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

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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

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Its there if you want it but its very strict

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe if your on campus

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Easy to get to the airport except for once and good flights

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My situation sucked but yours will be better

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The strom and blatt gym are cool if you like to get your pump on or swim or go in the hot tub and whole bunch of other stuff and i like

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Lots of hot girls, but from what I hear what college isn't. Very revolved around frat life if your in to that, I'm not, that's why I'm on this website. Overall great school, can't complain if I don't find a better one I'm just picky.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Average, nothing too big to worry too much about

3 College Junior

Greek Life: N/A I'm not in a frat or anything, but there are a lot here

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: terrible. better to cook yourself or go off campus to eat.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I enjoy it. I probably wouldn't have spent two years in the CE department, but otherwise, it's been fun and a real experience.


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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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