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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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I have seen quite a diverse student body so far during my time at USC. I haven't seen any problems personally. As we are all in college, we all have a certain level of tolerance and acceptance of others. Any issues I have seen are everyday banter that is generally solved by arguing it out then walking away.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is provided for on campus travel. Shuttles are available to get around campus, and even to some off campus housing areas, depending on where you are located. There are parking garages and lots for those who bring cars, but it is better to pay for a spot than to chance waiting for parking meters. It is a walkable campus, so walking is also a good way to get where you're going. Bikes, mopeds, and longboards/skateboards are also a favored way of travelling.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: School policies on drinking and drugs have been enforced and have become stricter. Fines for being caught with either have been raised from $50 to $250 for drinking and $350 for drugs. The university is determined to lessen these issues and make the environment better for everyone.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: There are a lot of awesome things on campus that set us apart from other universities. We have the horseshoe which is where our campus started. There is an old library on the horseshoe that has tons of old original pieces of work and books in there. And the most rare thing is we have a grave on campus that is one of our presidents of the university.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: We have all different kinds of diversity on campus. We have people from all over the U.S. as well as international students. We have LGBT programs and clubs as well as different clubs for the international students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing is good. I stay in Patterson and it's only a couple of years old. Janitors are in the dorms all day cleaning and every couple of weeks they come in and clean your sink and bathroom.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is more spread across thecity than most campuses

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love Columbia i think that it is a great city to have a university in. Its not too big and its not too small. I love it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Carolina's campus. There have been times when i walk home from the library at 3am, and i feel perfectly safe, not to mention i live in the dorm furthest from campus. If anything dyer happens on campus you receive crime alerts to your university email.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: At the University of South Carolina most of the guys are very polite and very down to earth. You can almost find any type of guy imaginable here because of how big our student body is. The guys in general here are for the most part very handsome. There are a lot of sorority girls here, and when i mean a lot, i mean you can point them out all around campus. They are all for the most part pretty attractive, and most of them are pretty down to earth. However theres always the exception.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Nothing compares to Gamecock football. Game day is city-wide holiday, tailgates are amazing and nothing beats sandstorm in William's Brice

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are challenging but all professors are willing to help, especially if you get to know them. There are also plenty of tutoring and mentoring if you are having difficulty in a class

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life makes up a good majority of parties and events, but even if you don't rush there is still plenty to do! Greek life is more important for a guy than girls, girls can get in to any party or tailgate, its a little more difficult for the boys

4 College Senior

Facilities: At USC all of the facilities are great! My favorite is the Thomas Cooper Library.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: I didn't have a chance to live on campus because there was no space available. We need to expand. From what I have seen, most of the dorms are nice, but they could use a lot more space.

3 College Senior

Facilities: The campus is located in the middle of the city which is nice because you can walk just about any where. There are lots of activities to participate in, in and around the area. Day trips to the beach or to Charlotte are possible. The school it self is great, we have a beautiful gym and stadium and we remodel quite often. Cons...we need more dorm space on campus and greek life plays a huge part at USC which has left our student body racially divide. Academically I give USC a B+.

2 College Senior

Transportation: The busing system is not that great. You have to leave really early most of the time to catch your bus and get to where your going on time. Parking is horrible there is not enough free parking, and garage prices are ridiculously expensive.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is pretty diversity, more of some races than others but everyone seems to be very accepting of others race, religion and political belifs.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process is fairly easy and you'll get the financial aid you need unless you wait until the last minute.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most of the nightlife caters to 21+ individuals but you can still have fun underage.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The University of South Carolina is not a strict school the administrators just expect the students to abide by the rules that they agreed to when applying to the university.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I do not go out a lot but I have heard that the places around campus cater to individuals who are over the age of 21.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I filled out financial aid in my senior year of high school and it was not a difficult process at all.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Pre-Med is great here. I am a Bio major and it is perfectly difficult but at the same time just as interesting.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Very easy and they give a lot of money to a lot of people


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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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