Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Athletic centers are BEAUTIFUL and very nicely renovated at a steady pace. the union or Russell House is great. Students go there to eat, meet, and see events. The library is huge and there are options for all studying needs (quiet, no cell service, group areas, cafe). There are fun little quirks all around campus that make it fun and unique. The Historic Horseshoe features the original campus' buildings. It is a beautiful grassy area where students are always out on hammocks, playing frisbee, walking dogs, or laying on blankets.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: The school has academic scholarships that are great for out of school students (such as myself). Any amount that puts a dent in payments is a good one. Once you declare a major and find which college you will be within, they have scholarships as well. I have received thousands of dollars just by filling out forms, asking for a few recommendations, and maybe writing the occasional letter of intent. Scholarships aren't hard to obtain if you are a hard worker, liked by professors, and make the effort to find them.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Many of the buildings are very old because they are historic. It makes the campus so beautiful. However, the dorms need some major renovations. The university is is the process of renovating them. Other buildings are modern and very aesthetically pleasing. It isn't a cluttered campus.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is always something to do in Columbia, but one would need a car to do most of it. The University is busy with events during the day and some nights of the week. If you are of age, you can go to bars in 5points that are closeby, or more upscale bars in the Vista, which is a farther drive from campus. There is a Riverwalk close to campus and a great zoo. The museums in the area are excellent and just being on the USC campus is an event. It is a beautiful area with trees, gardens, and grass areas despite being in the center of the city.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: USC has an active student life. There are frequent campus events and activities for students to go to, as well as sports events for the athletically inclined or enthusiasts. The library and Strom fitness center are both excellent in their own rights, and both well used. The Horseshoe is a favorite student hangout to relax or play games on their time off. There's always something available to keep the student life active at USC.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There's a wide selection to choose from for off-campus housing. The University hosts off-campus housing fairs and Q&A sessions to help students consider their choices and answer their questions. Some off-campus housing areas offer shuttle transportation to and from campus, while others are close enough to walk to. The majority are within similar price ranges, depending on how many people per housing.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: My first semester was rain filled. I didn't expect the amount of rain, the strong winds, or the enormous puddles that formed around campus. It made getting to classes a little harder, added to the fact that I wasn't used to walking across campus to get to most of my classes. I definitely enjoy the spring time on campus better when everything is in bloom. Allergies didn't seem to be a problem and there were many warm sunshine filled days. Overall, the majority of the days the weather was nice and the students are happy.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Very well balanced curriculum. Supportive professors and teaching assistants.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many options, love the atmosphere. Cheaper alternatives than on-campus housing.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very safe atmosphere. USC police department is very friendly and supportive to caring for students.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Didn't turn AC on till end of spring semester, it got really hot since its Columbia, SC

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Little to no peer pressure in my experience. Alcohol is commonplace.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of great options if you look to go off-campus. Although they aren't very cheap, they're affordable depending on your desire to work or help from family, etc. Really fun places to live though, with great atmosphere.


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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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