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Reviews 2934 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I feel safe, but Five Points scares me.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Some very expensive, not all convenient.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Always something to do, but not always free.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Rules are reasonable and followable.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: The things needed are supplied its your decision whether you will take advantage or not. Enjoyable because it teaches you qualifications you need to enter the working field and you have to have to internships.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Compared to other college campuses, our dining is pretty good. There are numerous dining halls located all over campus for convenience. They offer a variety of foods at almost every dining hall. Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Marble Slab Creamery are always open late. The only downside is you can only use one meal swipe per pay period.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety is definitely an issue, considering crime rates are high and recently someone was shot downtown. But on campus, I feel generally safe as long as I'm with a group and everyone has the numbers to campus police and campus cab services if they need a ride. There are also emergency poles everywhere.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: South Carolina is definitely strict when they need to be and they do their best to keep students safe, but they also want kids to have fun. They allow kids to get away with a few things as long as it doesn't have the potential to cause any serious damage.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is one of the nicest in the country, the Horseshoe provides a large outdoor area where students go to do homework or play frisbee. The student center is in the middle of campus and is combined with dining, classrooms, and other resources. Greene Street is always bustling with activity, whether its free giveaways or the farmer's market.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Five Points has every kind of bar you could think of, and its within walking distance from certain parts of campus. The campus also provides a shuttle on the weekends that runs until three a.m.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are an infinite number of hot guys, most of whom are in a frat or on a sports team. A lot of people dress somewhat preppy, but not overboard. Everyone, both guys and girls, love going out to party and hang out.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people accept everyone. I haven't heard about any extreme forms of bullying for people in minorities. There are a ton of international students, and people that come from different races and religions. It makes campus so much more interesting.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options for off-campus housing, and almost every student lives off campus after their freshman years. Shuttles fun from all the apartment complexes to campus making it convenient. Most apartments are affordable, but obviously the nicer you go, the more expensive it is. I've never heard anybody complain about living in apartments.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone looks forward to Gameday. Spirits are high, fans are crazy, and the athletic teams, especially football, never disappoint. Sports are top priority here, and we have some amazing facilities.

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College Senior

Drug Safety: I'm not aware of the drug scene on or off campus, however many students do take part in the social scene of the bars. Even the few bars that allow students underage in, they don't serve towards minors. If you're underage and looking to drink the best bet would be house parties and those of the sort, the bars are highly strict on who they serve.

5 College Senior

Athletics: South Carolina is known for the football and baseball team but lately the basketball team has been making a name for it's own. Fall season, everyone, including faculty, are in high spirits about the weekend events of football games. It is simply the highlight of the fall semester and the gathering event of every weekend. When football dies down, basketball season takes place, not as exciting as football, but it definitely keeps fans active in the off season. However when baseball season starts up it definitely brings a new joy for the spring. It's hard to go to this school if you don't enjoy sporting events since the two semester have such prominent teams in the division.

1 College Senior

Computers: The campus network and wireless availability is probably one of the worst I've come encounter with. It's very spotty and in class I've had trouble logging into websites needed for classes. This is most likely the worst thing about the campus. They should definitely look into fixing this issue as soon as possible considering most classes and note taking for class by students is more technology focused these days than past.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: The aid is understandable, however as an out-of-state student, the aid I received has been little to none. Financial aid is based on my father's income, although loans are taken our solely in my name and I am the sole person responsible to repay them. I have recently filed to petition against the financial aid department for independence to receive more financial aid and am awaiting their verdict. Hopefully, they see my case fit and I receive the aid needed, however how aid is based, I believe is poor.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The choices could definitely be better for off-campus housing. Some housing is extremely far from campus, forcing students to either take the available shuttle from complex or drive. The prices aren't bad, however they trap you into fees that are a bit outrageous after the fact.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The guys on campus can generally be found sporting khaki pants, colored pants, a button up or fraternity/sorority function/philanthropy shirt, and boat shoes. I always tell people the guys on campus seem to have jumped out of a Ralph Lauren catalog, they are simply the epitome of "guy pretty". There are a few who do dress differently than this, but most can be found dress business casual or depending on their major business formal.

As for the females, if they are in a sorority in the fall they can be found in yoga leggings/pants or leggings, an oversized shirt and either boots or nike shoes. In the spring they generally are in an oversized shirt with nike shorts and either rainbows or sneakers. Occasionally when they dress up on campus will be wearing similar preppy like clothing as the guys do. Adorning the spring brights and button down tops.

1 College Senior

Parking: There are more students than parking spots. The garages fill up entirely too quickly as does off-campus parking with the meters. It's more worth it to take the shuttle from your apartment if one is available than to drive to class.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I transferred to the university so I never lived on campus, but haven't heard anything too bad. Some dorms are better than others like on other college campuses.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is great, however the locals seem to be a huge problem with the students. There have been plenty of robberies, muggings, shootings and violent attack on students from those who live locally on the outskirts. The police force is usually more worried about underage drinking than actual crime, which is an enormous problem for all, students and faculty.

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4 College Senior

Weather: The local weather is amazing. The few times it has rained or been cold is very bearable since there are so many days where the weather happens to be simply perfect. There are days when it has been uncomfortably hot around the late spring and early fall semester when it's August. It is hard to want to go to class when it's so beautiful out, but most students suffer through and go to class.


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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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