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 Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options are wonderful and also tasty.
Check out Moes and Monereys

3 College Freshman

Weather: It rains a lot. It's also super hot in August. It can get pretty cold in the winters. You definitely experience all of the seasons.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Even if you have a parking permit it's a nightmare. Getting to campus at least 30 minutes early is recommended. After 5 it's a free for all on spaces.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is good, but I got tired of eating at the same places every week. The best places to eat were Verde and Gibbes

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms had really bad mold problems this year. Dorms are open to everyone, but there are too many students (1st year freshmen) to guarantee housing to anyone but the incoming freshmen. Also the quality of the rooms is not what is expected. Security was lacking pretty hard. I lived in a dorm that only had keypass locks which broke often and entrance doors that didn't lock well/were easily opened without a key.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene on campus is generally Marijuana. Off campus cocaine and molly are easily found and visible. Around finals prescriptions are common

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.


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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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