Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2655 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Beautiful! Mostly sunny! In the mornings it's pretty chilly but usually after morning classes it gets warmer. It tends to rain a fair amount but nothing too bad.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are of all types: redneck, preppy, partiers, fratty, and very sweet. The girls are about the same as the guys.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is usually something to every night. You must be at least 18 years old. Not everything is 21 and up, but a lot are.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I rarely feel unsafe on campus but I also don't go walking around campus at midnight. There are Emergency beacons all over campus that you can get to within seconds if you ever feel endangered. Each beacon also has a security camera on it.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: South Carolina's central hub, the campus union, called Russel House was newly renovated and contains a variety of dining choices, and is very modern. The drawback being it is large enough to accommodate huge numbers of students that come during the lunch crowd, it could be quite hectic finding a place a to sit. But it is great other than the lunch crowd there is plenty of room to sit, surrounded by your fellow Gamecocks.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The school is large, and is home to so many people from different backgrounds, different countries, or even different ideals. The school also has excellent faculty and if you are interested in scientific research there is some fascinating research being conducted around campus. There is something for everyone, it just takes exploring. Another great part is the variety of groups and organizations that can be found around campus, each dedicated to a different thing, but with the purpose to bring similar minded people together.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Carolina Dining, Great? Most of the Times. The Dining on Campus is good, but you have to pick and choose what you get. The hotline is bad some days, but there are many other options to choose from. Chicken Finger Wednesdays are a must, it is the best meal of the week.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: If there's not a party, 5 Points bars are always awesome. I highly recommend getting a fake ID though. They're not very strict so as long as you have an ID saying you're 21 it should be fine. There's a couple 18+ bars but you'll find that they can get pretty boring.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is great during the day, but at night it isn't very good. You have to call to get a bus and they take a long time. The transportation to and from the bars is awful. You will probably spend quite a bit on taxis.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbia is nice-ish, but it can get really dull. USC's campus is open so people downtown can be walking right beside you. Opens the door for a lot of creeps and heightened campus security.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of cuisine options in and around downtown Columbia. If you want to get out of downtown, a 10 minute trip to West Columbia or Harbison Blvd. also have great options.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is really diverse. It has many different ethnic grouos and clubs that you can join. Their are also a variety of clubs and organizations that promote freedom of religion and sexual orientation. Everyone can fit in at the University of South Carolina.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene seems nonexistent because it is not visible unless u are included in it, which will not normally happen unless you really search for it.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The ladies are hotter than the weather in South Carolina. I challenge you to walk around campus and not see at least five women you would like to get to know. Come to campus on a game day and you won't want to leave.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: USC is very diverse. Each day I meet and see students from many different countries and of numerous races.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife is fun for those who are of age and even when bars are crowded, there are always house parties to go to.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is decent at the campus, often hard to find

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The school has a variety of dining options ranging from the commons where we have Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Chick Fill'a and Burger King to the large variety of more dinning hall styled meals. We have several Starbucks as well as a very chiq cafeteria called colloqium which offers a healthier alternative.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: In my opinion there is not enough apartments surrounding campus, there should be plenty more apartment buildings which are the most efficient for student living. However the apartment buildings that do exist are of low quality and not very good. I've heard complaints about almost all of them, houses surrounding campus are also very expensive and extremely old and in bad shape. If you would like to find a good house close to campus and in optimal conditions you're talking about several thousands in rent per month.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: If this school is known for anything, then it is for the athletics. There are many sports teams, though the most famous is the football. The support of the fans is simply incredible at the games. The energy and charisma seems to bring the university together... it is a fantastic thing to witness! Even though I joined this school for the academics, even I couldn't help feeling unified when I went to my first football game.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: This campus is very large and is in the city of Columbia. Therefore, you can go to places off of campus very easily. There are many communities and clubs to belong to, including a skydiving group, a Quidditch team, and acapella singing groups. There is a ton of variety with classes, too. I actually chose USC due to the Japanese classes offered.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: At the Russell House there are plenty of dining options, although sometimes after awhile they might get a little repetitive. It bothers me that breakfast opens late on the weekend (9:00am!) since I tend to be a morning person. Otherwise, the Russell House is convenient due to its location on campus. There's a chart posted in multiple locations of the Russell House that tells you the business hours of the multiple dining options.

3 College Freshman

Weather: If you don't own a car, be prepared with an umbrella if necessary. Since some of the buildings are a great distance away from other buildings, you end up walking quite a ways if you don't have a ride. An umbrella or rain poncho is handy to keep around.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My housing family at the University of South Carolina is Sims in the Women's Quad. The environment is very friendly and peaceful. Too bad this community is being renovated next year. I love the layout of the rooms and the study room down the hall. The only complaint I have is the mold, although that is why the building is being revamped. Overall, it has been a great experience.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am a dance performance and exercise science major. I am thoroughly enjoying being in the dance program. I would like to become a professional dancer and later possibly a physical therapist. The job market for any dancer is risky, since contracts are only yearly, so I will just have to work my hardest and audition for as many companies as possible.


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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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