Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2669 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs are well equipped with new computers and you can even borrow either a laptop or an iPad!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Certain dorms are strict with visiting policies especially if the dorm is not co-ed. Last year I lived in the women's quad which had the rule that guys can't stay in the dorm past 2 in the morning. Also too, my hall monitor was really strict and she called the police and health unit on my friend for puking so she ended up paying a $250 fine.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is a fun city with many things to do. There are two malls, many outlets, dance clubs, bars, an art museum, restaurants, concerts all the time, sporting events, and we have a zoo. There is always something to do and its usually close to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains a good bit here but I enjoy the hot summer weather.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Campus at USC Columbia is very friendly. It makes up a generous part of the downtown area. At the school, we have beautiful gyms. The Strom as we call it, is our spanking brand new gym that only students can regularly access! We are very into supporting our sports teams, and love cheering on our fellow Gamecocks.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is a very art savvy town. There is the Koger Center right next to the School of Music that holds the Columbia City Ballet, special events, and concerts of the USC music ensembles. There is also an art museum, farmer's market, and many festivals within downtown Columbia. I know that Five Points also has various holiday celebrations.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Actually, I do not participate much in the "nightlife", but the Horseshoe is a fantastic place just to hang out with friends at night.

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4 College Junior

Parking: Personally, I use my bicycle to maneuver around campus, but there are parking decks people can use that are affordable and conveniently located. I know ticketing and towing are big issues, but as long as you pay a parking meter or park in a parking deck, then students do not have problems with it.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: All the guys are incredibly good looking. Most dress very preppy and always look put together. Majority of girls are good looking as long as they are in a sorority. They wear norts and over sized t-shirts everyday but still look good.

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4 College Junior

Computers: There are plenty of computers available at the library on campus as well as the business library. I have my own computer and printer so I rarely utilize what is available.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There is an excellent shuttle system and the school is downtown which makes public transportation a great option.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: They have world renowned professors, a great curriculum, and an easy registration process.

Recent Alumnus

Academics: I have not started classes yet. I will be a first year graduate school student in August 2013.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: At Carolina, it is really not necessary to bring a car. This is definitely a walking campus and you can get from one end of the campus to the other in 15 minutes or less. Garage spots get pretty expensive(around $700/year) and the internal streets through the campus are narrow and crowded. There is also the shuttle system that can be used very effectively. There is also a late night shuttle that you can call and they will take you wherever you need to be on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love the diversity of food that South Carolina offers on campus. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free USC can accommodate any dietary need. There are multiple chain options that work on meal plan such as Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut and Burger King. My personal favorite is the hot lines here at USC that offers some good Southern home cooking .

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The worst residence hall at South Carolina is average at any other school. Every summer they update the oldest residence hall to a premier, energy efficient building that any college student would feel lucky to call their home.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I haven't really came across any "drug activity" around campus but I have seen "drunken activity" all around campus. I haven't been pressured since I started here back in January, from what I've heard, USC has a very strict alcohol and drug policy. Even some areas around the campus are tobacco free.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants are all around the USC campus and there is actually a website, www.campusspecial.com, which has a variety of options. It also provides whether the company does delivery or takeout. The prices are never really to expensive, my favorite place is Yesterday's Tavern and never pay over $15 for a delicious fulfilling meal.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: While I have never felt unsafe on campus or in the 5 points area, safety has been a concern on campus and downtown. There have been multiple instances where people have been robbed and held at gun point, but the police are always on it right away, and the school sends every student an alert ASAP.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Unfortunately, I have not seen much diversity on the USC campus. But even though I have not seen it, that does not mean it is not there. I'm sure there are many different races and religions on campus since USC has such a big student body.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: All of the off-campus housing around USC is very affordable and close to campus. Unfortunately, none of the apartments are in walking distance to the campus, but each apartment usually has a shuttle to campus each school day.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: As an IB major, I will be interning with business owners who are from around the world. time commitment is key, and hours can be rigorous, but it is all for the bigger purpose of a brighter successful future.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into IB is very tough and as they say, cut-throat. IB at USC is #1 in the nation so given, they do not make it easy for students because the program wants the best of the best and those who are willing to give their all for their future. The most important criteria for admission would be credits, GPA, extra-curriculars, initiative, and spunk. The application process is nothing abnormal. Any tips would be to try your best in all courses, and to become as involved as possible in the university.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As an International Business major, I can vouch that all courses are challenging, but all for the best outcome. Mathematics has not been a favorite of mine through this process, though I have loved all english courses I have taken. My personal favorite courses hands down, have been all language courses I have taken from french to portuguese to german and mandarin. College is an experience that everyone must have, and trust me, unless you fail out, you will not want to redo it again, because it is fully and completely a whirlwind of an experience. I aspire to travel the world working with today's major businesses and doing what I do best. With the USC experience, my career goals are even more promising.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: USC is in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC. Given this placement, off-campus dining is excellent. From The Vista to Five Points you can find all ranges of restaurants from grungy to fancy and cheap to expensive. Off-campus dining at USC offers the best for anyone's taste.


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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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