Columbia, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2891 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life at USC is a great way to get involved, find new friends while also giving back to the community. All chapters have several philanthropies that they are passionate about. On the other hand, some of the fraternities on campus have given Greek life a bad name due to some involvement in illegal activity that has gotten them kicked off of campus. Overall, Greek life is one of the best decisions an individual can make. It is a new home

4 College Junior

Majors: I've wanted to be an educator all of my life so I LIKE THE COURSES LERTAINING TO MY CAREER PATH.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have to wait until July 15 to find out if I made it into the professional program which I think is horrible because I would like to know at the end of the spring semester.

3 College Junior

Academics: I enjoy taking my major, and satisfied with what they are teaching me. There is plenty of support when you need it, but you have to advocate for yourself. They aren't going to help you without asking which can be daunting. Some of the professors make terrible advisers, but if you are on your game you will know what to do with ease. The professors are extremely knowledgeable, and only a few suffer from communication skills. That was something I was expecting in engineering though.

3 College Junior

Academics: In Engineering I don't get to many choices on professors provided, but so far the good ones out way the bad. Nor do I have much curriculum choices. The Gen-ed requirements have been frustrating for me because of bad professors in certain subjects.

USC just switched its registration process. This has been a headache for continuing students like me, but may be easier for new students.

The Library is a great place to student, and is something I pride the school for having.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Their is bus system running all the time around USC's campus. Once you learn the system it can provide an easy way to get around campus. Some students never use it, but if you are engineering student you become familiar with it fast due to the Engineering building be off campus. I give it a B grade because sometimes the online system never works. If it was always on I would know when a bus is arriving.

There are also evening shuttles, but they are slow.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of fast food options near campus. Their are plenty of fine restaurants around Columbia SC, but you have to look for them.

4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy my majors. I am actually majoring in two which are public health and psychology I enjoy it because I am learning about things that i love.

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4 College Junior

Academics: we have many majors at our school and we tend to use all of them

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: we have many emergency polls everywhere to keep us safe

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: we have had many robberies lately in the past few months

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: With my relation to the Greek system, I feel like the stereotype continues. If it were for this affiliation, I feel as though I would not be around alcohol or drugs as much. However, alcohol is far more popular than any drug. I do know numerous people outside of the Greek system who do partake in these substances.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was able to receive some financial aid through my school. Being considered an out of state student until now, I did not receive enough to be helpful. Although the process was simple enough. However, I have not dealt a great deal with financial aid other than the online process.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our school can seem very diverse but at the same time, I primarily face a student body full of whites. Although, it is easy to find this diversity if you look in the right places. There are many groups throughout campus that support this diversity.

4 College Junior

Computers: Many of the computers are being upgraded, but there are still some that are a few years old.

4 College Junior

Academics: The registration process is straight forward, and professors are willing to help if you run into problems. There are plenty of special study options in many different fields, like P.E, art yoga and outdoor activities.

4 College Junior

Academics: The workload is heavy but managable. I feel like I have gained a thorough understanding of accounting, what is expected of an intern and what will be tested on the CPA exam. The teachers are all very knowledgable and passionate about their subjects, with stories and situations from things that they have dealt with in their career.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of options in plenty of price ranges.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are typically always full in the library, especially around finals time. Printing is quite expensive. Certain majors, like journalism, have free printing because of the amount of printing necessary, but for everyone else it can get pricey. Network speed tends to be quite slow, especially at peak times when everyone is on attempting to complete their work. It is not very reliable at all.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know too terribly much about Greek Life, but from what I've heard, they have a great system and are quite prevalent on campus. They have many fundraising opportunities and throw many parties on the weekends. It is a large part of the campus community that many students join each semester.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I would say that the Russell House dining hall has many options for anything you could be craving or feel like eating. It does, however, tend to get very old after awhile and new food options are desired. The late times of the sub restaurant, Horseshoe Deli, are extremely convenient, especially during late night study sessions. Overall, Russell House has many diverse food options that typically appeal to everyone.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have our very own health clinic which offers a number of different services to students. The pharmacy is very convent too. Safety is also very good on campus because there are a number of on duty campus police who are certified police officers and around campus are 911 call boxes with cameras mounted on top.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are very up to date and in the library they offer a whole 'apple' lab which is full of apple brand computers to fit everyone's needs.

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.


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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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