Columbia, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2891 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are nice and I love living so close to people who I've made my best friends.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys in the south dress better. Many of them stop and hold open doors.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are safety buttons everywhere (though they don't seem to fix them in a timely matter almost all are working). I feel the police on campus are there to help and and very good. I do wish some pathyways were better lit.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I still don't understand much about financial aid and loans but I know I received aid and loans and my school is paid for. The bill for the school is not very clear and I'm not always sure what is being paid and how much.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The airport is very close and there is a shuttle to the bigger airport farther away. I live far away so I will always have the hassle of the airport but being close to an airport makes in easy.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is gigantic and has something for everyone. There is more then one gym and a gym in my residence hall. The school has great support of healthy athletics. Football is huge and so much fun to be a fan in the student section. There is endless school spirit.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi is always running slow and losing connection easily.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is pretty good most of the time. Some foods just aren't cooked well.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really like going to school here and have made many great friends. I enjoy the classes and teachers very much. The only reason I am not sure I would do it again is because I might have chosen a completely different major and career choice that would be better suited at a different school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The visiting hours in dorms vary for each dorm and make little sense since we are all adults. Other policies are well kept under control.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: For underage students, there it not as much nightlife unless you are willing to have a fake id to go to a bar.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol and drugs are easy to get to but must be well hidden in order to use within the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Meal plans and campus dining are cool but not for long. Luckily it's easy to find out whats good and whats not on campus. If you're greek you get to be on the house meal plan your second semester which means you get to enjoy a personal house chef.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Great looking bunch of guys and gals at Carolina. A lot of preppy people with southern charm

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Scholarships: I'm in the military so I didn't really need to try to get financial aid.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Bar scene is awesome and is easy to get into. Drinks are cheap and girls usually drink for free. There are school shuttles to take you downtown and around campus.. a lot of people have the frat pledges drive them or get cabs though. Frats provide free alcohol at house parties/tailgates

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you like to drink this is the campus for you. If you don't drink this is the campus for you. If you do drugs this is the campus for you. If you don't do drugs this is the campus for you. Everything is your decision and is as available to you as you make it.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse but like many big southern universities there is a lot of white republican christians… everyone is pretty open to different people though

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of great places to go and eat off campus.. fast food and cool local restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is pretty good. A lot of the dorms are newly renovated or being redone now. Many of them are also apartment style which is awesome to have as a freshman, although traditional dorms are nice too because you get to know your hall mates very well.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Theres a lot of computer labs but laptops are always easier. Wifi is questionable but available all over campus.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: USC is the home of some of the best college football in the nation. Games are unforgettable. The 80,000 person stadium always sells out but students can usually get a ticket. During big games like Clemson the crowd is so crazy that it almost feels like the stadium is shaking. The tailgates are a ton of fun and start hours before the game. Southern charm is apparent when the boys wear polos and kakis to game and the girls wear cowgirl boots and black dresses. Other sports like baseball, basketball, and soccer are well attended too but nothing compares to football season.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you want to go greek southern schools like USC are the way to go. A large amount of people are greek but it's not a big deal if you aren't. Sororities and frats both have mixers and functions which are a ton of fun but you can be invited as a date even if you aren't greek. Fraternities have some house parties but since its a huge bar school it won't hurt your social life if you aren't greek. The frats are known for having awesome tailgates though which all girls can go to but are limited to only the guys in the hosting fraternities.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Most people only travel home for fall break, Thanksgiving break, winter break, and spring break. You can fly out of Columbia airport which is very close or Charlotte which is 1 1/2 hours away but much cheaper (you can get a $40-50 shuttle there). Depending how close you live to campus though it's super easy to find someone to drive with or drive by yourself.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Unless you are trying to get into trouble or uncontrollably drunk downtown you will probably not run into any problems.


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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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