Columbia, SC
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$27,644 ($10,488)
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Reviews 2669 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in South Carolina is very mild and often pleasant. It is sunny a lot, even in the winter, which makes it more enjoyable walking to classes. The summers are very hot, but the buildings are very well air conditioned.

3 College Student

Parking: Parking is somewhat limited due to the amount of students with vehicles.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I am not one for much diversity, but there is plenty of it here and it is a good thing that everyone can fit in.

College Freshman

Computers: I have my own computer so I do not use the schools computers much. The few times I have, they seemed to work well and had no problems, but I have not used them enough to give a good review.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is very good and I was personally impressed by the quality of it. I thought that my college food life was going to be full of fast food and mystery meat. It is actually very healthy and well cooked. I can't find much to complain about. My personal favorite is the Greek food place called Santorinis in the Russell House.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: There is in-state student scholarships, however, despite huge financial help I'm not really digging the USC experience. Therefore, I'm looking for transferring elsewhere.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Policy enforcement is pretty much strict here. If any alcohol affiliated objects are in your room during room check you get fined $250. However, there's barely any room checks in my dorm. It's usually depends mostly on ur RM.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: I rarely see diversity at University of South Carolina. The minority groups however tend to hang out and are pretty tight knit with each other. LGBT group usually have random events on campus. Religion in the school is pretty much Christian-affiliated.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am in the college of Arts and Sciences as a Dance Performance major. We get excellent instruction and training from the professors who were accomplished professional dancers at New York City Ballet and Boston Ballet. The director genuinely cares about every dancer and is constantly looking for new ways to improve the curriculum. There are many opportunities to work with guest choreographers, and for students to choreograph on other students. There are two professional ballet companies in Columbia and several modern dance companies that hire graduates.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports at USC are huge! Our football team is amazing and the games are so much fun to watch. The whole campus is rowdy on game days and there is so much school spirit! Everyone always tailgates before the games which is really fun.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Every time I have gone out with my friends, I have seen drug and alcohol use by students. Although not everyone is doing it, you can definitely spot people who are.


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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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