Columbia, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2843 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: In Columbia, the weather offers the best of each of the four seasons. Hot summers, chilly autumns, cold winters with no snow, and colorful springs allow for an amazing environmental experience.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: As a transfer student I do not get scholarships from the school

4 College Junior

Scholarships: People in the office do a great job working with the students. Wish I could qualify for more fin. aid though....

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Head to 5 points or the Vista. Great bars and clubs for all ages

3 College Junior

Transportation: Great shuttles but tend to not follow a schedule! Great campus, though, because you can walk just about any where in 20 min or less

3 College Senior

Weather: The winters are very mild but there can be some very cold days. It does snow here occassionally. Winter clothing is necessary.

The summers are extremely hot and humid to the point that many days are miserable and dangerous from the point of heat illness. You will definitely need to stay hydrated and have air conditioning in your living space.

1 College Senior

Parking: You do need a car to get around the town of Columbia but not on campus because there is a shuttle system or most people just walk to class. There are also never enough parking spaces on campus. The police will quickly ticket your vehicle or have it towed if there are any violation of the parking regulations. Most parking spaces are not convenient to classes. You can buy a permit for a parking garage but these can be costly.

5 College Senior

Diversity: There are many cultural and ethnic groups represented at the University of South Carolina. I personally am friends with Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic students as well as people from various parts of Europe and Africa. Many students wear traditional clothing from their their homelands and I have never seen them suffer any ridicule from other students.

There is generally a relaxed attitude towards the LGBT community. They are involved in a great variety of organizations on campus and in the surrounding university area.

3 College Senior

Computers: There are numerous computer labs on the campus. However, they are almost always fully occupied. The student really needs to have their own personal computer to ensure assignments are completed in a timely manner. The school network is very reliable with great speed and wireless access. However, it watches everything you access and even blocks some sites. This is the reason I prefer to use my own network for browsing.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: The quality of campus housing depends on which style of dorm the student is assigned.

In the most basic layout, a student must share a bedroom and bathroom with another student. This affords little privacy and is best suited for students with common interests.

The suite-style dorm provides the student with their own bedroom but they must share a bathroom with the other roomate.

The apartment-style dorm is similar to the suite-style except that it has a kitchen and a common living area with couches, chairs, and dining tables.

The cost of the dorms vary from approximately $1800 for the most basic style to $3800 for the apartment style per semester. Many upperclassmen decide to live off campus because it is less costly to share living expenses with a roommate. I, myself, share an off campus apartment with a roommate. I have my own bedroom, bathroom, and walk-in closet. We have a shared kitchen and living room space. The apartment is also equipped with a washer and dryer in the unit which is very convenient.

Freshmans, however, are required to live on campus for their their first year unless they have acceptable reasons to the contrary such as age or health-related conditions.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business was ranked #1 in the country for its undergraduate program in International Business in 2011 by US News and World Report. It has had 15 consecutive Number 1 rankings for this program.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is really hard if you dont want to pay for a spot, on street parking is patrolled by ticketers everyday!

3 College Junior

Computers: The library has great computers: both mac and pc labs. Although, due to how many students are always in the library, it's hard to EVER find an open computer! I find myself having to go to computer labs in far away buildings like the engineering building. Besides this, the computers work well.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: During the day, I feel pretty safe. At night, I would never walk alone... not even with other girls. I would have to have a guy with me at all times. Because USC is in downtown Columbia, I hear of many "Carolina Alerts", as we call them, of people getting raped and robbed right on campus!

4 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone goes crazy over football- tailgates, dressing up, cheering, etc. But where football excels, other sports do not. Although we have an AMAZING baseball team (two time world camps woop woop!) barely any of my friends ever go! And don't even get me started on basketball..... I couldn't name a single basketball player's name!

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere in the city of Columbia is active and fun. There is always something to do, and a lot of students are around because of the university. Even with lots to do in Columbia, you can get to Charleston in an hour and a half!

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The polce force is strict about underage drinking and drugs. Dorms are also strict and do not allow outsiders to come in. The most strict thing on campus is parking. Campus parking police have no mercy on writing tickets.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a few nice places but most of the buildings are older so don't expect anything spectacular (but don't expect anything horrible either).

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's generally nice but I feel like even when the sun is shining that it could rain at any moment, but I'm just really used to Charleston weather

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A part of me feels like almost everyone's the same. The guys and girls are carbon copies of eachother and there are only a few little pockets of people with distinctive differences. It's just not very diverse but I'm used to it now.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: The Computer Labs at The University of South Carolina-Columbia are excellent. There's plenty of computers for a variety of uses. However during exam times, one will find these areas to be rather crowded. That is why its great to have your own PC.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There simply aren't enough spaces for that many people. You're better off walking to class and saving the gas. I guess the only plus is that you're classes are right there next to your parking spot

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The school is downtown near the Vista and there are many fine dining restaurants located there. There are also college student affordable places that many students go to enjoy lunch wit their friends.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is much more popular than illicit drugs. The university has a strong enforcement policy on campus against drugs and alcohol. You may hear people mentioning marijuana use but it is kept very discrete. However, off-campus apartments can and often do become the scene of drinking parties and marijuana use. It is up to the student to beware of these situations if they do not participate.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Our campus has a shuttle system that is usually fine but sometimes it is late. There are also 3 railroad tracks running through town and this can also hamper traffic. There is a city bus system but it is not reliable and its funding could be cut any day now.


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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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