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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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: South Carolina basically throws money at the out of state students.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great mix of chain and non chain restaurants to choose from.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics are a blast and are always new and exciting. It is a great socializing activity.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: You cannot be different here. This is an extremely Southern, conservative school and you will be shunned if you are different.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is not the school for me because it is too conservative, not educational enough and the parties all revolve around bars.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttle is free. There are not enough buses and they do not run fast enough

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are old and far too large. There arent enough dorms!! However, they are very close to the classes.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: There is wireless everywhere but it is not always reliable, eventhough it is speedy.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I believe that all of this takes place behind the scenes and really isnt that visible.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It is over $200 per semester for a parking pass. Even with this parking pass, you can almost never find a spot.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It is alright for people that are over 21. There are only bars as options for drinking as there are no fraternity house parties or house parties. This means that if you are under 21, you cannot have a good time without getting a fake ID.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I believe that this campus was just thrown into the city and has not been incorporated yet. It seems out of place. The city is too large and is not safe or comfortable. Southern, in a bad way.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's getting a little better at night with all the heavy drinkers.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Everyone is friendly and considerate toward others.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I haven't been able to get a scholarship.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Everything was well thought out in the Greek life village.

4 College Freshman

Academics: So far I have not gotten into my major specific courses.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I know there are hard and unreasonable professors at the universitybut so far all of mine have been for the most part excellent.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is less diversity on campus than where I lived but for most people the amount of diversity would still surprise people.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life is immersive and facilities are great especially Strom Thurmond and the myriad of libraries.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything is useful at South Carolina you just have to take the right actions.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is clean and easy process, the earlier you start the better.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Honeslty it is the south so I did not expect anything less.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is honestly something for everyone if you know what you want and you are willing to find it.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was not too much of a hassle, and I ended up getting the scholarships and financial aid I needed.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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