Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2669 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Weather: It gets cold sometimes and snows but snow days are so easy to get. But it is usually warm and it is awesome

3 College Junior

Computers: The wifi usually has a lot of problems but it is easy to deal with

3 College Junior

Academics: Some of the professors are awful but at the same time some are awesome.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Joining a sorority here was 1 of the best decisions of my life. There are so many great aspects and you meet so many great friends.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of fast food restaurants to choose from but at the same time there are places that are still cheap where you can sit down and have a good meal.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: bates house is absolutely terrible

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: if you're in the greek life it's great

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: top notch athletics and facilities

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: good, nothing great and nothing terrible

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: generally very good all around, even though cops will really screw you if you're underage and drinking and/or have a fake ID

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Weather: you're in the south, the weather's pretty much great all the time

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's all alcohol, all the time. If you're into other drugs, minus marijuana, you're pretty much in the small minority.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics at USC is rigorous and very good at preparing you for the next level.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife is great at USC if that's your thing. Going downtown is what pretty much everyone does but if getting drunk and going downtown isn't your thing then you're pretty much left out.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: 5-points is a very short walk a way. A great bar scene for anyone, even if you are under 21.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The school doesn't promote drugs and alcohol by any means. However they seem rather lenient on enforcement. As long as your not a belligerently drunk, campus security will leave you alone.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into any engineering program is tough, but here at USC all of our engineering programs are number one in the state, and after a few months you know why. Nothing is abnormal about the structure of the program, just the course load is unbelievable, and each class strenuous.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: Being in an engineering program is tough. Hours upon hours of homework. Not much time for fun unfortunately. Crazy course load. Luckily, there are numerous of every helpful T.A's at ones disposal.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics here are some of the best in the country. We have the best varsity sports in the SEC. Our rival games are so much fun. Intramural sports and club sports are pretty popular.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Being a college you're going to find a lot of diversity on campus and there's a niche for everyone. Campus as a whole is pretty accepting.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Strictness on campus varies. Of course they don't support underage drinking and drug use but as long as you're not obnoxious and blatantly obvious about it you should be fine.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The campus is very tech friendly. There are a lot of computer labs around campus and you can checkout laptops for the night to take to your dorm and use. Printing is cheap and there is wifi campus wide.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Trying to deal with the financial aid office at this school is absolutely horrendous. The office is so small and trying to get someone on the phone is nearly impossible. They don't give out much in the way of financial aid and scholarships that aren't merit based.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The city is fun if you have a car. There isn't much in the way of shopping and the nightlife gets old after awhile. The city is really beautiful though. Some parts of the city are really unsafe so be careful where you go.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life here is pretty significant. You don't have to be involved to have fun but it is really prevalent on campus. Greeks are pretty judgmental towards non-Greeks but it depends on the sorority or fraternity.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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