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

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus strictness is very good!

4 College Freshman

Parking: All parking spots fill up quickly and the parking spots that are the most convenient are the most expensive

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: You need to be persistent or you will get screwed. All I shall say as I email fin aid now about my own issues.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: My dorm has no visitation policy so it's the easiest to have people over. But they're strict on alcohol in dorms. You WILL get caught. And it's expensive.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls and guys are average. You have the blonde southern belles, the hicks and cowboys, the northerners, and the nerds.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The Honors College is so prestigious and incredible. The opportunities offered to honors students trumps the regular student experience any day. Honors students get the best scholarships, dorming and classes. However, it is MUCH harder than regular courses, don't be fooled. You will learn that C's get degrees.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Some professors are AMAZING and others will make you regret attending college. In the same semester, I loved 3 of my professors and hated two. You're going to figure out your learning style after a rough semester. It happens to everyone. The workload is manageable. The most popular major is International Business because the program is huge here.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It's warm 99% of the time. It's still Columbia though, so the weather is extremely bipolar (sunshine 1 minute and a hurricane the next) but all in all, it trumps new york anyday.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The Strom (gym) is BEAUTIFUL. Our outdoor area looks like a resort. The campus is laid out really well and the history behind it is intriguing. I love my school and I would send everyone here. Also, Honors is really exclusive and it's one of the top programs in the country. I would recommend applying for it. The honors dorm rocks.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The school has so many events to bring all the students together. Greene street is always packed with free, cool stuff and it's a bonding experience. My favorite event this year was homecoming week and spurs and streets. Greeks and geeds all came out together to watch the performance.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love Columbia. It's a "big city" but a small town feel. Everyone is a college student basically. It's so relaxing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus dining seems awesome at first. The food isn't bad and there's a lot of options. However, the options never change. Once you go through them all, there's nothing new. Also the hours suck. I had a 21 meal plan first semester freshman year and it was a huge waste of money, I never used it all. Also, I went over all the time. I love campus food though, don't get me wrong. It's convenient and not bad, it's just never open late and I've had "Chicken Finger Wednesday" every wednesday, all first term.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't usually eat off campus because I have a 21 meal plan. So I'm not the best person to ask haha

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car but my friends always complain. I wouldn't bring a car til atleast sophomore year unless you live close enough to drive home.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: SEC FOOTBALL. COME ON. It's AMAZING. I love going to games and wearing my black dress with cowboy boots. It's not even a thing, it's a culture. Be ready to love football even if you never did before.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm involved in sorority life and I LOVE it. Being from the North, I thought it would be overwhelming and I would feel excluded but it's amazing. It's a great way to make friends, party and feel like the university is smaller than it is.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation to the airport is provided sometimes by the school. It's easy to find friends with cars though. I spent all of freshman year without a car and never had an issue. However, this is a walking campus. I've never seen or taken a shuttle around campus, so I've walked to all my classes. However, if you live off campus, a car is DEFINITELY necessary.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Haven't had a time where they didn't have something I needed.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Student organization fairs, greek life, etc. If you don't get involved it's because you didn't try.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships are easy to get if you fit the qualifications and apply.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Usually safe, you have to pay attention and watch out for yourself in 5 points at night though.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Strom is great, Blatt is a good alternative if strom is too far of a walk. Football games are always fun and the whole school rallies around on saturdays to support our favorite team

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not bad, cops are okay as long as you're not stupid.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Nicer than the dorms, that's for sure. And anyone can find something in their price range-it's a variety.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Good classes, mostly good professors.


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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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