Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2904 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities at USC are exceptional. The library has seven floors with various volume levels allowing students to find the best learning experience. Additionally, Strom is one of the best athletic facilities in the country with indoor and outdoor pools, and indoor track, three floors and the opportunity to create energy for the building through elliptical and treadmill use.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: USC's campus life is magnificent. The library has seven floors, each with a different volume level allowing students to find the best environment for them. Additionally, the Main dining hall is equipped with everything from food, to books, to ballrooms for meetings and events. Also, Strom is the best athletic building in the country with three-floors, indoor and outdoor pools, a outdoor sand volleyball court, an indoor track and the opportunity to create energy for the building through treadmill and elliptical activity. There are 300+ clubs and organizations including an extraordinary Greek life and the opportunity to create your own organization.

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.

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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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