Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2904 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

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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
2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Every year the issue at my school is that we have way too many incoming freshmen. The school always has a difficult time finding housing for all of them. There was an article in the school newspaper on the first day this year about the topic. According to the statistics only 90% of the incoming freshmen this year had a guaranteed place to live. I had a girlfriend a few years ago who was a freshmen and her dorm room ended up being a large study room that was retired to make living space. She shared this open room with three other girls and there were no privacy walls or anything. The better dorms I hear still do not have much space in them. We have a couple of dorms on the far side of campus that have been around for many many years and I frequently hear about how the elevators are out of order in them. All of the dorms can be lived in, but I would say most of them need remodeling. I believe most all of them have a commons area and they are frequently filled though. Some of the dorms can be rough, but overall I'd say most of the students are still enjoying their time spent in them.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: My school has plenty of available computer labs. There are several computer stations at the school library as well as many other computer labs scattered across campus at various locations. All the software and technology is up-to-date. All the computers have flat screen monitors. I took a biology lab a year ago and in that class they were able to offer lap-tops to students that did not want to bring theirs to class. Printing is reasonable. At the school library they charge ten cents a page to print, but most of the computer labs allow students to print on up to 500 pages free of charge throughout the semester, though, those pages are only supposed to be used for specific assignments. You're not supposed to print just anything. The computer lab on the main level of the library is only crowded during the evening hours, usually after 4:00 PM or so. It's easy to find space at another computer lab though if need be. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus and I've never had any issue acquiring and maintaining any kind of connection. The internet speed is also excellent. For students who bring their own computers there are also plenty of outlets to plug chargers into and what not. Everything is really easy to use and accessible.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are mostly fast food places within walking distance of the campus; there are a few nicer restaurants in the area, but they are generally a bit farther away.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Weather: The humidity stinks and it's pretty hot during the summer months, but overall the weather isn't too bad.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: USC is a pretty large campus, and offers a lot of different places to study. Since it has a large population as well, there are a lot of different professors lecturing on the same subjects, so there's a lot of options with who can choose.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at USC is pretty decent. The $80 a year spots are pretty far off campus and downhill, so walking from the car to class is murder. The spots that cost anywhere from $300-$360 are scattered around campus and you can get anywhere from them within 15 minutes. The negative to them is that they cost at least $300 a semester.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is a nightmare. It takes forever to get a spot. You will always get a ticket if you are illegally parked if only for 5 mins

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Facilities: I'm not sure. This is my first year attending this university.

College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I'm not sure. This is my first year attending the university.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I have nothing but good things to say about the university. I've always wanted to go there. Now that im attending The University of South Carolina im very excited and happy to be a gamecock and wouldn't choose any other school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Lots of computer access and availability in labs and the library. Mac and PC use available.

5 College Junior

Majors: Internships are what you make them. Being an out of state student, I had to find my own in my home state. However, my college was very helpful in making sure I got credit and that my paperwork was ready, etc. For those who live in the area, there are tons of opportunities for internships and jobs. The University has connections in Columbia, Charlotte, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach. There are opportunities all over South Carolina as well as Georgia, North Carolina, and others.

2 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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