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Columbia, SC
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21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: I am an advertising major with an english major. The english department is really the only place I find passionate teachers and students. Advertising is pretty easy and there are some cool classes to take but there are truly great professors in the english department. Especially Dr. Clementi

2 College Sophomore

Academics: I was a pretty average student and high school and now I have a 4.0 here. At first I thought it was awesome but then I realized I missed being challenged. Most students here do not seem to like learning and many teachers approach their material with that in mind. I hardly have any work compared to high school. I am an advertising major with and english minor and do often have a lot of reading to do. People here fear being nerdy or geeky whereas that was sort of embraced at my high school. If you want easy classes with laid back teachers and students then this is the place for you. However, if you enjoy debating or having intellectual conversations then it probably is not.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: At USC there is pretty much one guy prototype that I meet and see everyday. I know several guys who this does not apply to but for such a big school the uniformity among the guys is pretty astounding. The dress is pretty much just khakis and southern tide or sorority function t shirt. Guys here are also into wearing vests, bright colors, and visors. Many of them are attractive, sure, but if you are interested guys who are individuals, can carry an intelligent conversation, and are comfortable being themselves around you then you might not like these guys. It really saddens me because I see a lot of guys who come to USC with their own style and personality but after fraternity rush they have a crewcut and seem more into their "number" then actually getting to know a girl. I do not know a lot of people in relationships here. Socially, it tends to be that girls hang with girls and guys hang with guys except when they are drunk at parties and trying to hook up.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's a commonly known fact that most everyone from out of state does not pay full tuition because of scholarships. Most everyone I meet pays instate tuition. I pay a little more then instate with my scholarship.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's mostly only freshmen who live on campus. There is a great variance in the quality of dorms. Most people do not like Bates West or the Women's quad which is getting redone. I lived in Patterson last year which is a very nice dorm. It has the reputation of being the nicest on campus but there is no sense of hall community. It seemed to me that most girls in Patterson were in sororities and many only chose to hang out with those people. If I could go back I would live in a co-ed dorm. My friends in Honors and Columbia always seemed to be best friends with everyone on their hall. It was definitely not like that in Patterson.

5 College Senior

Facilities: the facilities are great when it comes to the athletic centers they actually have their own facility away from the campus life a little bit. We have a lot of green space which we call it the Horseshoe due to the shape of the area. Libraries and student centers are great as well to help students with whatever they need.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The Campus dining at Carolina is pretty good. Lots of options to choose from. The only thing I don't like sometimes is that when I am in a hurry to grab some food in between classes and I want to eat healthy i would have to wait at least 20 mins in like just to get some food.

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3 College Senior

Facilities: the facilities at Carolina are great we tend to have a career fair for students almost every other month, they even call to check on you to see if you have a job lined up after graduation.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: I would give the campus housing because when you have the option to choose where you live you tend to not get what you want and sometimes they do not have enough space for you to live on campus so you have to find an apartment off campus to stay. If this happens though they do pay half I think for the housing situation.

3 College Senior

Weather: Due to our weather always flip-floping from being super warm day to its time to put on some snow boots to stay warm doesn't really affect us from attending classes. Because we are in the south and we rarely get snow, if it snows classes are canceled due to us Southerns do not know how to travel in that kind of weather

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Young men at Carolina are usually preppy guys that tend to be Southern gentlemen mainly Frat boys and then you have the average guys who just come to class to get a grade others are either hood or laid back but still attractive. For women, would stay we tend to be Southern belles at school even some girls wear heels to class everyday.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: They give it a nice go. Some things are certainly better than others. The salad bar offers a great variety of toppings and you can pick as many as you like. There is also a healthy options counter. It tends to cook meat and fish to the consistency of rubber. They take steps every year to improve and their sustainability efforts deserve notice.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: USC is always taking steps to improve security. I feel extremely safe in dorms and I am fairly comfortable at night. It is important to stay out of five points after dark. Once you leave campus, the safety risks greatly increase. USC does an okay job of alerting students if there is an incident.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: They know you are in college and completely abuse it. If something ever wasn't right I had to get my parents involved before they take you seriously. I doubt it is much different than other campuses. Don't live in the woodlands if you value your possessions and sanity.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Columbia offers a wide selection of cuisines and price points. South Carolina also offers two restaurant weeks throughout the year. It makes it easy to eat somewhere nice while on a budget. I love eating out in Columbia! Check out the happy hour at tsunami and download the campus special app for even more discounts. Pawley's Front Porch was featured on the food network and has half off burgers for Tuesdays happy hour.

3 College Junior

Weather: At USC, there is a lot of nice weather. It has recently been raining a lot and I hope that is not permanent. There aren't too many shelters to hide from the rain on campus. The Springs and Falls are nice and sunny most of the time. However, Summer classes can get annoying with that hot and humid weather while commuting between classes.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is huge at the University of South Carolina. There are a lot of students who come and study from abroad. There are also a lot of clubs and organizations directed toward diversity. We recently had a reenactment of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement on campus.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: The school spirit is great, and the fan support from non-students and alumni from surrounding areas are amazing. The athletics department, particularly the football and baseball programs, is what influences the reputation of our school. Although we have lost a few games already this season, we have a program that generates money for not only athletics, but money for the University as well.

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5 College Senior

Majors: I love it because this field has so many opportunities after graduation. You will be sure to get a good job. The school offers many different internship opportunities for you and the advisors are also very helpful when it comes to preparing you for graduation.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Majors: It was quite easy getting into my major. Criminal Justice is my passion and the experienced professors provide me with useful and adequate knowledge. My tip would be to study hard and befriend an upperclassman to assist you if you find trouble and also visit your professor, they like it when you come to their office.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Drug Safety: We have to take a drug awareness video before enrolling in classes which is mandatory. So people are aware, yet some do not care.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Gamecock Football is what USC surrounds itself with. If you're looking to go to an amazing school, where the tailgating and fans are crazy. You have came to the right place!

9 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: My experience was terrible because I lived in the old Woman's Quad. However, they are actually rebuilding the woman's quad completely so it should be brand new and amazing!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: We are very strict with academic integrity. If a teacher thinks you're cheating - then you're probably going to be on academic probation.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Not many students know about the system. Therefore, everyone walks back to the dorms. It's very dangerous to do so because Columbia, at night, is not a safe area.

5 people found this useful Report
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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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