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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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!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I walk most places. There are buses, but it seems pointless to me. getting to the Columbia airport or Charlotte isn't that bad, and there are 30,000 people here, so finding a ride isn't that hard.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wish I could've gotten more scholarship money (that's why I'm doing a survey to be entered to win $$), but the scholarship was definitely better than most other schools I applied to. The financial aid office also has drop in hours every weekday from 8:30 am- 5pm so that you can get help finding scholarships

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football is great, some of the other sports are great,too. Men's basketball isn't our strong suit, so the student population doesn't pay much attention to it.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are lots of things in place to keep students safe, like the Duck shuttle and the emergency buttons. I still wont travel alone at night though.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Spots are usually easy to find and the parking is fairly cheap but if you'll will get ticketed immediately if you don't park legally

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Alcohol in dorms is usually pretty lenient but a lot of the cops will try to cite kids when they can easily let them go home safely. The cops try to make it miserable which isn't helping anybody

4 College Freshman

Academics: You don't get much individual attention because the business school is so big but you get to work with some cool people

4 College Freshman

Academics: Its super easy, some of my professors are boring but they know what they're talking about

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of South Carolina is the s***. Its always fun and classes are easy

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I have had so many different foods here than I have had at home. Everything is pretty close and not that expensive. What the campus is doing now, is adding carolina cash as a way to pay for meals off campus. That makes it a lot more convenient.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love this school. Its amazing and the people are amazing. I have had so many more opportunities here that I wouldn't have elsewhere. People are a lot nicer here cause were all here for our futures and we have a mutual understanding and goal to do well here.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The places to live off campus are in a wide variety. The ones that are really nice may not have a shuttle to campus and may be farther off campus behind the railroad tracks. The ones that are not the best but not the worst are closer to campus and are a better price range. The school holds an interest meeting and shares information about different apartment places and advertises others.

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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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