Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2655 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The places to live off campus are in a wide variety. The ones that are really nice may not have a shuttle to campus and may be farther off campus behind the railroad tracks. The ones that are not the best but not the worst are closer to campus and are a better price range. The school holds an interest meeting and shares information about different apartment places and advertises others.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Printing is 10 cents a sheet which isn't that bad. We don't have a limit either. sometimes the wifi isn't the greatest, especially when there are many people trying to be on the same website and network at the same time. For class you don't need a laptop for notes, that's just peoples personal preference. Same goes for a printer.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think we are like other universities when it comes to strictness. We have quiet hours, visiting hours, honor codes, and other policies that each student must follow. I don't think there is much of a problem with this because it makes us feel safe.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: We love our athletics. We are very supportive of the different sports teams. The library is amazing and different levels are different quietness which is nice. The horseshoe is the most popular green space but there are many other all over campus. There are also a lot of park benches all over campus you can read or study on. We have many traditions when it comes to football games, homecoming, and beating Clemson. It's so awesome being a part of such an amazing school. There are many student hangouts which are kept up nicely like Russel House, the library, the horseshoe, and many study rooms in other buildings. There are also off-campus places to go like Cool Beans and Starbucks.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love my school. They are always adding something new to keep it beautiful. There are amazing academic opportunities like studying abroad or getting tutoring or supplemental instructor sessions. Everyone here seems to be very outgoing and loves to have fun. Since we are in the city, there are a lot of nice restaurants and things to do. We have a ton of clubs and opportunities to get involved on campus too. It's hard not to be involved and love the school.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The parking on campus is horrible because not everyone can find a spot. But the Columbia airport is very close and the Charlotte airport isn't too far. If you ever needed to go to the store, you will need a car because there aren't many grocery stores that are within walking distance.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We are a pretty diverse campus. Not everyone is accepted but I have noticed that, unfortunately, is found everywhere. There are so many different clubs on campus that relate to each persons differences with their lifestyle. It helps make everyone feel like they fit in somewhere.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: it is a safe campus because of the school police they will walk you home

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus could be improved. There aren't many options right near campus and all the close houses fill up really quickly. Rent is outrageously expensive, ranging from $400-$700 a month per person. Parking is not the best either, having to walk through a dark parking lot late at night because the only spots were in the back lot. There are new apartments opening close to campus, though.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: I love Greek Life here. It's like a whole separate community inside the school and it's great. Greek students do party, but also dedicate a lot of time and money to many different philanthropies around the city and country. Non-Greeks do hang out with Greeks, but they chose not to be in Greek life for various reasons so obviously there are some critics. The houses are immaculate and new, they have chefs and large common rooms to hang out in.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I got lucky with my dorm. Columbia hall is definitely the way to go unless you get put in a newer dorm. They are re-doing the women's quad with updated buildings. My dorm was very close to all my classes and I loved the atmosphere. Everyone on my hall was like a family and always had a good time. It was one of the coed dorms and I would recommend that for sure.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus strictness is as bad as it should be. The cops and faculty focus on the things which normal people would assume would be problems in college. Underage drinking and drugs are not tolerated, especially in dorms. They are pretty okay with visitors in dorms, and attendance is mandatory so you can only miss 3 classes.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Computers: The WiFi on campus is awful. Connection is never good, and crashes a lot. There are a few computer labs but if you go during crunch time there's no chance in getting a computer.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most guys are more into themselves than anyone else. They are kind of sleazy and cocky, but there are some good ones if you search really hard for them. Most of them are attractive and dress well.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: I was able to receive a great scholarship which reduced my tuition by thousands of dollars and it has helped me out a lot. I would suggest applying for any of the scholarships you can because you never know what you'll be awarded.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love USC so so so much. It's a great atmosphere, diverse crowd of people, the greek life here is amazing and so philanthropic. My favorite part has definitely been the football aspect. Our team has only grown since I've been here and everyone is a die hard fan. I wouldn't change my decision for the world.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: USCPD tries really hard to be available to students when they need them. However, they are mostly focused on underage drinking and do not focus on the actually violence and assaults that have happened on and near campus. Carolina alerts are sent out any time there is a serious crime committed near campus but they do not get sent until hours after the threat has subsided.

4 College Junior

Academics: I believe that the school, especially the Moore School of Business, has provided us with a great sense of preparedness for the real world. We have had challenging classes, easier "filler" classes, as well as a nice building so we don't have to go far. The Moore School provides us with many online resources to help us with job searches and interview skills. It's great.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Some professors don't know what they're doing, others are great. The registration process is awful unless you're an upperclassmen and classes fill up way too fast. Not too bad of a workload most of the time but tests are always on the same day which is annoying. Everyone studies in the Business Library or the Thomas Cooper Library.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I think there are a ton of restaurants around the town! There is everything from the local favorites, to large chains. They have practically anything you could want from a sandwich, to mexican food, to greek food. Many options to choose from and all within a short distance from campus.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: No issues with transportation except the campus shuttle is often late and doesn't run past 5:30 PM, which is inconvenient for some students who have later classes.

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1 College Junior

Parking: PARKING IS AWFUL!!!! They don't have nearly enough spots for the amount of students on campus, and you can never find a spot for class unless you leave an hour early. Also, they enforce the meters at the worst possible times like 5 minutes before they're supposed to stop ticketing and right before classes get out. The parking garages are always filled up within the first week of passes going on sale and they are $300 a semester and rising.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The city is slowly beginning to redeem itself with the cleaning up of Main Street, but it could definitely be better. There is more crime than I would like, and many homeless people are roaming the shopping and bar district. There are many small boutiques right in town and there is a large mall about 15 minutes away. The locals are mostly die hard carolina fans and are very welcoming to students.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love columbia. Favorite place ive ever been

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: Strom thurmond wellness center is amazing!!!

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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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