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

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The rain makes the campus flood. and when it rains here it pours

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food isn't very good. The meal plan is awful. You cannot fit a decent amount of food on a meal swipe. On the weekends nothing is open.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: When it is sunny, it is amazing. It occasionally rains for long periods of time and it isn't fun.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is scarce after freshman year, but it's nice.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Many different people of all races, religions, etc.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I had to maintain a 3.0 GPA to keep my scholarship and get into the business program.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm currently in the business program and love it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of different places to live. It's very easy to find off-campus housing

4 College Student

Parking: A car is necessary if you want to drive to the nearest store like Wal-Mart or Target. However, you could go to the local stores that are within walking distances and use the shuttle bus to get to class.

4 College Student

Transportation: Shuttle bus are really helpful to get students to class on time.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The best thing about USC is the sheer size of this place! You want to find someone who is into your favorite TV show? EASY! I've found it's also really easy to strike up conversation with people because of all the cafes around. Or even in the elevators and things like that. Plus, a lot of boys are southern, and very polite!

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship yet but I am applying for one as a Public Relations Major. It would be nice to have more help from the office, but we did get almost daily e-mails for unpaid internships around Columbia. This summer I plan to work for an either paid or unpaid internship in Public Relations so I can narrow down what type of marketing I want to do.

4 College Junior

Majors: it is a lot of work, but it is well worth the time.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There are very few parking spaces for students unless you pay to park in a garage (which is expensive!). Meter spots are hard to come by, and you have to be really careful to pay the meter on time or you will get a ticket.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: USC has a pretty great bus system running throughout the day, but parking is definitely an issue. There are very few areas for student parking anywhere near campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for college students relatively close to campus. Many apartment complexes have been recently built, but they don't stay looking new for long. Most provide a bus system to campus for those students that don't drive or don't want to drive to campus everyday. There are some good deals, but some can get pretty expensive. There are a lot of houses in the area (within a 5 minute drive to campus), and the neighborhoods are really safe.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I had a great experience living on campus for 2 years. Capstone and South Quad have great sized rooms, and I liked having access to a kitchen in both. Can't say that for all the dorms, but those 2 were great.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The school in generally is *really* into the sports teams here. Football and Baseball are BIG DEALS, other sports have less support, women's sports don't have a lot of support. But on Football game day the entire city shuts down.

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4 College Junior

Computers: High-tech computer labs that are open all day and usually not difficult to find open computers in. The Wi-Fi can be finicky, but it's everywhere.

1 College Junior

Transportation: The shuttle system is slow and inconsistent, and the campus is quite large. Parking is horrible. Just unforgivable. They will charge you a lot for a parking pass and then there will never be parking. There is almost no public transportation worth speaking of in Columbia. Transportation will be a constant frustration and induce much anger.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: As with any large University, there's all kinds of people. If you get into the right group, you'll love it and keep meeting more cool people. You have to get involved in organizations to meet a lot of people though. This isn't just in reference to Greek Life, you can also do Student Media or one of the clubs.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are nice houses for an affordable price, but very few are close to campus. The apartment complexes are pretty nice, but again they are far from campus (some up to 2-3 miles away). Also, there is not really a concentrated area where students live in houses.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People obviously drink and smoke marijuana on campus on a regular basis. People go out all the time, even on weeknights. No hard core drugs are being done around you. Maybe some oxytocin or something, but drinking is the main drug used.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They have police officers on campus, but downtown is dangerous past 1 AM. Don't head down there past that time because there have been shootings and it's a bit sketchy.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs are abundant on campus, but printing sucks without your own printer because they charge you per page. Network access is obtainable....but our WiFi is somewhat slow and hard to connect to at times.


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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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