go to eat a lot. It's also nice because its not set up as the traditional dorm, its much more spacious and you share a bathroom with 3 other girls rather than an entire hall. The cost is up there but you pay for the location, and all the nice stuff that comes with living here. Bates would have to be the worst option is my opinion as it is on the outskirts of campus and takes about 20 minutes to get to where you need to be. The social atmosphere is nice as well, everyone is so friendly and you're always meeting someone new every day!

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received the financial aid I was applicable for with no issue, however I wish finding scholarships was easier and there were more offered to each type of student. Not just a select few

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to choose from when you get sick of the Student Union food. Columbia has just about anything from fast food chains such as Sonic or Chick-fil-A to local restaurants like Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint. And all of these places can fit onto a typical college student's budget! They are also conveniently located near campus so if you didn't have a car it's only a short walk. Mostly every place offers a student discount as well, the student just has to ask.

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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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