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Columbia, SC
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21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2669 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Student

Transportation: There are shuttle buses among campus that transport students instead of them always having to walk. There are also local buses since USC is located in the capital city of Columbia, South Carolina. Taxis are fairly expensive, but students have to get around somehow if they do not have a car or bus access. Parking is somewhat unrealistic, and to get a reserved parking spot in a parking garage, you can pay up to $340. Meters are free after 6pm. Students may also pay to park anywhere year round for $60-$80.

3 College Junior

Academics: I absolutely love University of South Carolina! There is so much opportunity here and the professors are always willing to help. Going to a larger school definitely benefited me as a PR major.

4 College Junior

Majors: A typical internship that I experienced was working for an author as her head Public Relations intern. I learned a lot about the outside media and the appropriate mediums used for each of them.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love my program at school, I am a PR major and I love the staff that we have here! They are always willing to help and are always giving advice, just find the time to go and talk to them. Alot of PR is based on experience and asking questions, so ask!

4 College Junior

Majors: It isn't too difficult to get into the Mass Communications and Journalism school at USC. There is certain grade point average and such that you need, but for the most part anyone can be accepted. I do know it is easier to start off in the school than trying to transfer from a different one.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: My place (guess) is very available. I don't have to waste bucks on it. It is convenient to have a whole room to myself. With different mood changes -there are responses on my side that don't land me in trouble. It is very safe too. The con is- it is quite far, so...

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: They are very normal people of course but the fact is, you either know them or you don't. But I can say proudly that a stranger USC student on a USC street will not be rude to you.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe coming and going from the college to my housing.

4 College Student

Academics: Exercise science is a good program. I am enjoying most classes pertaining to my major.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: They make themselves pretty visible on campus during the day but not as much as needed at night.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: There is alot to be but also alot of distractions.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: USC has a wide variety of cultures and styles here. You will find people in pajamas or sweatpants, leggings, yoga pants, etc. There are people who like to dress up and look nice every day. There are all kinds of styles from preppy, to "punk" to full-bodied camouflage. South Carolina has great warm weather almost all year round so most of the time sundresses or short shorts and tank tops are popular for girls while guys live in khakis or gym shorts. Students here have all types of different styles depending on their own taste. Out of state students love it because its new to them and they get a taste of the South.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The computers themselves are great because they all have access to any resource you need provided by the university. The internet is pretty fast and they are open to all students. The only downside is that University provided computers/labs are very crowded during busy weeks like midterms and exams week.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid given by the school is very limited unless you qualify for need-based grants/scholarships or have an exceptional SAT/ACT score. I come from a middle class family, I did well in high school, got a 1220 on the SAT and a 29 on the ACT and received only $500 a year from the school. The only upside is that I did not have to apply for it. As the school reviews your application for acceptance they will award you with the correct amount of scholarships and it shows up on your student USC profile immediately.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation at USC is reliable. They have multiple bus systems that run daily. They also have parking garages throughout the campus. If one did not have a car it is relatively easy to get rides.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I am an education major. The classes are beneficial and the professors are amazing. I have truly enjoyed my major. I apply myself and I have been getting the grades I want

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is cafeteria style for most places. I normally describe it as hit or miss.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors and classes at the university vary. Some are very tough while others are not. The most popular study area at USC is business and marketing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus food can be very good, but with more options closer to campus it would be more beneficial for students. Barely anything is within walking distance.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It is very easy to lose scholarships, get kicked out of housing, or suspended.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football and baseball games are amazing experiences

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: it isnt necessary to sneak boys into patterson because you can sign them in which allows them to come over for a period of time.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at USC is not particularly great when it comes to drugs excluding alcohol. there isnt very many drug awareness programs regarding the more hardcore drugs. With regards to alcohol, our programs are terrific though. As a freshman you have several programs throughout the year that discuss alcohol and its effects. they do a great job of preparing you for situation regarding alcohol and its consumption. policy enforcement is very strict on our campus too. they make you very aware of the consequences of performing certain actions.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love my major as well as my school. The Journalism School is an amazing school to be in because there are so many different things that one is able to do. My major is public relations and we are offered a multitude of internships that we can apply to. The professors really want to see us succeed.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are a lot of computer labs in the School of Journalism and almost all of the are Mac computers so they are extremely nice and very well taken care of. Printing is not hard to find of you do not own a printer, it only costs ten cents a page which is a pretty good deal if. The network can be a little slow sometimes, but every network gets like that. If you cannot afford a computer, there are plenty of computers on campus for students to use.

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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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