Columbia, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing typically tends to be pretty expensive, some placing reaching near $800 a month. Off campus housing is located close to campus, and offer transportation to and from campus. Most student apartment complexes are patrolled by the USC cops.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus itself is fairly safe, and the police try to make a positive presence, but if you stray off campus towards Five Points there is a lot of gang violence. Lately the police have been trying harder at arresting college students for underage drinking rather than focusing on the real problems which are all the drug and gang violence in Columbia. This led to a girl recently getting paralyzed by a stray bullet while leaving Five Points.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many places will give discounts with student IDs, and there are a wide variety of chain restaurants, along with many family businesses and ethnic cuisines. I recommend Pawley's if you're looking for a place off campus-has the best burgers in Columbia.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Wide variety of food ranging from southern comfort to salad bars, and all the fast food restaurants in the Russell House are apart of the meal plan.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of things to do in Columbia. Columbia is also close to a lot of big cities with fun things to do. There is never a boring weekend.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of people here drink, and make it pretty obvious. Five Points is very close to campus, and a lot of students drink at the bars there. However, I do not feel pressured to drink. Sure, a lot of people do drink, but that's because it's college. There are also a lot of people who do not drink.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is extremely good looking. I would say most people dress preppy here. I actually think the guys dress better than the girls. For classes most girls wear workout clothing while guys dress nicely. Everyone is really nice and friendly.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I think this school has a lot of diversity, and is pretty accepting of diversity. There are many groups on campus that promote diversity acceptance, which is great.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities are gorgeous, and the Horseshoe is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. People play frisbee and other sports on the Horseshoe. People walk dogs, set up hammocks, or just relax on the Horseshoe. It is the hot spot on campus to hang out when it is nice out.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are so many events that go on here at USC. There is always a fun event being held on Greene Street. This school offers so many ways to get involved and have fun at school. The facilities are gorgeous, and the Horseshoe is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery.

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College Freshman

Health & Safety: I do not have any experience regarding this topic.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is awesome if you like warm weather! In November it was still in the 70s. If you like that kind of weather, you will love it here!

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus this year, so I cannot really answer this from personal experience.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Capstone, and I do like the dorm. I do not expect high quality amenities because it is just a dorm room. However, I do think the suite style rooms offered in Capstone are a lot nicer than most dorm rooms. The social atmosphere is great in my dorm. We call ourself a family, and my Resident Mentor is awesome. Overall, I am very pleased with housing.

College Freshman

Academics: I am changing majors, so I cannot really answer this regarding my new major of Hospitality Management. I do not start taking classes for that major till next semester.

3 College Freshman

Academics: All of my professors have been great so far. They have all been the best teachers I have ever had. However, registration is the biggest headache in the world. It is very stressful to register for classes, because a lot of the important classes fill up quickly. I also feel like a majority of the advisors are not very helpful.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I do not have any issues with the campus strictness. I feel safe on campus, and I feel like the rules are fair.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I love supporting all of our sport teams, and I think a majority of the student body would a agree with me. I think as a whole, we have great school spirit. When it comes to sports, we really do become a family and support each other. I also feel like we support everyone on and off the field. The atmosphere is great around sports.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: For general parking it can be very hard to find spots. Sometimes this results in having to part very far away and having to walk a very long distance to your destination. The garage spots are very pricey, but they might be worth it for spot security.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you are smart enough for honors housing, your expereince will be great. A few others such as patterson and capstone are decent. Many of them however, (ex. Bates, Mcbryde, and Columbia Hall) are complete dumps. I lived in Columbia Hall my freshman year. Almost everyone there are fratty douches, the rooms are small, the RM's are mean, the hallways smell, cops show up several times a week to bust people for weed/alchohol, it was impossible to study because people scream/party until 3am every night. Basically I got a small picture of what Hell is like.

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College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Almost everyone here is a huge partier. It's close to impossible to find people who are actually here to get an education instead of getting wasted 3-5 times a week. It disgusts me at times and at other times I just feel bad for their hopeless futures.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: USC may appear to have low tuition, but they deceive you by giving hardly any scholarships. I got a 2160 on the SAT and was offered $500 a semester. Ridiculous.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you live off campus, you may not even need a car as most everything is within short walking distance. However, if you live off campus, as most upperclassmen do, you will need to get a parking pass. You can either pay $200-$300 a smester to be guaranteed a spot in a garage or you can pay $80 to get a pass for a lot. But the lots are almost always full. Parking anywhere downtown also cost money.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather at USC is hard to beat. I've spoken to several students that use the weather as a big reason why they attend the school. Summers get a little hot, but fall and spring are hard to beat.


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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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