Location
Columbia, SC
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21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2904 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug and underage alcohol use does happen but is not seen abundantly. It is normally done off campus in the privacy of their homes. People of course get drunk in weekends and at the bars in five points but get arrested for public intoxication if they are too unruly. Police are EVERYWHERE in five pints for crowd control and safety measures. If you are on campus or in a dorm and break a alcohol or drug guideline, you will be fined, have a hearing, or if really serious, possibly be expelled from the dorm or school.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: if you get caught breaking the honor code, i.e. cheating or plagiarism, you will be reported and possibly suspended or expelled. Drug use and underage alcohol use carries hefty fines of over $200 dollars depending on the infraction. Visitation policies differ dorm by dorm.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are a few places available on campus to eat. There is a 'hot-line' eatery available in each end of campus in all four directions. The main eatery is in the student union and consist of a grill place, a specialty pizza eatery, a frozen yogurt/ice cream parlor, a sub-sandwich place, and salad bar, fruits and vegetables stand, taco bell, pizzqa hut, chick-fil-a, a burgur place and a hot-line. there is also asian cusine, a taco bar and a healthy meal place that will give you lean foods and perfect healthy portions. the other places on campus are very similar to that minus the fast food options. Two dorms hold two of the eteries in their common areas and one dorm has an all you can eat buffet that is attainable on the meal plan. two places stay open until 3am for express food. meal plans come in a variety of opitions from 5 meals a week to 21 meals a week. or the flex option which allows you to get more food in one sitting than a meal plan.

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3 College Junior

Weather: When it rains on campus, it pours. The water pools up and floods in some places because the campus is sitting at the top of a hill in some places. The walkways are made mostly of brick and the brick gets really slippery when it rains accompanied by slippery leaves that fall from the many trees located on campus. Other than that, campus weather is fine and beautiful.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: There are shuttles that will take you to the airports in charlotte if needed. taxis are always around, especially on weekends to give rides to drunken students from five points to their homes. The campus shuttles run frequently and there is an app you can put on your phone to let you know of their arrival time. they run about every 10 minutes. The entire campus from one end to another is about a 20 minute walk.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Campus is becoming more diverse but still has far to go. Just recently in the past year, a multicultural greek board to govern the multicultural greek organizations on campus. Majority of the student population is white and is prevalent in classes. There are organizations for different ethnicities, religions, and political and religious beliefs.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is very present on campus. People are seen walking around in their shirts and jackets or monogrammed bags representing their organizations. Greeks and non greeks get along fine on campus. there are no disparities between the two groups. Greeks often host events open to the entire campus and do community service int he surrounding community. Historically black organizations and PHC/IFC organizations do not do very much collaboration or fraternizing but respect each other. Greek housing is only currently available for PHC/IFC organizations in Greek village which is part of campus similar to a coldesac community full of greek houses.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is not much to do in columbia. there is a state museum, an art museum, some galleries, and a nice pathway a couple miles long that goes along the riverside. There a few parks nearby with beautiful landscapes. You'll have to drive a few miles if you want to go to a shopping center or a mall. The downtown columbia area is located a few blocks from campus so it is in walking distance as well as the state capital. Locals are friendly towards students as it is a football town and the city supports the school and team. There are different attractions that come to the fairgrounds such as the state fair, guns hows, international fairs and other events.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many eating options on both sides of campus. The Vista and Five Points are on two opposite ends of campus. The Vista offers more ethnic restaurants and classier places to eat as well as a few bars. It is catered to the crowd that is a little older and mature but still enjoys going out. Five points is catered to the college partiers. It is a strip of bars door to door. Some serve food but not many. Lines are out the door, music is loud and bumping and its the perfect place to go if you want to meet new people, have a good time with drinks and dancing and really live that wild weekend college life.

2 College Junior

Parking: There is no need to have a car on campus but if you don't have one there is no way to get to surrounding walmarts or grocery/shopping stores. There are bars and restaurants that are nearby and in walking distance. Parking is a nightmare during peak class times in the morning and in the evening. The lots fill up quickly. there is not nearly enough space for all the parking that commuters do to the school from nearby off-campus housing. if you park somewhere you are not supposed to, you WILL get a ticket between $8 and $25.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would choose to attend this school again. The academic resources are great such as tutoring, outside classroom help, teacher availability, class size, curriculum, and career planning and help. The extra curricular spaces such as gyms and game rooms are well equipped and offer entertainment for students throughout the week and weekend. Clubs sponsor activities open to anyone such as new movie screenings, bowling, skate nights, special performances, comedy shows, talent shows, fashion shows, concerts and celebrity appearances. The atmosphere is very friendly and the campus is beautiful. Football season is wild and the entire bleeds garnet and black with school spirit.

4 College Junior

Computers: Access to computers is quite easy. The library stays open 24 hours to students and is equipped with over 100 computers as well as both pc and mac laptops available for checkout and in-library use. There are mac labs and desktop labs located in various buildings all around campus. The network is usually running fine and speedily and if it should go down, is back up and running within the next couple of hours. Virus protection is offered free for personal laptops and is required to be downloaded for students to use the network. Program software is available for students to download if needed at a discounted price on the school network site.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe on campus. Campus is an extremely safe and comfortable environment in the daytime. Campus police are visible as well as state and county police. At night, throughout campus, the emergency poles are lit along walkways and appear often and close to each other. they are also equipped with cameras for added security. Dorms require special access and are not open to the public. The university has a text alert system of any crime on or around campus that alerts students via text and email with the hour of the crime happening. There is not much campus crime accept for the occasional theft of items left unattended.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Lots of fun, outgoing people at USC! Always people to hangout with

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Definitely bring your own computer! But wi-fi access is everywhere

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of diversity and groups supporting all types of diversity.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: It's a huge campus and lots of people go here but every day somehow you are guaranteed to run into at least 3 people you know. Lots of school spirit and always something going on

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Some buildings are older but alot of them are very modern and have great technology

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Taxis are easy to make use of for going out and down town

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Lots of great bars to go to but hardly any house parties

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's not the best but if you branch out to different dining venues you can find some quality stuff!

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2 College Freshman

Parking: It's very expensive and difficult to find open spaces.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are very strict in on campus housing but not nearly as much off-campus.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not in Greek life, but those I know who are in it love it!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of different options but off-campus housing is necessary because after Freshman year there is hardly any on-campus housing.

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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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