Columbia, SC
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$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

Drug Safety: Drugs is pretty much limited to tobacco and marijuana, usually involving hookahs. Alcohol is very prevalent, but I've never felt pressure to drink. If you are involved in Greek Life, expect to be around it.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a ton of complexes with a huge variety of prices, whether you want an apartment, cottage, or house. The Off-Campus Housing fair is a great resource and is held near the beginning of the spring semester. Safety is what you would expect in a city (i.e. lock your doors, don't leave stuff in your car, never walk alone at night, etc.)

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: At midlands technical college most students are either living with their family still or they are just now starting to rent. The help at tech is zero. They do not care about this aspect of school. They are very unhelpful and just direct you to websites. If you ask them to help you they will continue to direct you to websites. They also are fine with putting their students in bad and unsafe neighborhoods. Not professional at all!

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is awful. You pay over $300 per semester for a garage spot that is still first come first serve, or you can get a commuter pass but with so much new construction we have lost our parking lots around campus. PLUS parking is SO far away, its almost pointless. Commuter passes are good for an entire year but $80 for no parking is pointless. Get to campus an hour before classes and just find somewhere to study... because you will miss class if you get to campus 30 minutes or less before your class.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: There are so many majors and schools.... even though this is a very large state school, teachers and professors make you feel like you have a personal relationship.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The campus is great but the city of Columbia has little going on for it. Carolina MAKES the city...

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: They give many opportunities to earn scholarships.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are extremely strict on campus, especially when it comes to danger or public disruption. They are always cops around so it really makes me feel safe.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not really into sports but the gym is huge and a lot of people are fit here so I could only imagine how the athletes operate.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: This place offers anything a student could ask for, from athletic facilities, libraries, clubs and organizations, gardens/parks, friendly employees and the normal southern hospitality everyone seems to get. Not to mention the ability to get anything you need supply wise from all the stores like CVS, and the bookstore.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: With how much money this University puts into its sports program, the athletics department has some of the nicest gyms and facilities that I have ever seen. Alongside that comes the importance of student health, they give us two amazing gyms that could have anything that any student could possibly want to do.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The reason I give them a C+ is because they have so many students attending the University that all the parking spots are quickly taken. Also the parking in garages and other locations can be very tedious to get into when every one is attempting to park at once. And since there are not that many places to park its quite easy to get a ticket.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I give this section an A+ due to the amount of variety they have around the campus. On the outskirts of campus, you can find pizza, mexican food, chinese, and even fast food places to eat. In any given direction, you can choose to have any food you desire.

5 College Freshman

Majors: There are a lot of different majors to choose from here at the University of
South Carolina. I am a Biology major here and I want to pursue my degree to become a doctor one day. If I planned one day to change my major I would feel good knowing that I could. Here at the university, you can change your major at any given time during any of the semesters. We have majors that range from music, to art, to even graphical design.

4 College Junior

Academics: Public Relations or any Journalism major is the way to go! Not too hard, but pushes you and has the right amount of school work. School of Journalism and Mass Communications is located in the Coliseum with plenty of helpful professors and the Dean is awesome.

3 College Junior

Academics: Math professors are the worst here, most of them are foreign and hard to understand.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Small city, but still plenty to do if you know where to look. Vista provides nicer bars and good restaurants. 5 points is for college students looking to have a good time. Downtown/Main Street area has cute shops and cafes catering towards the other working class crowd. Harbison has good shopping and everything is always getting better!

1 College Junior

Parking: Always receive parking tickets, if you even are able to find a spot. Garages are expensive. I live 5 minutes from campus but have to leave 30 minutes before a class just because of parking.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls at Carolina are amazing. You can find anything from a preppy sorority girl, to a sporty girl. It's hard to walk around campus and not see a new beautiful girl or girls every day.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors for the history department care about their students a good deal, but at times are too immovable. There has been a consistent history of professors being unwilling to bend or budge when opinions are discussed. The more you get to know the professors on a personal level, the more successful you're likely to be.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus and considered moving off campus next year with friends. I found it pretty difficult to narrow down a place, find roommates that I felt I could get along with (who are reliable), and figure out how to pay monthly expenses responsibly. Upon researching, I found a few places that offered all inclusive prices ranging from $500/month to $800/month. There were all relatively close to campus, but some were not close enough to walk. I decided to stay on campus!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Since we are in the heart of the state capitol of South Carolina, there are many options available for dining. Depending on your wallet, you can eat at a fancy restaurant (California Dreaming), where reservations are strongly urged, or at a drive through 24 hour restaurant, where you can eat in your car (Sonic). These are my favorite and are both within walking distance with a plethora of choices in-between! Unfortunately, there not many places that I know of that offer student discounts.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The majority of people on campus are white, but seems to be moving forward to recruit many diverse cultures. USC has offered a few minority programs and extra curricular clubs. The president of USC is white and is commonly called a racist or redneck. Overall, the diversity seems to be a little above average to assist in every culture being able to feel comfortable and fit in.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The process of getting into the Journalism school was fairly essay. My first semester I had a low GPA and was placed on academic probation.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I feel like the campus is too strict on the wrong things. Rather than cracking down on catching underage drinking they should focus more on stopping crime and violence on campus.


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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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