Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2891 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Computers: It's been great, apart from the difficulty I had connecting to the wifi

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food tastes good, and there are a variety of different dining halls. Some negatives include availability of healthy options and the fact that you can only use one meal swipe per 'swipe period'. Also meal plan does not roll over from week to week so if you don't use all of your meal swipes in one week you loose them.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's very difficult to get any substantial aid if you come from out of state.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It is strict but not too strict.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: After five months of living on campus I have seemed to forget about diversity altogether since the campus is so diverse.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The involvement is not too big on campus. School spirit is shown almost everywhere you look though. The gyms are great but when it comes to workout equipment and machines there is not a big variety or enough space.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Unfortunately for me, when I went to move in I noticed that my room was trashed and moldy. The room was not cleaned after the summer students left. It was cleaned before I moved in but there is still major issues that were never solved or fixed. An example is a shower and a sink that will not drain due to being clogged up over the summer. Other than that the housing is great.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is not something that students have to take part of to be a part of the community, although it is helpful. Nice, large mansions house some members.

3 College Freshman

Majors: It alright but stressful when you see others with a different major and an easier schedule.

College Freshman

Majors: I have not gotten that far into my program yet.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A diverse variety of options that are easily accessible by car. The problem is that these dining options may be a bit of a walk for those without a car.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Before college, I took two dual-enrollment courses in high school. I did excellent in one while not so great in the other. For some reason, my course with the bad grade was the only one that showed up at my university. So I had to show them my other course as well as write multiple letters in order to get my scholarships and loans. The process took about two months.

3 College Freshman

Parking: It really depends on where exactly someone is parking. For more money, people can park in a garage close by which is convenient as well as available. For less money, parking lots may fill up quickly and may be far away from dorms.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off-campus.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The best group of students there is! Everyone is outgoing and helpful.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: I'd say my school is fairly normal as it provides a lot of the same extracurricular activities as other schools.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everything that was listed is available on campus. The only problem I have come across is not knowing about certain events until they happen.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It is rare to come into contact with any drugs unless a student purposefully searches for them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food and dining is excellent except on the weekends. Normally on weekends (especially during football season) there is only a couple of places open to eat. Sometimes there is no options at all for on-campus dining. This last weekend I had to eat off-campus five different times.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: While I am far from home, the school has so much to offer and I know I am the happiest I could be here.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are a lot of things to help you if you are having trouble in a class. Also, all the professors I've had have been awesome.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are so many options at this school that you can't not find a major that you like. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is AWESOME though, and everyone should be in it (:

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is great! Summers are hot and humid, but that's typical for most of the East Coast. Winters are mild-warmish.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I wouldn't call Columbia a city, really, but I am from DC, so it just seems like a college town to me. It's great though! Tons to do; there is always a show or event going on.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is nice, and if they aren't, then they aren't worth your time. It's a big school, so there is every type of person here- Someone for everyone!

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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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