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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5 College Senior

Diversity: There are so many different racial and ethnicity backgrounds around campus.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Drug Safety: I've been here four years, never seen any drug related activity on campus or support for such.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is diverse, and students still need to be more accepting of people of different race.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Transportation: The campus provides comfortable dorms to many of its students. In addition, there is a bus system that will provide transportation to and from classes to students who live off campus.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: USC has a quality athletics department that offers something for everyone. We even have a Quiditch team for the sportier fans of "Harry Potter" books and films. Varsity football at USC has a rich and colorful background. It is said that historically, the men of the Columbia area were at war with a group from the northern part of South Carolina over a territory dispute. The war went on for many years until both groups became tired of sending home dead soldiers. They set down their weapons and agreed to finally settle the matter through sport. That sport was football. Those two groups became the USC Gamecocks and its rival (who we do not name.) That war continues today.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are lots of great places on or near campus to find some of the comforts of home away from home. In the food court there is one restaurant that cooks a different home-cooked dinner every day. The library is open day and night and provides a calm environment for study. USC's gardens and fountains are a peaceful retreat between classes where students can catch up with their homework or meet up with friends. The computer labs are state of the art with the newest software for every application on campus; math, science, and computer technology.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus security is top notch. There are emergency outposts where security can be reached day or night. Shuttles and buses keep students moving on and off campus for safe relay to and from housing. USC is very active in maintaining a safe environment for education.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Facilities: USC is a huge campus with beautiful pathways to classes... a great mix of old ornate buildings among newer more modern facilities and top of the line technology. The four-story library is an oasis on the bustling campus. The school is the heart of downtown Columbia, SC and it pulses with a rhythm of excitement and anticipation - especially on game days.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life plays a big role at University of South Carolina. All the different sororities support different charities and it is an awesome way to get to meet people. Fraternities are not as big of a deal as sororities here.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Over all, the rating of boys and girls at the University of South Carolina is definitely an A. Most everyone is friendly and is willing to answer any questions he or she is able to. Like most colleges, all of the boys and girls are very different. Some enjoy sports while others enjoy music. Some go to parties while others go to religious meetings. We have a good amount of foreign students. We also have many students that are out of state. Many different accents are present at University of South Carolina.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports at University of South Carolina are definitely a grade A because they are all very good. They have very good training. Our main sport is football. We are in the top 10 in the nation. Although football is our main sport, our other sports are good too!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Students must shop aroound to find what best fits them and there needs

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Computers: There are there its up to you to use them. We have labs all over campus

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are a lot of different scholarships but the office never lets you really know about them

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: They have a lot of different event and are always doing things for the community

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: They have different options, but everything cost way too much and sometimes it tastes horrible.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Being located Downtown, there are a lot of different restaurants. The only bad part to this is that most of the restaurants are pricey for a college student.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Computers: Computers are up to date. Mac labs available as well as multiple PC labs

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: A decent sized city with lots to do. A safe atmosphere on campus.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus is very prompt on notifying students of any emergencies.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Parking: I've payed $80 for general student parking, I haven't been able to find a parking spot on any of the student lots since the school has started. I've tried coming during early hours and also late at night, and there are still no spots available. The only parking I've been able to find has been the Bull St. garage, and you have to pay hourly for it. I feel like buying a decal was a waste of money, and like I'm being double charged for parking.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Very amazing. Lots to do. There's Five Points, The Vista and lots of museums, shopping and night life that goes on in Columbia.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: It is really hot and humid in the summer but it is nice and breezy in the winter.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It is enforced very well, however, all of this does not seem to have an impact on students.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: I've only had a couple of professors that I can remember that I felt were truly poor instructors. Most seem to have a real passion for what they are doing. All have been fair with their grading and test making as well as being available outside of class to meet with. I'd say the curriculum is pretty comprehensive and they do an adequate job of preparing us for our careers. The registration process can become very frustrating though. They give each student a specific time to log into the network to register for classes each semester, but it never fails that at least have to classes are booked for the times you need them to fit. Most of the classes are very large too.

3 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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