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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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.

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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.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different options when it comes to off-campus housing. Many of the options are very good apartments or student houses.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic facilities are amazing and the varsity sports teams are some of the best in the country

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The school is in the capital city of the state, so there is always stuff to do!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the whole atmosphere of my school. I love the classes offered, the student life, the extracurricular activities, and the sporting events.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I never use campus transportation, but it seems like enough people do use it, so I'd assume its decent.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are many interesting, smart, and fun people at school, however, it seems as though most students are just "typical college kids".

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most housing quarters on campus are cleaned daily and are spacious enough.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe and the health center is very good and convenient.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife on campus is great.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not involved with a fraternity, but from what I can tell, it is a big deal on campus.


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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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