Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2904 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

3 College Student

Facilities: For the most part, if you are on campus you are going to class. Occasionally there are student organization fairs in the center of campus at Russell House.

3 College Student

Facilities: USC has nice facilities. Russell House, Strom, the Colonial Life Arena are just a few of the nicest buildings on campus.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Columbia has a great variety of restaurants.

4 College Student

Weather: South Carolina weather is great; I love warm weather.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: I have not had too much experience with authorities so far. I have learned that if you act smart then you should be good to go.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Nightlife is close to campus and offer a good variety to students.

3 College Student

Transportation: I personally do not have a car so I rely on catching a ride home when the time comes. Eventually, having a car will be much more convenient.

3 College Student

Parking: Parking in any city is difficult. I think there should be more parking lots for students that are closer to campus.

5 College Student

Athletics: USC has such a variety of ways to get involved with sports. In order to get loyalty points for football games, students are encouraged to attend sports games such as soccer and volleyball. Intramural sports are a huge part of campus too. Last year, for example, there were 213 flag football teams competing.

4 College Student

Diversity: I think it is great that there is so much diversity on campus. Diversity is a great way to make connections all over the world. Being a part of a campus full of diversity also may change your way of thinking than it was before coming to this diverse school.

3 College Student

Scholarships: Simple survey that doesn't take too much time.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing process is pretty bad. There are 31, 00 students at the university. freshman classes have been as large as 4,000 students. Housing is guaranteed for freshmen. After your freshman year, if you want housing, you are entered into a lottery with the rest of the student population and you have to just HOPE you get housig. After you're freshman year, you are encouraged to move off campus but that does not fair well if you cannot afford $500 dollars a month (and thats on the low end pricing for the off campus housing). There are shuttles that run between campus and the off campus communities but most of them stop running after 6pma nd do not run on weekends so you will be stranded on campus or off campus in your room if you do not have a car or unless you can hitch a ride with someone.

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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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