Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are tons of computer labs on campus if you know where they are, many of which if they are in your departments building you can get free printing.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Five-Points is the most popular place to go to go out, there are tons of different bars to meet friends at and party.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The hospitality program at USC is great. In my second year in it, I have loved every single professor I have at in the hospitality school and have made tons of connections around the community form talking to them outside of class at different school sponsored events.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe walking around campus during the daytime. At night I do not walking alone, but no girl ever should be alone in the dark in any city. There are blue lights all around campus to run to if you feel any sense of danger, and the police come right away.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love Columbia, SC. It is smack in the middle of South Carolina so it is only a two hour drive to the mountains, two hours to the ocean, one hour to Charlotte, and about three from Atlanta. There is plenty to do in Columbia with all of the river walks, and nightlife in Five Points and the Vista.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: USC does not seem to be very strict, as compared to other southern schools.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is nothing like a Saturday at Williams Brice during football season. The entire city shuts down to root on their Gamecocks against other very popular schools in the SEC. The amount of school spirit is obvious from the fields of tailgating spots around the stadium and everywhere in the city.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining around USC is great. Since it is right in the city, there are tons of places to eat at. Many within walking distance from campus, and an endless amount if you have a car. Right downtown, the Vista, Five Points, and over the bridge in Cayce there is a huge variety of restaurants whether you want a sub, fine dining, or a dollar menu.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a TON of options to eat off campus, especially if you live in a dorm, there are a lot of things that are in walking distance. However they do get a bit old, and I wish we had less chains and more little places.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Five points can be dangerous, we all know that. But the police don't help at all. They are only there to give drinking tickets, and not to help people out who feel unsafe. They do NOT do their jobs, and if it eternally frustrating.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Five points is fun- but dangerous. And only if you have a fake ID can you really experience the bars there, which sucks for freshman and most sophomores unless you have connections. Frat parties are fun for a year then they get old and booooring. The vista is fun too for more of a casual night out, and there are always random house parties going on- just gotta keep your eyes and ears open.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is beautiful during the spring, HOT during the summer, and freezing in the winter. We get all seasons, but Cola weather can be really fickle- it changes all the time. Overall I love it though, as it's always warmer than wherever my friends go to school.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: USC has a lot of money to give out- but it goes FAST. I only got a little bit of aid, and we have ended up paying more than we thought we would have to for my time here. There are a lot of hidden costs, and dealing with the bursar is a headache and a half. But if you have need and apply appropriately, you will probably get some sort of help.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love being in the Social Work program for the small classes, great people in my cohort, and hands-on experience. However, its a LOT of work. We have to do 500 unpaid internship hours to graduate between Junior and Senior years, and we have a LOT of papers and such. However there are really no tests and the teachers are very dedicated to the social work students.

4 College Junior

Majors: There are a lot of choices of majors, but some of them aren't as specific as you might like, and some colleges are tiny!

3 College Junior

Computers: You definitely need your own computer, but if you absolutely don't have one, computer labs are open to the public with good hours and decent abundance around campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: Most college offer more rigorous courses and high expectations to graduate, especially the business school. USC is hard, but not unbearable.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I say it's okay because I rushed my freshman year and dropped. I realized it wasn't for me. I do have a few friends who are Greek, and they're not snobby or anything like that. However, I am a bit resentful of some Greeks who really just think they're better than everyone else. I've had a blast not having to worry about standards and chapter...but I do feel like I have missed out on some great parties and a more wild social life. It is expensive and intense, but if it's for you then that's fine. You just have to find out for yourself!

3 College Junior

Transportation: The airport is not far and tons of students carpool home together

4 College Junior

Majors: There are lot of opportunities to get internships through the career offices on campus and they are super helpful.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I love the business school here and my options for classes. My classes are really helping me towards my career goals. Also the career offices have tons of opportunities to help students find jobs as soon or even before they graduate.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some housing is brand new while other buildings are super old and not a great place to live

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking is a big part of the campus but not everyone takes part

5 College Junior

Athletics: Every aspect of athletics here are awesome. We have awesome varsity sports and so many intramural options

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety is a big issue here especially with events off campus that a lot of students are present at

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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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