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Reviews 2934 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They definitely want the best for their students, but they don't go about it unreasonably. They offer shuttles to and from the bar scene to keep students safe, so even though they don't condone drinking, they make sure their students have a safe way to get home if they choose to go out and do that. My residence hall has literally no security, so I can have people over whenever I want, but you still need a card to get in the building and a key to get into the room, so it's still relatively safe. There are blue-light emergency stands pretty regularly across campus, so safety is not an issue in my eyes.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On our campus, we receive Carolina Alerts if there has been a crime in the area. These alerts come in the form of emails and texts. Unfortunately, these alerts often come several days after the crime has been committed which is rather unnerving. Besides that fact, the campus is very safe. Despite being in the heart of downtown Columbia, the presence of police officers and multiple emergency phones around campus make students feel as if they are at a small secluded school.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: As a student who doesn't drink, I don't have a lot of experience with the party/drinking district in Columbia. I am a DJ on the weekends, however, so I do get to be on the other side of the student life for a few hours a night. My goal is to make sure that they have as much fun as possible and if anyone needs a ride back to campus, I'll gladly help them in exchange for some help to load up the DJ gear.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing near the University of South Carolina is just a short bus ride away. Unfortunately, it is located right next to the football stadium which can provide for some headaches in the Fall. There are many opportunities for students to learn about the housing offered; through brochures at the information center or housing fairs located on campus. Living is relatively cheap when compared with other options around the downtown Columbia area. They are all staffed by convenience officers to provide a safe environment for the college students.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Students from the University of South Carolina come from numerous different backgrounds. Students are always eager to learn from their fellow peers about new cultures. You'll always hear a foreign language or accent when you're making your way to class.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: It sucks Id walk everywhere possible

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You'll only know about drugs if you choose to be involved. Alcohol is everywhere but nothing is peer pressured and no one really cares if you do it or not

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a nursing major. The first two years are not that bad you just have to re apply to the nursing school your junior year so that is stressful

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Clearly a lot of southern views, I have not met any lesbians or gays

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Cops are alright. Undercover can be in bars sometimes

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Being the in city of Columbia there are many social and academic opportunities that can be offered off campus. I love it

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Strom is the best. I spend so much of my time in the library and actually really enjoy it in between classes. Football games are awesome and such a great weekend activity. This school it awesome

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am part of a sorority and love it. It makes the school seem less big and I have made great friends. While we do have many parties we also do good things for the community.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's a great school with many activities and right in the city of Columbia.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Lots to do and get involved in

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4 College Freshman

Weather: I love it - lots and lots of warm days and mild winters

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football games are the best!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm part of a sorority and I love it

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is lots to choose from

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: a headache the only thing I will miss would be the football games and marching in the Carolina band

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of areas to choose from to go out and eat with your friends. Very easy to do gain freshman 15.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I would love to join a sorority but its hard to know when they are pledging almost like if you don't know them they won't tell you

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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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