Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2669 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Great one of the best very accessible.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is bad, there are rarely any parks available and you are charge outrageously for violations.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Local atmosphere is very spacious, very city like, and very interactive.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: The University of South Carolina has a huge campus - there are 20 minutes between classes to allow you enough time to walk back and forth through the city, but sometimes 20 minutes still doesn't cut it and students are late (especially when professors hold class over-time). That said, it covers a lot of ground and about half of the city if not more. I would have given it better ratings except in my first week or so, I was accosted by a homeless man who was very vile, inappropriate, and forward with me. This was in broad daylight in the middle of one of the schools parks where a number of colleges are located. Had it not been for my best friend walking by, I'm not sure what would have happened -- not an overreaction; I've lived in large cities like Charleston and Savannah and this was the most terrifying experience I've ever had. Hard to believe it was in my hometown, too.

4 College Student

Weather: South Carolina weather is among the most beautiful and moderate I've ever experienced. It is usually very warm, not too humid, but shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops are a necessity for most days. Even in the winter time, it is not too terribly freezing. In mid-November the coldest days we've had have been around 60 degrees. Still, it's a stark contrast from summer weather so it's a bit difficult to get used to. Most people just bear through it until summer rolls back around.

5 College Student

Greek Life: I am not a part of the Greek life here, but it seems pretty upstanding. Most people are involved in Greek life and the housing for sororities and fraternities is ridiculous - they are huge mansion type facilities with their own gated-in community. Many of the houses have their own chefs and services, etc.

4 College Student

Majors: The University of South Carolina has a very wide array of majors and programs; it's an incredibly large school and offers a lot in the way of studies. You can choose to do anything from isotopic biogeochemistry to art education.

3 College Student

Majors: I did not have to do anything special for admissions; the University of South Carolina is set so that most very average students from the state can obtain acceptance.

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3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Columbia, South Carolina is probably the most stereotypical and traditional southern city that I have ever lived in. Everyone drives their own vehicle (hardly any public transportation), there is road construction everywhere you turn (but somehow the roads are always damaged), homeless people roam the city everywhere (hassling students about buying them cigarettes), and there are no tourists attractions whatsoever - so the nightlife and cultural attractions are suited to very standard struggling middle-class southern Americans.

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5 College Student

Athletics: The University of South Carolina revolves entirely around the school's football and baseball teams. Without them, I don't think the school would be nearly as popular as it is - there's nothing else really holding people there.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: I like the University of South Carolina just fine; I'm from Lexington, a large suburban town right outside the capital, but this school is a transition school for me. I believe the school does very well in its science and business departments but I am looking to focus more on Arts and Music so I plan to transfer at the end of the year to a more specialized university.

4 College Student

Computers: Every classroom that I have had has the same working technology and it is very well set in place. That said, there are some glitches from time-to-time which are not attended to because of the university's size.

3 College Student

Diversity: The University of South Carolina has a student population of approximately 50,000 - half are out-of-state, half are in-state. The majority of the in-state population is conservative, southern Baptist, and I image the out-of-state student population is more diverse.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is a lot. It's college. But the professors are definitely willing to work with you. My 300+ person Chemistry 111 lecture is very large, but the professor strives to learn faces and names to build relationship with her students. She is very nice and helpful. All professors have office hours which are EXTREMELY helpful when taken advantage of.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: There is always construction happening to improve the buildings but the academic buildings are historic, beautiful, and renovated. All the classrooms are comfortable and reasonable.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is great. Every residence hall is gorgeous, spacious, and convenient. But then there is Bates which is pretty run down, old, inconvenient, and not very spacious.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Very unpredictable. Goes from 45 degrees to 90 degrees within a day.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are many computer labs across campus, however, the wifi is very slow but manageable.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Academic Common Market is helping me to receive in state tuition then I received a small amount of financial aide. People are very nice and willing to help but still a long process.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I haven't had a car down here yet, but parking is very expensive and competitive.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe walking across campus. But I will avoid walking alone at night at any cost.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a convenient bus but I have never used it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of choices, but come very pricey.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I feel safe, but Five Points scares me.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Some very expensive, not all convenient.

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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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