Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I think it is a very important that the campus is very strict about certain things because having this around is suppose to keep the students safe.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity on campus is very different and wide ranged which is a good thing.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I feel honestly if you are not Greek meaning in the sorority then you are nobody.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Every person is there own individual so it just depends on if they are around friends or by themselves.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Although I have not been out. My friends who do have a party life they say it is awesome and there is a lot of fun to be had.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting around campus and having transportation is really good and people are able to get to where they need to.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I feel what makes the University of South Carolina different is the opportunities that are exploited to all the students for whatever they made need like tutoring, research labs/center, and student success centers.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The academic programs are great here at the University of South Carolina because the people are very helpful with making sure that every student flourishes in the real world in order for them to succeed.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The student life on campus is excellent compared to where I went to high school. I went to a very small school with like a graduating class of 110 in comparison to other schools that have 500 to 1000 graduating but the help that is provided by the university is so much and they have a lot of things that are able to supply every student with what they need.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I absolutely love living on campus and have signed up to live here again next year. Living off campus is a huge hassle between paying for your place, buying groceries, commuting to school, and every other responsibility.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Visitation varies from dorm to dorm, but I appreciate my dorm's guidelines which they allowed us to change for spring semester. Because Five Points is very close, a lot of students feel the need to get fake I.D.s which they then use to drink, but that is a personal decision and the police are very good at spotting them.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The school offers two different wifi which makes things a little easier because occasionally one will go down and all you have to is switch to the other.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus consists of renting an apartment or finding a house in the area. The prices of apartments and condos are absolutely ridiculous, but the school doesn't have enough housing for all of its students for all four years and many students can't wait to live off-campus for the freedom.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The school of Nursing is selective in accepting freshman, however you are only guaranteed two years in the program. During fall semester of each nursing student's sophomore year they must submit an application for "Upper Division" which is based on GPA alone and acceptance allows students to move on to their Junior and Senior year as nursing students while completing clinicals. I don't feel as though this is fair but I understand that some students are not the proper fit for the program.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Of course there are good and bad aspects of every aspect as every school, however, the availability of academics on campus makes it great. Registration is frustrating because students are ranked and you may not get in the class you planned on getting into, but things will work out and a schedule will be made. Also, a majority of our professors make themselves available whenever students are available to meet and they are prompt on returning emails.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I come from a much more diverse community however there are no issues with discrimination or acceptance.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Although rain boots and a rain jacket are a must, the weather here is beautiful.

3 College Freshman

Parking: In order to be guaranteed a parking spot you must pay for a permit in a garage which is outrageous, however, without it you're likely to be late to class because parking in the metered spots is nearly impossible.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: The dorm I live in now (Columbia Hall) is relatively old, but I love its location.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: With campus in the middle of a large city, anyone can walk on campus which is scary to think about. So far, however, I have not had any problems with safety.

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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.

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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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