Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2864 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Senior

Nightlife: Right now it is not safe we have a lot of people being grabbed and robbed. Others are either getting shot or worse.

2 College Senior

Parking: I live off campus so it is hard for me to find parking spots unless I pay over 400 dollars to get a permanent spot. Seriously who has that kind of money?

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The University of South Carolina can be a strict school but I am glad that there are rules in place that are enforced. Having these rules makes life on campus safer and better.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity acceptance on my campus is quite incredible. Everyone is very accepting and open to all different people, no matter race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. There are always different kinds of fairs and other informational sessions going on on campus that are open to everyone that wants to be apart of it. There's at least one club for every race, political belief, religion, sexual orientation, etc. No one is excluded or unwelcome on campus and you can tell the unity as a whole whenever you look around.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife at my school is like most universities. We have a place that's very well known to the students that attend the university as "Five Points". In Five Points you have your large variety of bars and other places for students to go to. There are a few bars that are 18 years old and above, and a bigger selection of 21+ bars. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the taxis in Five Points will give you a free ride back to your dorm/house within a certain amount of miles. This covers all freshman dorms, which allows the students to get back safely. Other than that, there are always taxis waiting to give rides to under the influence students waiting in Five Points to get home.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather on campus is always a little bit of a mystery, but regardless, it's always good. Normally, in Columbia, it's sunny and hot, which is always fun when you're walking across campus. You definitely learn to take advantage of the huge trees and benches all over campus. And when it's not sunny, or cold, it's raining. The rain, I think, actually makes the campus look more beautiful. When the flowers are in bloom, and it's raining just a little bit, you really see the beauty the campus has to offer. Although, the real beauty is when it's sunny. Sitting in places like the Horseshoe when it's a beautiful sunny day makes me feel absolutely blessed to have the opportunity to be apart of such a wonderful university.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The University of South Carolina is absolutely perfect. When you're on campus you can walk to everything, making the campus alone feel like a small town community. However, the fact that it is in such a big city, when you walk outside of the campus there's so much for you to do. There are place like Five Points that has lots of shopping and restaurants for students to visit, with just a short walk. There's also places like the Vista, which has lots of cool shops and places that students can get a full diverse feel for. Also a short walk from campus is the state house, as well as Main Street. Both locations have lots of different cultural things for students to experience and interact with some of the people that have been there the longest. There's also nothing better than atmosphere at a Carolina football or baseball game. The excitement and energy is unlike any other, and quite hard to describe. When you're in those walls of the stadium, no matter where you're from, you feel like you belong to one big family, and that's what the University of South Carolina is really about. Making you feel safe and at home, no matter where you are.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle system is the best with an app that is typically always accurate

College Sophomore

Parking: I do not own a car

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Being in the South, those not being part of a straight, baptist or christian based, republican community is looked at differently but depending on the outward acknowledgment it does not appear to be a dramatic part of your treatment at USC

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have received in state tuition which dramatically helped pay for my college education.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: As part of the College of Engineering And Computing, there is a very large printing quote and numerous computer labs within Swearingen and Main building.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: All medical employees are helpful and aid in any way possible, they prescribe drugs when necessary but are not quick to give drugs.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: In terms of Greek meal plan, it is fabulously cooked by a professional chef.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at University of South Carolina is very apparent. Strictly at the SEC football events, students, bosses and even faculty and parents partake in games of beer pong, beer bongs, chugging and other drinking games. With five points only a stones throw from campus, students will go down town from Wednesday through Saturday, especially business students. The drug scene is not as apparent. Weed is there, however, a student must search for it. Adderall is used by many students and easily accessible

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Thomas Cooper Library is excellent for focusing. Rarely the library is used to its best ability. Cell phone reception is not available the lower down the library the student descends.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The unique experiences include the complete southern experience and SEC atmosphere. The whole towns backing of the South Carolina Gamecocks Football and Baseball teams is phenomenal. I am on a Woodrow Scholarship which offers me only a $500 scholarship a semester but then provides me instate tuition. Additionally, campus life if taken advantage of, is excellent. I am a sorority member, intramural referee, capstone scholar and professional fraternity member. While it is difficult to time manage each program, each program is very rewarding.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Biomedical Engineering is not an easy pathway to success. The course load is filled with science and math courses as expected. However, the major is only a four year program with lots of classes needed. Therefore, each semester averages to 18 credit hours per semester without an ability to gain a minor. I am disappointed by the lack of uniqueness or specificity my major offers. However with such a touch course load, I am more disciplined and have a bright future.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Most professors are very personal able and it is easy to contact them even in a 100+ class. However, the physics department is probably the worst at the school.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: During my freshman year, I lived in Capstone living. The dorm is very old and left unclean during the summer. I was not impressed by the cleanliness of the dorm. Additionally, the dorm is very far from Strom Thurmond gym and Engineering building and science building. However, I currently live on campus in my sorority house which is a stones throw to the gym and engineering and science building. It overlooks the intramurals fields and is right next to the bus stop. Excellent!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I enjoy my Engineering program. However, all engineering programs are four years packed with close to 18 hours of credits each semester and very difficult. If i could do it all over, I would look into other engineering degrees and plan how to spread out my college classes to five or five and a half years to gain a minor and major with a strong GPA.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is available to all students whether interested in frat parties or bar scenes. Five Points is the highlight of night life that typically accepts all ID's fake or real for all students to participate in nightlife drinking, dancing and partying.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: its okay some diversity but for the most part everyone is a wealthy white republican christian person

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Its okay depending on the dorm

3 College Freshman

Academics: Heavy workload, but with that comes knowledge and good classes

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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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