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

Facilities: The campus atmosphere is absolutely incredible. The campus is very bright and very open with well taken care of foliage. The red brick walkways combined with all the lush green plants and fresh air provide for an extremely serene campus.

4 College Junior

Athletics: We have a great football and baseball team. Our other varsity teams are good too however being in the SEC, those are usually the two most popular sports.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is very good. There are a variety of places to go to and many of them are close to campus and close to each other

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are many ways to stay safe on campus. Campus security is always easy to get a hold of and responds quickly in most cases

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Carolina nightlife is an interesting topic because the school is so community oriented that a great deal of our events are done during the day. That being said there are still plenty of parties to go to, especially in the Greek Village.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: There are several scholarships available through the university. I was even given one by just applying since I am an out of state student. I have had some difficulty however with the financial aid process. For example if your grades slip there is a short time period to get your grades back up to keep it. You will have to take a course over your winter session or maymester in order to keep the scholarship.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Financial Aid office at South Carolina is incredibly considerate and caring and willing to work with each student a hundred percent. Every time I have called or emailed they have responded usually that same day with everything that I have needed.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: While the Carolina campus itself is both beautiful and largely safe it is in the heart of downtown Columbia and therefore there is always a slight safety concern. However, the campus police and safety teams have always made me feel secure on and around campus.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big at South Carolina, supposedly about eighty percent of students are in Greeks. That being said you can still have plenty of fun without being involved. The events that they do have are normally functions just for their frat or sorority so going in without specifically being invited is unlikely. As far as how Greeks and non-Greeks get along it varies. I have some very close friends (mostly girls) who are in sororities and some good guy friends as well. However there are some Greeks/non-Greeks who do not get along. For example certain fraternities are known for starting fights.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a good amount and variety of off campus restaurants in Columbia. It is the state capital so it is quite developed compared to a lot of other college towns. There are options from the majority of fast food chains to several sit down restaurants, sushi, italian, etc. The quality is pretty good even though when it comes to food I am spoiled being from New York.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking is by far the most popular as far as drug use goes at my school, however there are some other drugs around campus. A good deal of people smoke and there have been some who use other drugs like coke or mollie.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There will be peer pressure at any college, but it is not particularly an issue at USC that I have noticed.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have been awarded an academic scholarship but it would be nice to be able to get more information on how to apply for more scholarships.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking deck spots are very expensive and meter spots around campus fill up very quickly

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Great amount of sororities and fraternities that are very diverse and involved.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: While there are always college students who do drugs, it is not a popular or public activity at South Carolina. The amount of drugs accessible and used is definitely based on the crowd or type of people you hang out with. Drinking, however is very common and big on campus and the adjacent downtown area.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am very happy as a Visual Communications major. I came to school Freshman year as a declared Business major and would not have enjoyed my college career at all had I continued in that field. I feel my classes prepare me well for the work I will be doing, and the projects help me understand what daily life in a Visual Communications career is like. I hope to work for a creative advertising agency designing packing, advertisements, websites and various products. Thankfully the graphics and communications field is expanding right now, so I am not too concern about finding a job, although I think internships are the gateway to a career.

4 College Junior

Majors: The Visual Communications program has the same criteria for all Journalism and Communications majors. There is no separate application or portfolio submission process. After freshman year and the majority of your prerequisite and general education classes are completed you can enroll into the program officially as long as you have a GPA of a 2.7 or higher.

4 College Junior

Academics: South Carolina has an excellent and caring staff and professors, especially considering the vast number of students and areas of study. Professors are engaging and eager to answer questions- do not be afraid to approach them, they want to help! While there are the occasional few that have no interest in their class or being there, I believe the staff and programs are great at preparing you for the working world. The workload is manageable and balanced. Registration can be an extremely frustrating process, be sure to look up and plan out classes far in advance.

4 College Junior

Majors: The variety of program options is amazing, you really can study almost anything depending on the Major and minor you choose. I am a Visual Communications major in the school of Journalism and Communications. While the program is newer to the school, I love it and the professors are extremely knowledge and up to date with all that is happening in the communications field. They are passionate about what they do and their students. If you take your work seriously they will make a great effort to improve your skills and give a fair grade.

4 College Junior

Weather: At least nine out of the 12 months of the year the weather at Carolina is absolutely beautiful. The spring is wonderful, and begins as early as February. Professors often hold classes outside depending on location when the weather is nice. The winters are mild but the summer it can get very very hot and humid. Be prepared to sweat on the way to class first semester. It does not rain frequently, but if it does it pours.

4 College Junior

Majors: My first internship will be next summer, before my senior year. Most students complete their first internship the summer before, or during their junior year. Unfortunately most internships in the area are unpaid, but the experience is extremely rewarding and often leads to a full time position with the company. I think having an internship is crucial for ensuring you will enjoy what you are studying and can see yourself pursuing that specific career.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs are well equipped with new computers and you can even borrow either a laptop or an iPad!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Certain dorms are strict with visiting policies especially if the dorm is not co-ed. Last year I lived in the women's quad which had the rule that guys can't stay in the dorm past 2 in the morning. Also too, my hall monitor was really strict and she called the police and health unit on my friend for puking so she ended up paying a $250 fine.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is a fun city with many things to do. There are two malls, many outlets, dance clubs, bars, an art museum, restaurants, concerts all the time, sporting events, and we have a zoo. There is always something to do and its usually close to campus.

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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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