Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2687 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in the dorm room my first year was by far the best experience of my life. I met so many great people and it offered way more than a regurlar high school would offer.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: They have manly off campus housing places in Columbia that are really close to campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I came to the University of South Carolina because it seemed like a very diverse and different school. They also have a amazing schooling

5 College Freshman

Academics: To be a athletic training major is a great opportunity. Being at the University of South Carolina has a great program to help get you started towards your future career. Each teacher seems to give a fair workload and the curriculum is great. The University of South Carolina has wonderful facilities. They are also very clean. The university also gives plenty of chances for internships and even job opportunities. They offer a work study.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The fan base of the sports and school spirit are at an all time high!

3 College Junior

Parking: There are a great deal of parks to choose from, however, these parks are on a first come, first serve basis.

3 College Freshman

Computers: It depends where you go to use a computer. The computer in the library are really nice to use but if you try to rent one from Gambrel....well good luck.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I dont really use the transportation provided. the shuttle schedule seems a bit confusing but available.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The basic dining hall food is okay but definitely not the best. However, there are other places in the building to get food so it's not that bad.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The places around campus are all good places to eat. They can get tiring, but you can't get picky when you're low on money or are on a meal plan.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a good amount of financial aid from the university. I recommend checking up on your financial aid status regularly, just to make sure things are going smoothly, and to reduce any future hassle.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Security is committed to keeping everyone safe. However, I always have someone walk with me at night, just in case. Keep your doors locked to avoid having your things stolen.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a few 18-and older clubs, and a few 21+ available downtown. It's a good environment, and there are cabs and shuttle services. However, it's still best to be careful and have a buddy system.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The cops can be strict when they want to be. Lately they have been getting worse and worse with underage tickets. As long as you are 21 you should be fine, if 18 be careful

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Do NOT live in the Woodlands of Columbia. The places are beautiful but the staff and service suck. The staff lies and does whatever is necessary to avoid the problem, and if you have an issue they will lie if they must or not supply you with bills in order to get you to stop bugging them. The shuttles don't run at the times they say and people are loud and rude at all hours of the night and all week. There is nothing you can do about it either because no one on staff wants to be responsible. If you sign a lease and one person bails, BEWARE they might just cancel your lease, then lie and say you wanted to sublet. Then promise you a great roommate but give you the wrong style apartment and a nightmare of a roommate.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Health and Safety at USC is a priority and systems around camous can be used to alert police, as well as late night transportation and helpful information sessions

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a member of the Greek community I have gained many opportunities to serve my community and have gained a family away from home.

3 College Junior

Majors: I'm a Civil Engineering major and believe that USC has a great Engineering program. I would like to see some surveying classes though.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not apart of Greek life but they always have a function going on and are quite welcoming to outsiders. They have done a ton of great things for the school and the students.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation around school is very convenient because they have bus schedules at every stop with the route and most of all, they're free! They are constantly running and easy to map out around the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely present on campus at USC. There are TONS of options, so it is not hard to get a bid into a sorority/fraternity if you want. Although people do not always get their top pick, they always seem happy in the one they end up in. Also, the size of each sorority/fraternity is really big so there are gonna be good and bad people in both (I've found that there aren't really any stereotypes when it comes to our greek life because everyone has a different opinion depending on who they have interacted with). Greek village is located on the outskirts of campus but the houses are very nice, and I have heard that they are expanding. I think that most non-greeks don't mind Greek life, just think that it is not for them. There are, of course, some people who think that anything Greek is obnoxious. It's nice to have some friends who are Greek to get into their parties and have their drivers pick you up. I think that girls can pretty much get into any party regardless of whether they are Greek or not, but I'm not sure if it's quite as easy for guys.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs is pretty much limited to tobacco and marijuana, usually involving hookahs. Alcohol is very prevalent, but I've never felt pressure to drink. If you are involved in Greek Life, expect to be around it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a ton of complexes with a huge variety of prices, whether you want an apartment, cottage, or house. The Off-Campus Housing fair is a great resource and is held near the beginning of the spring semester. Safety is what you would expect in a city (i.e. lock your doors, don't leave stuff in your car, never walk alone at night, etc.)

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: At midlands technical college most students are either living with their family still or they are just now starting to rent. The help at tech is zero. They do not care about this aspect of school. They are very unhelpful and just direct you to websites. If you ask them to help you they will continue to direct you to websites. They also are fine with putting their students in bad and unsafe neighborhoods. Not professional at all!

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is awful. You pay over $300 per semester for a garage spot that is still first come first serve, or you can get a commuter pass but with so much new construction we have lost our parking lots around campus. PLUS parking is SO far away, its almost pointless. Commuter passes are good for an entire year but $80 for no parking is pointless. Get to campus an hour before classes and just find somewhere to study... because you will miss class if you get to campus 30 minutes or less before your 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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